Kost Bondarenko

The Hoover Institution acquires the papers of Ukrainian political consultant Kost Bondarenko

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The origins of the current Ukrainian political turmoil lie in the country's recent path of development, and in particular the electoral contests that resulted in the Orange Revolution of 2004 and the election of Viktor Yanukovych as Ukrainian president in 2010. The Hoover Institution has recently acquired an important collection of papers that help to document this period and will be useful to all researchers seeking to understand the state of Ukrainian politics today.

A partial list of Riga precincts before the 1990 elections to the Supreme Soviet

Pro-Soviet Baltic “Interfront” Collection Added to Hoover Archives

Friday, December 13, 2013

The 1988-1991 movement for national independence in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia was resisted not only by Moscow, but it also had to contend with strong local opposition. Several pro-Soviet organizations emerged in reaction to growing popular demands for national sovereignty and independence in the Baltic region. 

Hoover research fellow Paul Gregory reads Oswald’s pocket dictionary

Lee Harvey Oswald documents donated to Hoover Library and Archives

Friday, November 8, 2013

Hoover research fellow Paul Gregory has donated the pocket-sized English-Russian dictionary that Lee Harvey Oswald used in Russia to the Hoover Institution Archives.

Flag of the Russian Federation.

New communist political ephemera from the Russian Federation in the Hoover Archives

Monday, October 7, 2013

A February 2013 public opinion poll of citizens in the Russian Federation found that 36 percent of respondents considered the Soviet political system better than all others, a 7 percent rise over last year. Such data should make researchers want to analyze more closely the political development of the Russian Federation since 1991, in particular the continuing appeal of the Soviet form of government among a growing sector of the population.

Biological weapon

Hoover Institution receives gift of rare books on Soviet biological warfare defense program and anti-plague system

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Raymond Zilinskas, director of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, has donated several rare publications on the history and development of Soviet anti-plague and biological warfare defense programs to the Hoover Institution Library. Of particular note is a twelve-volume set entitled Zanimatel’nye ocherki o deiatel’nosti i deiateliakh protivochumnoi sistemy Rossii i Sovetskogo Soiuza (Moskva, 1994-2002) on how to create defenses against plague and other infectious diseases.

An Oriental Corporation brochure from the early 1950s, when the company moved fr

Hoover Acquires Personal Papers of Well-Known Chinese Industrialist and Entrepreneur

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives recently acquired the personal papers of Song Feiqing (1898—1956), best known for his role in modern China’s industrialization and promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in China.

Paul Joseph Goebbels (1897–1945) in his younger years. (Hoover Institution Libra

The Papers of Joseph Goebbels Come to Hoover

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Eric Wakin, director of the Hoover Library and Archives, has announced the acquisition of an extensive collection of the papers of Joseph Goebbels, one of Adolf Hitler’s closest associates and followers, who in his later years was the infamous Reich’s minister of propaganda. The papers are mostly from Goebbels’ youth and university studies, before he joined the Nazi party in 1924. These papers are a strong complement to the original portions of the Goebbels’s diaries, which have been housed at Hoover since 1947 and are discussed in a recent Hoover Digest article.

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Declassified US Documents Available in Hoover Collections

Friday, June 21, 2013

Several linear feet of declassified documents from more than thirty-five archival collections at Hoover have been released since 2011. The collections, which are listed below, were created by diplomatic, military, and other government officials and consist chiefly of personal papers.

Armstrong (far left) visiting a nickel plant in Botswana, undated. Winifred Arms

Winifred Armstrong papers at Hoover

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired the papers of Winifred Armstrong, a US economist specializing in African development. The papers primarily document Armstrong's work with the international mining company AMAX (formerly American Metal Climax Corporation) and its African operations between 1966 and 1975.

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.