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.

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.