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.

The text on the English version of this handout is “Muslims live and practice in

Digital Images from Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at Hoover Archives

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Born-digital photographs depicting US National Guard units deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and images of leaflets and flyers distributed in those countries, are available for research at the Hoover Archives.

Austrian, Hungarian, Czech, Polish, and Soviet Russian cards and stamped envelop

A Philatelic History of the ARA: the Arthur H. Groten Collection

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Hoover Archives has received a collection of documents, postcards and letters connected with the work of the American Relief Administration. Herbert Hoover organized and directed the ARA, providing assistance to millions of displaced and hungry victims of World War I. The collection, consisting mostly of stamped postal requests and acknowledgements from individuals and private organizations assisting in the American aid effort, covers the entire period of the ARA’s operation in Central and Eastern Europe, from its early 1919 start in Austria, Hungary and Poland, until the summer of 1923, the end of the American mission in Moscow.

Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich

Hoover Institution acquires papers of Igor Dashkevich

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich was a political activist from Saint Petersburg who was involved in establishing independent trade unions and independent political and trade union publications during and immediately after the collapse of the Soviet system.

General Wang Sheng inspecting Nationalist Chinese troops in the 1960s.

Hoover Opens Papers of Kuomintang Leader

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives recently acquired the personal papers of Wang Sheng (1917–2006), best known for his relationship with Chiang Ching-kuo, the son of Chiang Kai-shek and president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) between 1978 and 1988.

Edmund Osmanczyk (right) with Polish premier Mieczyslaw Rakowski in the mid-1980

Edmund Osmanczyk Papers Come to Hoover

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The papers of Polish journalist, writer, politician, and Silesian activist Edmund Osmanczyk (1913–1989) have been added to the Hoover Institution Archives. Osmanczyk’s life was rather atypical for his generation of Polish intellectuals; unlike most others, who were either killed or had to leave the country, he survived the war and forty-five years of communism, and died in free Poland.

Dmitri Shalikashvili in Polish uniform, c. 1930, photo courtesy of the Central M

Major Shalikashvili and the KGB: Hoover Georgian Archives Expand

Monday, October 8, 2012

For a country located on the strategic frontier of Europe and Asia, with a proud history going back to the fourth century AD, Hoover Archives' holdings on Georgia are modest compared to some of our other international collections, such as those on Russia, Germany, or Poland. Our Georgian collection is expanding, however, thanks to recent initiatives. One such effort involves digitizing the records of the security police and those of the Ministry of the Interior of Soviet Georgia; the other concerns the Dmitri Shalikashvili papers, our most comprehensive and best-known source on Georgian history.

Early Chinese communist publications in the Shanxi-Chahar-Hebei Border Region in

Hoover Acquires Rare Historical Materials Relating to Early Chinese Communist Activities in North China

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives have recently acquired the personal papers of Sha Fei (1912–50), a well-known Chinese communist photographer in the 1930s and the 1940s. Born in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, Sha joined the Nationalist Revolutionary Army under Chiang Kai-shek in 1925, working as a military radio operator in Southwest China. He then left the Kuomintang Army to become a professional photographer in the 1930s. In October 1937, Sha Fei joined the Chinese Communist Red Army and became a journalist, editor, and photographer in the communist-governed Shanxi-Chahar-Hebei Border Region in North China.

Jones on motorcycle. (Paul LeRoy Jones papers, Box 8, Hoover Institution Archive

Paul LeRoy Jones Papers Available for Research

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Paul LeRoy Jones was a US soldier who served under General Joseph Stilwell in the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II. With a background in radio communications and chemistry, Jones joined the Seventh Infantry Division of the United States Army in April 1941. During the war, Jones held a variety of jobs that required him to travel throughout the China-Burma-India Theater.