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Gardner (John W.) Legacy Oral History Project
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
    Identifier/Call Number: SC1355
    Physical Description: 19148.8 megabyte(s)
    Date (inclusive): 2017-2021
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36-48 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/spc .
    Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged at least 36 hours in advance.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Some materials are restricted to users with a Stanford University ID.

    Biographical / Historical

    John W. Gardner (1912-2002) earned his BA and MA degrees in psychology from Stanford and a PhD in psychology from University of California, Berkeley. He remained connected to his alma mater throughout his illustrious career, serving on Stanford's Board of Trustees from 1968 to 1982. As the president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1955 to 1967, he became known as "one of the most powerful behind-the-scenes figures in education." Gardner served as Lyndon B. Johnson's Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) from 1965 to 1968. He founded two influential public advocacy groups, Common Cause (1970) and Independent Sector (1980). Gardner spent the last thirteen years of his life at Stanford. He was a founding member of the national advisory board of the Public Service Center (later the Haas Center for Public Service) and the first Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service. The John Gardner Public Service Fellowship and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities are just two examples of Gardner's lasting legacy at Stanford and beyond.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project (SC1355). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Contents

    Series 1 of the collection contains oral history interviews with friends, family, and colleagues of John W. Gardner. Participants reflected on the imapact Gardner's work had on their own lives and American soceity. Series 2 of the collection contains interviews with alumni of the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship. It also includes a group interview with founders of the John Gardner Fellowship Association.

    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

    Oral history
    Civil soceity
    Gardner, John W. (John William)
    John Gardner Fellowship Association