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1. Bienenstock, Roslyn [2016] Online

Collection
Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program Interviews
In this interview, Roslyn Bienenstock, a former president of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Northern California Chapter and a former chair of the board of the American Lung Association of Santa Clara County, discusses her experience both as a member of the Stanford community and as an active volunteer in local and national organizations devoted to the research and education of cystic fibrosis and respiratory illness. The first interview session focuses on her early life and life before Stanford: growing up as the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants in New York just after the Great Depression; her involvement with folk music, dance, and social change all occurring at the time; her experience in higher education as a female student in the fields of STEM at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; her experience as a mother to a child with cystic fibrosis; and her career and volunteer work related to cystic fibrosis. The second interview session focuses on her time at Stanford, beginning in 1967 when her husband, Arthur Bienenstock, joined the Stanford faculty; her experience working at the Stanford Children’s Hospital; and her involvement with the Stanford Women’s Club. She also discusses the evolution of the community and culture at Stanford over the years and closes with a reflection on her life. Throughout the interview, Bienenstock discusses issues of social justice, which she attributes to being raised in liberal New York in a Jewish family. She shares her thoughts about social movements and changes in society, providing not only a view into the times but also a reflection within the context of 2016.

2. Chu, Jean H. (Staff, 2016) [2016] Online

Collection
Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program interviews, 1999-2012
In this oral history, Jean H. Chu (formerly Jean H. Fetter) discusses her twenty-five-year career at Stanford University where she served as Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, as assistant to two university presidents (Richard W. Lyman and Gerhard Casper), and in other administrative capacities. Chu begins with an account of her childhood in Wales during World War II, when German bombings demolished nearby Swansea and frequently sent her scrambling for shelter. Raised by a great-aunt and great-uncle, she recalls how her youthful interest in mathematics and physics was fostered at a rigorous all-women’s high school. Her excellence there helped gain admission to Oxford University’s all-women’s college, St. Hugh’s. In vivid detail, Chu recounts her experiences as one of six women, compared to 120 men, studying physics at Oxford. She was awarded a first in physics, among the best in her class. During her Oxford years, she met and married American Alexander (Sandy) Fetter (now Professor Emeritus of Physics at Stanford), and she discusses accompanying him to successive faculty appointments at Harvard, Berkeley, and finally Stanford. Describing life as a faculty wife and mother of small children, she recalls a brief job with William Shockley that led to a teaching position and then assistant professorship in physics at San Jose State. Turning to her employment at Stanford, Chu discusses her work with David Halliburton of the English Department on two grant-funded projects that she used to promote recruitment of women in sciences. She credits the broad perspective of Stanford that she gained during that project with helping her win appointment as assistant to Stanford President Richard W. Lyman. She recalls a heavy workload filtering the barrage of mail and in-person complaints brought to the president. Described as a “cog between big wheels,” she says, she learned about how the university operated at the highest level. Chu offers a brief account of her time as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research under Jerry Lieberman where she oversaw the recruitment of women and minorities into graduate programs at Stanford and worked to develop grievance procedures for graduate students. Much of the oral history involves the many challenges she faced as Dean of Admissions. She describes the conflict she confronted between those who supported recruiting “well-rounded” students and others who favored “angular” students (“nerds” with extraordinary talents). Chu tells how she enabled the Department of Mathematics and later the departments of Music, Art, Drama, and Dance to review outstanding applicants in their fields, using the model created for athletes. She explains other policies she initiated and provides a detailed description of the review process, recounting some unusual cases as well as special efforts to recruit minorities and women. Chu outlines her service on the search committee that selected Gerhard Casper to be the new university president and the circumstances that led her to accept the role as his assistant. She contrasts her experiences as assistant to Lyman and Casper. Concluding her remarks, Chu recalls her experiences with her second husband, Steven Chu, when he received the Nobel Prize in physics.

3. Dreisbach, Robert H [2016] Online

Collection
Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program interviews, 1999-2012
In this oral history, Robert H. Dreisbach, Stanford alumnus (AB Chemistry 1937) and Professor of Pharmacology, Emeritus, discusses growing up in Baker, Oregon. He touches on his father’s work on the farm, at a creamery, and as a grocer and his mother’s beekeeping, and he describes Boy Scout meetings and hiking trips with his troop. He discusses his undergraduate days at Stanford from 1933 to 1937, recalling attending dances, the El Capitan Eating Club, and serving as the manager of the Stanford baseball team. He recalls his chemistry and physics professors and describes how a talk at Stanford given by a researcher from the Department of Agriculture awakened his interest in pharmacology and helped to convince him to pursue the subject while in medical school at the University of Chicago. Dreisbach briefly recounts his experiences during World War II, which included working as an instructor at the Stanford Medical School and military service as a ward officer at Lovell General Hospital in Fort Devens, Massachusetts and at a hospital in the Panama Canal Zone. He describes the Stanford Medical School when it was located in San Francisco and provides his recollections of the rationale behind its move to campus, including Windsor Cutting’s involvement. He recounts the origins and evolution of his work, The Handbook of Poisoning and the way that poison control centers embraced the book. Dreisbach describes the expansion of the Pharmacology Department after Avram Goldstein arrived from Harvard University to assume its chairmanship and its move to the Stanford campus. He remembers Goldstein as a “go-getter” and relates how he secured space in the basement of the Stanford Museum for a laboratory. Dreisbach explains how concern about smog and air pollution led him to pursue research and writing on environmental issues. An avid hiker, he closes the interview, which was conducted on the eve of his 100th birthday, by offering advice for longevity--keep climbing summits.

