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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Urban Studies at 50
    Identifier/Call Number: SC1580
    Physical Description: 7 gigabyte(s)
    Date: 2020

    Conditions Governing Access

    Some materials are restricted to users with a Stanford University ID or may be embargoed until a later date

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Interviews were conducted as part of the Community History Toolkit, an effort by University Archives and the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program sponsored by a grant from the Stanford Associates.

    Biographical / Historical

    Piloted in the fall of 1969 by a committee of the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU), the Stanford Program on Urban Studies began in an age of experimentation with student-initiated curriculum. At the time, the program consisted of three courses run by a single student administrator. In 1985, the program was authorized to grant Bachelor of Arts degrees; by 2020, the program listed or cross-listed some forty courses and was home to approximately thirty undergraduate majors and minors. Timed to follow closely on the program's 50th anniversary, this oral history project uses documentary sources and interviews with affiliated faculty, program leaders, and students to understand how and why the Program on Urban Studies was started, and how it has changed over time. The project aims to produce more than just an institutional history; it hopes to illuminate larger themes in the history of student activism, and in the politics of urban knowledge.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Urban Studies at 50 (SC1580). Department of Special Collections & University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains oral history interviews with faculty and students involved with the creation and early years of the Program on Urban Studies at Stanford. Participants recall how they got interested in urban studies as a field, their participation in the administration of the program, and some of the courses in the program.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Cities and towns -- Study and teaching
    Stanford University. Program on Urban Studies