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.

German poster of computer cards in the shape of a hand pointing at a man

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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

RFE/RL Corporate Records, Box 100, Folder 39, Hoover Institution Archives
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Hoover’s Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Russian Service Archive Now Available Online

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hoover’s extensive Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Russian Service (Radio Svoboda) holdings are now available through an online database built in collaboration with the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA).


Institute for Humane Studies’ Audiotapes Digitized

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Nearly one hundred and fifty audiotapes of lectures delivered at the Institute for Humane Studies have been digitized for preservation and access by Hoover’s audio lab. The institute is a US nonprofit organization that promotes laissez-faire economics. The tapes include lectures on economics and political theory by Milton Friedman, Friedrich von Hayek, John Jewkes, Arthur Kemp, Felix Morley, Bruno Leoni, Jacques Rueff, and others.

Cell block, Kolargon penal camp (Giles Udy collection, Hoover Institution Archiv

Digital Photograph Collections Available at Hoover Archives

Monday, October 1, 2012

Two collections of digital photographs depicting activities and sites in the former Soviet Union are available for research at the Hoover Archives.


Himmler Sound Recordings Digitized

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

More than two dozen audiotapes in the Heinrich Himmler papers have been digitized by Hoover’s audio lab for both preservation and access. Many are Himmler’s speeches to police and military leaders, including Volksgrenadier officers, SS Panzerkorps commanders, Waffen SS commanders, and Ordnungspolizei leaders. Two tapes with voices in English may be from a bugged meeting of British and American POWs in a German camp. Some recordings are fragmentary; although most were recorded in 1943 and 1944, one tape is from 1940.

Tarsaidze Papers Digitized

Eugene Lyons’s Sound Recordings Digitized

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tape and disc recordings of Russian American journalist and author Eugene Lyons are now available for listening, having been digitized in Hoover's audio lab. Most are speeches by Lyons about conditions and events in the Soviet Union and the communist influence in the United States, with several recordings focusing on communism in Hollywood. Another is a spoken letter to a Polish youth on the meaning of Polish ethnicity in the United States and the nature of oppression in the two countries. The recordings, which date from the 1940s to the 1960s, are part of the Eugene Lyons papers.

Lady-in-waiting of their majesties

Images from Russia's Last Imperial Ball Digitized by Hoover Archives

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

One hundred years ago the office in charge of editing Russia's state papers created a unique album, depicting as it does many of the guests at a costume ball at the Winter Palace in February 1903 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of St. Petersburg. Three hundred and ninety people attended, including sixty guardsmen. It was to be the last imperial ball in Russian history.

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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.

A thumbnail image with its description in the Pasternak digital archive.

More Than Two Thousand Pages of Images Added to Pasternak Digital Archive

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hundreds of poems and letters have been added to the Pasternak family papers digital archive in the Hoover Archives reading room, including more than two hundred pages of Boris Pasternak’s poems. . . .


Digital Archive of Pasternak Family Papers Now Available

Monday, October 15, 2007

The first segment of the Pasternak Family Papers digital archive is available in the Hoover Archives reading room.




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