Stanford University Press / From Wallace Stevens’ Commonplace Book

May 1st, 2017

Stanford University Press—or at least, the idea of it—was born in Bloomington, Indiana. It was there in 1891 that Leland and Jane Stanford offered the presidency of their new university to David Starr Jordan, who, before accepting the post, drew up a memo of understanding for the Stanfords’ approval. “Before the selection of the faculty,” Jordan wrote, “I should like your assent to the following propositions.” There were four; the first three addressed student admission standards, the balance between theoretical and applied learning, and faculty needs. The fourth and final proposition reads in full: “That provision be made for the publication of the results of any important research on the part of professors, or advanced students. Such papers may be issued from time to time as ‘Memoirs of the Leland Stanford Junior University.’” 

From Wallace Stevens' Commonplace Book (1989)


"Poetry is, of all others, the most daring form of research[.]" Ponge And The Creative Method by Betty Miller, Horizon, September 1947 p. 216