Topics and bios for Oct 16 event: careers, collections, and research with Stanford Archivists

Biographies and topic summaries for speakers at the October 16 SHAW event about archival collections, research, and careers.

These archivists are excited to share their work with students and faculty and to stimulate new research and teaching connections between the libraries, archives, and academic departments.


Oct 16 4-5:30pm

Room 307, History Dept., Stanford University

Please RSVP to

Drew Bourn, Historical Curator, Stanford Medical History Center, Lane Library

MTS (Harvard, 2000), MLIS (Simmons College, 2006), PhD (University of California, 2012)
How do archivists’ appraisal practices impact the kinds of historical evidence are available to researchers? What was the Documentation Strategy of the 1990s, and why did this attempt by archivists to improve the ways we build our collections not meet with greater success? How are new technological possibilities – such as union databases and aggregated digital content – providing a new opportunity to revisit the ways that archivists might coordinate the ways we do appraisal and build the collections in our respective repositories?

*Drew Bourn is the founder and facilitator of the Stanford Archivists, a group of approximately sixty Stanford employees. He also serves on the Board of the Stanford Historical Society, volunteer as a consultant for the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, and run a website on local public history projects (

Peter Chan, Digital Archivist, Special Collections

MBA (University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign), MLIS (San Jose State University, 2008)

Peter Chan will talk about Muse (Memories Using Email) which is a program that helps users muse over long-term email archives. It is developed in the MobiSocial group in the Computer Science department. It mines email to help the user to reminisce about the past. It automatically derives the user’s social topology based on email patterns and lets user browse and further edit groups in the topology. The Special Collections is working on building a tool, based on MUSE, to appraise, process and deliver email archives in our collections.

Joseph Geller, Project Archivist, Stanford Libraries

BA in English and Visual Art (Boston University), MA in Literature (UC Santa Cruz), MLIS (San Jose State University)

Joseph Geller will discuss the processing of records of two legal advocacy organizations: the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA). He will give an overview of the material found in these collections and highlight some opportunities for research.

Jill Golden, Archival Specialist, Hoover Institution Archives

BA (Carleton College), MSLIS (Syracuse University), MA, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (Stanford, 2010)

Jill Golden will speak about the Okhrana records, 1883-1917, created by the Paris office of the Russian Imperial Secret Police. Preliminary finding aid:

Daniel Hartwig, University Archivist

BA in History and Philosophy (University of Iowa, 1998), MA, History & Philosophy of Science (Indiana University Bloomington, 2001), MLIS (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004)

Daniel Hartwig will speak about one development project (SALT) and a few digitization and access projects (Daily, Hanna House, social media).

(SALT) Self Archiving Legacy Toolkit –

Digitial Archiving at Stanford w/ Daniel Hartwig

Henry Lowood, Curator for History of Science and Technology Collections, and Film & Media Studies

AB (UC Riverside, 1975), MA in History (UC Berkeley, 1977), MLIS (UC Berkeley, 1983), PhD in History (UC Berkeley, 1987)

Henry Lowood will speak about the Apple Computer collections at the Silicon Valley Archives. These archives have been a dynamic and strong component of the Stanford Libraries’ collecting program since 1983. For more than two decades, the Archives’ holdings have helped economic historians to understand the technological drivers of economic growth, historians of science and technology to piece together the development of key ideas and technologies, business historians to understand cluster effects and patterns of growth in Silicon Valley, and social historians to elucidate the origins and diffusion of technologies that have changed the world. As one graduate student who used the collections extensively in dissertation research explains, “The value of the primary source documents in the Silicon Valley Archives was absolutely incalculable. Memories can fail, stories can be skewed, but the page from a fifty-year-old lab book or the ideas someone jotted down at a meeting in 1958 are as close as we historians will ever come to a time machine that can take us back to the moment we’re studying.

Laura Williams, Project Archivist, STOP AIDS Project Records

BA in Literature (UC Santa Cruz), MLIS (San Jose State University)

Laura Williams will provide an overview of the material in a large contemporary organizational records collection that she will be finishing up in the next few weeks — the STOP AIDS Project. It is being processed under a 1-year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Founded in 1985, the STOP AIDS Project is a thriving community-based organization dedicated to the prevention of HIV transmission among gay, bisexual and transgender men in San Francisco.

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