Stanford University has announced a gift of $25 million from the Harold C. and Marilyn A. Hohbach Foundation to create a collections-focused research hub and endow the Silicon Valley Archives program.
To be named Hohbach Hall, the newly renovated space in the east wing of the Cecil H. Green Library will include a new special collections classroom as well as spaces for group study, seminars, and events. In addition, areas for exhibitions will be located throughout the space and will feature items from the Silicon Valley Archives such as the design documents and drawings for Douglas Engelbart's first computer mouse prototype and early audio and video recording technology from the Ampex Corp. collection.
Harold Hohbach, who died in 2017, was a patent law attorney and real estate developer. A great admirer of Silicon Valley inventors and an innovator himself, Hohbach had long aspired to create a space that would challenge and inspire the leaders and entrepreneurs of the future.
"Our library system continues to be a critical platform for discovery and research, and this very generous gift will create an intellectual hub that fosters bold thinking and sparks curiosity," said Stanford president Marc Tessier-Lavigne. "Hohbach Hall will offer one of the most complete and active research collections on Silicon Valley history. Students, scholars, and society all benefit when academic libraries have the ability to develop research tools, curate, and organize growing amounts of content and data, and evolve their facilities and systems to improve access and delivery of information."