Stanford, the Story of a University

Stanford, the Story of a University

Stanford, the Story of a University

Stanford, the Story of a University

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S TANFORD UNIVERSITY is among the youngest of the important private universities in the United States. Between the laying of the cornerstone for its first quadrangle and the breaking of ground for the still uncompleted Stanford Medical Center there stretches scarcely more than two generations. Even so, a record of the happenings of these generations must be pitted with omissions. With institutions as with individuals, a single year minutely recorded would fill not a volume but a shelf.

The attempt in this book, then, is to deal with typical occurrences or with those which seem to be unique. Place is given, too, to the traditional as well as to the fully verified, for what is widely believed affects the believer quite as much as what is true. And, finally, there must be taken into account the profound changes that higher education in the United States has undergone during the time shown--the gargantuan growth, the shifts in aims and practices.

Stanford, like every other university, has shared in these changes. Like every other, too, it has had at the same time its individual life--in Stanford's instance, one of alternating good fortune and disaster, of riches to rags and back to riches again, that has crowded its years with drama.

The drama began even before the University itself came into being. For private universities differ from public ones in much . . .

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