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  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Arrangement note
  • Access Terms
  • Selected List of Correspondents

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0129
    Creator: Marx, Guido H., (Guido Hugo), 1871-1949.
    Title: Guido H. Marx papers
    Dates: 1893-1949
    Physical Description: 7.5 Linear feet
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    Custodial History

    Gift of Barbara Marx Givan, 1966, 1986, and 1990.

    Information about Access


    Ownership & Copyright

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Cite As

    [Identification of item], Guido H. Marx Papers, SC 129, Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.


    Folder 1: The process of invention. Stanford Univ. Engineering Journal, May, 1897, pp. 69-71.
    What should college professors be paid? Atlantic Monthly, v. 95, May, 1905, pp. 647-50.
    Condition and needs of the Univ. of Calif. Discussion. Trans. Commonwealth Club, 1907.
    Value of drawing in practical life. Calif. Teachers' Quarterly, June, 1907, pp. 77-84.
    Notes on machine drawing. Stanford University. 15p. 1905, 1907,
    The making of the Stanford Engineer. Stanford Alumnus, Dec. 1907, p. 127-32.
    Isometric plotting of graphical charts. Am. Mach., v. 31, Nov. 12, 1903, pp. 7-13
    Report of committee of Cornell Club of Northern Calif. on improvement of salaries (with J.M. Chase and R.B. Daggett). Cornell Alumni News, May 6, 1908.
    Folder 2: Some trends in higher education. Science, May 14, 1909, p. 759-97.
    Reform in San Francisco. Nation, July 1, 1909.
    Some trends in higher education. Science, July 16, 1909, p. 87-89.
    The college forum. The American College, v. 1, no. 1, October 1909, pp. 56-68.
    Folder 3: The problem of the assistant professor. Journal Assoc. of American Universities, 1910, pp. 17-47; and Science, 1910: pp. 401-406, 441-450, and 488-497.
    Some trends in higher education. Calif. Weekly, June 10, 1910, p. 459-60.
    Attendance of students at foreign universities. Science, v. 31, April 29, 1910.
    University fellowships. Science, v. 33, March 31, 1911, pp. 491-92.
    Folder 4: Should the same salary be paid to men bearing the same titles? Bryn Mawr Alumnae Quarterly, v. 5, p. 1-4, April, 1911.
    Committee of Ten. Minority Report to the Academic Council. 18p. 1911. [Stanford University].
    Strength of gear teeth. Trans. A.S.M.E., v. 34, p. 1323-98, 1912.
    Strength of gear teeth. 2nd. paper. Trans. A.S.M.E., v. 37, p.503-30, 1915.
    An engineer's acid test of patriotism. The Standard, v. 6, May, 1920.
    Some comparative wear experiments on cast iron gear teeth (with L.E. Cutter and B.M Green). Mech. Engineering, v. 48, p. 33-36, Jan., 1926.
    How to control public utilities. Nation, v. 132, no. 3430, April 1, pp. 348-50.


    Guido H. Marx was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1871. He attended Cornell University, earning the degree of mechanical engineer in 1893. He worked in industry for two years before joining the Stanford faculty in 1895, at the instigation of Albert W. Smith, his former professor at Cornell who, in collaboration with Guido's brother Charles D. Marx, was developing Stanford's new School of Engineering. He became professor of machine design in 1908; he retired in 1936 with the rank of Professor Emeritus.
    In addition to authoring a treatise on Machine Design with Prof. Smith, his professional activities included research in the fields of gearing and bearing lubrication, advocating vocational guidance for Stanford students, co-founding the American Association of University Professors, and holding office in the American Federation of Teachers.
    Prof. Marx was also actively involved in many political and social issues. In Palo Alto, he served on the planning commission and the School Board and played an instrumental role in the construction of its first municipal power plant. In 1911 he and Professor R.L. Green organized the local branch of the Progressive Party; Marx was the official delegate to its 1912 national convention. He was active in the American Civil Liberties Union, especially around issues of labor organization and repeal of the Criminal Syndicalism Law.
    In 1895 Guido H. Marx married Gertrude Van Dusen, a member of the Cornell library staff; they had four children. He died in 1949.

    Scope and Contents note

    Additional papers were received in 1986 and 1990; they have been added to the collection as two addenda rather than interfiled with the previously processed papers. Each addition has been identified by its accession number (86-179 and 90-188) and is listed separately. When requesting materials from these additions, please indicate the accession number on the paging slip.
    An index to selected correspondents in the entire collection is included in this guide, along with a listing of Guido Marx's articles and reprints in Box 3.


