Letters Home from Stanford: 125 Years of Correspondence l A Collaboration with the Stanford University Archives

Thursday, January 18, 2018

5:00 pm

Stanford Law School, F.I.R. Hall, Room 190 *Tentative

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Stanford Historical Society

"All the same, I'm glad I didn't go to Berkeley." —Stanford student Hope Snedden in a letter to her father, Dec. 1, 1918  

Some things at Stanford change. Others? Not so much. Alison Carpenter Davis, '79, discusses her recently published book Letters Home from Stanford, a collection of handwritten and electronic correspondence sent home by generations of Stanford students. From first letters home freshman year and firsthand accounts of historical events to questions about laundry and questions about self, Letters Home evokes a sense of the heritage, history, and shared experience common to college students everywhere, and Stanford students in particular. The collection includes a letter written the day before Stanford opens in 1891; letters from student Herbert Hoover; accounts of the first Stanford-Cal football game (where's the ball?), Jane Stanford's funeral, and the 1906 earthquake; responses to events of the '60s; emails from San Francisco Chronicle columnist Vanessa Hua in the '90s; pre-graduation mother-daughter text exchanges in 2016; and so much more. To gather the correspondence, Davis primarily accessed the Stanford Student Letters and Memoirs Collection, which she and the University Archives expanded through their collaboration. University Archivist Daniel Hartwig will join Davis for the program, as will longtime Stanford tennis coach Dick Gould and other members of the Stanford community who'll share excerpts from the book. Long after Stanford students leave the Quad, their words live.

Thursday, January 18, 2018
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Stanford Law School, F.I.R. Hall, Room 190 *Tentative

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