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1. 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.

2. 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.
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

13. 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 Lively 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

17. 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
Archive/Manuscript
6 linear ft. (6 albums, each in a print box)
The photos are largely 11 x 14 and are concerned specifically with presentation of the "Roxyettes" in ice skating and dancing routines. Included are some souvenir programs and continuity and master cue sheets of the production plans.
Vol. 1 (box 1). 90 black & white photos, 13 color photos: Happy holiday, The Sonja Henie all-star revue, The Rock 'n rock ice revue, Springtime, Gala Paree, Circus. 1955-1956.
Vol. 2 (box 2). 33 black & white photos, 25 color photos: Manhattan moods, Magic of the stage, Fall fantasy, Wide wide world holiday, 1956-1957.
Vol. 3 (box 3). 83 black & white photos, 15 color photos: Spotlight, 1957, Mardi gras, Carib calypso, Rhythm at the Roxy, Stardust at the Roxy, 1957.
Vol. 4 (box 4). 56 black & white photos: Magic of the stage, Fall fantasy, Wide wide wrold holiday, Spotlight, 1957, Mardi gras, Carib calypso, Rhythm at the Roxy, Stardust at the Roxy, Homecoming, Alice in winterland, Moonflight.
Vol. 5 (box 5). 70 black & white photos: Homecoming, Alice in winterland, Moonflight, 1957-1958. Plus, continuity & master cue sheets for all three shows.
Vol. 6 (box 6) 66 black & white photos: Curtain call, the 49th star, Keys to the city, Get happy, Upbeat, USA, Sing-song, Spring fever, Hawaiian holiday, 1958-1959. Plus, continuity and master cue sheets for all eight shows.
Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
.25 linear ft., 1 movie film; 8 mm., 1 cassette; Beta., 1 cassette; VHS
Opening footage includes some scenes in Copenhagen, 1950, including a party given by Arron Stentoff, Danish impresario and owner/manager of the Scandinavian Ice Revue (Scan Show). The guests are members of the cast and represent leading ice skaters from many European countries. The East Berlin footage was taken in May, 1953, and includes street scenes and footage of the Reichstag and other buildings. The two women shown were professional skaters then performing with "Holiday on Ice 1952," an American Ice Show company performing for the first time in many Europen countries. The last part of the film was shot in West Berlin on the same day in May. Included in the collection are postcard pictures purchased in West Berlin in 1953 showing scenes from the film with contrasting views, both before and after WWII. Included is the program of "Holiday on Ice 1952;" many of the skaters filmed are listed in the program.
Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
7.71 linear feet (12 manuscript boxes, 1 half box, 1 flat box)
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
Box 1: Canada; New England; New York -- Box 2: California: mainly Los Angeles; some San Francisco -- Box 3: Chicago and other Midwest (Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri) -- Box 4: Japan, 1975, programs, articles by Patricia Marton on Japanese and European theater and film, clippings on Japanese theater and other arts -- Boxes 5-7: London -- Box 8: London, Norway and Sweden, 1990's -- Box 9: New York -- Box 10: Film, productions with participation by Patricia Marton, The Puppet Theater of Japan by A.C. Scott, The Magic World of Hand Puppets by Marion Fischer, The Puppetry Journal, 1961, 1973, 1974 -- Box 11 [oversize materials]: Cannes Film Festival program, 1968; Chicago, Phil Silvers in Top Banana, circa 1950-1959; Japan, notes and photographs from Akira Wakabayashi Bunraku production, 1975; London, ballet, opera, and theater programs; Central School of Speech and Drama information packet, circa 1990-1999; Broadway production programs; New York, Broadway, ice skating, and Radio City programs, circa 1960-2000. Boxes 12-14: Programs, ephemera, photographs and clippings.
Special Collections

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