May 27, 2022

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Archive Finds a Home at Stanford Libraries

From Stanford Libraries:

Stanford Libraries’ Department of Special Collections has accepted the donation of the archive of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. (1926-2004), hospice and palliative care pioneer, psychiatrist, and author of almost two dozen books, including On Death & Dying (1969), which developed the groundbreaking Five Stages of Grief theory. The decision to receive The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Archive acted upon widespread interest in her life’s work across Stanford University and took into account her immensely beneficial influence on society and medicine.

“The gift of this collection is a great example of how closely our curators and faculty partner together to directly impact the current and future research and teaching efforts across campus,” said Matt Marostica, Associate University Librarian for Public Service and Collection Development. “The Kübler-Ross Archive is a wonderful addition to our Special Collections, and offers tremendous opportunity for interdisciplinary investigation and exploration across law, medicine and sociology, to name only a few.”


Ken Ross, President of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation, and Barbara Rothweiler selected Stanford Libraries as recipient of their late mother’s archive after meetings in Phoenix with faculty and with Benjamin Stone, Stanford Libraries’ curator for American and British history. Like most modern archives, it runs the gamut from a mix of manuscript and printed materials to correspondence, photographs, video and audio recordings, and published books in more than 35 languages, requiring conservation and digital preservation. Most importantly, it contains archived, not-yet-made-public work by the pioneering thinker and practitioner in the palliative care movement.

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