Telling the history of Silicon Valley in 10 objects

Professor Thomas Mullaney's Fall 2022 course provided an opportunity for Stanford students to explore archival materials from Stanford Libraries’ Silicon Valley Archives, and create their own museum exhibitions.

“This is our way of thinking of history beyond the term paper,” explained Stanford historian Tom Mullaney, who co-taught the hands-on course with SVA curator Henry Lowood and exhibits coordinator Kristen Valenti. “Students need to decouple their understanding of humanistic research as something that ends up in black-and-white, 12-point font with 1-inch margins and think how their work can turn into a graphic novel, dramaturgy, an HBO series, or, here, a proposal of a museum exhibition,” said Mullaney, a professor of history in Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences.

Read Stanford News coverage of the course at this link