From the finding aid to the Shevardnadze interview transcripts

Transcripts of Interviews with Ėduard Shevardnadze Now Available

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The weekly radio interviews of Ėduard Shevardnadze, president of Georgia, during his last years in office are now available at the Hoover Archives. In these interviews Shevardnadze discusses the foreign policy of Georgia, especially relations with the United States and Russia; his trips to foreign countries and various districts of Georgia; visits of foreign statesmen and public figures to Georgia; and recent political, cultural, and social events.

Ernest Schelling receives the Distinguished Service Medal, May 21, 1923; Ignace

Ernest Schelling’s Papers and Memorabilia Come to Hoover

Monday, June 18, 2012

Known affectionately by his youngest fans as “Uncle Ernest,” Ernest Schelling was an American pianist and composer, the founder and for sixteen years the conductor of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Young People’s concerts until his untimely death in 1939. His musical papers, which are held by the University of Maryland’s International Piano Archives, provide detailed documentation of the course of his artistic career, but relatively little has been known or available about Ernest Schelling’s life outside music. The new Hoover collection sheds light on an important segment of his biography: his distinguished career as an intelligence officer and diplomat during and immediately after World War I, and his lifetime friendship with Ignace Jan Paderewski, the charismatic Polish piano virtuoso and statesman.

Atomic Energy Commissioner William Doub, right, and Ralph Nader

William Doub collection in the Hoover Archives

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Hoover Archives has acquired the William Offutt Doub papers, 1970–74, which include correspondence, memoranda, and printed matter. Doub was a member of the US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) from 1971 to 1974. His papers relate to nuclear energy issues in the United States, including licensing nuclear power plants and nuclear safety issues.

Unit insignia of the Twenty-Second Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Cor

Wojtek, the Bear of Monte Cassino

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired the wartime memoirs of Stanislaw Kroczak, an officer with the Twenty-Second Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. In his memoirs Kroczak recalls his childhood in a village south of the city of Lwow (now Lviv), his fight against invading German and Soviet forces in September 1939, and his subsequent imprisonment and hard labor in the north of Russia. One charming part of the memoir concerns one of the best-known and celebrated animal mascots of the war, Wojtek the bear.

Abkhaz election material

Abkhaz election material in the Hoover Archives

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Republic of Abkhazia is recognized as an independent country today by only the Russian Federation, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and a handful of other states although it declared its independence during the course of the Russo-Georgian conflict of 2008. That lack of recognition, however, has not deterred Abkhazia from pursuing state-building activities, the most important of which were the presidential elections held on August 26, 2011. The Hoover Institution has acquired a set of election campaign literature from all three candidates, despite the lack of diplomatic relations between the United States and Abkhazia. The material, including posters, brochures, and leaflets, can be found in the Abkhaz subject collection.

Spas Raikin as a student in Bulgaria in 1946, during a summer job building a rai

Oswald’s Bulgarian Connection: The Spas Raikin Papers

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Hoover Archives has received the papers of Spas Raikin, a Bulgarian-American historian, and émigré anti-communist activist. His papers, contained in ninety-nine binders, document Raikin’s historical research and writing as well as Bulgarian émigré activities in the United States. Binder nr. 71, however, is different from the others. It documents an episode in Raikin’s life that has a place in world history: his meeting with Lee Harvey Oswald in the port at Hoboken, New Jersey on June 13, 1962, when Oswald was returning from the Soviet Union.


Hoover Receives Unique Portrait Collection from the Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation has donated a collection of thirty-four portraits to the Hoover Institution. Among the images are those of royalty, heads of state, diplomats, military leaders, and literary figures. Michael Schwartz, president of the Schwartz Foundation and son of Bernard “Bern” Schwartz, coordinated the donation.

Included in the donation are portraits of Hoover fellow and British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, four Israeli prime ministers, and journalist and author Malcolm Muggeridge. Lady Thatcher chose Schwartz’s portrait for her 1978 campaign poster, and a 1982 commemorative first-day cover commemorative stamp in England features his classic portrait of Lord Mountbatten. Muggeridge, a journalist, author, satirist, and television personality, was a frequent panelist on William F. Buckley Jr.’s Firing Line, and a collection of his papers is housed in the Hoover Institution Archives.

Click here for more information about the Bern Schwartz collection.

Selected documents of Pastor Kurtz

The Papers of a Righteous German Acquired by Hoover Archives

Friday, November 11, 2011

Adolf Kurtz, a Protestant pastor, following Hitler’s ascent to power in 1933, resisted the government’s efforts to control religious life in Germany. In that his wife was born a Jew, he organized a relief agency to help Christians of Jewish heritage. After the war, in 1948, Pastor Kurtz was invited by the British military authorities in Berlin to come to England to visit German prisoner-of-war camps. A year ago, Hoover Archives acquired a collection of letters, certificates, church registers, and photographs, mostly associated with Pastor Kurtz’s later life in Oxford. The newly acquired increment consists of many original personal documents, mostly from the pastor’s earlier years in Berlin.

Khrushchev on visit, in May 1961, to the autonomous Soviet Republic of Adjara (A

Hoover acquires unique photos of Nikita Khrushchev and other Soviet leaders

Thursday, November 10, 2011

In May 1961 Nikita Khrushchev visited the autonomous Soviet Republic of Adjara (Adzharia) in the present Republic of Georgia. The chief communist official in the region, Aleksandr Dursunovich Tkhilaishvili, was his guide and host. The photographs in this collection depict some scenes and meetings that took place during this visit. Of particular interest is someone in the crowd greeting Khrushchev holding up a large photo of Joseph Stalin, who at the time was out of favor with Khrushchev and his supporters.

These little newspapers of the Red Guard

Hoover Acquires Communist Chinese Materials on the Cultural Revolution

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives have recently acquired more than two hundred pieces of historical materials relating to the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a sociopolitical movement that took place in the People's Republic of China from 1966 through 1976. Set into motion by Mao Zedong, then chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, its goal was to enforce socialism by removing capitalist, traditional, and cultural elements from Chinese society and to impose Maoist orthodoxy within the party. This increment, which augments an earlier collection of Hoover’s Chinese Communist Party records contains nearly two hundred issues of the Red Guard “little newspapers” between 1967 and 1971 and other communist pamphlets, internal party documents, booklets, serial issues, and published speeches of communist leaders during this period.