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Guide to the J. E. Wallace Sterling, President of Stanford University, Papers
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement note
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0216
    Creator: Sterling, J. E. Wallace, (John Ewart Wallace), 1906-1985
    Title: J. E. Wallace Sterling, president of Stanford University, papers
    Dates: 1913-1969
    Bulk Dates: 1949-1969
    Physical Description: 300 Linear feet
    Summary: Papers primarily represent Sterling's years as President of Stanford University and include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, speeches, minutes, reports, budgets, clippings, and legal papers.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
    Stanford University Libraries.
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information

    Information about Access

    Collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 24 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], J. E. Wallace Sterling, President of Stanford University, Papers (SC0216). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biography

    J.E. Wallace Sterling, president of Stanford University from 1949-1968, earned his A.B. in history at the University of Toronto in 1927; he taught at the University of Alberta while pursuing graduate work there from 1928-1930. He came to Stanford in 1930 to pursue his doctorate, which he received in 1938. While at Stanford, he was also a research assistant in the Hoover Library and taught in the History Department. From 1938 to 1948 Sterling taught at the California Institute of Technology, where he was elected chairman of the faculty in 1944. He had been Director of the Huntington Library and Art Gallery for five months when he accepted the presidency of Stanford University. During Sterling's 19 years as president, Stanford's endowment nearly doubled, the faculty increased by 170 percent, graduate programs were improved, major building plans were completed, the Medical School was moved to campus from San Francisco, and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center was built. After his retirement in 1968, Sterling was named University Chancellor. He died on July 1, 1985.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    These records primarily represent Sterling's years as President of Stanford University and include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, speeches, minutes, reports, budgets, clippings, and legal papers. Some files predate his term as president. There is a separate series pertaining to the Hoover Institution, 1948-68. Collection also includes Sterling's class notes, lectures, manuscripts, and professional correspondence, 1925-1949.

    Arrangement note

    Materials are arranged as received.

    Access Terms

    Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford University--Administration.
    Stanford University--Presidents.
    Universities and colleges--Administration.