Digital Projects


Mary Churchill Soames christening the B-17 bomber “Stage Door Canteen.” Also pictured: Sir Laurence Olivier (left), Vivien Leigh, and Frederick Anderson. [ Frederick Anderson papers, Reel 24]
In the News

Hoover Preserves 1940s Color Films Featuring Winston Churchill, Vivien Leigh, And Sir Laurence Olivier

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Films from the Frederick L. Anderson Collection at the Hoover Library & Archives were preserved recently with funding from a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation. The three films were shot by Frederick Anderson, a US Air Force major general during World War II, and include scenes of bomb damage, as well as footage of Winston Churchill and his wife in Cuba, Winston Churchill’s daughters Mary Churchill Soames and Sarah Churchill, and actors Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

The Hoover digitization team built this copy stand using inexpensive materials and DIY improvisation.

Hoover Digitization Team Presents New Approaches to Preserving Special Collections

Monday, April 11, 2016

On April 9th, Hoover Library & Archives imaging specialists delivered a presentation entitled “Democratizing Digitization” at the annual meeting of the Society of California Archivists held in Santa Rosa, California. Russell Rader, Digital Materials Manager, and Daniel Jarvis, Digitization Production Supervisor, provided fellow archivists from California institutions an overview of Hoover’s recent efforts to build a low-budget quick capture station, and its use in digitizing Hoover's Okhrana collection.

Graduate intern Jason Hiller digitized rare Nazi news reels from Hoover's Universum Film AG (UFA) collection during the summer of 2015.
In the News

A Study In Cinematic Propaganda

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Jason Hiller, a 2015 graduate intern at Hoover Institution Library & Archives, shares his experiences digitizing a collection of rare Nazi news reels.

Hoover Digital Migration Analyst Jim Sam specializes in the preservation of extremely fragile lacquer discs from the World War II era.
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Hoover Archivists Innovate For The Preservation And Access Of Rare WWII Recordings

Friday, December 11, 2015

Jim Sam, Digital Migration Analyst at the Hoover Library & Archives, discusses innovations that Hoover has developed for the preservation of  rare, unique, and endangered recordings. Sam and his colleagues, Brandon Burke and Rayan Ghazal, are setting new standards for the care of lacquer discs that are notoriously susceptible to disintegration.

Ivan Pavlov and associates posing for the camera during a brief pause from their game of gorodki.
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Film Featuring Shots Of Ivan Pavlov, Scenes Of Leningrad Preserved

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A film shot in Soviet Russia in 1930 by American medical researcher Francis Bishop was preserved with funding from a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Poster Collection, RU/SU 121; Russian Pictorial, Envelope AP (Hoover Institution Archives)
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Hoover Archives Poster Collection Back Online

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

More than thirty-three thousand posters from the Hoover Archives Poster Collection are back online after a series of system upgrades.

Winston Churchill in Cuba

Grant Awarded to Preserve World War II Era Color Films

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Films from the Frederick L. Anderson Collection held at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives will be preserved and made available online thanks to a 2015 grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Firing Line Broadcast Records, Hoover Institution Archives

Fifty-two More Firing Line DVDs Now Available on Amazon

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The DVDs of fifty-two additional programs from William F. Buckley’s Firing Line television series are now available on Featured guests include Gerald Ford, Clare Boothe Luce, Tom Wolfe, G. Gordon Liddy, Betty Friedan, Malachi Martin, Ben Stein, Jesse Jackson, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Tipper Gore, Rudy Giuliani, Arianna Huffington, and Barry Goldwater.  A special anniversary program of Firing Line, “Bill Buckley and Firing Line Get Roasted” is among the newly available episodes.


Golden Spike Laid in New Ten-Gigabyte Line

Thursday, November 6, 2014

It took a special lift and three people to install a new card on Hoover's preservation server and complete the new ten-gigabyte (GB) network line to the servers at Stanford Information Technology Services (ITS).


Prague Spring 1968 Broadcasts of Radio Free Europe Released

Friday, October 31, 2014

Hundreds of broadcast recordings from the Prague Spring of 1968, the pivotal Cold War moment when Czechoslovakia introduced democratic reforms that were snuffed out by a Soviet invasion, are now available to scholars in the Hoover Archives' reading room.