Left to right: Galeazzo Ciano, Lord Halifax, Neville Chamberlain, Benito Mussolini (Istituto Luce Photograph Album, Hoover Institution Archives)

When Chamberlain Met Mussolini: Photographs from Fascist Italy

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

In January 1939, UK prime minister Neville Chamberlain and UK foreign secretary Lord Halifax visited Rome to confer with Italian premier Benito Mussolini, hoping to find some way to appease the Italians and maintain the status quo in the Mediterranean. Although the visit did not produce the political results desired by Chamberlain and Halifax, it nonetheless yielded a fascinating album of forty-nine high-quality photos documenting the trip now available at the Hoover Archives.

William Tonesk translating for General Dwight Eisenhower, Warsaw, 1945 (William John Tonesk Papers, Hoover Institution Archives)

Papers of US Intelligence Officer & Diplomat William Tonesk Now Open

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives has acquired the papers of William John Tonesk, a US intelligence officer with a distinguished career covering Eastern Europe and the Far East. Born in 1906 as Władysław Jan Toniecki to a Polish immigrant family in Schenectady, New York, his parents instilled in him a deep-rooted interest in Polish culture, language, and literature. In the second half of 1945, Tonesk was moved to Warsaw as aide to US ambassador Arthur Bliss Lane. Soon after, he began working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). After leaving the CIA in 1952, Tonesk served as a consultant to the Republican National Committee and US deputy chief of protocol.

David Laitin (Courtesy of Stanford University)
Analysis and Commentary

Stanford Professor David Laitin Donates Collection on Somalia

Monday, May 18, 2015

The David D. Laitin Papers contain writings, correspondence, and printed matter relating to the history, language, and political and social conditions in Somalia in particular and the Horn of Africa in general. Included is a nearly complete run of the rare STORM (Somali, Tigray & Oromo Resistance Monitor) newsletter.

Dorothy Kilian in Moscow, 1986
Analysis and Commentary

Dorothy Kilian Papers Document Citizen Diplomacy in the Cold War

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

This important addition to the archives’ collections on peace and citizen diplomacy reflects Dorothy Kilian’s work on US-Soviet relations and peacekeeping activities from 1977 to 1988. During this time, Ms Kilian was based in Pasadena, California, where she participated in peacekeeping efforts through her church and several local and national peace organizations. The scope of her work included youth peacekeeping education, women in peacekeeping, US-Soviet relations and citizen exchanges, Soviet religion and the relationship between faith and peace, SALT and nuclear arms proliferation, and national security, as well as human rights.

Charles King speaking at Politics & Prose in Washington, DC, 2014 (Image courtesy of Taylordw via Wikimedia Commons)
Analysis and Commentary

Hoover Acquires Charles King Papers on Moldova

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The materials in this collection reflect Professor King’s research on the history of Moldova in the twentieth century. They include his research notebooks, dating back to his work in Moldovan archives and libraries in 1993 and 1994, and other materials (notes, newspaper clippings, typed copies of archival documents, and reproductions of archival photographs). Much of this material was used in by Professor King in preparing his book The Moldovans: Romania, Russia and the Politics of Culture.

Richard Cornuelle (Richard Cornuelle Papers, Box 2, Folder 1, Hoover Institution Archives)

Papers of Libertarian Thinker Richard Cornuelle Now Available

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The personal papers of the classical liberal thinker and author Richard C. Cornuelle are now open for research at the Hoover Archives. The papers detail the life and career of Cornuelle, a student of Ludwig von Mises and an early Ayn Rand supporter. 

Communist Chinese Political Movement Collection, Box 7, Hoover Institution Archives

People's Commune Materials Added to Communist Chinese Political Movement Collection

Monday, April 6, 2015

The historical materials that Hoover has recently been added to the Communist Chinese Political Movement Collection concern the People’s Commune in North China. Those materials, covering the period from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, reveal the commune development in that part of China, including local political movements, agricultural productivity, disaster rescue and relief, marriage and cultural lives, and the commune’s rudimentary judicial activities.

Simon Starow ("Miron Dolot") in 1960

Ukrainian History Collection Grows with Papers of Simon Starow ("Miron Dolot")

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Simon Starow, also known under his literary pseudonyms S. Starko and Miron Dolot, was a Ukrainian language instructor at the Army Language School at the Presidio in Monterey, California. He is better known by his pseudonym Miron Dolot, under which he published Execution by Hunger on the famine of 1932–33 in Ukraine. The materials in his collection include draft manuscripts and research materials for his publications, including Execution by Hunger. Other topics include the Winter War in Finland, Ukrainian émigrés (especially displaced persons), Ukrainian national identity, the history of Kievan Rus, Christianity in Ukraine, and Ukraine under Soviet rule.

Ernest M. Allison Papers, Hoover Institution Archives
In the News

Hoover Acquires Papers of American Aviator in China

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Hoover Archives recently acquired the papers of Ernest M. “Allie” Allison (1894–1976), an American aviator who helped advance China’s burgeoning aviation industry when that country faced a Japanese invasion and struggled with internal turmoil. Much of the collection documents Allison's years in China (intermittently between 1929 and 1949) when he served as chief pilot, operations manager, and vice-president-elect of the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) and an adviser to the Aeronautical Commission.

Norman David Hanwell Papers, Hoover Institution Archives

Papers on Chinese Political Economy Open for Research

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The papers of Norman David Hanwell (1909–41), a scholar of the Chinese political economy, are now available for research at the Hoover Institution Archives. The collection includes Hanwell’s unpublished manuscripts, published writings, personal correspondence, research notes, and clippings relating to China in the 1930s.