It's true, the book Letters Home from Stanford  will be released Feb. 24, 2017. Thank you to all those who submitted correspondence!

But Letters Home from Stanford aims to become an ongoing project. We want to collect more letters, emails,and texts written by and to undergrad and grad students from any year during their Stanford days.Submissions are ongoing, being handled through the University Archives, and may be used for research, reading, and—with your permission—possible future publication. 

In the meantime, you can contact us at

Submission options for Letters Home from Stanford

Letters Home from Stanford submissions are being handled through the Stanford University Archives’ Alumni Legacy Project:

  • To upload or contact the University Archives: click "Submit Here*" at the top of the page.
  • To submit texts, forward to the Archives at 415-952-7241
  • To submit emails, forward to the Archives at
  • To submit letters (donate or loan for scanning) by mail: Stanford University Archives, Re: Letters Home from Stanford, Green Library, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford, CA., 94305-6064

Submission Guidelines for Letters Home from STanford

  1. Looking for any and all correspondence.  A couple of notes: 
    • We’re interested in all of itif one person finds his or her correspondence mundane,          guaranteedanother person will find it fascinating. Judge not your own correspondence.  Just send!
    • Subject matter can be positiveor not so.  The more real, the better.
    • Some particular topics of interest: diversity, visibility, and equality; first letter home; academic life; First-Generation students; undergraduate life; grad-student life; history of Stanford; the world beyond the Farm; feeling differentlike I don’t belong; hassles: laundry, roommates, money; why am I here?; final days.
  2. Correspondence will be:
    • treated as you wish. If for some reason you don’t want to submit to both the Archives and for possible publication, contact Letters Home from Stanford editor Al Davis directly.
    • edited for clarity and space (i.e., parts of letters may be used)
    • considered for publication, but not guaranteed
    • published only with your permission
    • used only with your specifications re: how writer to be identified
  3. Must be written:
    • by a Stanford undergrad or grad student to a family member or other loved one
    • from the Palo Alto campus, an overseas campus, or a satellite program


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Letters in the header photo courtesy of the Stanford University Archives