Library and Archives
Library and Archives


In December 1949, the seat of the Republic of China moved from the Chinese mainland to Taipei, Taiwan, where the demoralized Kuomintang (KMT) set about establishing a new power redoubt and gradually transforming itself into a credible regime that would endure for the next half century. In addition to records of the KMT, a considerable portion of Hoover’s Taiwan collection contains personal papers of KMT officials who were important between the 1970s and the 2000s, the time when the democratization and economic development of the island began to take shape. These include the personal papers of prominent KMT officials including Tang Fei, Wei Yong, Mah Soo-lay, Huang Zhenqiu, Wang Zuorong, and Shen Junshan and those of political opponents such as Lei Zhen and Chen Fumei. Papers from Taiwan's democratization movement, documented in a series of dang wai (gray literature), were also collected at Hoover. Hoover’s Taiwan political campaign collections include electoral materials from the Democratic Progressive Party, Taiwan’s ruling party between 2000 and 2008. Other collections contain English-language materials from and about Westerners and foreign bodies dealing with Taiwan before and after V-J Day, including the personal papers of Admiral Thomas H. Binford, George H. Kerr, William Green, Pardee Lowe, George F. Mott, and Paul Vander Meer and the records of the Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction and the United States Economic Cooperation Administration in Taiwan.