The Hoover Institution Archives recently acquired several dozen vintage postcards depicting battle scenes, regimental colors, and other illustrations of military life related to the Italian colonization of the region that later became known as Libya, beginning in the aftermath of World War I and continuing until Italian forces were driven out of North Africa by the Allies during World War II.
The papers of A. Piatt Andrew, who had a long and varied career as university professor, government official, member of Congress, and director of an ambulance service in wartime, are now open for use. The collection will be of interest to historians and researchers studying American politics, economics, and foreign relations in the early twentieth century, as well as those interested in the story of the American Field Service in France during World War I.
The bulk of Hoover Archives’ World War II–era Polish archival collections has been digitized and made available online by Poland’s National Digital Archives (Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe). The digitized copies were made from the 1,599 reels of microfilm donated by Hoover to Poland a decade ago. More than one and half million pages of Hoover documents can now be accessed on the NDA website www.szukajwarchiwach.pl. The website is linked to the Hoover Library and Archives site and to the Online Archive of California, providing online access to Hoover finding aids.
The Hoover Institution Library and Archives has acquired important materials on Peru’s leftist political and guerrilla/terrorist movements that developed between the rise of Maoism in the 1960s and the retrial in 2005–6 of the most murderous Maoist leader in the Western Hemisphere.
The Hoover Archives has long had one of the world’s richest repositories of documentation on the domestic and international policies of modern Nicaragua. Major collections relate to both the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) and the armed opposition to the Sandinistas, loosely designated in popular parlance as the “contras.” The latest addition is a collection of twenty-three letters written to Fonseca in 1969–70 by his wife, Maria Haydée Terán, while he was in prison in Costa Rica.
Xu Daulin (1906–73) was a distinguished legal scholar who made substantial contributions to the Constitutional Law of the Republic of China. The new acquisition includes Xu’s unpublished manuscript entitled Chinese Local Administration under the National Government and his personal correspondence with the scholarly community in the United States.
This collection is subdivided into two topics. The first consists of fourteen reels of taped oral history interviews with builders involved in constructing the Baikalo-Amurskaia magistral (BAM), 1975-77. This was the last of the grandiose construction projects undertaken in the Soviet Union.
Twelve letters written to Elisabeth de Waal (née Ephrussi) by the Austrian-born political scientist Eric Voegelin were recently added to his collection. The original installment of this correspondence at Hoover (acquired from Voegelin’s widow in the 1980s) consisted of forty-five letters from Elisabeth to Eric (from 1938 to 1976) and seven carbon copies of his letters to her (from 1941 to 1974). Now, thanks to the generosity of Edmund de Waal, these twelve letters—ten of which had never been seen before, two of which Hoover had as carbon copies—from Eric to Elisabeth, spanning the years 1926 to 1959, complement the letters we had in hand.
As a part of its ongoing collecting activities to document contemporary political events, the Hoover Institution receives political ephemera from the independent states that made up the former Soviet Union.
Eugene Magerovsky was a US military intelligence officer whose father, Lev Florianovich Magerovsky, was a prominent Russian émigré. This collection contains audiotapes and archival documents, including biographical information, clipping files, materials on Russian émigré life in Czechoslovakia, Germany, and the United States and on the establishment of Russian studies programs at colleges and in the US Army, correspondence, photographs, subject files on the Russian Imperial Army, the identification of the Romanov remains, the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, anticommunist organizations, as well as his writings, and articles and manuscripts written by others.