Against the background of the great European war of the early twentieth century,  Herbert Hoover’s idea of a scholarly institution collecting documentation on war, revolution, and peace was conceived and developed. Greatly expanded during the decades that followed, European materials now constitute the largest and most comprehensive part of Hoover’s international holdings.

Ralph Lutz’s Passport

Explore the papers of this revolutionary collector of World War I materials


Almond, Nina.,and Ralph Haswell Lutz. An Introduction to a Bibliography of the Paris Peace Conference: Collections of Sources, Archive Publications, and Source Books. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1935.

Anderson, Martin, and Valerie Bloom.Conscription: A Select and Annotated Bibliography Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1976.

Bako, Elemer.Guide to Hungarian Studies Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1973.

Bridgman, Jon., and David E Clarke.German Africa: a Select Annotated Bibliography Stanford: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1965.

Chilcote, Ronald H.Emerging Nationalism in Portuguese Africa: a Bibliography of Documentary Ephemera through 1965 Stanford: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1969.

A catalogue of Paris Peace Conference Delegation Propaganda in the Hoover War Library Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1926.

Esenwein, George Richard.Guide to the John D. Crummey Peace Collection in the Hoover Institution Stanford: Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1991.

Erdelyi, Gabor., and Agnes F Peterson. German Periodical Publications: A Checklist of German Language Serials and Series Currently Received In the Stanford University Libraries.Stanford: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1967.

Haas, Michael. International Organization: An Interdisciplinary Bibliography.Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1971.

Heinz, Grete., and Agnes F Peterson. The French Fifth Republic, Establishment and Consolidation (1958-1965): An Annotated Bibliography of the Holdings At the Hoover Institution. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1970.

Heinz, Grete Unger., and Agnes F Peterson. The French Fifth Republic Continuity and Change, 1966-1970: An Annotated Bibliography. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1974.

Hoover Institution Library. Inventory of the Hoover Institution Library Pamphlet Collection, ca. 1995.

Nowak, Chester Michael.Czechoslovak-Polish relations, 1918- 1939: A selected and Annotated BibliographyStanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1976.

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

Peterson, Agnes F.Annotated list of Archival Materials Relating to the Holocaust at the Hoover Institution Archives Stanford: Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1980.

Petersen, Agnes F.German Collection At the Hoover Institution, with Emphasis On Government Documents, Periodicals, Newspapers, Archival and Special Material: A Survey. Stanford: Hoover institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1970.

Peterson, Agnes F. Western Europe: A Survey of Holdings At the Hoover Institution On War, Revolution and Peace. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1970.

Siekierski, Maciej and Christopher Lazarski. Guide to the Polish Independent Publications, 1976-1990, In The Hoover Institution Archives Stanford: Hoover Institution, 1995.

Sworakowski, Witold S.,The Communist International and its front organizations : a research guide and checklist of holdings in American and European libraries Stanford: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, 1965.

Völgyes, Iván. The Hungarian Soviet Republic, 1919: An Evaluation and a Bibliography. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1970.

Wedborn, Helena.Women In the First and Second World Wars: A Checklist of the Holdings of the Hoover Institution On War, Revolution and Peace. Stanford: Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1988.


Street protest in Warsaw, Poland, June 1989 (Erazm Ciołek Papers, Hoover Institu

Revolutions in Eastern Europe Exhibition Opening on March 11

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Hoover Institution’s new exhibition, Revolutions in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Democracy, 1989–1990, will open on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion (next to Hoover Tower) on the Stanford University campus and run through Saturday, August 16, 2014.

Paul Joseph Goebbels (1897–1945) in his younger years. (Hoover Institution Libra

The Papers of Joseph Goebbels Come to Hoover

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Eric Wakin, director of the Hoover Library and Archives, has announced the acquisition of an extensive collection of the papers of Joseph Goebbels, one of Adolf Hitler’s closest associates and followers, who in his later years was the infamous Reich’s minister of propaganda. The papers are mostly from Goebbels’ youth and university studies, before he joined the Nazi party in 1924. These papers are a strong complement to the original portions of the Goebbels’s diaries, which have been housed at Hoover since 1947 and are discussed in a recent Hoover Digest article.

A 1941 poster promoting a concert and dance in the San Francisco Masonic Auditor

Javier Benedet’s Spanish Civil War Collection

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The recently acquired Javier Benedet collection contains significant materials relating to the Spanish Civil War and to fundraising efforts in Northern California on behalf of the Republican side in that conflict. The Benedet papers also provide documentation on the plight of Republican refugees in the aftermath of the Civil War and on the political life of the Spanish anti-fascist diaspora in France, Mexico, and other countries. In terms of volume, the Benedet papers now constitute the second largest collection (after the Burnett Bolloten papers) in the archives pertaining to the Spanish Civil War.

Milovan Djilas (left) and William Jovanovich, Princeton University, spring 1968 (Image courtesy of Aleksa Djilas)

Hoover Acquires Milovan Djilas Literary Archives

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Before the West became acquainted with Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Leszek Kołakowski, Lech Wałesa, or Vaclav Havel, it was introduced to the works of Milovan Djilas, the first prominent dissident in the history of communist Eastern Europe.

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Hoover Institution Tapestry Unveiled in Belgium

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A work of art by Belgian artist Floris Jespers was unveiled today at the Leuven Museum as part of its exhibition Ravaged: Art and Culture in Times of Conflict, commemorating the centenary of the beginning of World War I and the devastation it brought to Leuven.

Hoover Archives’ Polish Collections digitized

Poland's National Digital Archives now has English web interface

Friday, March 25, 2011

An English interface is now available for the 18 Polish collections from Hoover that were digitized for Poland’s National Digital Archives (Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe) at

Diagrammatic Map to Illustrate Outline Plan, Operation "Overlord" Report

Declassified British Documents Now Available in Hoover Collections

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

More than one hundred British government documents from nine archival collections at Hoover have been declassified. The majority, which are among the Charles Hill papers, are communications from the Office of the British Chargé d'Affaires in Beijing, 1966–68.

Stop War! vote Labour UK poster

Four Thousand British Posters Added to Online Poster Database

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

With more than four thousand images from the United Kingdom having been recently added, the Hoover Institution’s online, searchable poster database now has some eighteen thousand images of political posters from its collection.

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Never Such Innocence: British Images of the First World War

Thursday, January 10, 2008 to Saturday, March 1, 2008
Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion located next to Hoover Tower, Stanford University

An exhibition of government posters, photographs, fine art, and rare editions of poetry from the collections of the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, the Cantor Center for Visual Arts, and the Special Collections of Stanford University Libraries, guest curated by members of Professor Peter Stansky's class, Art and History: Modern Britain.