The collection contains archival and special materials in the Chinese and Japanese languages. The special collections materials include rare books; newspapers; banned, illegal, or rare periodicals; political party internal documents; and government (central and local) internal documents. Archival materials include private papers donated or deposited by former national leaders, public servants, military personnel, and others from Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, and other parts of East Asia. A significant feature of this collection is its diverse and complementary nature, providing readers with an objective and balanced historical landscape of the countries and regions that fall within the collection’s geographic scope.
With the transfer of Hoover's trade press materials, including vernacular Chinese books and serials, to the East Asia Library of Stanford University in 2002, many items listed in Hoover's older research guides and bibliographies on East Asian topics are no longer available at Hoover. Please contact the Hoover Library before your visit to determine the current location of published materials.
Hsiao-ting Lin is curator of the East Asia Collection and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Lin’s academic interests include ethnopolitics and minority issues in greater China, border strategies and defenses in modern China, political institutions and the bureaucratic system of the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang), and US-Taiwan military and political relations during the early Cold War. He has published extensively on modern Chinese politics, history, and ethnic minorities.