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.
General Huang Jie (right), then Taiwan garrison commander, with Chiang Ching-kuo

Hoover Acquires Personal Diaries of Nationalist Chinese General Huang Jie

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives have acquired the personal diaries of Nationalist Chinese general Huang Jie from Huang’s daughter. Huang Jie was born in Changsha, Hunan Province. In 1924, he entered the Whampoa Military Academy, becoming one of Chiang Kai-shek’s best students and then most trusted military subordinate, participating in the Northern Expedition (1926–28), the Chinese civil war of 1930, the great war between China and Japan (1933), the Sino-Japanese war (1937–45), and the Burma Campaign (1945).

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Zeng Qi Papers Announcement

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Hoover Institution recently received the papers of Zeng Qi (1892-1951), a distinguished political leader, government official, journalist, and poet.


Hoover Institution acquires the papers of Xu Daulin

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Xu Daulin (1906–73) was a distinguished legal scholar who made substantial contributions to the Constitutional Law of the Republic of China. The new acquisition includes Xu’s unpublished manuscript entitled Chinese Local Administration under the National Government and his personal correspondence with the scholarly community in the United States.

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Research Collection of Roger Mansell, Concerning World War II Prisoners of War, Donated to Hoover Institution Library and Archives

Monday, October 18, 2010

In September, the Hoover Institution Library and Archives received a large donation of World War II–era research materials from Roger Mansell, a retired businessman from Palo Alto, California, who has spent the past twenty-one years researching the fates of Allied prisoners of war from the Pacific theater of that war.

Undated flyer exalting Sun Liren’s military prowess

Shen Keqin Papers Available at Hoover Archives

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The papers of Shen Keqin (1921– ), former Republic of China representative to Thailand (1975–89) and director of the Executive Yuan (1989–90), are now available for research at the Hoover Institution Archives.


Lei Zhen Papers Acquired by Hoover Archives

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The personal papers of Lei Zhen (1897–1979), human rights activist, liberal thinker, and vigorous political opponent of Chiang Kai-shek and Kuomintang rule in post-1949 Taiwan, were recently acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives.


Digital Collection: Survey of Race Relations Records available online

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

In the early 1920s, a group of scholars set out to make a complete investigation of economic, religious, educational, civic, biological, and social conditions among the Chinese, Japanese, and other non-white residents of the Pacific Coast of the United States and Canada. Extension of the study into northern Mexico and Hawaii was contemplated as well.




Hsiao-ting Lin

Hsiao-ting Lin

e: htlin [at] stanford [dot] edu
p: 1-650-736-9035
Default Fellow

Lisa Nguyen

e: lisa [dot] nguyen [at] stanford [dot] edu
p: 1-650-723-2050
Kaoru "Kay" Ueda is Hoover's first-ever curator for the Japanese Diaspora Initiative.

Kaoru Ueda

e: kueda [at] stanford [dot] edu
p: (650) 723-1007