Plan of the camp theater (Jan Jasiewicz Papers, Hoover Institution Archives)
In the News

Drama Behind Barbed Wire: Theater In Oflag VIIA

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Hoover Institution Archives has recently acquired the papers of Jan Jasiewicz, a Polish officer imprisoned in Germany during World War II. Jasiewicz was one of the organizers of the prison camp theater, as well as its archivist and chronicler. The collection includes hand-painted announcements, programs, costume designs, detailed lists of participants, and photographs taken by German guards.

In the News

Hoover Archives Acquires The Letters And Photographs Of Acclaimed Potsdam Conference Musician Stuart Canin

Monday, August 31, 2015

This week, Hoover Library & Archives acquired the collection of Stuart Canin—a World War II veteran, former concert master of the San Francisco Symphony, and the subject of the forthcoming documentary The Rifleman’s Violin, which tells the dramatic story of Canin’s musical performance, given at the age of nineteen, for Harry Truman, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill during the July 1945 Potsdam Conference. The materials, now available in the Hoover Library & Archives reading room, include the young GI’s letters written to his parents during the Potsdam Conference, and photographs taken in Berlin and other European cities during Canin’s years of service.

In the News

Hoover Library Acquires Rare Underground Magazine of Army Special Forces

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Hoover Library recently acquired a rare print run of The Resister: a far-right dissident magazine purportedly published by the “Special Forces Underground,” a clandestine group of radical extremists in the Green Berets, an elite fighting unit within the US Army.

From left: First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party Leonid Brezhnev and First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Ukrainian SSR Petro Shelest, and behind them Nikolai Podgorny, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the USSR (wearing a beret), togeth

New Soviet Navy Collection Revives a Cold War Mystery

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired from a private source in Warsaw a collection of several hundred photographs of the Soviet Navy during the Cold War. The photographs, mostly black and white, cover all the Soviet fleets: Northern, Pacific, Baltic, Black Sea, and the Caspian Flotilla, with the earliest photo from 1955 and the final series from 1988.

Satirical drawing of the members of the secretariat of the conference; C. Easton Rothwell on the right (Andrew Roy De Metriff Papers, Hoover Institution Archives)
Analysis and Commentary

Hoover Marks 70th Anniversary of UN Charter with New Collection

Friday, June 26, 2015

With the seventieth anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter on June 26, the Archives has received a timely donation of papers and photographs from the estate of Andrew De Metriff, a translator at the San Francisco conference that established the charter. De Metriff, a twenty-five year-old soldier stationed at Fort Ord, was ordered to a special assignment in San Francisco in the spring of 1945. Because of his fluency in Russian, this son of Russian emigrants to the California Valley joined a select group of military and civilian translators in Russian, French, Spanish and Chinese working for the United Nations Conference on International Organizations (UNCIO) meeting in the War Memorial Opera House.

Radio Free Europe identity card of Andrzej Czechowicz (Andrzej Czechowicz Papers, Box 1, Hoover Institution Archives)
Analysis and Commentary

Papers of Radio Free Europe's Communist Mole Show "Other Side Of The Information War"

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Andrzej Czechowicz was probably the best known communist-era spy who was an active agent while working for RFE in the late 1960s. Employed for five years in RFE’s media analysis service in Munich, this Polish Security Service (Służba Bezpieczeństwa) operative collected considerable information on the personnel of the Polish section and on RFE sources of information within Poland and photographed thousands of pages of internal documents. After more than five years, Czechowicz returned to Poland in 1971 and participated in programs aimed at embarrassing Radio Free Europe and the US government.

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives
Analysis and Commentary

New "Umbrella Revolution" Materials Document Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Movement

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection at the Hoover Institution includes flyers, leaflets, printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the pro-democracy political movement. These materials provide valuable evidence of a pivotal moment for the city’s democracy and its complicated relations with the Chinese mainland. 

Left to right: Galeazzo Ciano, Lord Halifax, Neville Chamberlain, Benito Mussolini (Istituto Luce Photograph Album, Hoover Institution Archives)

When Chamberlain Met Mussolini: Photographs from Fascist Italy

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

In January 1939, UK prime minister Neville Chamberlain and UK foreign secretary Lord Halifax visited Rome to confer with Italian premier Benito Mussolini, hoping to find some way to appease the Italians and maintain the status quo in the Mediterranean. Although the visit did not produce the political results desired by Chamberlain and Halifax, it nonetheless yielded a fascinating album of forty-nine high-quality photos documenting the trip now available at the Hoover Archives.

William Tonesk translating for General Dwight Eisenhower, Warsaw, 1945 (William John Tonesk Papers, Hoover Institution Archives)

Papers of US Intelligence Officer & Diplomat William Tonesk Now Open

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives has acquired the papers of William John Tonesk, a US intelligence officer with a distinguished career covering Eastern Europe and the Far East. Born in 1906 as Władysław Jan Toniecki to a Polish immigrant family in Schenectady, New York, his parents instilled in him a deep-rooted interest in Polish culture, language, and literature. In the second half of 1945, Tonesk was moved to Warsaw as aide to US ambassador Arthur Bliss Lane. Soon after, he began working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). After leaving the CIA in 1952, Tonesk served as a consultant to the Republican National Committee and US deputy chief of protocol.

David Laitin (Courtesy of Stanford University)
Analysis and Commentary

Stanford Professor David Laitin Donates Collection on Somalia

Monday, May 18, 2015

The David D. Laitin Papers contain writings, correspondence, and printed matter relating to the history, language, and political and social conditions in Somalia in particular and the Horn of Africa in general. Included is a nearly complete run of the rare STORM (Somali, Tigray & Oromo Resistance Monitor) newsletter.