China

Hoover’s many Chinese collections document political, economic, and social developments during the revolution of 1911, the warlord period, the civil war, and the post-1949 period. Holdings on pre-1949 Republican China, including Nationalist government documents and Chinese Communist Party materials, are particularly robust. Also available are accounts of non-Chinese public servants, military officers, engineers, journalists, and scholars who shaped or witnessed developments in China.

Biographies, investigation records, confessions, and testimonies of various political campaigns conducted in China

 The second annual Hoover Institution workshop on modern China was held during August 4-5, 2014

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CHIANG KAI-SHEK DIARIES 蔣介石日記

Chinese military and political leader and former head of state of the Republic of China

Joshua B. Powers Collection

Materials regarding Homer Lea, military adviser to Sun Yat-sen and to the revolutionary movement in China

Francis E Stafford Photographs

US missionary in China, 1909–15 and 1932–33

T. V. Soong Papers 宋子文

Financier and official in the Chinese Nationalist government

H. H. Kung Papers 孔祥熙

Businessman and statesman in the Chinese Nationalist government

Chang Kia-Ngau Papers 张嘉璈

Banker and official in the Chinese Nationalist government

Chen Cheng collection 陳誠

Materials relating to Chinese communist activity in the Jiangxi Soviet Republic, 1931­–37

Yen Hui Ch’ing Typescript: An Autobiography 顏惠慶

Former premier of the Republic of China

Nym Wales (Helen Foster Snow) Papers

US journalist who reported from Yan’an, China, during the 1930s

Claire Lee Chennault Papers

Commanding officer of the American Volunteer Group in the Chinese Air Force’s “Flying Tigers”

Joseph Warren Stilwell Papers

US Army general in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II

Albert C. Wedemeyer Papers

US Army commander in the China and Southeast Asia theaters during World War II

Iris Chang Papers

US historian, journalist, and author, The Rape of Nanking

Lin Zhao Papers 林昭

Chinese dissident; prisoner, 1960–68

Chinese Cultural Revolution Collection

Newspaper issues, pamphlets, broadsides, and flyers issued by Red Guards


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Most of the items described in these guides are now available at the East Asia Library at Stanford University or Stanford Auxiliary Libraries (SAL 1 & 2). Please check Stanford's online libraries catalog for exact locations.
 
 
Berton, Peter, and Eugene Wu. Contemporary China: a Research Guide. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, 1967.
 
 
 
Israel, John. The Chinese Student Movement, 1927–1937: A Bibliographical Essay Based on the Resources of the Hoover Institution. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1959.
 
 
 
Widor, Claude. The Samizdat Press in China's Provinces, 1979–1981: An Annotated Guide. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, 1987.
 
 
Wu, Tien-wei. The Kiangsi Soviet Republic, 1931–1934: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography of the Chen Cheng Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University, 1981.
 
 
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Audio Interviews of Jews in China Digitized by Hoover Archives

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Westerners have been intrigued by the Kaifeng Jews since the 1600s. A set of sound recordings of interviews with Chinese Jews, recorded in Kaifeng, China, in 1985, has just been digitized by the Hoover Archives.

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A Century of Change: China 1911-2011

Hoover Institution Library and Archives catalog for the exhibit on China receives 2013 Leab Award

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Association of College and Research Libraries’ Rare Books and Manuscripts Section has selected the Hoover Institution Library and Archives' exhibition catalog, A Century of Change: China 1911-2011, as the 2013 winner of the Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Award.

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A Century of Change: China 1911–2011

A Century of Change: China 1911–2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Hoover Institution’s new exhibit, A Century of Change: China 1911–2011, opened Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion (next to Hoover Tower) on the Stanford University campus. Showcasing the institution’s rich East Asian holdings, the exhibit commemorates the hundredth anniversary of, and century since, the Chinese revolution of 1911, an event marking a significant turn in the course of Chinese history.

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Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to the United States, reviews Hoover's histo

Chinese ambassador to the United States visits the Hoover Archives

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to the United States, visited the Hoover Institution and toured its modern China collections on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

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Crossing the Luding Bridge

Chinese Official Li Yuanchao Visits Hoover Institution

Monday, October 12, 2009

As part of his visit to Stanford University, Li Yuanchao toured the Hoover Institution Library and Archives. Li is secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Secretariat, member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, and minister of the CPC Central Organization Department.

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Chinese scholars visit the Hoover Institution

Chinese scholars visit the Hoover Institution

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A delegation of Chinese foreign affairs scholars led by Qin Yaqing, executive vice president of China Foreign Affairs University and vice president of the China National Association for International Studies, visited the Hoover Institution on May 26.

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Berlin professor discusses the Chinese Gulag at the Hoover Summer Archives Workshop on China and Russia

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Hoover Summer Workshop on China and Russia hosted a talk and discussion on the Chinese Gulag under Mao by Klaus Mühlhahn

Mühlhahn is a professor of Chinese history and culture at the Free University of Berlin who specializes in modern Chinese legal history. His Criminal Justice in China (Harvard) won the American Historical Association’s Fairbank Prize and his PhD students are regular visitors to the Hoover Archive’s China collections.

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Hoover Institution research fellow Hsiao-ting Lin

Delegation from the Party Literature Research Center of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee visits Hoover

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The delegation was led by Shengqun Yang, deputy director (vice minister) of the center, accompanied by Jianqi Yan, the center’s deputy secretary general, and four officials and researchers from the center.

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Liu Family Collection Acquired and Preserved by Hoover Archives

Thursday, July 10, 2008

This collection of early twentieth-century land deeds and contracts from the Zhejiang region of China offers a valuable glimpse into China’s real estate market from the 1880s to the 1930s.

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Liu Family Collection Acquired and Preserved by Hoover Archives

This collection of early twentieth-century land deeds and contracts from the Zhejiang region of China offers a valuable glimpse into China’s real estate market from the 1880s to the 1930s.

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"China's Wartime History and Contemporary East Asia"
Rana Mitter, Professor of History and Politics of Modern China, Oxford University

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A Century of Change: China 1911–2011

Century of Change: China 1911-2011
(April 2011-February 2012)
This exhibit commemorated the hundredth anniversary of, and century since, the Chinese revolution of 1911.

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"The Modern China Archives and Special Collections"
by Ramon Myers and Tai-chun Kuo