The Association of College and Research Libraries’ Rare Books and Manuscripts Section has selected the Hoover Institution Library and Archives' exhibition catalog, A Century of Change: China 1911-2011, as the 2013 winner of the Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Award.
In the world of email, Skype, smart phones, and social media, it is hard to believe that pigeons were once reliable forms of communication. In fact, during World War I, pigeons with as little as five days of training achieved delivery success rates of 95 percent.
A delegation from the Japanese Ministry of Defense (JMOD) visited the Hoover Archives on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Led by Nobushige Takamizawa, president of the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), the delegation included NIDS senior fellow Masayuki Masuda and fellow Tomohiko Satake.
Nearly one hundred and fifty audiotapes of lectures delivered at the Institute of Humane Studies have been digitized for preservation and access by Hoover’s audio lab. The institute is a US nonprofit organization that promotes laissez-faire economics. The tapes include lectures on economics and political theory by Milton Friedman, Friedrich von Hayek, John Jewkes, Arthur Kemp, Felix Morley, Bruno Leoni, Jacques Rueff, and others.
Yung-le Lin, Taiwanese foreign minister, and Bruce J.D. Linghu, director of the Department of North American Affairs for the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry, visited the Hoover Institution on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, as part of their daylong visit to the San Francisco Bay area. Minister Lin, who has served in the ministry for more than three decades, has represented Taiwan in missions all over the world.
Hoover’s entire collection of audiotapes created by RFE/RL’s Latvian Language Service has been digitized for preservation and access. Use copies of the recordings are available for listening at the Hoover Archives.
During World War II, US planes dropped gifts such as cigarettes, seed packets, and sewing kits over both the European and Pacific theaters.
This week marks the 135th anniversary of the telephone book. What began as a single page in 1878 has turned into a semi-annual publishing frenzy -- more than 500 million telephone books and directories are published in the U.S. every year.
When the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991, its vast ranks of bureaucrats and party officials successfully transitioned into post-Soviet business and politics. Twenty years later, those same party and state officials, who populated the ranks of the elite nomenklatura or had begun their ascent up the communist ladder, are among the most successful.