The Hoover Institution’s collections on diplomatic history rival those of many countries’ national archives, which is not surprising since the Hoover Institution was collecting such papers and records long before the US National Archives was even founded. From the papers of foreign ministers and secretaries of State (George Schulz) through embassies, legations and official and unofficial representatives (Hoover’s collections are particularly strong for Russia and Poland), the Hoover Institution’s holdings provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study the workings of diplomacy and international relations at all levels. Aside from official diplomatic relations, less studied but no less important, was citizen diplomacy: attempts by ordinary citizens to improve international relations through cultural exchange, humanitarian aid, and simple person-to-person contact.

Charles Hodges Photographs, Envelope K, Hoover Institution Archives

Candid images of the Casablanca, Potsdam, and Berlin Conferences

Warren Christopher Papers, Box 17, Hoover Institution Archives

United States Secretary of State, 1993–97


George Pratt Shultz Papers

US secretary of state, 1982–89. May not be used without the written permission of George P. Shultz

Warren Christopher Papers

US secretary of state, 1993–97

Charles Hill Papers

US diplomat; assistant to the US secretary of state, 1984–89

Poland Ambasada in the Soviet Union Records

Polish embassy in the Soviet Union, 1941–44

Poland Ambasada in the US Records

Polish embassy in the United States, 1918–56

Posol'stvo in France Records

Russian Provisional Government embassy, 1916–24

Posol'stvo in the United States Records

Russian Imperial and Provisional Government embassy, 1897–47

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Secretary of State Warren Christopher’s Papers Open at Archives

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Hoover Institution Archives is pleased to announce the opening of the Warren Christopher papers, which document the long career of this US statesmen and Stanford Law School alumnus. 


Sound Recordings Concerning the United Nations Digitized

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Audiotapes in two collections relating to the United Nations have been digitized by Hoover’s audio lab for both preservation and access. They are

Earl E. T. Smith

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

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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.

Ella Fitzgerald speaks with Radio Free Europe

Musical ambassadors documented in Hoover’s Radio Free Europe records

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Ella Fitzgerald speaks with Radio Free Europe shortly after appearing at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany.



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