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July 6, 2012

Rare French Periodicals Added to the Hoover Library

“Do not forget that they can return,” February 3, 1924, cover of La Ligue by R.

The library has acquired complete sets of two rare French periodicals: La Ligue and Celsius, neither of which is listed in American library catalogs; they are available only in the Bibliothèque National in Paris. The acquisition of these two titles by Hoover enhances the strength of the library’s French holdings on the themes of war, revolution, and peace.

June 29, 2012

Transcripts of Interviews with Ėduard Shevardnadze Now Available

From the finding aid to the Shevardnadze interview transcripts

The weekly radio interviews of Ėduard Shevardnadze, president of Georgia, during his last years in office are now available at the Hoover Archives. In these interviews Shevardnadze discusses the foreign policy of Georgia, especially relations with the United States and Russia; his trips to foreign countries and various districts of Georgia; visits of foreign statesmen and public figures to Georgia; and recent political, cultural, and social events.

June 18, 2012

Ernest Schelling’s Papers and Memorabilia Come to Hoover

Ernest Schelling receives the Distinguished Service Medal, May 21, 1923; Ignace

Known affectionately by his youngest fans as “Uncle Ernest,” Ernest Schelling was an American pianist and composer, the founder and for sixteen years the conductor of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Young People’s concerts until his untimely death in 1939. His musical papers, which are held by the University of Maryland’s International Piano Archives, provide detailed documentation of the course of his artistic career, but relatively little has been known or available about Ernest Schelling’s life outside music. The new Hoover collection sheds light on an important segment of his biography: his distinguished career as an intelligence officer and diplomat during and immediately after World War I, and his lifetime friendship with Ignace Jan Paderewski, the charismatic Polish piano virtuoso and statesman.

June 14, 2012

Inventory of the F. A. Harper Papers Available Online

F. A. Harper from his pamphlet

Floyd Arthur “Baldy” Harper was an American educator and economist whose ideas influenced libertarian thought. The F. A. Harper papers, which relate to laissez-faire economics and economic policy in the United States, now have an inventory available online.

June 4, 2012

Doughnut Lassies on World War I Posters

US 555B, Poster collection, Hoover Institution Archives

Political posters are powerful tools of persuasion and control via striking visual imagery. Scholarly interest in the strong visual images draws many researchers to Hoover's voluminous poster collection. Others mine more popular parts of the collection, such as this CBC article on National Doughnut Day, which highlights posters of US troops receiving doughnuts and coffee from Salvation Army doughnut lassies during World War I.

May 29, 2012

Jan Karski awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Jan Karski stands before a wall map of the Warsaw Ghetto at the United States Ho
Image credit: E. Thomas Wood

On May 29, 2012, at a White House ceremony, Jan Karski, a Polish Catholic liaison officer working for the Polish underground during World War II, was awarded (posthumously) a Presidential Medal of Freedom for his courage and sacrifice and for taking action when, as President Obama said, “so many others stood silent.”

May 25, 2012

A Soviet Vignette of the Hoover Institution

The cover of the program of the October 9–13, 1967, Hoover conference (Hoover In

During a recent archival reconnaissance expedition to Latvia, in advance of yet another Hoover digitization project in the countries of the former USSR, Stanford history professor Amir Weiner came across an account of a 1967 visit to Stanford by Aleksandrs Drizulis, a high Soviet Communist Party official and historian. The following text is from Drizulis’s presentation to party activists on April 18, 1968.

May 23, 2012

Inventory of the American Association for Higher Education Records Now Online

Membership brochure, American Association for Higher Education records, Box 147

As recently announced in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, the inventory for the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) records is now available online. The collection consists of the association's conference materials, publications, project files, correspondence, and meeting minutes, all relating to higher education in the United States.