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Luna Insight collections at Stanford

Stanford Historical Photographs

More than 16,000 images documenting Stanford University and its founders. Photographs in the collection come from a wide variety of sources, including university offices and organizations, academic departments, and donations from alumni and others. The majority of the photographs are black and white gelatin prints, but nineteenth-century albumen prints are also represented as are cyanotypes and color prints. The collection spans the late 1880s through the 1990s.

Douglas Menuez Photography

The Douglas Menuez Photography Collection is a sample (currently nearly 3,000 images) of the complete archive of award-winning documentary photographer Douglas Menuez, including Menuez's editorial photojournalism and fine art documentary work as well his commercial projects. Included in the archive are more than 250,000 photographs documenting the rise of Silicon Valley. These photographs focus primarily on the computer and semiconductor industries, venture capital deals, startups, and Internet companies. Menuez had virtually unlimited behind-the-scenes access for these photographs. Some of the photographs have been published in national magazines, including Fortune, Time, and Life, but many are available only in this collection.

Maps of Africa

Antiquarian maps of Africa from the collections of the late Dr. Oscar I. Norwich and the Stanford University Libraries, dating from the late 15th to early 20th century. Maps of Africa is a project benefitting from the generous support of the William Jacobson Africana Program.

Stanford Geological Survey

The Stanford Geological Survey (SGS) existed for 100 years, from 1895 until 1995. During this time, students and faculty went into the field to survey and map parts of California, Nevada and Utah. This is a unique collection of their hand-drawn and colored maps.

Chicana Art (Stanford use only)
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Chicana Art is a collection of works by leading Chicana artists, and includes painting, photography, sculpture, and installation art. The collection was assembled by Professor Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano of Stanford University's Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and is intended primarily as a teaching tool for people interested in the powerful and expressive, yet still underrepresented world of Chicana/o culture.

Athanasius Kircher Correspondence
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During his lifetime, the Jesuit polymath Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) was widely regarded as the physical embodiment of all the learning of his age. A refugee from war-torn Germany, Kircher arrived in Rome just after Galileo's condemnation, where he was heralded as possessing the secret of deciphering hieroglyphics. Kircher had over 760 correspondents, including scientists, physicians, Jesuit missionaries, two Holy Roman Emperors, popes, and potentates throughout the globe. The subjects discussed in his voluminous correspondence cover the entire range of his interests. The correspondence constitutes a hugely important resource for the study of early modern Europe, and its interest goes far beyond the study of Kircher's own career. The correspondence is of particular interest for the history of early modern science and technique. As well as engaging in correspondence with the most eminent scientists of his time, including Leibniz, Torricelli and Gassendi, Kircher harnessed the network of Jesuit missionaries to carry out natural observations and experiments on a global scale. The Kircher Correspondence project is largely the work of two visiting scholars at Stanford, Michael John Gorman and Nick Wilding.

For more information about this project, see the Project's original website at the Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence, Italy, and a collection of Kircher-related activities at Stanford.

About Luna Insight

Luna Imaging's Insight is a client/server package that provides access to image collections over the Internet. Insight provides for several search modes, from simple point and click select lists, to keyword searching, to full Boolean searching. Insight combines retrieval and display of text information with an equally rich set of tools for viewing, comparing, and organizing images. Zoom and pan images; create and save image groups. Insight offers a complete visual environment for working with images. For more information about Luna Imaging, Inc. please visit its website at


Last modified: August 30, 2013

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