Michael Sadykiewicz speaking at a Communist Party meeting in Warsaw in mid-1956.  Colonel Wojciech Jaruzelski sits on the right-hand side of Sadykiewicz.
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Polish Military Expert’s Archive Donated To Hoover

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The papers of one of the most distinguished experts on Warsaw Pact affairs of the 1970s and 1980s have been added to the Hoover Archives.  The donor, Colonel Michael Sadykiewicz, author of several books, dozens of research papers, and reports, died in Warsaw late last year at the age of ninety-two.  His life and work were shaped by the turbulent history of East Central Europe during the past century.

Linghu Pu (right) and his wife, Ma Huiyuan, in 1945.
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Hoover Archives Acquires The Papers Of Linghu Pu, Nationalist Official In North China

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hoover has acquired the papers of Linghu Pu (1910–2000), a high-ranking Nationalist official in Shanxi Province in North China from 1945 to 1949.

Smoke over Warsaw, a photograph from a Luftwaffe pilot’s album (World War II Pictorial Collection, Box fEC)
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Papers Of One Of Poland’s Top World War II Generals Donated To Hoover Archives

Monday, January 9, 2017

Documents, correspondence, and writings of General Wacław Stachiewicz (1894–1973), the chief of staff of Poland’s armed forces during 1935–39, have been received by the Hoover Archives.  Stachiewicz was largely responsible for Poland’s defensive preparations and the subsequent armed response to the invading armies of Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia in September 1939, the first month of World War II.

Payson Dennis Carter
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Hoover Archives Acquires Papers Of Payson Dennis Carter

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hoover Archives has acquired the papers of Payson Dennis Carter.  Carter was an American who worked in the USSR as a communications (telegraph and telephone) engineer between 1933 and 1937, helping lay lines between Moscow and Leningrad. As a member of the Friends of the Soviet Union after his return, “Comrade Carter” was active in speaking to church groups in “the heart of southern reaction” in the U.S.

General Czesław Kiszczak (first from left) arrives at the airport in Holguín, Cuba
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General Czesław Kiszczak’s Fraternal Visit And Safari In Cuba

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Hoover Institution Archives has received a large volume of personal papers and photographs from the estate of Czesław Kiszczak (1923–2015), Communist Poland’s last minister of the interior and head of security.  Included is an album of photographs documenting Kiszczak’s 1986 visit to Cuba.  The album, given to him by his hosts contains vignettes of Cuba’s tourist attractions in the waning years of the Soviet Bloc.  The Kiszczak photographs and papers will be processed and made available for research in early 2017.

Ksawery Grocholski prison photos, 1946

Communist Justice: Hoover Archives Acquires the Trial Papers of Count Ksawery Grocholski

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The daughter of Polish patriot Ksawery Grocholski, has donated to the Hoover Archives a complete, multivolume set of the trial documents of her father that she recently received from the Institute of National Remembrance, which administers the former Security Archives of Poland.

Pavel Litinov in the early 1970s

Hoover Archives Acquires New Soviet-era Dissident Papers

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Hoover Archives recently acquired two significant collections, the papers of Aleksandr Esenin-Vol’pin and of Pavel Litvinov, both of whom were notable Soviet dissidents.

Jānis Jahimovičs’ Popular Front of Latvia identification card nr. 34, c. 1990
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Hoover Archives Acquires The Papers Of Latvian Dissident Janis Jahimovičs

Monday, October 3, 2016

Hoover Archives has acquired the papers of Jānis Jahimovičs, a Latvian educator and Communist who, after the Prague Spring in 1968, became a dissident and human rights activist.  The Jakimovičs Papers include personal documents, photographs, diaries, memoirs, poetry, a notebook with materials on the poet and singer Vladimir Vysotskii, legal documents, and numerous samizdat materials.  As a source on Latvia in the years of Soviet occupation, it complements the documentation in the Mavriks Vulfsons Papers, the Boris Ravdin Collection (Ravdin was a friend of Jahimovičs), and the recently received selected digitized records of the Latvian SSSR KGB, which will be fully processed and made available to researchers before the end of 2016.


Quemoy Artillery Shell Presented To Hoover Archives

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

On September 26, 2016 one of the numerous artillery shells that the Chinese Communists had dropped on Quemoy Island in 1958 arrived at Hoover as a gift from the Taiwanese government. Joseph Ma, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, presented the artillery shell at a ceremony at Hoover to Eric Wakin, the Robert H. Malott Director of the Library & Archives. The artillery shell, which will join the pieces of the Berlin Wall as part of Hoover’s unique holdings on the Cold War, will be displayed at the new exhibit entitled Unpacking History: New Collections at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.  The exhibition opens on September 27, 2016 and runs until February 25, 2017.

The marketplace in Čačak in the early twentieth century; drawing by Dragan Ćirković  (Časlav Nikitović Papers, Box 1)
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Yugoslav Minister’s Papers Donated To The Library & Archives

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The papers and books of Chaslav Nikitovich (Časlav Nikitović), Serb politician and minister of agriculture of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, recently arrived at the Hoover Institution.  The papers are the third major archival collection pertaining to the former Yugoslavia that has been added to Hoover holdings in the past three years, the other two being the literary archives of the prominent dissident Milovan Djilas and the papers of the Partisan leader and communist politician Vicko Krstulović.