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.


Merian Cooper in Polish uniform (Kenneth O. Shrewsbury Papers, Box 1, Hoover Ins

Memoirs of King Kong Director and War Hero at Hoover

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Merian Caldwell Cooper would be a top candidate for the "Most Interesting Man in the World." Although Cooper is known for his 1933 production of King Kong, there were many more interesting episodes in his life in addition to that iconic movie. Indeed, in the words of the film historian Richard Schickel, “his career was larger than life.” Expelled from Annapolis in his senior year for advocating air power, a view the navy frowned on, in 1916 he joined the Georgia National Guard and served with General Pershing’s expedition against Pancho Villa. American Relief Administration (ARA) and later volunteered for the US flight unit the Kosciuszko Squadron, part of the Polish effort to stop the Bolshevik advance into Europe.

An official 1915 CRB photo of Charles Nelson

A Half Century of Service: Charles Nelson Leach, MD

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Hoover Archives have received the papers and photographs of Charles Nelson Leach (1884–1971), a US doctor who participated in some of the greatest health emergencies of the twentieth century. His association with programs led by Herbert Hoover and contribution to the building of the Hoover Tower are remembered on the walls inside the lobby of the Hoover Tower, where his name is inscribed in three separate places. The bulk of the Charles Leach collection pertains to the 1917–1920 period. It includes photo albums, calendars, clippings, and a diary of an adventurous 1919 trip, in an ARA Cadillac, through Central and Eastern Europe.

Alexei Milrud

Hoover acquires papers of Alexei Milrud

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Much of Alexei Milrud’s collection relates to the activities of his father, Mikhail Milrud, editor of the newspaper Segodnia in Riga, Latvia, between the two world wars. The collection includes materials on Mikhail’s career and copies of his NKVD file (he was arrested by the Soviets when they incorporated Latvia), as well as materials relating to the newspaper and the history of Russian publishing in Latvia.

(left to right)  Pavel Landovsky, Vaclav Havel, and Jaroslav Kukal in 1978

Vaclav Havel Correspondence Open for Research

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Vaclav Havel is a man of letters—author, playwright, essayist, and poet. A series of more than two hundred letters between him and Czech emigre historian Vilem Precan are now available to researchers at the Hoover Institution. Havel’s correspondence with Precan, like the published prison letters, will be an essential source for future biographers of Vaclav Havel, the man, the writer, and the unlikely hero of the Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution.


"Revolutionary Eye" Exhibition Artist Speaks on Life, Art, and the Former East Germany

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Hoover Library and Archives hosted a wine and cheese reception for Wolfgang Janisch, the featured artist in the exhibition 'Revolutionary Eye: The Political Poster Art of Wolfgang Janisch: 1979-1999.

Bolshevism is depicted as a huge red spider with a death’s head sitting on top of the globe in this German poster

Close to Five Thousand German Posters Added to Online Database

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

With the recent addition of more than 4,000 images from Germany, the Hoover Institution’s searchable online poster database now provides access to some 22,000 images of political posters in Hoover’s poster collection.

Selected documents of Pastor Kurtz

The Papers of a Righteous German Acquired by Hoover Archives

Friday, November 11, 2011

Adolf Kurtz, a Protestant pastor, following Hitler’s ascent to power in 1933, resisted the government’s efforts to control religious life in Germany. In that his wife was born a Jew, he organized a relief agency to help Christians of Jewish heritage. After the war, in 1948, Pastor Kurtz was invited by the British military authorities in Berlin to come to England to visit German prisoner-of-war camps. A year ago, Hoover Archives acquired a collection of letters, certificates, church registers, and photographs, mostly associated with Pastor Kurtz’s later life in Oxford. The newly acquired increment consists of many original personal documents, mostly from the pastor’s earlier years in Berlin.

Spas Raikin as a student in Bulgaria in 1946, during a summer job building a rai

Oswald’s Bulgarian Connection: The Spas Raikin Papers

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Hoover Archives has received the papers of Spas Raikin, a Bulgarian-American historian, and émigré anti-communist activist. His papers, contained in ninety-nine binders, document Raikin’s historical research and writing as well as Bulgarian émigré activities in the United States. Binder nr. 71, however, is different from the others. It documents an episode in Raikin’s life that has a place in world history: his meeting with Lee Harvey Oswald in the port at Hoboken, New Jersey on June 13, 1962, when Oswald was returning from the Soviet Union.

Unit insignia of the Twenty-Second Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Cor

Wojtek, the Bear of Monte Cassino

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired the wartime memoirs of Stanislaw Kroczak, an officer with the Twenty-Second Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. In his memoirs Kroczak recalls his childhood in a village south of the city of Lwow (now Lviv), his fight against invading German and Soviet forces in September 1939, and his subsequent imprisonment and hard labor in the north of Russia. One charming part of the memoir concerns one of the best-known and celebrated animal mascots of the war, Wojtek the bear.

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.




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