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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Jane Lathrop Stanford papers
    creator: Stanford, Jane Lathrop
    Identifier/Call Number: SC0033B
    Physical Description: 14 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1860-1975
    Date (bulk): 1860-1905
    Language of Material: English

    Scope and Content

    The papers of Jane L. Stanford pertain largely to the founding and administration of Stanford University, along with her personal and social affairs; included in the papers are correspondence, business records, legal and financial papers, speeches, newsclippings, and biographical materials.


    Jane Eliza Lathrop was born August 25, 1828, the daughter of Dyer Lathrop of Albany, New York. In 1850 she married Leland Stanford, returning with him to California in 1855 where they settled in Sacramento. Leland Stanford later became President of the Southern Pacific Railroad and Governor of California. Their only child, Leland Stanford, Jr., was born in 1868. During a European tour in 1884 he contracted typhoid fever and died in Florence, Italy. In 1885, Jane and Leland Stanford founded the Leland Stanford Junior University, in memory of their son. Jane was a full partner with her husband in the planning of the University, which opened in the fall of 1891. After her husband's death in 1893, she overcame great financial hardships to keep the University open until her husband's estate was settled. Thereafter, she directed expansion of the campus. She died on February 28, 1905 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], Jane Lathrop Stanford Papers (SC0033B). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Gifts of Jane Lathrop Stanford, Thomas Welton Stanford, David Starr Jordan, Helen Stanford Canfield, David H. Canfield, and others; also includes purchases.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Access Restrictions

    The materials are open for research use.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Stanford University -- Administration.
    Palo Alto (Calif.) -- History.
    Claims against decedents' estates.
    Universities and colleges -- Administration.
    Vina Ranch (Calif.)
    Executors and administrators.
    Railroads -- Management.
    Stanford, Jane Lathrop
    Palo Alto Stock Farm (Stanford, Calif.)
    Leib, Samuel Franklin
    Stanford, Charles Villiers
    Jenkins, Oliver Peebles,, Mrs.
    Crothers, George E. (George Edward)
    Pacific Improvement Company
    Stanford University. Memorial Church
    Smith, Nicholas T.
    Jordan, David Starr
    Stanford, Jane Lathrop
    Day, Clinton.
    Cesnola, Luigi Parma di
    Ross, Edward Alsworth, 1866-1951
    Lathrop family.
    Stanford, Josiah Winslow
    Crocker, Charles Frederick.
    Newton, Heber.
    Stanford, Jane Lathrop
    Sloss, Leon.
    Shields, Daniel.
    Lathrop, Ariel.
    Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
    Stanford University. Cantor Arts Center
    Lathrop, Jane Ann Shields.
    Lathrop, Dyer,
    Nash, Herbert C.
    Southern Pacific Company
    Stanford Alumni Association
    Lathrop, Charles G. (Charles G
    Stanford University. Japanese Students Association
    Stanford, Thomas Welton
    Gurke Ranch (Calif.)
    Stanford, Leland
    Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge.
    Stanford University. Faculty Club
    Branner, John Casper, 1850-1922
    Stanford University -- General subdivision--Faculty.;
    Hopkins, Timothy
    Taylor, Edward Robeson,
    Harrison, Benjamin
    Suzzallo, Henry,
    Stanford University. Libraries
    Jordan, Jessie Knight
    Stanford, Helen M.
    Stanford, Gertrude.