Stanford Historical Society presents Beyers Writing Prize and Schofield Oral History Award

The Stanford Historical Society presented the Beyers Prize for Excellence in Historical Writing and the Susan W. Schofield Oral History Award at its board meeting on June 9 via Zoom.

Molly Culhane, left, and Betsy Fryberger.

The winner of the 2020 Beyers Prize for Excellence in Historical Writing is MOLLY CULHANE, ’20, whose paper “‘A More than Adequate Dose of Nonsense’: Sex, Social Regulation and Institutional Change in Stanford’s Allen Controversy” is an excellent case study of a 1964-1965 dispute involving students, university administrators, and faculty. The incident led to the firing of Stanford’s Dean of Women, a restructuring of the student affairs organization, and a loosening of rules regulating female students.

The Beyers Prize, awarded annually by the Historical Society, is named in honor of Robert W. Beyers, director of Stanford News Service from 1961 to 1990. It recognizes Stanford students’ awareness of and interest in the University’s history, as demonstrated through the use of the University Archives, Stanford Libraries, and other sources.

The prize included a $500 cash award; a copy of Last of Your Springs, a collection of commencement speeches written by late president emeritus Donald Kennedy and published by the Stanford Historical Society; and a gift membership in the Historical Society.

The 2020 Susan W. Schofield Oral History Award is awarded to BETSY FRYBERGER for her oral history interviews pertaining to the history of the arts at Stanford. Established in 2018, the Schofield Award is given annually by the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program for excellence in the practice of oral history. Its purpose is to encourage oral history at Stanford University, to strengthen the collections of the Stanford Historical Society (SHS) and the Stanford Libraries, and to recognize excellent quality in oral history work.

Betsy Fryberger is the Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator of Prints and Drawings, Emerita, at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts (formerly Stanford University Museum of Art). She retired in 2009 after working for 40 years at the museum. Her work with the SHS Oral History Program began in 2011 when she started an initiative to document changes in the museum and in the study of art at Stanford through interviews with important participants.

The Schofield Award included a plaque, a framed historic photo, a citation, and a place for Fryberger on the perennial plaque of Schofield Award recipients.

Read the full article on the Stanford Historical Society website.