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New Descriptions for seventeen World War I collections now available

The "Big Four" of the conference (from left):  Anthony Eden of the United Kingdom, Edward Stettinus Jr.  of the United States, Vyacheslav Molotov of the Soviet Union, and T.V. Soong of China (Andrew Roy De Metriff Papers, Hoover Institution Archives)

Hoover marks 70th anniversary of the UN Charter with new collection

Radio Free Europe identity card of Andrzej Czechowicz (Andrzej Czechowicz Papers, Box 1, Hoover Institution Archives)

Papers of Radio Free Europe's communist mole include unpublished autobiography

Pasternak Family Digital Archives (Hoover Institution Library and Archives)

New collection exposes gaps in the Iron Curtain

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Stanford Students Discover Rare Material During Summer Positions at Hoover Library & Archives

Friday, June 26, 2015

Throughout the summer of 2015, Stanford undergraduate and graduate students have contributed time, expertise, and enthusiasm toward the cataloging of rare materials at the Hoover Library & Archives. In this article they share their experiences of working with archival material—from researching little-known biographies of professional roller skaters to evaluating future careers processing collections.

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Satirical drawing of the members of the secretariat of the conference; C. Easton Rothwell on the right (Andrew Roy De Metriff Papers, Hoover Institution Archives)
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Hoover Marks 70th Anniversary of UN Charter with New Collection

Friday, June 26, 2015

With the seventieth anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter on June 26, the Archives has received a timely donation of papers and photographs from the estate of Andrew De Metriff, a translator at the San Francisco conference that established the charter. De Metriff, a twenty-five year-old soldier stationed at Fort Ord, was ordered to a special assignment in San Francisco in the spring of 1945. Because of his fluency in Russian, this son of Russian emigrants to the California Valley joined a select group of military and civilian translators in Russian, French, Spanish and Chinese working for the United Nations Conference on International Organizations (UNCIO) meeting in the War Memorial Opera House.

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Radio Free Europe identity card of Andrzej Czechowicz (Andrzej Czechowicz Papers, Box 1, Hoover Institution Archives)
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Papers of Radio Free Europe's Communist Mole Show "Other Side Of The Information War"

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Andrzej Czechowicz was probably the best known communist-era spy who was an active agent while working for RFE in the late 1960s. Employed for five years in RFE’s media analysis service in Munich, this Polish Security Service (Służba Bezpieczeństwa) operative collected considerable information on the personnel of the Polish section and on RFE sources of information within Poland and photographed thousands of pages of internal documents. After more than five years, Czechowicz returned to Poland in 1971 and participated in programs aimed at embarrassing Radio Free Europe and the US government.

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Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives
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New "Umbrella Revolution" Materials Document Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Movement

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection at the Hoover Institution includes flyers, leaflets, printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the pro-democracy political movement. These materials provide valuable evidence of a pivotal moment for the city’s democracy and its complicated relations with the Chinese mainland. 

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"Food is Ammunition--Don't Waste It," 1918
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Economic Historian Examines Herbert Hoover’s Role in World War I–Era Food Relief Efforts

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Last month Dr. Mary Cox, an economic historian at All Souls College, Oxford University, who will be a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution in the 2015-16 academic year, published a revealing study of the effects of malnutrition on German schoolchildren between 1914 and 1924. “Hunger Games: Or How the Allied Blockade in the First World War Deprived German Children of Nutrition and Allied Food Aid Subsequently Saved Them,” published in the spring edition of the Economic History Review, draws on newly discovered archival records to explore the lasting effects of the war and Allied shipping embargo on a generation of German schoolchildren who frequently went hungry in the war and postwar years.

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