At a time when many libraries are moving away from building deep collections in favor of patron-driven acquisition and just-in-case models of collection development, the Stanford University Libraries continue to identify, select, and acquire important and unique collections. Our collection development is focused not only on supporting current scholarship, but also on supporting and inspiring future research.
Some examples of recent awesome collections we have acquired:
- Ira Nowinski Bay Area video arcade photographs: We already have an awesome collection of video games and video game paraphernalia; so these rare black and white photographs of video game arcades around the Bay Area make a wonderful addition to our collections.
- Bahá’í collection: “This month, Stanford University Libraries established the first academic, university-based Bahá’í collection in the United States.”
- William McDonough archives: “the man who has been called the leading environmental architect of our time will be donating his extensive archive and professional papers to Stanford University Libraries.”
- STOP AIDS Project records: This is not a newly acquired collection, but thanks to a detailed processing grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), this collection is now available for research.. The records consist of over 370 linear feet of textual, audiovisual and photographic material and 5,925 megabytes of born-digital files documenting the organizational history and activities of this San Francisco-based HIV prevention non-profit.
- California as an island map collection: “A new Stanford Libraries acquisition of 800 maps from one of the nation’s top map collectors, Glen McLaughlin, bolsters the claim: California was portrayed as an island on maps for well over a century.”
- San Francisco’s New Langton Arts archive: “The archive offers thousands of photos, audio recordings, videos and other materials that document the growth of the city’s experimental art scene.”