The Estonian collections relate to that country’s first period of independence and its foreign relations during the interwar years. Among these, the Pusta Papers are especially important, as they concern the Soviet annexation of Estonia and efforts to keep the cause of Baltic independence alive during the Cold War. Other collections document political repression in the Soviet period and the renewal of Estonian sovereignty in 1991.

Wayne Holder Papers, Box 7, Folder 11, Hoover Institution Archives



Eesti NSV Riikliku Julgeoleku Komitee Records

Estonian branch of the Soviet secret police organization Komitet gosudarstvennoi bezopasnosti (KGB)

Wayne Holder Papers

US poet and writer; visitor to Estonia

M. Oiderman Typescript: Estonian Independence

Estonian Foreign Office representative

Kaarel Robert Pusta Papers

Estonian diplomat; foreign minister of Estonia, 1924-25


Miscellaneous materials

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Duignan, Peter, ed. The Library of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1985.

Dwyer, Joseph D., ed. Russia, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: A Survey of Holdings at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1980

Jacobs, David. Baltic States Collections in the Hoover Institution Archives, ca. 2003.

Palm, Charles, and Dale Reed. Guide to the Hoover Institution Archives. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1980.

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.

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Estonia Prime Minister Featured Speaker at Hoover Institution Retreat

The prime minister of Estonia, Andrus Ansip, was a featured speaker at the Hoover Institution retreat November 29 and 30.

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Andrus Ansip, Prime Minister of Estonia, spoke at the Hoover Institution Retreat

How a former Soviet satellite became one of the world’s most open economies


Arnold Rüütel, president of Estonia, visits the Hoover Institution

Friday, January 20, 2006

Before delivering a policy address at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies on January 20, 2006, His Excellency Arnold Rüütel, president of Estonia, visited the Hoover Institution.

Johan Laidoner, circa 1925 (Hoover Institution Archives, Franciszek Charwat Pape

Documenting Soviet Crimes in Estonia

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Hoover Institution and the National Archives of Estonia have signed an agreement of cooperation for digitizing and sharing records pertaining to Estonia. The first project will be Hoover Archives’ acquiring copies of selected groups of records of the NKVD and of its successor, the KGB of the former Estonian SSSR.

Ribbentrop album in the Hoover Archives

Estonian news reporter visits the Hoover Archives for a glance at Estonian history

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On October 15, 2012, Estonian TV news reporter Neeme Raud visited the Hoover Institution Archives to learn more about the Estonian collections in the archives. A group of local and visiting Estonians accompanied him. They were given a presentation by archival specialist David Jacobs that highlighted some of the HIA's important documents pertaining to Estonian history, including photographs of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact in 1939 that led to the Soviet annexation of the Baltic States one year later.

Members of the Estonian parliamentary delegation—from left to right, Imre Sooäär

Estonian parliamentary delegation visits the Hoover Institution

Thursday, April 19, 2012

On Thursday, April 19, 2012, a five-member delegation from the Estonian Parliament, including Marko Mihkelson, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee; Sven Mikser, chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Estonia; Kadri Simson; Imre Sooäär; and Birgit Leppik, secretary, visited the Hoover Institution Library and Archives to examine materials from the Baltics, mainly Estonia. All are members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, which oversees Estonia’s relations with other states and international organizations and maintains contacts with foreign affairs committees of the parliaments of other countries. Andrus Viirg, director of Enterprise Estonia Silicon Valley, joined members of the delegation on their visit.

Hoover archival specialist David Jacobs presents documents

Estonian president visits the Hoover Institution

Friday, June 12, 2009

Estonian president Toomas Ilves visited the Hoover Institution Library and Archives on Thursday, June 11. During a presentation in the archives, he was shown materials from the Estonian collections...

Robert Service on the Estonian KGB Records

Robert Service on the Estonian KGB Records

Thursday, March 14, 2013

This collection contains digitized copies of thousands of pages of Estonian KGB files relating to secret police and intelligence activities, dissident and anti-Soviet activities, and repatriation and nationalism issues in Estonia.

Stanford historian Amir Weiner's work is drawn from a newly assembled collection

Hoover Archives’ KGB files examined by Stanford historian Weiner

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Stanford historian Amir Weiner recently examined the newly accessible KGB files housed in the Hoover Institution Archives. Weiner found that “a system of checks and balances in today's Western-style democracies prevents agencies like the FBI from engaging in domestic surveillance at the same invasive scale as the KGB” (Stanford Report). The collection is composed of tens of thousands of documents, including informants' reports, interrogation minutes, and official internal correspondence. Nearly two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the KGB archives are the largest accessible holdings (Russian and Ukrainian holdings are, for all practical purposes, closed) of the Soviet political police, which were left almost intact in Vilnius, Lithuania, after the Soviet Union disintegrated.



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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Broadcast Records

RFE/RL Corporate Records, Box 100, Folder 39, Hoover Institution Archives

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