The rare publications and archival materials assembled by government officials, diplomats, military personnel, businessmen, missionaries, journalists, scholars, and private individuals chronicle social, economic, and political conditions in Asian countries. While maintaining the library and archives’ strength in documenting Asia’s transformations in the late nineteenth to twentieth centuries, our collecting efforts also focus on contemporary affairs. 

History of Hoover's Asia Collection

Challenging traditional historiography, providing new historical interpretation


Most of the items described in these guides are now available at the East Asia Library at Stanford University or Stanford Auxiliary Libraries (SAL 1 & 2). Please check Stanford's online libraries catalog for exact locations.
Berton, Peter, and Eugene Wu. Contemporary China: a Research Guide. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, 1967.
Israel, John. The Chinese Student Movement, 1927–1937: A Bibliographical Essay Based on the Resources of the Hoover Institution. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1959.
Nahm, Andrew C. Japanese Penetration of Korea, 1894–1910: A Checklist of Japanese Archives in the Hoover Institution. Stanford University, Calif.: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1959.
Widor, Claude. The Samizdat Press in China's Provinces, 1979–1981: An Annotated Guide. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, 1987.
Wu, Tien-wei. The Kiangsi Soviet Republic, 1931–1934: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography of the Chen Cheng Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University, 1981.
Autographed photo of H. H. Kung

Hoover Institution Library and Archives Announces Opening of the papers of H. H. Kung

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The papers of H. H. Kung, a confidant of Chiang Kai-shek, his brother-in-law, and the patriarch of one of the “four big families” of Nationalist China, opened at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives on January 19, 2010.

Eric Wakin delivers remarks at the opening of the Fudan symposium.

Hoover Archives Cohosts the Symposium “The Soong Family and the Development of Modern China” in Shanghai

Monday, November 4, 2013

The symposium “The Soong Family and the Development of Modern China,” cosponsored by the Hoover Institution Archives, the Shanghai City Government, and Fudan University, was held in Shanghai, China, between November 1 and 3, 2013.

General Wang Sheng inspecting Nationalist Chinese troops in the 1960s.

Hoover Opens Papers of Kuomintang Leader

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives recently acquired the personal papers of Wang Sheng (1917–2006), best known for his relationship with Chiang Ching-kuo, the son of Chiang Kai-shek and president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) between 1978 and 1988.

The cover of Fu Nu Xin Yun, May 1940.

Kuomintang Microfilming Project Hits Million-Page Mark

Friday, March 13, 2009

More than one million pages of Kuomintang (KMT) documents have been microfilmed since the Hoover-KMT collaboration began in 2003. Among the series newly available at Hoover are the New Life Movement archive and the Wu Zhihui archive.


Thirty-three Thousand Records Added to Kuomintang Database

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Descriptions of three collections, totaling more than 33,000 entries, have been added to the Kuomintang (KMT) database. This Chinese-language, searchable database guides researchers to relevant reels of KMT microfilm. The microfilm is available in the Hoover Archives reading room.

Ryukyu Islands map (Forrest Ralph Pitts papers, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archiv

New Collection Sheds Light on Postwar Okinawa

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired the papers of Forrest Ralph Pitts (1924-2014), emeritus professor of the geography department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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.



Thursday, September 24, 1998

The exhibit will showcase information regarding General Stilwell's infantry fighting in Burma, in 1944

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Joseph W. Stilwell, circa 1917. Photo courtesy of John Easterbrook.

Joseph Stilwell’s Diaries, 1900–1939 and 1945–46, Available Online

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Joseph Stilwell began his diary in the early 1900s and kept it up, to a greater or lesser extent, until his death in 1946. Now those decades of diaries, including observations on his travels through China, Japan, and the Philippines before World War II, are available on the Hoover Archives website. They supplement Stilwell’s World War II diaries, transcriptions of which Hoover has offered online since 2005. All are part of the Joseph W. Stilwell papers at Hoover.

Hoover Institution Library Receives Rare Publications of the Russian Orthodox Mi

Hoover Institution Library Receives Rare Publications of the Russian Orthodox Mission in China

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Prince Andre Lobanov-Rostovsky was a specialist on Russo-Asian relations and a professor of Russian history at the University of Michigan and the University of California at Los Angeles. Several years ago his papers were donated to the Hoover Archives; that gift has now been followed by his library. Among the interesting and rare books received is a set of publications of the Russian Orthodox Mission in Peking (Beijing).




Hsiao-ting Lin

Hsiao-ting Lin

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Default Fellow

Lisa Nguyen

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Kaoru "Kay" Ueda is Hoover's first-ever curator for the Japanese Diaspora Initiative.

Kaoru Ueda

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