Digital Collections

The Library & Archives Digital Collections Portal contains more than 55,000 digitized posters, photographs, texts, sound recordings, and moving images from Hoover collections, with new items frequently added. Some 44,000 in the public domain, or for which we have permission from the copyright holder, may be viewed on the internet. Items for which Hoover does not have the rights are described online and viewable in our reading room.

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German poster of computer cards in the shape of a hand pointing at a man
The Hoover digitization team built this copy stand using inexpensive materials and DIY improvisation.

Hoover Digitization Team Presents New Approaches to Preserving Special Collections

Hoover Institution Archives Poster Collection, US 2490

More than 33,000 digitized posters

Okhrana Records, Box 237, Grammatikov, Hoover Institution Archives

Mug shots of 1,700 "revolutionaries"


Poster Collection

33,000 posters from more than eighty countries

Firing Line Broadcasts

350 television programs and 1,500 program transcripts

RFE/RL Broadcast Records

5,000 radio broadcasts to Eastern Europe and the Soviet bloc

Okhrana Records

Mug shots of 1,700 "revolutionaries" from the Russian Imperial Secret Police in Paris

Milton Friedman Papers

200 sound recordings by the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

Die Sonderfahndungsliste G.B.

Gestapo arrest list for the German invasion of Britain in World War II

Foreign Broadcast Intelligence Service Miscellaneous Records

500 US and Japanese radio broadcasts from World War II

United Nations Conference on International Organization Proceedings

Audio highlights from the founding conference of the United Nations in 1945

Jane Lathrop Stanford Miscellaneous Papers

200 colored photographs of Japanese scenes circa 1900

The text on the English version of this handout is “Muslims live and practice in

Digital Images from Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at Hoover Archives

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Born-digital photographs depicting US National Guard units deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and images of leaflets and flyers distributed in those countries, are available for research at the Hoover Archives.

Al-Jihad, No. 61
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Thousands of Rare Afghan Periodicals Now Available Online

Monday, June 27, 2016

This month, Hoover Library & Archives announce the launch of a database that will allow users access to Hoover’s Afghan Partisan Serials (APS) collection, one of the most significant collections of Afghan periodicals in the world. The APS, a major contribution to the preservation of Middle Eastern history, consists of a careful selection of more than four thousand individual issues of twenty-nine newspapers and journals published in Dari, Pushto, Arabic, and English.

Hoover Archives’ Polish Collections digitized

Hoover Archives’ Polish Collections digitized

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The bulk of Hoover Archives’ World War II–era Polish archival collections has been digitized and made available online by Poland’s National Digital Archives (Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe).  The digitized copies were made from the 1,599 reels of microfilm donated by Hoover to Poland a decade ago.  More than one and half million pages of Hoover documents can now be accessed on the NDA website   The website is linked to the Hoover Library and Archives site and to the Online Archive of California, providing online access to Hoover finding aids.


Interviews by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray Digitized

Thursday, October 25, 2012

More than seventy sound recordings of interviews by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray are available for immediate access at the Hoover Archives. Included are the interviews of Rigoberta Menchú that formed the basis of her autobiographical book, I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala (London: Verso, 1983), compiled by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray. Other interviewees had participated in guerrilla warfare in Venezuela, Guatemala, Colombia, and Peru, as well as several who were survivors of Che Guevara's rebel army in Bolivia.

Lee Edwards' audio interviews

Interviews from the Herbert Hoover Oral History Program Digitized

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Newly digitized sound recordings of oral history interviews with people who knew Herbert Hoover are now available. The recordings complement and add to the bulk of the collection, which consists of transcripts of interviews with political leaders, businessmen, military officers, journalists, writers, physicians, secretaries, aides, friends, and associates of Herbert Hoover, relating their recollections of him in various capacities.

Francis E. Stafford

Francis Eugene Stafford Photograph Collection

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Hoover Archives is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Francis Eugene Stafford photograph collection. The albums are a generous gift from Ronald E. Anderson (PhD, Stanford University, 1970) and family.

Francis E. Stafford (1884­–1938), a US lithographer and photographer, arrived in Shanghai, China, in 1909. He was hired by the Commercial Press­—then Asia’s largest publishing company—to manage its printing division from 1909 to 1915. During the onset of the Wuchang Uprising in October 1911, Stafford was on hand to capture remarkable photos of the Qing Dynasty’s collapse. The collection, which consists of nearly 1,100 images, also includes the largest number of surviving original photographic prints of the Chinese Revolution of 1911.


Foreign Intelligence Files Added to Estonian KGB Digital Collection

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fourteen thousand pages have been added to the Estonian KGB digital collection at Hoover representing sixty-one folders of documents of the KGB Intelligence Service pertaining to Estonian refugees.


Digitized World War I Documents Available through Partnership with Adam Matthew

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thousands of pages of World War I materials in the Hoover Library and Archives were digitized by Adam Matthew for inclusion in The First World War: Propaganda and Recruitment, a digital resource that brings together archival materials from repositories in Europe and the United States.

Hitler’s burned and bombed mountain-side home in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof,

Amateur Color Films from World War II Now Available

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Thanks to a 2013 grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, five unique amateur films from the William P. Miller papers have been preserved. Those films, made from approximately 1943 to 1945, feature footage of the North African and European theaters during World War II.

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.




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