Costa Rica

These collections primarily concern political developments in and foreign relations of Costa Rica. A number pertain to the activities of contra forces based in Costa Rica during the Nicaraguan civil war of the 1980s and to the shipment of Cuban arms to Nicaragua via Costa Rica in the same period.


Bartley, Russell Howard., and Stuart L Wagner. Latin America In Basic Historical Collections: A Working Guide. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1972.

Chilcote, Ronald H. Revolution and Structural Change In Latin America: A Bibliography On Ideology, Development, and the Radical Left (1930-1965). Stanford: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, 1970.

Duignan, Peter, ed. The Library of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1985.

Palm, Charles, and Dale Reed. Guide to the Hoover Institution Archives. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1980.

La maldición del güegüense (The Curse of the Güegüense)

Sandinistas and Contras Documented

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Hoover Archives has long had one of the world’s richest repositories of documentation on the domestic and international policies of modern Nicaragua. Major collections relate to both the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) and the armed opposition to the Sandinistas, loosely designated in popular parlance as the “contras.” The latest addition is a collection of twenty-three letters written to Fonseca in 1969–70 by his wife, Maria Haydée Terán, while he was in prison in Costa Rica.

Polish ambassador Ryszard Schnepf.

Polish ambassador Schnepf visits Hoover

Monday, March 25, 2013

In his first official visit to California, Ryszard Schnepf, the Polish ambassador to the United States, met with Hoover fellows on Monday, March 25, 2013. 



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Oral History

Over the years of storage, the tape pack may have loosened.

William E. Ratliff papers
Interviews conducted in San José, Costa Rica, as part of an oral history of Costa Rican politics and, in particular, the administration of José (Pepe) Figueres

Posters Collection