China

Hoover’s many Chinese collections document political, economic, and social developments during the revolution of 1911, the warlord period, the civil war, and the post-1949 period. Holdings on pre-1949 Republican China, including Nationalist government documents and Chinese Communist Party materials, are particularly robust. Also available are accounts of non-Chinese public servants, military officers, engineers, journalists, and scholars who shaped or witnessed developments in China.

Biographies, investigation records, confessions, and testimonies of various political campaigns conducted in China

 The second annual Hoover Institution workshop on modern China was held during August 4-5, 2014

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CHIANG KAI-SHEK DIARIES 蔣介石日記

Chinese military and political leader and former head of state of the Republic of China

Joshua B. Powers Collection

Materials regarding Homer Lea, military adviser to Sun Yat-sen and to the revolutionary movement in China

Francis E Stafford Photographs

US missionary in China, 1909–15 and 1932–33

T. V. Soong Papers 宋子文

Financier and official in the Chinese Nationalist government

H. H. Kung Papers 孔祥熙

Businessman and statesman in the Chinese Nationalist government

Chang Kia-Ngau Papers 张嘉璈

Banker and official in the Chinese Nationalist government

Chen Cheng collection 陳誠

Materials relating to Chinese communist activity in the Jiangxi Soviet Republic, 1931­–37

Yen Hui Ch’ing Typescript: An Autobiography 顏惠慶

Former premier of the Republic of China

Nym Wales (Helen Foster Snow) Papers

US journalist who reported from Yan’an, China, during the 1930s

Claire Lee Chennault Papers

Commanding officer of the American Volunteer Group in the Chinese Air Force’s “Flying Tigers”

Joseph Warren Stilwell Papers

US Army general in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II

Albert C. Wedemeyer Papers

US Army commander in the China and Southeast Asia theaters during World War II

Iris Chang Papers

US historian, journalist, and author, The Rape of Nanking

Lin Zhao Papers 林昭

Chinese dissident; prisoner, 1960–68

Chinese Cultural Revolution Collection

Newspaper issues, pamphlets, broadsides, and flyers issued by Red Guards


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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.
 
 
 
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.
 
 

Hoover Institution Library & Archives Hosts Workshop on Modern China

Monday, August 4, 2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014

The second annual Hoover Institution workshop on modern China was held during August 4-5, 2014. Organized by archives staff, the workshop featured eight scholars from Europe, East Asia, and the United States who have done research in Hoover’s collections.

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These little newspapers of the Red Guard

Hoover Acquires Communist Chinese Materials on the Cultural Revolution

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives have recently acquired more than two hundred pieces of historical materials relating to the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a sociopolitical movement that took place in the People's Republic of China from 1966 through 1976. Set into motion by Mao Zedong, then chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, its goal was to enforce socialism by removing capitalist, traditional, and cultural elements from Chinese society and to impose Maoist orthodoxy within the party. This increment, which augments an earlier collection of Hoover’s Chinese Communist Party records contains nearly two hundred issues of the Red Guard “little newspapers” between 1967 and 1971 and other communist pamphlets, internal party documents, booklets, serial issues, and published speeches of communist leaders during this period.

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The Red Guard agitates against a leader of factory in Guangzhou City, ca. 1967. (Chinese Pictorial Collection, Envelope mJ, Hoover Institution Archives)

Communist Chinese Political Movement Collection Now Open

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives are pleased to announce the opening of the Communist Chinese Political Movement Collection

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From left to right: Madame Huang Hao, Eric Wakin, Dai Bingguo, and Cui Tiankai.

Reconnecting with the Long March Sketches

Friday, January 31, 2014

Former state councilor of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Dai Bingguo, accompanied by his wife, Madame Huang Hao, visited the Hoover Institution Library and Archives on January 17, 2014. The delegation was led by Cui Tiankai (PRC ambassador to the United States) and Yuan Nansheng (San Francisco PRC consul general).

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From L to R: Grace Huang and Hoover fellow Lanhee Chen.

Revisiting China at the Hoover Archives: Hoover holds summer workshop on modern China

Friday, August 16, 2013

Hoover Institution Library and Archives’ first summer workshop on modern China was held between August 5 and 15, 2013, at which time nine scholars from North America and Europe explored our archival collections and shared their research with the Hoover/Stanford community.

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A Century of Change: China 1911-2011

Hoover Institution Library and Archives catalog for the exhibit on China receives 2013 Leab Award

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Association of College and Research Libraries’ Rare Books and Manuscripts Section has selected the Hoover Institution Library and Archives' exhibition catalog, A Century of Change: China 1911-2011, as the 2013 winner of the Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Award.

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Hoover Institution Presents New Modern China Archives and Special Collections

Wednesday, February 16, 2005
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Chiang Kai-shek Diaries

Hoover-Oxford Workshop Examines Collections in the Hoover Institution’s Modern China Archives New Documents Reveal Insights on Reform Policies of Chiang Kai-shek and Kuomintang Party

Monday, September 27, 2010

Stanford—Scholars examining acquisitions in the Modern China Archives, held by the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, are reassessing important events and leaders of twentieth-century China. “The newly available historical materials open up a window to understanding China,” said Hoover research fellow Tai-chun Kuo, who is a workshop coordinator, along with Steve Tsang, of Oxford University.

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Lin Zhao, 1932–1968.

Letters and diaries of Chinese political activist Lin Zhao opened at the Hoover Institution Archives

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

On October 26, the Hoover Institution Library and Archives opened a collection of the letters and diaries of Chinese political activist Lin Zhao for public use.

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The Red Guard agitates against a leader of factory in Guangzhou City, ca. 1967. (Chinese Pictorial Collection, Envelope mJ, Hoover Institution Archives)

Communist Chinese Political Movement Collection Now Open

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives are pleased to announce the opening of the Communist Chinese Political Movement Collection

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A Century of Change: China 1911–2011

Century of Change: China 1911-2011
(April 2011-February 2012)
This exhibit commemorated the hundredth anniversary of, and century since, the Chinese revolution of 1911.