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February 21, 2014

New Documents Added to Chinese Cultural Revolution Collection

Cultural Revolution poster showing Red Guards’ reading Mao Zedong’s <i>Little Re

The Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966–76), as Harvard scholar Roderick MacFarquhar has pointed out, was a watershed event in the history of the People's Republic of China, the defining decade of half a century of communist rule. The incremental materials contain documents relating to revolutionary activities in the Beijing and Shanghai areas and Mao Zedong’s directives to party members and the Red Guards against his political rivals.

February 18, 2014

Campaign Speeches by California Political Candidates in the 1960s Now Online

Thumbnails from PG&E films (clockwise from top left): Ronald Reagan, 1966; Georg

Fifteen motion picture films of candidates campaigning for major political offices in California's 1962 and 1966 elections are now available on California Light and Sound. Each candidate was filmed as they spoke to Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) employees and answered their questions during the company's nonpartisan lunchtime voter education program.  See the complete list of the digitized films, from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company Motion Picture Film collection, below.

February 12, 2014

Revolutions in Eastern Europe Exhibition Opening on March 11

Street protest in Warsaw, Poland, June 1989 (Erazm Ciołek Papers, Hoover Institu

The Hoover Institution’s new exhibition, Revolutions in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Democracy, 19891990, will open on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion (next to Hoover Tower) on the Stanford University campus and run through Saturday, August 16, 2014.

February 6, 2014

Helena Paderewska Memoirs Discovered in the Hoover Archives

Portrait of Helena Paderewska. Józef Orłowski, Helena Paderewska: na piętnastole

Not long ago the Hoover Archives received the papers and memorabilia of the US musician and military intelligence officer Ernest Schelling. Found during initial sorting of the materials was a tattered manila envelope containing two unsigned typewritten copies of a text in English ending with “Riond Bosson, Morges, Switzerland, May 29, 1920.”

January 31, 2014

Reconnecting with the Long March Sketches

From left to right: Madame Huang Hao, Eric Wakin, Dai Bingguo, and Cui Tiankai.
Image credit: Annamaria Prati

Former state councilor of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Dai Bingguo, accompanied by his wife, Madame Huang Hao, visited the Hoover Institution Library and Archives on January 17, 2014. The delegation was led by Cui Tiankai (PRC ambassador to the United States) and Yuan Nansheng (San Francisco PRC consul general).

January 17, 2014

Women of the Gulag featured in Tablet Magazine

Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives by Hoover fellow Paul Gre

Cultural correspondent Vladislav Davidzon featured Hoover fellow Paul Gregory’s  Women of the Gulag: Stories of Five Remarkable Lives and Gregory and Marianna Yarovskaya’s documentary film of the same name in the January 8 edition of Tablet Magazine.

January 15, 2014

Mieczysław Rakowski's Diaries Open for Research

Rakowski with Gen. Czesław Kiszczak, intelligence chief of the Polish People’s R

With the twenty-fifth anniversary of the peaceful revolution that swept Eastern Europe approaching, Hoover Archives has made available for research the papers of Mieczysław Rakowski (1926–2008), Poland's top communist intellectual, and for many years the editor in chief of the Polish United Worker's Party (PUWP) organ Polityka, perhaps the most open and sophisticated weekly in all the Soviet bloc.  Rakowski was prime minister during 1988–89, the last year of the communist regime in Poland before the takeover of the government by the Solidarity opposition.

January 13, 2014

Nikolai Morshen papers now in Hoover Institution Archives

The Chains of Fear by Nikolai Narokov.

Nikolai Nikolaevich Marchenko, a Russian émigré writer best known under the pen name Nikolai Morshen, taught Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey and wrote poetry in his spare time. His father, Nikolai Vladimirovich Marchenko, pen name Nikolai Narokov, is known for two novels: Mogu! and Mnimye velichiny, translated into English as The Chains of Fear (Chicago: Regnery, 1958).

December 20, 2013

Herbert Hoover Jr. papers, including declassified Top Secret materials on Suez Canal crisis, now open

Herbert Hoover Jr. in 1928, Berton W. Crandall photographs, Box 3, Item 61, Hoov

The Hoover Archives is pleased to announce the opening of materials relating to the government service of Herbert Hoover Jr., the son of President Herbert Hoover. This recently declassified set of papers documents Hoover's time as undersecretary of state during the Eisenhower administration, covering the period 1954 to 1957. Among the issues addressed are US base rights in the Philippine Islands, US/Israeli relations, the Suez Canal crisis, and foreign policy in the Middle East more broadly.