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.


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Secretary of State Warren Christopher’s Papers Open at Archives

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. 

June 30, 2014
Sound Recordings Concerning the United Nations Digitized

Audiotapes in two collections relating to the United Nations have been digitized by Hoover’s audio lab for both preservation and access. They are Excerpts from a John Foster Dulles press conference, 1953 Commemorative addresses by Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson in the National Citizens’ Committee for United Nations Day radio broadcast, 1952

January 16, 2013
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
Musical ambassadors documented in Hoover’s Radio Free Europe records

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

March 05, 2009
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