“This Institution supports the Constitution of the United States, its Bill of Rights and its method of representative government. Both our social and economic systems are based on private enterprise from which springs initiative and ingenuity. . . . Ours is a system where the Federal Government should undertake no governmental, social or economic action, except where local government, or the people, cannot undertake it for themselves. . . . The overall mission of this Institution is, from its records, to recall the voice of experience against the making of war, and by the study of these records and their publication, to recall man’s endeavors to make and preserve peace, and to sustain for America the safeguards of the American way of life. This Institution is not, and must not be, a mere library. But with these purposes as its goal, the Institution itself must constantly and dynamically point the road to peace, to personal freedom, and to the safeguards of the American system.”
excerpt from herbert hoover’s 1959
statement to stanford’s board of trustees
Throughout the Hoover Institution’s history, our supporters and fellows have stood together in the arena of public policy to address the most significant issues of our time, helping sustain prosperity, peace, and the exceptional foundations of our country. Today we find ourselves at another crucial turning point for US policy, with new leadership in Washington and a world inundated with challenges that people in our communities, our universities, and our capitals are struggling to understand. As highlighted in this 2017 Annual Report, our impact in each of these areas has never been stronger. Mindful of the year’s accomplishments and the extraordinary dedication of our supporters, we have never looked forward with greater hope.
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