4. Kaehler, Alfred E [2016] Online

Collection
Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program Interviews
In this three-part oral history interview, Alfred E. “Al” Kaehler, a retired mechanical engineer and resident of Palo Alto since 1953, reminisces about his upbringing in rural northern California in the 1920s, his work as a junior scientist on the Manhattan Project, his employment as an engineer at the Stanford Research Institute and other Bay Area institutions, and his enthusiasm for flying airplanes and playing the clarinet and saxophone. Kaehler describes his early life in Ferndale, Orland, and Loleta, California, including details about his mother’s work as a schoolteacher, his German immigrant father’s work at a grocery store and as a milk tester, and the anti-German discrimination his father experienced during World War I. He recalls details of his early education and recounts the story of the first time he saw an airplane on the ground and how this led to his lifelong fascination with flying. Kaehler goes on to describe his years studying engineering at Santa Rosa Junior College in the late 1930s and the University of California, Berkeley beginning in 1941. He relates stories from his short-term job as a laborer in the shipyards at Richmond in the summer of 1942 during World War II, and he details the circumstances that led to his employment in the Radiation Laboratory at UC Berkeley, where research related to the Manhattan Project was in progress. At the Rad Lab, Kaehler performed both technician and engineering work on the development of the calutron, a device that separated the isotopes of uranium. He recalls aspects of his job there, including a pervasive lack of concern for safety. Kaehler then relates how he was transferred to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to work on improving the design of the electrical insulators on the calutron. He recalls his train journey there and aspects of living and working in the Y12 complex, including the improved insulator he developed. He also talks about his experiences playing the sax in the Stan Alexander Dance Band and learning to fly in a Piper Cub airplane. Kaehler goes on to relate details of his continuing work on the project at Los Alamos, New Mexico, including his memories of hearing the news that atomic bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After the war, Kaehler returned to work at the Radiation Laboratory for a time, and he recalls working on the forty-foot linear accelerator then under development there. He also relates stories from his time working for Atomics International in Downey, CA, the Navy Radiological Defense Lab, and the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), where he spent time working on the Hydra-Cushion boxcar coupling, a mine detector, a solar-powered water pump, and the Bank of America ERMA project. His stories include tales of commuting to and from work in a carpool. Kaehler also talks about his wife Joan and his children. He provides an overview of Joan’s administrative work at SLAC, including a Stanford employee fringe benefit that allowed their three children to attend Stanford tuition-free. Throughout the interviews, Kaehler, who has been a stutterer since elementary school, also talks about what he believes caused his stuttering and offers reflections on the kinds of speech therapy he underwent during his lifetime.
Archive/Manuscript
.5 linear feet (1 box)
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
DVD and t-shirt from Pilipino Cultural Night 2012, themed "Wake Up, Stand Tall."
Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
1 computer disc
Materials related to the creation of Victor Gama's multimedia performance piece, VELA 6911. This work was commissioned by Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2012. The work assumes that a secret nuclear test undertaken in Antarctica in 1979 from the perspective of Lindsey Rooke [pseudonym], a woman officer who was part of the mission. The collection mainly includes images and sound recordings from Gama's trip to Antartica in January 2012; high definition videos of practices and multiple performances of VELA 6911; and related photographs documenting the research and performance of VELA 6911. Also included are journals and folders of handwritten notes, musical scores, and material related to the research and context of VELA 6911. Collection features 507 videos, 3,093 high resolution photographs, 600 research documents, scanned original scores and performance information.
Archive of Recorded Sound
Archive/Manuscript
1.75 linear feet (1 carton, 1 half box)
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
Materials include costumes from the 2011 Arts Intensive Final Showcase Performance and 2013 program promotional publications.
Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
1 videocassette: col.; VHS, 1 item
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
Video by John Beale of the Viennese Ball held at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, California. Also includes the printed program from the event.
Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
3 linear feet (1 record storage box and 1 non-standard box)
Information about the game and 3 dance pads.
Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
50 gigabytes
Collection
Dept. of Special Collections, Manuscripts Collections - Supplemental Materials
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
The collection consists of digital objects related to Senses Places including websites, images, videos, chats, and scholarly articles.
Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
3.25 linear feet
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
Lecturers represented in this collection include Svetlana Alpers (art history), Elaine Scarry (human rights and the humanities), Lynn Hunt (the novel and human rights), Hazel V. Carby (racializing subjects in post-World War II Britain), Wendy Doniger (self-imitation in ancient India, Shakespeare and Hollywood), Merce Cunningham (in conversation with John Rockwell, dance critic for the NY Times), and Douglas R. Hofstadter (analogy as the core of cognition).
Special Collections
Digital content
466 items
Archive/Manuscript
.25 linear feet (1 box)
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
The materials consist of 35mm black and white negatives documenting Stanford events and individuals. Includes images of students buying books, the Stanford Centennial celebration in 1991, Powwow 1992, campus scenes, student dances, repair work on the main quad, and student performances.
Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
2 linear feet (1 manuscript box, 3 flat boxes)
The collection contains music written for the Violin Octet, or the New Violin Family, "a consort of acoustically balanced instruments in graduated sizes and tunings, [which] covers almost the entire pitch range of written music." Many were submitted (usually anonymously) for a competition sponsored by the Cornish Institute of Seattle, WA, the Catgut Acoustical Society, and the Ashley-Hutchins Composer's Awards, created to encourage works for the octet which was developed and created by Carline Hutchins and Hammond Ashley. The winning pieces were performed at a concert at the Cornish Theater on 28 February 1982.
Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
682.05 linear feet (636 containers).
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
The Ambassador Auditorium Collection consists of audio, video, and print materials documenting performances at the Ambassador Auditorium, ca. 1974-1995. Performers include Victor Borge, Bing Crosby, Placido Domingo, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Vladimir Horowitz, Herbert von Karajan, Leontyne Price, Artur Rubinstein, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, and Andre Watts. Materials related to the conception and construction of the auditorium are included.
Archive of Recorded Sound
Archive/Manuscript
.75 linear foot
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
Collection includes programs, clippings, correspondence, flyers, and posters, 1974-1993 and 2008; photographs, 1973-1992; and DVD copies of filmed performances, 1984-1993. The records folder for 1991-1992 includes the Twenty Year Commemorative Booklet.
Special Collections