    The papers of Guido H. Marx include correspondence, speeches, a typed autobiography, reprints, press releases, clippings, minutes, reports, and pamphlets, 1898-1949, and Marx's thesis from Cornell, A Study of Special Tools and Methods Used in the Manufacture of Small Engines, 1893.
    The papers document both his academic career at Stanford and his political interests. His academic life is represented by correspondence with faculty, 1898-1905; reprints of his engineering and educational articles; and minutes, reports, and other records from his departmental duties in the School of Engineering. His political life is represented by correspondence, speeches, articles, and pamphlets pertaining to efforts to repeal criminal syndicalism laws, labor and unionization efforts, the Sacco-Vanzetti case, cooperatives, and control of public utilities. Organizations appearing in his papers include the American Association of University Professors, the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Federation of Teachers, the Pacific Co-operative League, Inc., the National Popular Government League, the California State Water and Power League, and the People's Legislative Service.

    Arrangement note

    The first ten boxes of the collection consist of the original papers that were received and arranged in 1966. Only the letters in Box 1 were given full treatment, with incoming and outgoing letters arranged together chronologically. Other sections were arranged or left as received, depending upon the accessibility of the original arrangement. In some cases, letters pertinent to the subject were left in the appropriate folders rather than being integrated into the chronological arrangement.

    Access Terms

    American Association of University Professors..
    American Civil Liberties Union.
    American Federation of Teachers..
    Baldwin, Roger N., (Roger Nash), 1884-1981.
    Bliven, Bruce, 1889-1977
    Cooke, Morris Llewellyn,, 1872-1960.
    Coolidge, Mary Roberts,, 1860-1945.
    Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley.
    Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
    Hayes, E. A., (Everis Anson), 1855-1942.
    Hichborn, Franklin,, 1869-1963.
    Hill, Albert Ross.
    Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
    Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931
    Jourdin, Willis W.
    Lewis, Austin,, 1865?-1944.
    Monroe, Paul,, 1869-1947.
    National Popular Government League..
    Norris, George W., (George William), 1861-1944.
    Pacific Co-operative League, Inc..
    People's Legislative Service..
    Rolfe, Henry W.
    Rowell, Chester H.
    Sinclair, Upton,, 1878-1968.
    Stanford University. School of Engineering. -- General subdivision--Faculty.;
    Veblen, Thorstein,, 1857-1929.
    Whitney, Anita,, 1867-1955.
    Cooperative societies.
    Criminal syndicalism.
    Engineering--Study and teaching.
    Public utilities--Law and legislation.
    Public utilities.
    Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, Dedham, Mass., 1921.

    Selected List of Correspondents

    Addis, Thomas
    Bailey, Forrest 90-188: Box 1, Folder 7-8, 10
    Baldwin, Roger N. 90-188: Box 1, Folder 1, 3-5, 11
    Benne, Adron A. Box 4, Folder 1-2
    Bjornson, Anga M.
    Black, Marshall 86-179: Box 1, Folder 2, 12
    Bliven, Bruce 90-188: Box 3, Folder 1
    Browne, Andrew A. Box 1, Folder 4
    Cooke, Morris Llewellyn
    Coolidge, Mary Roberts 90-188: Box 1, Folder 4-5
    Copeland, Clement A. Box 1, Folder 4
    Dart, Anna C.
    Dorfman, Joseph Box 1, Folder 6
    Durand, William F.
    Farrand, Max Box 1, Folder 4
    Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley 90-188: Box 1, Folder 3
    Frankfurter, Felix 90-188: Box 3, Folder 1
    Garrison, J. C. Box 3, Folder 9
    Hayes, Everis A. 86-179: Box 1, Folder 3
    Hichborn, Franklin
    Hill, Albert Ross 86-179: Box 1, Folder 9, 11
    Hoover, Herbert Box 1, Folder 3
    Hoover, Theodore J. 90-188: Box 3, Folder 10
    Johnson, Hiram Box 1, Folder 3
    Johnston, Mercer G. 90-188: Box 3, Folder 2
    Jones, Hubert C. 90-188: Box 1, Folder 7
    Jordan, David Starr
    Jourdin, Willis W.
    Leidy, Emma Brown Box 1, Folder 8
    Lewinsohn, Joseph L. 86-179: Box 1, Folder 15-16
    Lewis, Austin 90-188: Box 1, Folder 9
    Monroe, Paul
    National Popular Govt. League Box 1, Folder 3
    Norris, George W. Box 1, Folder 2
    Porter, Anna Box 5, Folder 5
    Roberts, Holland D. Box 3, Folder 8-9
    Robinson, Elmo A. 90-188: Box 1, Folder 4-5, 7
    Robinson, James Harvey 86-179: Box 1, Folder 7
    Rolfe, Henry W. Box 1, Folder 4
    Rowell, Chester H. 86-179: Box 1, Folder 11, 15
    Saunders, Frederick A. 90-188: Box 3, Folder 10
    Silliman, John C. Box 6, Folder 3
    Slosson, Edwin E. 86-179: Box 1, Folder 9-10
    Smith, Albert. W.
    Solow, Herbert 90-188: Box 2, Folder 3
    Stanley, Edward J. Box 1, Folder 4
    Steinmetz, Harry C.
    Veblen, Thorstein Box 5, Folder 4
    Willoughby, Ray R. Box 6, Folder 3
    Wilson, Woodrow W. 86-179: Box 1, Folder 9