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Dorothy Kilian in Moscow, 1986

Papers of peace activist Dorothy Kilian now open

Pasternak Family Digital Archives (Hoover Institution Library and Archives)

New collection exposes gaps in the Iron Curtain

Berlin: Checkpoint Charlie Album, Box 1, Hoover Institution Archives

Hoover acquires "Checkpoint Charlie" album

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Porthole from the Lusitania's promenade retrieved by Stanford alumnus Gregg Bemis

Owner of Lusitania Wreck Speaks at Hoover Library & Archives Exhibition Opening

Thursday, May 28, 2015

On May 20, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives hosted a special event featuring Gregg Bemis, a Stanford graduate (class of 1950) and current owner of the famed wreck of the British luxury liner RMS Lusitania, which was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sunk off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915. Bemis, a retired businessman, nautical history buff, and deep-sea diving enthusiast who, at the age of seventy-six, visited the underwater wreck in 2004, delivered a talk explaining his longtime fascination with the story of the famous ship

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Left to right: Galeazzo Ciano, Lord Halifax, Neville Chamberlain, Benito Mussolini (Istituto Luce Photograph Album, Hoover Institution Archives)

When Chamberlain Met Mussolini: Photographs from Fascist Italy

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

In January 1939, UK prime minister Neville Chamberlain and UK foreign secretary Lord Halifax visited Rome to confer with Italian premier Benito Mussolini, hoping to find some way to appease the Italians and maintain the status quo in the Mediterranean. Although the visit did not produce the political results desired by Chamberlain and Halifax, it nonetheless yielded a fascinating album of forty-nine high-quality photos documenting the trip now available at the Hoover Archives.

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William Tonesk translating for General Dwight Eisenhower, Warsaw, 1945 (William John Tonesk Papers, Hoover Institution Archives)

Papers of US Intelligence Officer & Diplomat William Tonesk Now Open

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives has acquired the papers of William John Tonesk, a US intelligence officer with a distinguished career covering Eastern Europe and the Far East. Born in 1906 as Władysław Jan Toniecki to a Polish immigrant family in Schenectady, New York, his parents instilled in him a deep-rooted interest in Polish culture, language, and literature. In the second half of 1945, Tonesk was moved to Warsaw as aide to US ambassador Arthur Bliss Lane. Soon after, he began working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). After leaving the CIA in 1952, Tonesk served as a consultant to the Republican National Committee and US deputy chief of protocol.

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Poster Collection, UK 524, Hoover Institution Archives
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Remember The Lusitania! Discoveries From The Shipwreck

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 to Sunday, May 24, 2015
Hoover Tower Rotunda

One hundred years ago, on May 7, 1915, the British luxury liner RMS Lusitania sank off the southern coast of Ireland after being torpedoed by a German submarine. Nearly twelve hundred of the men, women, and children on board perished, provoking a firestorm of international condemnation. On the centennial of the Lusitania disaster, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives is mounting a short-term exhibition in the Hoover Tower rotunda. Remember the Lusitania! Discoveries from the Shipwreck will showcase artifacts retrieved from the wreck together with photographs, posters, documents, medals, and maps from Hoover's collections.

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David Laitin (Courtesy of Stanford University)
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Stanford Professor David Laitin Donates Collection on Somalia

Monday, May 18, 2015

The David D. Laitin Papers contain writings, correspondence, and printed matter relating to the history, language, and political and social conditions in Somalia in particular and the Horn of Africa in general. Included is a nearly complete run of the rare STORM (Somali, Tigray & Oromo Resistance Monitor) newsletter.

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