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East Asia: New Acquisitions

April 2, 2014
New Collection Sheds Light on Postwar Okinawa

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired the papers of Forrest Ralph Pitts (1924-2014), emeritus professor of the geography department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

August 13, 2013
Hoover Acquires Personal Papers of Well-Known Chinese Industrialist and Entrepreneur

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives recently acquired the personal papers of Song Feiqing (1898—1956), best known for his role in modern China’s industrialization and promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in China. The Song papers include correspondence, writings, legal and financial records, printed matter, and audiovisual material relating to the operations of the Oriental Corporation in Tianjin, China, and then in Hong Kong, including what part the Christian belief played in Song's management practices and how Song’s entrepreneurship transformed the business environment in modern China.

February 14, 2013
Joseph Stilwell’s Diaries, 1900–1939 and 1945–46

Joseph Stilwell began his diary in the early 1900s and kept it up, to a greater or lesser extent, until his death in 1946. Now those decades of diaries, including observations on his travels through China, Japan, and the Philippines before World War II, are available on the Hoover Archives website. They supplement Stilwell’s World War II diaries, transcriptions of which Hoover has offered online since 2005. All are part of the Joseph W. Stilwell papers at Hoover.

November 19, 2012
Hoover Opens Papers of Kuomintang Leader

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives recently acquired the personal papers of Wang Sheng (1917–2006), best known for his relationship with Chiang Ching-kuo, the son of Chiang Kai-shek and president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) between 1978 and 1988.

September 26, 2012
Hoover Acquires Rare Historical Materials Relating to Early Chinese Communist Activities in North China

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives have recently acquired the personal papers of Sha Fei">papers of Sha Fei (1912–50), a well-known Chinese communist photographer in the 1930s and the 1940s. Born in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, Sha joined the Nationalist Revolutionary Army under Chiang Kai-shek in 1925, working as a military radio operator in Southwest China.

July 31, 2012
Hoover Acquires Papers of Taiwanese Independent Movement Leader

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives have recently acquired the personal papers of Tian Chaoming (1918–2010), a Japanese-educated physician well known for his efforts in promoting Taiwan’s democracy, human rights, and political independence. Among the materials Hoover has acquired are Tian’s manuscripts, his correspondence with political prisoners, and more than three hundred photos documenting anti-KMT political movements in the 1980s and the 1990s.

July 31, 2012
Francis Eugene Stafford Photograph Collection

The Hoover Archives is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Francis Eugene Stafford photograph collection. The albums are a generous gift from Ronald E. Anderson (PhD, Stanford University, 1970) and family.

Francis E. Stafford (1884­–1938), a US lithographer and photographer, arrived in Shanghai, China, in 1909. He was hired by the Commercial Press­—then Asia’s largest publishing company—to manage its printing division from 1909 to 1915. During the onset of the Wuchang Uprising in October 1911, Stafford was on hand to capture remarkable photos of the Qing Dynasty’s collapse. The collection, which consists of nearly 1,100 images, also includes the largest number of surviving original photographic prints of the Chinese Revolution of 1911.

November 4, 2011
Hoover Acquires Communist Chinese Materials on the Cultural Revolution

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives have recently acquired more than two hundred pieces of historical materials relating to the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a sociopolitical movement that took place in the People's Republic of China from 1966 through 1976. Set into motion by Mao Zedong, then chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, its goal was to enforce socialism by removing capitalist, traditional, and cultural elements from Chinese society and to impose Maoist orthodoxy within the party. This increment, which augments an earlier collection of Hoover’s Chinese Communist Party records contains nearly two hundred issues of the Red Guard “little newspapers” between 1967 and 1971 and other communist pamphlets, internal party documents, booklets, serial issues, and published speeches of communist leaders during this period.

October 25, 2011
Hoover Institution Library Receives Rare Publications of the Russian Orthodox Mission in China

Prince Andre Lobanov-Rostovsky was a specialist on Russo-Asian relations and a professor of Russian history at the University of Michigan and the University of California at Los Angeles. Several years ago his papers were donated to the Hoover Archives; that gift has now been followed by his library. Among the interesting and rare books received is a set of publications of the Russian Orthodox Mission in Peking (Beijing).

September 27, 2011
Hoover Acquires Personal Papers of Overseas Chinese Leader

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives have recently acquired the personal papers of Chen Jiaxian (Henry Chen), a Chinese Nationalist Party official in charge of overseas Chinese affairs in the Caribbean region and Latin America. The personal papers include correspondence between Chen and important Kuomintang Party officials regarding China’s diplomatic relations with the Caribbean region and Latin America, the Kuomintang’s policy toward overseas Chinese communities, and photos depicting Chen’s activities in Trinidad and Latin America.

September 15, 2011
Hoover Acquires Personal Diaries of Nationalist Chinese General Huang Jie

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).

July 22, 2011
Hoover Institution acquires increment to Nym Wales papers

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.

February 23, 2011
Hoover Institution acquires the papers of Xu Daulin

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.

November 19, 2010
More Than Seventeen Thousand Records Added to the KMT Archive

Some 17,270 records for the following collections have been added to the KMT (the Chinese Nationalist Party) Archive:

  • The 5th, 6th, and 7th National Party Congress
  • The 5th, 6th, and 7th Central Executive Committee
  • The 5th, 6th, and 7th Central Standing Committee
  • The archives of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek

October 26, 2010
The Hoover Institution recently received the papers of Zeng Qi (1892-1951)

The Zeng Qi papers contain materials covering the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and the Chinese Civil War (1946-1950), as well as records of the Young China Party, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, published matter, and correspondence between Zeng Qi, leading figures in the Young China Party, and other notable military and political officials of the Nationalist government.

October 18, 2010
Research Collection of Roger Mansell, Concerning World War II Prisoners of War, Donated to Hoover Institution Library and Archives

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives received a large donation of World War II–era research materials from Roger Mansell.

November 11, 2009
Letters and diaries of Chinese political activist Lin Zhao opened at the Hoover Institution Archives

On October 26, the Hoover Institution Library and Archives opened a collection of the letters and diaries of Chinese political activist Lin Zhao for public use.

March 13, 2009
Kuomintang Microfilming Project Hits Million-Page Mark

More than one million pages of Kuomintang (KMT) documents have been microfilmed since the Hoover-KMT collaboration began in 2003. Among the series newly available at Hoover are the New Life Movement archive and the Wu Zhihui archive.

July 10, 2008
Liu Family Collection Acquired and Preserved by Hoover Archives
This collection of early twentieth-century land deeds and contracts from the Zhejiang region of China offers a valuable glimpse into China’s real estate market from the 1880s to the 1930s.

June 26, 2008
Shen Keqin Papers Available at Hoover Archives
The papers of Shen Keqin (1921– ), former Republic of China representative to Thailand (1975–89) and director of the Executive Yuan (1989–90), are now available for research at the Hoover Institution Archives.

October 25, 2007
Lei Zhen Papers Acquired by Hoover Archives
The personal papers of Lei Zhen (1897–1979), human rights activist, liberal thinker, and vigorous political opponent of Chiang Kai-shek and Kuomintang rule in post-1949 Taiwan, were recently acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives.