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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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