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Hans Schumann's escape, August 15, 1961 (Berlin: Checkpoint Charlie Album, Box 1, Hoover Institution Archives)

Hoover Acquires Checkpoint Charlie Album

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hoover’s European collections have added a valuable item to its holdings, an album of thirty-five mounted photographs documenting the history of Checkpoint Charlie, the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War.  Covering the years 1946 to 1989, the album was printed in 1990 from contemporary and earlier negatives, showing the wall, important moments in the wall’s history, noted visits to the wall by Willy Brant, JFK, Ronald Reagan, and others and other images of the Cold War icon and its context.

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Japanese Modern History Manuscript Collection, Box 97, Hoover Institution Archives

New Japanese Materials Reveal Complicated History

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Can Japan and China find a way to reduce the risk of conflict and prevent continuing hostilities that could last decades? No one is certain, but, as Harvard University scholar Ezra Vogel argues, the history between the two countries has overshadowed the present and future of Japan-China relations. That history, as Hoover’s recently acquired increments to the Japanese Modern History Manuscript Collection reveal, was more complicated than people imagine. 

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Edward Rozek Papers, Box 74, Folder 13, Hoover Institution Archives

Papers of Conservative Thinker Edward Rozek Now Available

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Hoover Archives is pleased to announce the opening of the Edward Rozek papers that document the life and work of the Polish-born US political scientist and conservative thinker. Highlights of the collection include his unpublished memoirs, correspondence with key individuals within the conservative movement, and audio recordings from the Institute for the Study of Comparative Politics and Ideologies featuring Sidney Hook, Edward Teller, Walter Judd, and others.

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US Military Mission to Armenia Photographs, Envelope I, Hoover Institution Archives

Unique Armenian Newspaper Discovered in Hoover Library

Friday, September 5, 2014

The microfilming staff at Hoover recently came across an unmarked box of microfilm that presented them with difficulty:  a copy of a newspaper from World War I published in the Armenian script. With the help of colleagues at Stanford and UCLA, Hoover discovered that no other copies of this serial appear to be available elsewhere. We are proud that the Hoover Library has again added an item unique to its collection.

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The Red Guard agitates against a leader of factory in Guangzhou City, ca. 1967. (Chinese Pictorial Collection, Envelope mJ, Hoover Institution Archives)

Communist Chinese Political Movement Collection Now Open

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives are pleased to announce the opening of the Communist Chinese Political Movement Collection

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Secretary of State Warren Christopher’s Papers Open at Archives

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Hoover Institution Archives is pleased to announce the opening of the Warren Christopher papers, which document the long career of this US statesmen and Stanford Law School alumnus. 

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Milovan Djilas (left) and William Jovanovich, Princeton University, spring 1968

Hoover Acquires Milovan Djilas Literary Archives

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Before the West became acquainted with Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Leszek Kołakowski, Lech Wałesa, or Vaclav Havel, it was introduced to the works of Milovan Djilas, the first prominent dissident in the history of communist Eastern Europe. Djilas’s books were published in English by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, which was then owned by the author’s friend, William “Bill” Jovanovich. The newly acquired papers contain Djilas’s manuscripts and typescripts sent by him to Jovanovich, both published and unpublished, along with correspondence and related materials.

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Milovan Djilas (left) and William Jovanovich, Princeton University, spring 1968 (Image courtesy of Aleksa Djilas)

Hoover Acquires Milovan Djilas Literary Archives

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Before the West became acquainted with Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Leszek Kołakowski, Lech Wałesa, or Vaclav Havel, it was introduced to the works of Milovan Djilas, the first prominent dissident in the history of communist Eastern Europe.

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Henry Nelson Hammond, 1920 (Henry Nelson Hammond Papers, Box 1, Hoover Instituti

New Collection on US Intervention in Siberia, 1919–1920

Friday, May 16, 2014

This valuable addition to the Hoover Institution’s collections on the Russian Civil War and US intervention in that conflict contains the diaries, photographs, and associated papers of Henry Nelson Hammond (1900–1969), a corporal in the US Army (27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds”), covering his enlistment and deployment in the Russian Far East as part of the American Expeditionary Force in Siberia.

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Ambassador Zdzisław Rurarz speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, DC

New Collection: Papers of Polish Ambassador Zdzisław Rurarz

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In December 1981, when Poland’s communist authorities declared martial law and arrested thousands of Solidarity activists, two distinguished Polish diplomats protested by renouncing their allegiance to the Moscow-dominated government in Warsaw and seeking political asylum in the United States. One was Romuald Spasowski, ambassador to the United States; the other was Zdzisław Rurarz, Poland’s ambassador to Japan. The Spasowski papers came to Hoover nearly two decades ago, the Rurarz archives only now. That both collections ended up here and not in Poland or elsewhere reflects the donors’ confidence in the strength and the credibility of the Hoover Archives, which are already home to the largest and most comprehensive holdings on modern Poland outside Poland.

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