Guide to the Hammarskjöld House Photographs

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
June 2012
Copyright © 2015 The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.


Call Number: PC0146
Creator: Dag Hammarshold House (Stanford University)
Title: Hammarskjöld House photographs
Dates: 1973-2009
Physical Description: 19251.2 megabyte(s) (33 files)
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022

Administrative Information

Information about Access

The materials are open for research use.

Ownership & Copyright

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Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

[identification of item], Hammarskjold House Photographs (PC0146). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical note

Dag Hammarskjöld House was formerly the home of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. The plans for the house were initiated by several foreign students who were looking to have a place on campus and also were actively involved in the Bechtel International Center. In 1970, Richard Lyman took office as the seventh president of the university. Alfredo Prelat (MS'71,PhD'74) with the support of foreign students and the Bechtel International Center requested to President Lyman to have a place on campus for international students and Americans students that wanted to live with people from different cultures. Several names were proposed for the new international house. After a long debate the name of Dag Hammarskjöld was selected in honor of the UN secretary General who died in a plane accident while on a peace mission in Congo. Clifford Clarke, the foreign student advisor said of Hammarskjöld, "This new concept of a living group (will be) composed of people from other cultures who want to participate in educational and social programs to facilitate mutual understanding and respect."
Alfredo Prelat from Argentina became the first president of Hammarskjöld House and Marie Antoinette Plot from France the Vice President. There were twelve students when Dag Hammarshold House opened as well as a dog named "Simon". In the early years, Hammarskjöld was supported by the general direction of Clarke and F. Lee Ziegler, the director of the I-Center. Early residents have remarked that an equally strong reason for creating the house was the founders' belief that Americans who spent a lot of time in other countries returned to the U.S. somehow changed. Hammarskjöld would be a place for them to nurture these differences and explore their own experiences. The first most colorful guest at Hammarskjöld was the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Stanislaw Trepczynski from Poland . He and his wife stayed in a room on the second floor with two Algerian body guards next door. Other Friday dinner guests in the early days of Hammarskjold included Dr. Linus Pauling, Dr. W. K. H. Panofski and Director Seij Ozawa.
In March of 1977, student protest against Stanford's investment in South Africa became active. The University higher-ups seemed to be ignoring the issue of the University's moral responsibilities, for example; although students were vocal in their objections, the Board of Trustees would not even raise the issue at its meetings. Students took over Old Union to protest both the University's tacit support of apartheid and their unresponsiveness to student concerns. University police began to arrest protesters. During the night, Hammarskjöld became the command center of the protest. Hammies started a phone network, and called a crowd of several hundred people out to support the protesters. Hammies also cooked food for those inside and outside the building.
The make-up of the house has changed from year to year. In the first two years the residents were from Norway, England, France, India, Tanzania, Argentina, Mexico, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, Switzerland, Iran, Turkey, Hong Kong and USA. Some years the international students in the house were predominantly from East Asia, other years from Europe . This year many of the residents and eating associates are from India. Hammarskjöld is fond of its traditions, which include ringing the dinner bell, Friday evening happy hours/wine clubs and the big dinner parties at Thanksgiving and Chinese New Year. For these parties, house members decorate the house and prepare food for 200 people, including past members of Hammarskjöld who are invited, and assorted other guests. Hammarskjöld's personality has changed from year to year.
This write-up was very kindly provided by Dr. Alfredo Prelat, the first president of Hammarskjold House

Scope and Contents

The materials consist of digital photographs of house members.

Arrangement note

The materials are arranged chronologically.

Access Terms

College students--Photograph collections.
College students.
Stanford University--Student housing.
Stanford University--Students.
Students--Societies, etc.
Universities and colleges--Student housing.

Collection Contents


Group Photographs 1973-2009



1973-1974, 1973-1974



1974-1975, 1974-1975



1975-1976, 1975-1976



1976-1977, 1976-1977



1977-1978, 1977-1978



1978-1979, 1978-1979



1979-1980, 1979-1980



1980-1981, 1980-1981



1981-1982, 1981-1982



1982-1983, 1982-1983



1983-1984, 1983-1984



1984-1985, 1984-1985



1985-1986, 1985-1986



1986-1987, 1986-1987



1987-1988, 1987-1988



1988-1989, 1988-1989



1989-1990, 1989-1990



1990-1991, 1990-1991



1991-1992, 1991-1992



1992-1993, 1992-1993



1993-1994, 1993-1994



1994-1995, 1994-1995



1995-1996, 1995-1996



1996-1997, 1996-1997



1997-1998, 1997-1998



1998-1999, 1998-1999



1999-2000, 1999-2000



2000-2001, 2000-2001



2001-2002, 2001-2002



2002-2003, 2002-2003



2005-2006, 2005-2006



2006-2007, 2006-2007



2007-2008, 2007-2008