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.


Ernest Schelling receives the Distinguished Service Medal, May 21, 1923; Ignace

Ernest Schelling’s Papers and Memorabilia Come to Hoover

Monday, June 18, 2012

Known affectionately by his youngest fans as “Uncle Ernest,” Ernest Schelling was an American pianist and composer, the founder and for sixteen years the conductor of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Young People’s concerts until his untimely death in 1939. His musical papers, which are held by the University of Maryland’s International Piano Archives, provide detailed documentation of the course of his artistic career, but relatively little has been known or available about Ernest Schelling’s life outside music. The new Hoover collection sheds light on an important segment of his biography: his distinguished career as an intelligence officer and diplomat during and immediately after World War I, and his lifetime friendship with Ignace Jan Paderewski, the charismatic Polish piano virtuoso and statesman.

From the finding aid to the Shevardnadze interview transcripts

Transcripts of Interviews with Ėduard Shevardnadze Now Available

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The weekly radio interviews of Ėduard Shevardnadze, president of Georgia, during his last years in office are now available at the Hoover Archives. In these interviews Shevardnadze discusses the foreign policy of Georgia, especially relations with the United States and Russia; his trips to foreign countries and various districts of Georgia; visits of foreign statesmen and public figures to Georgia; and recent political, cultural, and social events.

“Do not forget that they can return,” February 3, 1924, cover of La Ligue by R.

Rare French Periodicals Added to the Hoover Library

Friday, July 6, 2012

The library has acquired complete sets of two rare French periodicals: La Ligue and Celsius, neither of which is listed in American library catalogs; they are available only in the Bibliothèque National in Paris. The acquisition of these two titles by Hoover enhances the strength of the library’s French holdings on the themes of war, revolution, and peace.

Issue no. 100 of Zihna

Rare Latvian imprints acquired by Hoover

Monday, March 28, 2011

A unique Latvian collection has been added to the holdings of the Hoover Institution Archives consisting of more than a hundred items: underground leftist publications, pamphlets, leaflets, calendars, manuals, and ephemeral periodicals.

Vitéz Badge (Hugo Sonyi Papers, Box 1).  Both General Sonyi and Csejtey’s father

New Hungarian Acquisitions

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Two significant émigré collections have been added to Hoover’s already extensive Hungarian library and archival holdings: those of Hugo Sonyi and Bela Csejtey. The two have very different biographies: the first was a top Hungarian general, the other, an American-educated scientist. Their collections however are similar in focus: Hungary’s military efforts in the two world wars, which, despite the valiant sacrifice of many thousands of soldiers, ended in defeat.

Gomulka and Prime Minister Jozef Cyrankiewicz visit a summer camp for “youth act

Wladyslaw Gomulka Collection Opened for Research

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Hoover Archives has added a collection that documents the career of Wladyslaw Gomulka, a Polish communist leader and first secretary of the Polish United Workers’ Party from October 1956 to December 1970. The collection consists of Gomulka’s early memoirs, the interrogation file compiled during his imprisonment in 1951–54, transcripts of oral history interviews with his two secretaries, and other documents and photographs.

British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin in 1946, from the pages of the album of G

Album of photographs of UN Balkan Commission donated to Hoover Archives

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

George S. Scherbatoff (1897-1976), a US Navy commander during and after the Second World War, also served as a member of numerous naval and diplomatic missions, including the US delegation to the conference at Yalta in 1945. The donated album, which is entitled “Trip to Greece with the UN Balkan Commission, November 1947-May 1948,” contains many photographs of the commission’s activities that are described by accompanying notes.


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.

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.

Cover of register describing Opis 3

Lithuanian KGB Files on Microfilm at Hoover

Monday, March 29, 2010

More than one thousand reels of microfilmed records of the KGB in Lithuania are available at the Hoover Archives, and the collection continues to grow.




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