An Oriental Corporation brochure from the early 1950s, when the company moved fr

Hoover Acquires Personal Papers of Well-Known Chinese Industrialist and Entrepreneur

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives recently acquired the personal papers of Song Feiqing (1898—1956), best known for his role in modern China’s industrialization and promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in China.

Paul Joseph Goebbels (1897–1945) in his younger years. (Hoover Institution Libra

The Papers of Joseph Goebbels Come to Hoover

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Eric Wakin, director of the Hoover Library and Archives, has announced the acquisition of an extensive collection of the papers of Joseph Goebbels, one of Adolf Hitler’s closest associates and followers, who in his later years was the infamous Reich’s minister of propaganda. The papers are mostly from Goebbels’ youth and university studies, before he joined the Nazi party in 1924. These papers are a strong complement to the original portions of the Goebbels’s diaries, which have been housed at Hoover since 1947 and are discussed in a recent Hoover Digest article.

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Declassified US Documents Available in Hoover Collections

Friday, June 21, 2013

Several linear feet of declassified documents from more than thirty-five archival collections at Hoover have been released since 2011. The collections, which are listed below, were created by diplomatic, military, and other government officials and consist chiefly of personal papers.

Armstrong (far left) visiting a nickel plant in Botswana, undated. Winifred Arms

Winifred Armstrong papers at Hoover

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired the papers of Winifred Armstrong, a US economist specializing in African development. The papers primarily document Armstrong's work with the international mining company AMAX (formerly American Metal Climax Corporation) and its African operations between 1966 and 1975.

Chiang Kai-shek meets with Oskar Munzel (left), his German military adviser, in

Chiang Kai-shek’s Secret Military Advisers Unveiled

Monday, May 13, 2013

For decades after his defeat by the Chinese Communists in 1949, Chiang Kai-shek relied heavily and almost exclusively on the United States to defend and consolidate his island redoubt, Taiwan, against the communist invasion. Under the facade of an ostensibly formidable US-Taiwan alliance during the cold war, however, Chiang would, from time to time, turn to his erstwhile enemies in World War II for military advice.


Hoover acquires papers of Vadim Volkov

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The collection contains minutes of meetings of the various political parties and groups to which Volkov belonged, as well as manifestos, programs, and other materials derived from social-democratic activity. A small but significant part of the collection concerns the emergence of the Leningrad Popular Front and related organizations during the perestroika period.


Conference on Peace Research, Education and Development sound recordings in the Hoover Archives

Monday, April 29, 2013

Building on its rich collections related to peacemaking and diplomacy, the Hoover Institution has now obtained audiocassettes of the proceedings of the national Conference on Peace Research, Education and Development (COPRED) held November 7-10, 1984. The conference brought together leading peace activists and political figures to discuss global challenges in security, institution building, conflict management, nuclear nonproliferation, and the role of public diplomacy in easing international tensions and improving international understanding.

Alexandra Kollontai, a Bolshevik feminist and ambassador to Mexico and Sweden, t

Stepanov family papers find home in Hoover Archive

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

This collection should interest researchers studying both Soviet feminism and the Soviet propaganda system. Anna Abramovna Stepanova (Faikina) (1910–87), a journalist, participated in a 10,000–kilometer Women’s Auto Race in honor of Stalin’s constitution in 1936; the race is documented in a number of photographs and associated materials. In other photographs, she and her husband, Aleksandr Vasil’evich Stepanov (1906–65), are shown with I. G. Bolshakov, the Soviet minister of cinematography from 1946 to 1953, S. A. Lozovskii, head of the Sovinformbiuro (the official news and propaganda agency of the Soviet government, formed during the Second World War), as well as Soviet military leaders Marshals V.D. Sokolovskii and S. M. Budennyi.

Herbert Romerstein

Herbert Romerstein Collection Comes to the Hoover Archives

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Hoover Institution has recently acquired Herbert Romerstein’s archives, the result of some sixty years of his research and collecting. When fully processed and registered, it will be Hoover’s largest collection on the subversive activities of communist action and communist front organizations in the United States and abroad, substantially complementing the holdings of two large Hoover collections with a similar focus: the US Subversive Activities Control Board records and the William T. Poole collection.

A 1941 poster promoting a concert and dance in the San Francisco Masonic Auditor

Javier Benedet’s Spanish Civil War Collection

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The recently acquired Javier Benedet collection contains significant materials relating to the Spanish Civil War and to fundraising efforts in Northern California on behalf of the Republican side in that conflict. The Benedet papers also provide documentation on the plight of Republican refugees in the aftermath of the Civil War and on the political life of the Spanish anti-fascist diaspora in France, Mexico, and other countries. In terms of volume, the Benedet papers now constitute the second largest collection (after the Burnett Bolloten papers) in the archives pertaining to the Spanish Civil War.