Ambassador Zdzisław Rurarz speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, DC

New Collection: Papers of Polish Ambassador Zdzisław Rurarz

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In December 1981, when Poland’s communist authorities declared martial law and arrested thousands of Solidarity activists, two distinguished Polish diplomats protested by renouncing their allegiance to the Moscow-dominated government in Warsaw and seeking political asylum in the United States. One was Romuald Spasowski, ambassador to the United States; the other was Zdzisław Rurarz, Poland’s ambassador to Japan. The Spasowski papers came to Hoover nearly two decades ago, the Rurarz archives only now. That both collections ended up here and not in Poland or elsewhere reflects the donors’ confidence in the strength and the credibility of the Hoover Archives, which are already home to the largest and most comprehensive holdings on modern Poland outside Poland.

Ryukyu Islands map (Forrest Ralph Pitts papers, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archiv

New Collection Sheds Light on Postwar Okinawa

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired the papers of Forrest Ralph Pitts (1924-2014), emeritus professor of the geography department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Consul Pavel Vaskevich with two Japanese gentlemen (Valentine F. Morozoff Papers

Valentine Morozoff Papers Open: New Collection on Russian Emigrés in Japan

Thursday, March 20, 2014

One significant consequence of the revolution in Russia in 1917 was the mass exodus of opponents of the Bolshevik regime: the first mass political emigration of the twentieth century. The fate of these émigrés continues to interest historians and other researchers to this day; bearing in mind growing trends in international history and migration studies, it will continue to do so in the future.

Merian Cooper in Polish uniform (Kenneth O. Shrewsbury Papers, Box 1, Hoover Ins

Memoirs of King Kong Director and War Hero at Hoover

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Merian Caldwell Cooper would be a top candidate for the "Most Interesting Man in the World." Although Cooper is known for his 1933 production of King Kong, there were many more interesting episodes in his life in addition to that iconic movie. Indeed, in the words of the film historian Richard Schickel, “his career was larger than life.” Expelled from Annapolis in his senior year for advocating air power, a view the navy frowned on, in 1916 he joined the Georgia National Guard and served with General Pershing’s expedition against Pancho Villa. American Relief Administration (ARA) and later volunteered for the US flight unit the Kosciuszko Squadron, part of the Polish effort to stop the Bolshevik advance into Europe.

Miguel Aroche Parra papers, Box 55, Hoover Institution Archives

Mexican Communist Leader’s Papers Open to Public

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired the papers of Miguel Aroche Parra, a Mexican railroad unionist, Communist Party leader, and poet.

Cultural Revolution poster showing Red Guards’ reading Mao Zedong’s <i>Little Re

New Documents Added to Chinese Cultural Revolution Collection

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966–76), as Harvard scholar Roderick MacFarquhar has pointed out, was a watershed event in the history of the People's Republic of China, the defining decade of half a century of communist rule. The incremental materials contain documents relating to revolutionary activities in the Beijing and Shanghai areas and Mao Zedong’s directives to party members and the Red Guards against his political rivals.

Americans for Tax Reform (Heartland Institute Collection, Box 9, Folder 4, Hoove

Hoover Archives expands collection on free-market thought

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Hoover Archives is now the home of the Heartland Institute collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive libraries of antiregulation and free-market issuances in the United States.

Portrait of Helena Paderewska. Józef Orłowski, Helena Paderewska: na piętnastole

Helena Paderewska Memoirs Discovered in the Hoover Archives

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Not long ago the Hoover Archives received the papers and memorabilia of the US musician and military intelligence officer Ernest Schelling. Found during initial sorting of the materials was a tattered manila envelope containing two unsigned typewritten copies of a text in English ending with “Riond Bosson, Morges, Switzerland, May 29, 1920.”

Rakowski with Gen. Czesław Kiszczak, intelligence chief of the Polish People’s R

Mieczysław Rakowski's Diaries Open for Research

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

With the twenty-fifth anniversary of the peaceful revolution that swept Eastern Europe approaching, Hoover Archives has made available for research the papers of Mieczysław Rakowski (1926–2008), Poland's top communist intellectual, and for many years the editor in chief of the Polish United Worker's Party (PUWP) organ Polityka, perhaps the most open and sophisticated weekly in all the Soviet bloc.  Rakowski was prime minister during 1988–89, the last year of the communist regime in Poland before the takeover of the government by the Solidarity opposition.

The Chains of Fear by Nikolai Narokov.

Nikolai Morshen papers now in Hoover Institution Archives

Monday, January 13, 2014

Nikolai Nikolaevich Marchenko, a Russian émigré writer best known under the pen name Nikolai Morshen, taught Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey and wrote poetry in his spare time. His father, Nikolai Vladimirovich Marchenko, pen name Nikolai Narokov, is known for two novels: Mogu! and Mnimye velichiny, translated into English as The Chains of Fear (Chicago: Regnery, 1958).