Guide to the J.E. Wallace Sterling Personal Papers and Memorabilia

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
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Call Number: SC0415
Creator: Sterling, J. E. Wallace, (John Ewart Wallace), 1906-1985
Title: J.E. Wallace Sterling personal papers and memorabilia
Dates: 1938-circa 1982
Physical Description: 5 Linear feet
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022

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Cite As

[identification of item], .E. Wallace Sterling Personal Papers and Memorabilia (SC0415). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Scope and Contents

These personal papers and memorabilia, dating from 1939 to circa 1982, largely concern Sterling's years at Stanford University as president and chancellor, 1949 to circa 1982. Included are certificates, programs, clippings, diplomas, newsletters, albums, and photographs.

Access Terms

Bohemian Club (San Francisco, Calif.).
Stanford University -- General subdivision--Presidents.;
Stanford University. Overseas Study Program.
College administrators.
Stanford University--Administration.
Universities and colleges--Administration.

Collection Contents


Original Accession

Box 1, Folder 1

Biographical articles

Box 1, Folder 2

Bohemian Club, "Wally Sterling Night" 1968

Box 1, Folder 3

British knighthood

Box 1, Folder 4

California Institute of Technology

Box 1, Folder 5


Box 1, Folder 6

Dinner programs

Box 1, Folder 7

Duke and Duchess of Glouchester at S.U. 1965

Box 1, Folder 8

Fresno State College commencement program; Sterling was speaker 1952

Box 1, Folder 9

Glaser, Robert J., "The Medical Deanship"; inscribed to Sterling 1969

Box 1, Folder 10

Greeting cards

Box 1, Folder 11

Luke, Florence, letter to Sterling 3/26/1967

Box 1, Folder 12

Mark, Ian -sketches of Sterling

Box 1, Folder 13

Memorial service for Sterling, program

Box 1, Folder 14

Miscellaneous items

Box 1, Folder 15

Observations by Sterling on his appointment as Chancellor of S.U. 1968

Box 1, Folder 16

Palo Alto City, resolution 1968

Box 1, Folder 17

Pasadena Jr. Chamber of Commerce testimonial 1949

Box 1, Folder 18

Postcards to his daughters 1956

Box 1, Folder 19

Stanford-in-Germany newsletter; inscribed to Sterling 1958

Box 1, Folder 20

Stanford University, inauguration as president 1949

Box 1, Folder 21

10th anniversary as president 1959

Box 1, Folder 22

Sterling, Ann -correspondence and clippings

Box 1, Folder 23

Sterling, J.E.Wallace, "Who is Clio? Where is She?" reprint 1947

Box 1

Album presented to Sterling by representatives of faculty women of Academic Council 1968

Box 2

Flanagan, Robert M. The Stock Certificate: Has the Paper Tiger Been Tamed? Master's thesis, Pace University 1975

Box 2

Letters from Cliff Arquette. edited and annotated by Ken Darby 1976



Box 2, Folder 1

A.A.U. and German rectors 1964-07

Box 2, Folder 2

Alfalfa Club, Washington, DC 1968-01-21

Box 2, Folder 3

Alumni party, Washington, DC, for Senator Carl Hayden

Box 2, Folder 4

Asia Foundation Conference, Hong Kong 1966

Box 2, Folder 5

Board of Trustees, S.U.

Box 2, Folder 6

Bohemian Club

Box 2, Folder 7

Bohemian Club

Box 2, Folder 8

Calgary Tigers (football team) 1930

Box 2, Folder 9

Canadian college events

Box 2, Folder 10

CBS radio crew at Spreckels Sugar Factory

Box 2, Folder 11

Commencement scenes, S.U.

Box 2, Folder 12

Council on Financing Higher Education, Texas

Box 2, Folder 13

Duke and Duchess of Glouchester at S.U. 1965

Box 3, Folder 1

Endowment presentations

Box 3, Folder 2

The Family Farm Flight (birthday luncheons for Sterling, possibly at Bohemian Grove) 1952-1960

Box 3, Folder 3

Filoli ball circa 1982

Box 3, Folder 4

Fire in president's office, S.U. 1968-07

Box 3, Folder 5

Fisher Body Craftsman Guild meeting

Box 3, Folder 6


Box 3, Folder 7

Gold Spike event

Box 3, Folder 8

Harvard law degree ceremony

Box 3, Folder 9

Hoover, Herbert with Sterling and others

Box 3, Folder 10

Hoover, Lou Henry

Box 3, Folder 11

Hoover House events

Box 3, Folder 12

Hoover House garden

Box 3, Folder 13

Huntington Library events

Box 3, Folder 14

King of Belgium, visit to S.U.

