Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Palo Alto, California -- Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University

I spent July 2013 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California to conduct research work at the Hoover Institution Archives, which are named after the 31st President of the United States of America Herbert Hoover.  Archives are stored inside the Hoover Tower and also at its base inside the Institution’s reading rooms.  Steps that lead downward to reading room are constructed with monochromatic wood paneling, which makes for a cool swing back to mid-century style upon each entry and exit to the archives. 

Hoover Tower

my research card to the Hoover Institution

mid-century staircase toward Hoover Institution Archives reading room
Stanford’s campus is magnificent.  Terracotta tiles adorn rooftops to deflect the Californian sun.  Arched walkways frame the eye in a manner conducive to concerted focus and reflection. And piazza-style squares outfitted with palm trees, gardens, and fountains encourage meeting, exchange, collaboration – staples of the neighboring Silicon Valley. 

Memorial Arch entry into Stanford
a couple of Stanford's numerous arched walkways

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