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Introducing the Guide to the Hoover Institution Archives Motion Picture Films

Proofs of advertisements from the Crusade for Freedom Advertising Council's "Truth Dollar" campaign, 1954  (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Inc. Corporate Records, Box 2236, Folder 1)

Significant updates to the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Records

James B. Donovan Collection, Hoover Institution Archives

New Steven Spielberg film starring Tom Hanks dramatizes espionage story from the Hoover Archives

Firing Line Broadcast Records, Box 110, Hoover Institution Archives

A new documentary from Magnolia Pictures features the famed 1968 political debate between Firing Line host William F. Buckley Jr. and novelist Gore Vidal

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Library & Archives Hosts Second Annual Workshop on Political Economy

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

From June 22 through June 26, 2015, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives brought together scholars from across the globe for its second annual Workshop on Political Economy. Organized by Stanford history professor Jennifer Burns, the workshop invites researchers from diverse fields to study the history of economic thought using the archives of such notable thinkers as Karl Popper, Milton Friedman, and F.A. Hayek. Participants spent the week pursuing individual research projects in the Hoover reading room and participating in daily roundtables and discussions dedicated to expanding interdisciplinary conversations surrounding economics, political theory, and history.

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Online Guide to Motion Picture Films in the Hoover Archives Now Available

Monday, July 6, 2015

The recently completed Guide to the Hoover Institution Archives Motion Picture Films is now available through the Online Archive of California website. The guide, which lists collections at Hoover that contain motion picture films, is intended to streamline the search and discovery process for those researchers and filmmakers specifically interested in films.

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A cipher message found in the possession of Rudolf Abel (James B. Donovan Collection, Box 7, Folder 53-15)
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New Steven Spielberg Film Starring Tom Hanks Dramatizes A Story Of Espionage From Hoover Archives

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In October 2015, Dreamworks Pictures will release Bridge of Spies, a cinematic thriller based on the life of James Donovan, a lawyer-turned-hostage negotiator whose archive is housed at Hoover Library & Archives. Directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Matt Charman and Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring Tom Hanks, the film tells the story of a Brooklyn-based lawyer who, during the height of the Cold War, undertook the unpopular job of defending suspected Russian spy Rudolf Abel—and then, after Abel was convicted, negotiated the KGB agent’s exchange for an American U2 pilot captured by the USSR.

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"The Effect of Government on the Economic System," by Howard B. Bishop, 1934 (Mark Sullivan Collection, Box 32, Folder 5)

A New View of the New Deal: Gilder Lehrman History Teachers Discuss Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Poetic Opposition

Thursday, July 2, 2015

On June 25, high school teachers from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History visited the Hoover Library & Archives to view materials related to the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the economic and political policies before and during World War II. Hoover’s rich holdings in this area of study—spanning from the collection of Raymond Moley, the speechwriter who coined Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous program, to Mark Sullivan, a journalist fiercely opposed to what he termed the “The Roosevelt Road to Ruin”—illuminate the vast complexity of responses to FDR’s ambitious domestic relief program.

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Winston Churchill in Cuba

Grant Awarded to Preserve World War II Era Color Films

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Films from the Frederick L. Anderson Collection held at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives will be preserved and made available online thanks to a 2015 grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

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