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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 The newly acquired papers contain Djilas’s manuscripts and typescripts sent by him to Jovanovich, both published and unpublished, along with correspondence and related materials.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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Ryukyu Islands map (Forrest Ralph Pitts papers, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archiv

New Collection Sheds Light on Postwar Okinawa

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired the papers of Forrest Ralph Pitts (1924-2014), emeritus professor of the geography department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Consul Pavel Vaskevich with two Japanese gentlemen (Valentine F. Morozoff Papers

Valentine Morozoff Papers Open: New Collection on Russian Emigrés in Japan

Thursday, March 20, 2014

One significant consequence of the revolution in Russia in 1917 was the mass exodus of opponents of the Bolshevik regime: the first mass political emigration of the twentieth century. The fate of these émigrés continues to interest historians and other researchers to this day; bearing in mind growing trends in international history and migration studies, it will continue to do so in the future.

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Merian Cooper in Polish uniform (Kenneth O. Shrewsbury Papers, Box 1, Hoover Ins

Memoirs of King Kong Director and War Hero at Hoover

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Merian Caldwell Cooper would be a top candidate for the "Most Interesting Man in the World." Although Cooper is known for his 1933 production of King Kong, there were many more interesting episodes in his life in addition to that iconic movie. Indeed, in the words of the film historian Richard Schickel, “his career was larger than life.” Expelled from Annapolis in his senior year for advocating air power, a view the navy frowned on, in 1916 he joined the Georgia National Guard and served with General Pershing’s expedition against Pancho Villa. American Relief Administration (ARA) and later volunteered for the US flight unit the Kosciuszko Squadron, part of the Polish effort to stop the Bolshevik advance into Europe.
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