Fifty years ago, a political scandal reaching the highest levels of power in the United States government tested the foundations of American liberal democracy and its executive office. Named for a high-profile office building in Washington, DC, the Watergate affair consisted of a bungled break-in at the Democratic Party’s National Committee headquarters, secretly sponsored by officials in President Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign committee, followed by a cover-up that would end in disaster for the sitting president. As the public and the media looked on in shock and sometimes outrage, the Watergate scandal brought felony accusations, Senate hearings, sensational trials, and, eventually, the first-ever resignation of an American president.

Drawing on documents, illustrations, books, and photographs from the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Un-Presidented: Watergate and Power in America, explores how the organs of a functioning democracy—including judicial processes, a free press, and legislative oversight—bring accountability and fight corruption even amongst the most powerful citizens of the nation. 

The exhibition is organized and curated by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.



The Un-Presidented Speaker Series

May 9, 2024 | Speaker: John Roy Price
Former special assistant to President Nixon and author of The Last Liberal Republican, An Insider's Perspective on Nixon's Surprising Social Policy

June 17, 2024 | Speaker: Luke Nichter
American historian, professor of history and James H. Cavanaugh Endowed Chair in Presidential Studies at Chapman University, and author of eight books, including most recently The Year That Broke Politics

August 8, 2024 | Speaker: Heath Hardage Lee
American historian and author of the forthcoming book The Mysterious Mrs. Nixon, The Life and Times of Washington's Most Private First Lady (July 2024)

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Ideas Uncorked: AI And War With Jackie Schneider
The Hoover Institution in DC hosts Ideas Uncorked on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 from 5:30–7:00 pm ET. The event will feature Jacquelyn Schneider, … Hoover Institution in DC
Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Ideas Uncorked
Ideas Uncorked: NATO at 75: Taking Stock after the Summit
The Hoover Institution in DC hosts Ideas Uncorked on Tuesday, July 16, 2024 from 5:00–6:30 pm ET. The event will feature Rose Gottemoeller, Research… Hoover Institution in DC
Thursday, July 25, 2024 5:30 PM ET
One Day One
On Day One: An Economic Contingency Plan for a Taiwan Crisis
The China's Global Sharp Power Project at the Hoover Institution hosts the launch of On Day One: An Economic Contingency Plan for a Taiwan Crisis on… Hoover Institution in DC
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