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Quemoy Artillery Shell Presented To Hoover Archives

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

On September 26, 2016 one of the numerous artillery shells that the Chinese Communists had dropped on Quemoy Island in 1958 arrived at Hoover as a gift from the Taiwanese government. Joseph Ma, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, presented the artillery shell at a ceremony at Hoover to Eric Wakin, the Robert H. Malott Director of the Library & Archives. The artillery shell, which will join the pieces of the Berlin Wall as part of Hoover’s unique holdings on the Cold War, will be displayed at the new exhibit entitled Unpacking History: New Collections at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.  The exhibition opens on September 27, 2016 and runs until February 25, 2017.

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The marketplace in Čačak in the early twentieth century; drawing by Dragan Ćirković  (Časlav Nikitović Papers, Box 1)
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Yugoslav Minister’s Papers Donated To The Library & Archives

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The papers and books of Chaslav Nikitovich (Časlav Nikitović), Serb politician and minister of agriculture of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, recently arrived at the Hoover Institution.  The papers are the third major archival collection pertaining to the former Yugoslavia that has been added to Hoover holdings in the past three years, the other two being the literary archives of the prominent dissident Milovan Djilas and the papers of the Partisan leader and communist politician Vicko Krstulović.

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“Germany 1936: Events Worth Visiting in the Olympic Year” (German Subject collection)
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The Olympics Of Eighty Years Ago: Hoover Archives Acquires Materials From The 1936 Berlin Games

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

With the start of the Rio Olympics approaching, the Hoover Library & Archives have coincidentally acquired German publications promoting and documenting the games of the XI Olympiad held in Berlin in 1936.  These imprints, full of attractive drawings and high-quality photographs, now added to the German Subject Collection, complement an excellent collection of images from the Berlin games already available in Hoover Archives’ Erich Knapp Papers

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Hoover Archives Acquires The Papers Of Janice Perlman

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hoover Archives has acquired the papers of Janice Perlman, whose award-winning book The Myth of Marginality was the first in-depth account of life in Brazilian slums.

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A hand-painted name day card for Karol Sidor from Slovak refugees in Austria for the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, Sidor’s patron saint, November 4, 1950
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Hoover Library & Archives Acquire A Major Slovak Collection: The Karol Sidor Books And Papers

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hoover acquires the Karol Sidor papers, an important resource for the study of interwar Czechoslovak politics, the wartime Slovak state, and postwar Slovak emigration to North America. 

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Masthead illustration of the Solidarity logo: Solidarność
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A Corporal’s Letter To The General: Lech Wałęsa’s Famous 1982 Note To General Wojciech Jaruzelski Found In The Hoover Archives

Monday, July 11, 2016

The original copy of the most celebrated Polish letter of the 1980s has surfaced in the Hoover Institution Archives.  This three-sentence note by the Polish Solidarity trade union leader and the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Lech Wałęsa, was written from his internment to Poland’s communist prime minister, General Wojciech Jaruzelski. The letter was found in the miscellaneous papers of Poland’s last communist minister of the interior, general Czesław Kiszczak, which were received by Hoover in May of this year from the family of the minister, who died in November 2015.

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Hoover Library Acquires Collection Of Unique Russian Émigré Periodicals From South America

Friday, June 17, 2016

Hoover Library recently acquired a rare collection of Russian-émigré books, pamphlets, journals, and newspapers from South America. Hoover's holdings of Spanish-language Russian-émigré periodicals is currently the most comprehensive and extensive in the world.

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Map of the combined advance to Yaoundé in October 1915–January 1916
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The Great War In The Heart Of Darkness: Hoover Acquires General Joseph Aymerich’s Manuscript On The French Conquest Of Cameroon

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hoover has acquired manuscripts and maps created by Joseph Gaudérique Aymerich (1858–1937). As supreme commander of French Equatorial Africa at the beginning of World War I, Aymerich led French colonial forces into German Cameroon and by early 1916 had conquered it for France.

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Map showing Soviet naval activities off Inchon Bay, January 1954.
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Hoover’s New Japanese Materials Explore The Cold War’s Intricate Landscape In Northeast Asia

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Hoover Archives recently acquired Japanese archival materials relating to a Tokyo-based, allegedly private-funded think tank called the Continental Affairs Research Institute (Tairiku Mondai Kenkyujo). Hoover’s Continental Affairs Research Institute Collection includes correspondence between the Japanese government and the institute and analysis of and intelligence reports on Soviet Russia, China, and Mongolia from the early 1950s to the 1960s.
 

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Douamont cemetery near Verdun, 1932
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Marshal Pétain Photograph Collection Acquired By Hoover Archives

Monday, April 25, 2016

Hoover Archives has acquired a collection of 830 photographs related to the life and career of Philippe Pétain (1856-1951), who was Marshal of France during World War I and Chief of State of France's Vichy government during World War II.

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