From left: First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party Leonid Brezhnev and First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Ukrainian SSR Petro Shelest, and behind them Nikolai Podgorny, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the USSR (wearing a beret), togeth

New Soviet Navy Collection Revives a Cold War Mystery

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired from a private source in Warsaw a collection of several hundred photographs of the Soviet Navy during the Cold War. The photographs, mostly black and white, cover all the Soviet fleets: Northern, Pacific, Baltic, Black Sea, and the Caspian Flotilla, with the earliest photo from 1955 and the final series from 1988.

Satirical drawing of the members of the secretariat of the conference; C. Easton Rothwell on the right (Andrew Roy De Metriff Papers, Hoover Institution Archives)
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Hoover Marks 70th Anniversary of UN Charter with New Collection

Friday, June 26, 2015

With the seventieth anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter on June 26, the Archives has received a timely donation of papers and photographs from the estate of Andrew De Metriff, a translator at the San Francisco conference that established the charter. De Metriff, a twenty-five year-old soldier stationed at Fort Ord, was ordered to a special assignment in San Francisco in the spring of 1945. Because of his fluency in Russian, this son of Russian emigrants to the California Valley joined a select group of military and civilian translators in Russian, French, Spanish and Chinese working for the United Nations Conference on International Organizations (UNCIO) meeting in the War Memorial Opera House.

Radio Free Europe identity card of Andrzej Czechowicz (Andrzej Czechowicz Papers, Box 1, Hoover Institution Archives)
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Papers of Radio Free Europe's Communist Mole Show "Other Side Of The Information War"

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Andrzej Czechowicz was probably the best known communist-era spy who was an active agent while working for RFE in the late 1960s. Employed for five years in RFE’s media analysis service in Munich, this Polish Security Service (Służba Bezpieczeństwa) operative collected considerable information on the personnel of the Polish section and on RFE sources of information within Poland and photographed thousands of pages of internal documents. After more than five years, Czechowicz returned to Poland in 1971 and participated in programs aimed at embarrassing Radio Free Europe and the US government.

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives
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New "Umbrella Revolution" Materials Document Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Movement

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection at the Hoover Institution includes flyers, leaflets, printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the pro-democracy political movement. These materials provide valuable evidence of a pivotal moment for the city’s democracy and its complicated relations with the Chinese mainland. 

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)
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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
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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)
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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.