The materials consist of SAIL Dump And Restore Technique (DART) backup files, 1972-1990; digital copies of 16 mm films created
from 1963-1980; handbooks; log books; manuals; and photographs and videos from the 35th SAIL reunion held in 2009.
The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (also known as Stanford AI Lab or SAIL) is the artificial intelligence (AI)
research laboratory of Stanford University. It was started in 1963 by John McCarthy, after he moved from Massachusetts Institute
of Technology to Stanford. From 1965 to 1980, it was housed in the D.C. Power building, in the foothills of the Santa Cruz
Mountains overlooking Stanford. During this period it was one of the leading centers for AI research. In 1980, its activities
were merged into the university's Computer Science Department and it moved into Margaret Jacks Hall in the main Stanford campus.
SAIL was reopened in 2004, with Sebastian Thrun becoming its new director. SAIL's 21st century mission is to "change the way
we understand the world"; its researchers contribute to fields such as bioinformatics, cognition, computational geometry,
computer vision, decision theory, distributed systems, game theory, general game playing, image processing, information retrieval,
knowledge systems, logic, machine learning, multi-agent systems, natural language, neural networks, planning, probabilistic
inference, sensor networks, and robotics.