Collection Highlights

Ghost Stories


In anticipation of Halloween, check out some of the many Ghost Stories and books about ghost stories from the Stanford Libraries' collections:


Great Chicago Fire of 1871


From a Britannica Blog entry Mrs. O'Leary's Cow: Not Guilty?:

"Today marks the 137th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, a conflagration with few peers in world history. The fire cost some 300 lives, destroyed 17,450 buildings, and caused $200 million in damage—$200 million in 1871 dollars, that is to say, about a third of the city’s estimated value."

Learn more about the Great Chicago Fire from these Library resources:


On vice presidents

Interested in the Vice Presidency? Want to learn more about former Vice Presidents or Vice Presidential candidates? Stanford Libraries can help.

Try searching Socrates for "United States Vice Presidents", or check out these titles:



Celebrate Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual American Library Association event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year, 2008, marks BBW's 27th anniversary (September 27 through October 4).

According to the American Library Association, more than 400 books were challenged in 2007. The 10 most challenged titles were:

  1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  2. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  3. Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
  4. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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