16. Hank Tavera papers, 1972-1993 [1972 ... 1993]

Archive/Manuscript
17 linear feet (16 boxes and 8 flat boxes)
Correspondence, clippings and newspapers ("Puro Teatro" files from EL TECOLOTE newspaper), column drafts, memoranda, minutes, play manuscripts ("Reunion," 1983), photographs, playbills, programs, and subject files (Teatro Nacional de Aztlán (TENAZ), Aztlan Dance Co., Teatro Gusto of San Francisco, "TENAZ TALKS TEATRO", TENAZ Board of Directors, 11th TENAZ Festival in San Francisco, Chicano Theater, and 11th International Chicanon Latino Teatro Festival).
Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
17 linear feet
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
Correspondence, contracts, memoranda, photographs, clippings, brochures, and programs pertaining to performers in the Live Arts series, 1972-1984.
Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
6 linear feet
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
Correspondence, scripts, business papers, original artwork, and production stills related to videos. Twenty completed video works, nearly half of which are out of distribution, 51 hours of video documentation including "Behind the Scenes," a 19-hour documentary of the production process for two key works: A MOSQUE IN TIME and MEMORY OF FIRE, and a 32-hour documentary of Japanese Butoh dance, and last, video copies of television interviews with Vélez for Spanish, Argentinian, and Japanese television.
Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
6.5 linear feet (13 manuscript boxes)
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
The collection includes organizational documents, newsletters, executive committee and executive board minutes going back to 1949. It includes correspondence, calls for action, statements of position on proposed legislation and drafts of legislative action related to Title IX and sports in California public schools. It contains the conference programs, bylaws and constitution of CAHPERD from 1967 onward. There is documentation on the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) transition that occurred from 1974-1976.
Special Collections

20. Jay Haley papers, 1957-2007 [1957 - 2007]

Archive/Manuscript
106 linear feet
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
The Jay Haley collection documents Haley’s career through correspondence, manuscripts, typescripts, and media materials. Among Haley’s papers documenting his multiple professional activities are his writings on: psychotherapy as a profession; teaching therapy; studies on Milton H. Erickson M. D.; the Bateson Project; marriage and family therapy; schizophrenia; his work with the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, and his activities as editor for the Journal Family Process. The collection also includes Haley’s fiction writings, and his training films on topics such as: strategic and family therapy, Milton H. Erickson M.D., documentation of specific cases, and trance and dance in Bali.
Special Collections

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