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Eric Wakin, the Robert H. Malott director of the Hoover Insitution Library & Archives, delivered the keynote lecture at Hoover Hometown Days in West Branch, Iowa on August 8, 2015

Eric Wakin delivers keynote address for Herbert Hoover's 141st birthday

Polish troops at a shooting range.

Hoover Archives has received a collection of nearly five hundred photographs taken in Iraq during 2005–6 by Maciej Milczanowski, one of Hoover Library & Archives’ 2015 Silas Palmer Fellows. 

Nikita Khrushchev, first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, and Nikolai Bulganin, Soviet premier, on board the cruiser Ordzhonikidze, April 1956 (Voenno-Morskoĭ Flot Photographs, Box 1, Hoover Institution Archives)

New Soviet collection revives a Cold War mystery

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The Hoover digitization team built this copy stand using inexpensive materials and DIY improvisation.

Hoover Digitization Team Presents New Approaches to Preserving Special Collections

Monday, April 11, 2016

On April 9th, Hoover Library & Archives imaging specialists delivered a presentation entitled “Democratizing Digitization” at the annual meeting of the Society of California Archivists held in Santa Rosa, California. Russell Rader, Digital Materials Manager, and Daniel Jarvis, Digitization Production Supervisor, provided fellow archivists from California institutions an overview of Hoover’s recent efforts to build a low-budget quick capture station, and its use in digitizing Hoover's Okhrana collection.
 

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Historian Frank Dikötter Discusses Mao And The Legacy Of China’s Cultural Revolution

Monday, April 11, 2016

On March 31, Hoover Library & Archives hosted a talk by Frank Dikötter, chair professor of humanities at the University of Hong Kong and the author of Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, which won the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize, Britain's most prestigious book award for non-fiction. Dikötter’s lecture, entitled “China’s Cultural Revolution,” discussed the dramatic events of the rise and fall of China’s Red Guard in the 1960s, and the legacy of China’s Cultural Revolution in terms of twentieth-century history as well as current events.

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Czech and Slovak volunteers in France, August 1914
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Czechoslovak Legion Photo Album Acquired By Hoover

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hoover Archives has acquired a rare album of photographs of the Czechoslovak Legion in France: volunteer units composed predominantly of émigré Czechs, as well as some Slovaks, fighting on the side of the Entente powers during World War I. The unbound album with thirty-eight photos belonged to a soldier of the first autonomous Czech army unit created in France, the Twenty-First Czechoslovak Rifle Regiment.

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April Fools’ Day in the Archives

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hoover archivist Sarah Patton finds a delightful and telling World War II-era April Fools' Day joke among the recently declassified papers in the John Marshall Raymond papers.

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Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Russian watercolor artist Anatole Efimoff lived, taught, and painted in Shanghai
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Hoover Acquires The Collection Of Celebrated Russian Watercolor Artist Anatole Efimoff

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hoover Library & Archives recently acquired the papers of Anatole Efimoff (1897–1981), which provide a classic representation of a Russian refugee’s life in the Far East.

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