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.


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Polish ambassador Schnepf visits Hoover

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. Hosted by John Raisian, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution, and Hoover Board of Overseer member and Polish honorary consul general Tad Taube, the ambassador spent the afternoon at Hoover.

March 26, 2013
Sandinistas and Contras Documented

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.

February 28, 2011
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