Most of the Cuban collections concern the 1959 Cuban revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power and the subsequent years of Castro's rule. Many document economic, social, and political conditions; others pertain to the situation of Cuban refugees in the United States and the anti-Castro activities of Cuban exile organizations. A few collections deal with the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

Citizens Committee For A Free Cuba Records

US anticommunist organization

Cuban Freedom Committee Records

US anticommunist organization

Theodore Draper Papers

US historian and author

Richard R. Fagen Papers

US political scientist

Georgie Anne Geyer Papers

US journalist and author

Earl E. T. Smith Papers

US ambassador to Cuba, 1957–59


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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Interviews Document Long but Largely Ignored anti-Castro Guerrilla War from 1959 to 1966

The Hoover Archives now has more than five dozen audiocassettes of interviews conducted in 2003-4 with Escambray war survivors by Paris-based sociologist Elizabeth Burgos, herself a Castroite activist during the 1960s. The interviews were mostly with guerrillas and long-held prisoners, or “Plantados,” the immovable ones who refused to cooperate with prison authorities and were often held many years longer than their already long prison terms.

December 03, 2010
Hoover Archives Acquires the Papers of Earl E. T. Smith, the Last US Ambassador to Pre-Castro Cuba

In November the Hoover Institution Archives received the papers of Ambassador Earl E. T. Smith, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Cuba from June 1957 until January 1959 and, as such, was an eyewitness to the collapse of the government of Cuban strongman Fulgencio Batista and the advent of Fidel Castro.

November 24, 2010
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