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Library and Archives: Recent Acquisitions

September 21, 2011

Hoover acquires papers of Alexei Milrud

Alexei Milrud

Much of Alexei Milrud’s collection relates to the activities of his father, Mikhail Milrud, editor of the newspaper Segodnia in Riga, Latvia, between the two world wars. The collection includes materials on Mikhail’s career and copies of his NKVD file (he was arrested by the Soviets when they incorporated Latvia), as well as materials relating to the newspaper and the history of Russian publishing in Latvia.

September 15, 2011

Hoover Acquires Personal Diaries of Nationalist Chinese General Huang Jie

General Huang Jie (right), then Taiwan garrison commander, with Chiang Ching-kuo
Image credit: Photo courtesy of Ms. Cynthia Huang

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives have acquired the personal diaries of Nationalist Chinese general Huang Jie from Huang’s daughter. Huang Jie was born in Changsha, Hunan Province. In 1924, he entered the Whampoa Military Academy, becoming one of Chiang Kai-shek’s best students and then most trusted military subordinate, participating in the Northern Expedition (1926–28), the Chinese civil war of 1930, the great war between China and Japan (1933), the Sino-Japanese war (1937–45), and the Burma Campaign (1945).

September 2, 2011

Hoover gets major increment to Chicago Boys and Latin American market reformers collection

Map of Chile
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Hoover Institution’s Chicago Boys and Latin American market reformers collection has just been strengthened by the addition of interviews with Arnold C. Harberger, the “father” of many of the Latin American men and women economists of the past half century who promoted markets throughout that region.

September 1, 2011

CIA director William Casey’s papers opened at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives

William Casey, thirteenth director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Image credit: Central Intelligence Agency

The William Casey papers are now open at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives. William Joseph Casey, most well known as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), held a number of high-level positions in the United States government during the presidential administrations of Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, and Ronald Reagan.

August 23, 2011

Colonel Enrique Bermúdez, military head of Nicaraguan Resistance Forces in 1980s

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the assassination in Managua of Colonel Enrique Bermúdez Varela, the founder and for ten years the top official military commander of the Nicaraguan Resistance Forces (Fuerza Democrática Nicaragüense; FDN-Northern Front) the so-called contras. The Hoover Archives, which has long had major resources on the FDN, Robelo, and Pastora, is now adding, by periodic increments, the personal archive of Bermúdez.

August 5, 2011

Echoes of the 1956 Hungarian Exodus: Judit Brody and Thomas Kovari Correspondence Donated to Hoover Archives

Judit Brody and Thomas Kovari in August 1955

Following the defeat of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 some 200,000 people escaped to the West. Among them was a group of young mathematicians and scientists, most of whom had never set foot outside the Iron Curtain. The Hoover Institution Archives has received a primary source documenting the life and concerns of some of these Hungarian exiles in their first years of life in the West: a collection of one hundred letters, dated between 1956 and 1959, written to Thomas Kovari and Judit Brody by their friends, young intellectuals and academics, who, like them, had left Hungary in late 1956.

August 3, 2011

Hoover Acquires Substantial Collection of Papers of the Late Yugoslav Dissident Mihajlo Mihajlov

Dust jacket of Mihajlov’s Underground Notes

Recently the Hoover Institution Library and Archives acquired more than seventy boxes of archival materials from the estate of the late Mihajlo Mihajlov (1934–2010), a Serbian writer, political activist, and dissident who was imprisoned for his critiques of Tito’s Yugoslavia in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This collection, which augments an earlier donation made during Mihajlov’s lifetime, contains correspondence, publications, and audiovisual media that document the breadth of Mihajlov’s public career.

July 26, 2011

Hoover opens papers of Zimbabwean political activist Diana Mitchell

A postcard distributed to voters during Mitchell’s campaign for Parliament

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives are pleased to announce the acquisition and opening of the papers of Zimbabwean political activist and author Diana Mitchell (1932– ). The Mitchell papers, one of the most extensive African collections to arrive at Hoover in many years, documents political events, first in Rhodesia and then Zimbabwe, during more than forty years through the eyes of a politically engaged writer and activist.

July 22, 2011

Hoover Institution acquires increment to Nym Wales papers

Nym Wales's unpublished manuscript provides us with her perceptions of the Tiana

The materials contain Nym Wales’s 1989 unpublished manuscript, in which she gave penetrating insights into the occurrences in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, Chinese-American relations, globalism, a reflection on her eighty-second birthday in 1989, as well as her correspondence with Communist Chinese provincial organizations and friends within and outside the United States in the late 1980s and the early 1990s.

June 17, 2011

Sklenarz-Bokota Family Archives

Krystyna Sklenarz, seven, in Kazakhstan; pencil and crayon drawing by V. Kirsano

Among its many strengths the Hoover Institution Archives boasts the largest and most comprehensive documentation on twentieth-century Poland outside Poland. A very substantial part of these archives is from the period of World War II and includes large collections of documents generated by various institutions and agencies, as well as the leaders of the London-based Free Polish government in exile. Less numerous are the archives of ordinary individuals and families; the just received family papers of Krystyna Sklenarz and Stanislaw Bokota fall into that category.