Digital Projects


Thumbnails from PG&E films (clockwise from top left): Ronald Reagan, 1966; Georg

Campaign Speeches by California Political Candidates in the 1960s Now Online

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fifteen motion picture films of candidates campaigning for major political offices in California's 1962 and 1966 elections are now available on California Light and Sound. Each candidate was filmed as they spoke to Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) employees and answered their questions during the company's nonpartisan lunchtime voter education program.  See the complete list of the digitized films, from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company Motion Picture Film collection, below.

California Light and Sound

More Audiovisual Materials about California Digitized and Online

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Eleven more historic California recordings from Hoover collections have been digitized for California Light and Sound, a project of the California Preservation Program.

Composite image from John K. Caldwell videos.

Unique amateur films from the John K. Caldwell papers have been preserved

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Unique amateur films from the John K. Caldwell papers have been preserved thanks to a 2012 National Film Preservation Foundation grant.


Institute for Humane Studies’ Audiotapes Digitized

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Nearly one hundred and fifty audiotapes of lectures delivered at the Institute for Humane Studies have been digitized for preservation and access by Hoover’s audio lab. The institute is a US nonprofit organization that promotes laissez-faire economics. The tapes include lectures on economics and political theory by Milton Friedman, Friedrich von Hayek, John Jewkes, Arthur Kemp, Felix Morley, Bruno Leoni, Jacques Rueff, and others.

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Latvian Service Audiotapes Digitized

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hoover’s entire collection of audiotapes created by RFE/RL’s Latvian Language Service has been digitized for preservation and access. Use copies of the recordings are available for listening at the Hoover Archives.

Joseph W. Stilwell, circa 1917. Photo courtesy of John Easterbrook.

Joseph Stilwell’s Diaries, 1900–1939 and 1945–46, Available Online

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Joseph Stilwell began his diary in the early 1900s and kept it up, to a greater or lesser extent, until his death in 1946. Now those decades of diaries, including observations on his travels through China, Japan, and the Philippines before World War II, are available on the Hoover Archives website. They supplement Stilwell’s World War II diaries, transcriptions of which Hoover has offered online since 2005. All are part of the Joseph W. Stilwell papers at Hoover.

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Sound Recordings of Activities at Stanford University Digitized

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Audiotapes documenting various activities at Stanford University and the Hoover Institution have been digitized by Hoover’s audio lab for preservation and access. They include the proceedings of the Far Western Slavic Conference, held at Stanford in 1959, which concerned the history, politics, foreign relations, economy society, and literature of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.


Sound Recordings Concerning the United Nations Digitized

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Audiotapes in two collections relating to the United Nations have been digitized by Hoover’s audio lab for both preservation and access. They are

Lee Edwards' audio interviews

Sound Recordings concerning the Third Reich Digitized

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Audiotapes in several collections relating to Germany’s Third Reich have been digitized by Hoover’s audio lab for both preservation and access.

Pages in diary number 1, 1941, Sergeĭ Aleksandrovich Semeka diaries, Hoover Inst

Semeka Diaries Online

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The World War II diaries of Sergeĭ Aleksandrovich Semeka, a medical administrator in the Soviet army, have been digitized and are available online. The diaries describe battlefield conditions and how medical activities were administered. They also detail Semeka’s frustration with military decisions, such as not burying fallen soldiers as the army advanced, and with shortages of supplies, hospital beds, and medical personnel.