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  • Biographical / Historical
  • Related Materials
  • Acquisition Information
  • Information about Access
  • Ownership & Copyright
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  • Description of the Collection

  • Language of Material: Undetermined
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Leland Stanford collection
    creator: Stanford University
    Identifier/Call Number: SC0512
    Physical Description: 4.5 Linear Feet (11 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1869-1975
    Abstract: The collection contains primary and secondary sources pertaining to the life of Leland Stanford and the history of Stanford University's founding. Includes clippings, correspondence, articles, pamphlets, speeches, scripts, reports, memorabilia, and copies or facsimiles of historical documents.

    Biographical / Historical

    Leland Stanford was born March 9, 1824 in Waltervliet Township, New York. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1848 and married Jane Lathrop in 1850. In 1852 Stanford moved to California where he first worked as a storekeeper in Mother Lode mining camps and later became a successful Sacramento businessman. Stanford was a leader in organizing the Republican party in California and was elected governor in 1861 at the age of 37. Early in the 1860s Stanford joined with three other Sacramento merchants--Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins, and Collis P. Huntington--in the building of the Central Pacific Railroad. In 1884, Leland and Jane founded Leland Stanford Jr. University in memory of their son. Stanford died June 21, 1893 during his second term as United States Senator.

    Related Materials

    For materials created by Leland Stanford, see Stanford University Archives collection number SC0033A (Leland Stanford Papers).

    Acquisition Information

    The materials in this collection were separated from the old Leland Stanford Papers (now collection number SC0033A) when the collection was reprocessed in 1996.

    Information about Access

    This collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of intended use.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    [Identification of item], Leland Stanford collection (SC0512). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Description of the Collection

    This collection contains primary and secondary sources pertaining to the life of Leland Stanford and the history of Stanford University's founding. Included are clippings, correspondence, articles, pamphlets, speeches, scripts, reports, memorabilia, and copies or facsimiles of historical documents. In addition to the business and political career of Leland Stanford, subjects include his ideas on education, the naming of Palo Alto, Stanford family genealogy, railroad history (especially the completion of the transcontinental railroad), Thomas Hill and his painting "Driving the Last Spike," Eadweard Muybridge and the invention of motion pictures, Stanford's residences in Sacramento and San Francisco, Vina Ranch, and Warm Springs Ranch.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gold Spike.
    Leland Stanford House (Sacramento, Calif.)
    Palo Alto (Calif.)
    Warm Springs Ranch (Calif.).
    Vina Ranch (Calif.)
    Clark, George A. (George Archibald)
    Lampson, Robin
    Kimball, Sarah Louise
    Hill, Thomas A.
    Jordan, David Starr
    Scibird, Ruth.
    Myrick, David F.
    Central Pacific Railroad Company
    Stanford, Leland
    Stebbins, Horatio
    Browne, Louise M.
    Stanford, Arthur W.
    Stanford, Grant Lansing.
    Hemsing, Peter.
    Stanford University
    Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904
    Fisher, Helen Dwight.
    Wooster, C. M.
    Farnham, Wallace D.
    Curtis, Edward.