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.

British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin in 1946, from the pages of the album of G

Album of photographs of UN Balkan Commission donated to Hoover Archives

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

George S. Scherbatoff (1897-1976), a US Navy commander during and after the Second World War, also served as a member of numerous naval and diplomatic missions, including the US delegation to the conference at Yalta in 1945. The donated album, which is entitled “Trip to Greece with the UN Balkan Commission, November 1947-May 1948,” contains many photographs of the commission’s activities that are described by accompanying notes.

Gomulka and Prime Minister Jozef Cyrankiewicz visit a summer camp for “youth act

Wladyslaw Gomulka Collection Opened for Research

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Hoover Archives has added a collection that documents the career of Wladyslaw Gomulka, a Polish communist leader and first secretary of the Polish United Workers’ Party from October 1956 to December 1970. The collection consists of Gomulka’s early memoirs, the interrogation file compiled during his imprisonment in 1951–54, transcripts of oral history interviews with his two secretaries, and other documents and photographs.

A street protest in Taipei in the late 1980s. Antigovernment demonstrations were

Hoover Acquires Papers of Taiwanese Independent Movement Leader

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives have recently acquired the personal papers of Tian Chaoming (1918–2010), a Japanese-educated physician well known for his efforts in promoting Taiwan’s democracy, human rights, and political independence. Among the materials Hoover has acquired are Tian’s manuscripts, his correspondence with political prisoners, and more than three hundred photos documenting anti-KMT political movements in the 1980s and the 1990s.

Francis E. Stafford

Francis Eugene Stafford Photograph Collection

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Hoover Archives is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Francis Eugene Stafford photograph collection. The albums are a generous gift from Ronald E. Anderson (PhD, Stanford University, 1970) and family.

Francis E. Stafford (1884­–1938), a US lithographer and photographer, arrived in Shanghai, China, in 1909. He was hired by the Commercial Press­—then Asia’s largest publishing company—to manage its printing division from 1909 to 1915. During the onset of the Wuchang Uprising in October 1911, Stafford was on hand to capture remarkable photos of the Qing Dynasty’s collapse. The collection, which consists of nearly 1,100 images, also includes the largest number of surviving original photographic prints of the Chinese Revolution of 1911.

Vitéz Badge (Hugo Sonyi Papers, Box 1).  Both General Sonyi and Csejtey’s father

New Hungarian Acquisitions

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Two significant émigré collections have been added to Hoover’s already extensive Hungarian library and archival holdings: those of Hugo Sonyi and Bela Csejtey. The two have very different biographies: the first was a top Hungarian general, the other, an American-educated scientist. Their collections however are similar in focus: Hungary’s military efforts in the two world wars, which, despite the valiant sacrifice of many thousands of soldiers, ended in defeat.

“Do not forget that they can return,” February 3, 1924, cover of La Ligue by R.

Rare French Periodicals Added to the Hoover Library

Friday, July 6, 2012

The library has acquired complete sets of two rare French periodicals: La Ligue and Celsius, neither of which is listed in American library catalogs; they are available only in the Bibliothèque National in Paris. The acquisition of these two titles by Hoover enhances the strength of the library’s French holdings on the themes of war, revolution, and peace.

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.