May 20, 2022

Stanford Libraries Receives $25 Million Gift to Create Hub Highlighting Silicon Valley History

From Stanford Libraries:

Stanford Libraries has received a $25 million gift from the Harold C. and Marilyn A. Hohbach Foundation to create a vibrant collections-centered research hub and endow the Silicon Valley Archives program.

The newly renovated space in the East Wing of the Cecil H. Green Library will be named Hohbach Hall and will include a new Special Collections classroom, as well as spaces for group study, seminars, events and exhibitions.


Exhibition areas will be located throughout Hohbach Hall and feature such items from the Silicon Valley Archives as design documents and drawings for Douglas Engelbart’s first computer mouse prototype and early audio and video recording technology from the Ampex Corp. collection.


Stanford Libraries has recently repurposed library space to engage users directly with collections, expert staff and new technologies. The David Rumsey Map Center, which opened on the fourth floor of Green Library in 2016, served as inspiration for Hohbach Hall. The Rumsey Map Center has created a place that fosters exploration of ideas across several disciplines.


Renovations for Hohbach Hall are expected to begin in fall 2019.

Learn More About the Gift, Plans for Hohbach Hall, and Harold C. Hohbach

See Also: Stanford’s Map Center Devoted to the ‘Joyful Exploration of All Things Cartographic’ (April 15, 2016)

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