Box 3, Folder 15

Los Angeles alumni fundraising event

Box 3, Folder 16

McGill University, commencement

Box 3, Folder 17

Meyer Library, dedication

Box 3, Folder 18

National War College 1947

Box 3, Folder 19

Non-Stanford events (may include Stanford events that were off-campus)

Box 3, Folder 20

Paintings of J.E.Wallace Sterling

Box 3, Folder 21

Palo Alto real estate board

Box 3, Folder 22

Party for Jessie at Stockbridge house 1975

Box 3, Folder 23

President of Turkey in Los Angeles 1954

Box 3, Folder 24

Red Cross events

Box 3, Folder 25

Retirement party, San Francisco 1968

Box 3, Folder 26

ROTC, president's review

Box 3, Folder 27

Seattle University, inauguration of Father John Fulteren

Box 3, Folder 28

Shell Directors' meeting 1971

Box 3, Folder 29


Box 3, Folder 30

Snapshots and informal photographs

Box 3, Folder 31

Stanford events

Box 4, Folder 1

Stanford events (News & Pubs photographs)

Box 4, Folder 2

Stanford Center in Tokyo 1961

Box 4, Folder 3

Stanford in Austria 1965

Box 4, Folder 4

Stanford in Florence

Box 4, Folder 5

Stanford Research Institute

Box 4, Folder 6

S.U. Medical Center -20th anniversary 1980

Box 4, Folder 7

S.U. Medical School -Mermer (?) dedication

Box 4, Folder 8

Sterling, Ann

Box 4, Folder 9

Sterling and Arlene Francis at Omar Khayyam's Restaurant 1955

Box 4, Folder 10

Sterling and Chancellor Joset Klaus (Austrian) 1968

Box 4, Folder 11

Sterling and Sandra Day O'Connor

Box 4, Folder 12

Sterling and Sargent Shriver at Medical School

Box 4, Folder 13

Sterling at Annapolis 1957

Box 4, Folder 14

Sterling at official events

Box 4, Folder 15

Sterling in Berlin

Box 4, Folder 16

Sterling on S.U. campus

Box 4, Folder 17

Sterling, portraits

Box 4, Folder 18

Sterling, unidentified

Box 4, Folder 19

Sterling family

Box 4, Folder 20

Sterlings at Philippines airport

Box 4, Folder 21

Sterlings, informal

Box 4, Folder 22

Sterlings, Lymans, Kennedys

Box 4, Folder 23

Terman, Fred E.

Box 4, Folder 24

Tokyo Stanford Club 1966

Box 4, Folder 25

University of British Columbia, Spring Congregation, 1968

Box 4, Folder 26

University of Utah

Box 4, Folder 27

White House, Bicentennial Commission reception

Box 4, Folder 28

Willow Creek apartments, ground-breaking circa 1959

Box 4, Folder 29

Unidentified and Sterlings not in photographs

Box 4, Folder 

Album of unidentified photos from a meeting (includes Sterling)

Box 10

"Mark X plus IX"

Scope and Content Note

Photographs marking Sterling's 19 years as Stanford University president; this volume replaced the original Mark X volume, which was lost in the 1968 fire; includes signatures.


Scope and Content Note

Album from 25th year celebration, 1974; Victoria College rugby team, 1939 (rolled); Hoover, Herbert--inscribed and autographed; formal occassions (degrees granted, board meetings, etc.); miscellaneous; portraits; Stanford University Board of Trustees.
Box 5


Scope and Content Note

Copper-clad box presented in honor of Dr. and Mrs. J. E. Wallace Sterling by Greater Area Stanford Clubs. 1968; various medals.
Box 6, 9


Box 7


Scope and Content Note

Framed portrait, painting of Hoover House, wooden plaque.

Accession ARCH-1993-061 Additional Material

Box 1, Folder 1

Sterling memoirs "The Stanford Presidency 1949-1968; Part II: A Noble Purpose Shared"

Box 1, Folder 2

Sterling memoirs "The Stanford Presidency 1949-1968; Part III: Bits and Pieces"

Box 1, Folder 3

[Sterling memoirs "The Stanford Presidency 1949-1968;] Some Extracurricular Activites"

Box 1, Folder 4

[Sterling memoirs "The Stanford Presidency 1949-1968;] Part ill: Travelling ADeux and Otherwise" pp. 1-39

Box 1, Folder 5

[Sterling memoirs "The Stanford Presidency 1949-1968;] Part ill: Travelling A Deux and Otherwise" pp. 40-100

Box 1, Folder 6

[Sterling memoirs "The Stanford Presidency 1949-1968;] Part ill: Travelling A Deux and Otherwise" pp. 101-153


Accession ARCH-1993-074 Additional Material

Box 1, Folder 1

Photographs: portraits of Sterling

Box 1, Folder 2

Photographs: Sterling at events

Box 1, Folder 3

Diploma for Ph.D. at Stanford 1938

Box 1, Folder 4

Sterlings' guest book 1949-1968

Box 1, Folder 5

Scrapbook of photographs, clippings, programs, and other miscellaneous items, primarily pertaining to his inauguration as Stanford's president 1948-1959


Accession ARCH-1993-104 Additional Material

Box 1

Contents Executive Committee Minutes 1951-1958

Box 1

Executive Committee Minutes 1965-1971

Box 1

Executive Committee Minutes 1971-1977

Box 1

Executive Committee Minutes 1978-1987

Box 1

Committee of the Department Minutes 1973-1993

Box 2

English Department Meetings Minutes 1965-1970

Box 2

English Department Meetings Minutes 1969-1972

Box 2

Committee of the Faculty Minutes 1970-1987

Box 2

Meetings of Full Professors Minutes 1967-1987