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.


Dmitri Shalikashvili in Polish uniform, c. 1930, photo courtesy of the Central M

Major Shalikashvili and the KGB: Hoover Georgian Archives Expand

Monday, October 8, 2012

For a country located on the strategic frontier of Europe and Asia, with a proud history going back to the fourth century AD, Hoover Archives' holdings on Georgia are modest compared to some of our other international collections, such as those on Russia, Germany, or Poland. Our Georgian collection is expanding, however, thanks to recent initiatives. One such effort involves digitizing the records of the security police and those of the Ministry of the Interior of Soviet Georgia; the other concerns the Dmitri Shalikashvili papers, our most comprehensive and best-known source on Georgian history.

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.

Arina Ginzburg Calls the US Embassy from a Phone Booth

Hoover Institution Library and Archives present a lecture by Stanford history professor Amir Weiner, “Getting to Know You: Findings from the KGB Archives”

Thursday, July 26, 2012

As part of the tenth annual Hoover Summer Workshop, Amir Weiner, associate professor of history at Stanford University, will discuss his forthcoming book, Getting to Know You: Domestic Surveillance in the Soviet Union. Based on thorough research in the former archives of the KGB, including the newly acquired KGB collections of the Hoover Archives. Click here for more information about the event.

Edmund Osmanczyk (right) with Polish premier Mieczyslaw Rakowski in the mid-1980

Edmund Osmanczyk Papers Come to Hoover

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The papers of Polish journalist, writer, politician, and Silesian activist Edmund Osmanczyk (1913–1989) have been added to the Hoover Institution Archives. Osmanczyk’s life was rather atypical for his generation of Polish intellectuals; unlike most others, who were either killed or had to leave the country, he survived the war and forty-five years of communism, and died in free Poland.

Austrian, Hungarian, Czech, Polish, and Soviet Russian cards and stamped envelop

A Philatelic History of the ARA: the Arthur H. Groten Collection

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Hoover Archives has received a collection of documents, postcards and letters connected with the work of the American Relief Administration. Herbert Hoover organized and directed the ARA, providing assistance to millions of displaced and hungry victims of World War I. The collection, consisting mostly of stamped postal requests and acknowledgements from individuals and private organizations assisting in the American aid effort, covers the entire period of the ARA’s operation in Central and Eastern Europe, from its early 1919 start in Austria, Hungary and Poland, until the summer of 1923, the end of the American mission in Moscow.

Portrait of Helena Paderewska. Józef Orłowski, Helena Paderewska: na piętnastole

Helena Paderewska Memoirs Discovered in the Hoover Archives

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Not long ago the Hoover Archives received the papers and memorabilia of the US musician and military intelligence officer Ernest Schelling. Found during initial sorting of the materials was a tattered manila envelope containing two unsigned typewritten copies of a text in English ending with “Riond Bosson, Morges, Switzerland, May 29, 1920.”

A. Piatt Andrew, on right, and Stephen Galatti in American Field Service uniform

Papers of Member of Congress and American Field Service Cofounder A. Piatt Andrew are Now Open for Use

Monday, March 14, 2011

The papers of A. Piatt Andrew, who had a long and varied career as university professor, government official, member of Congress, and director of an ambulance service in wartime, are now open for use. The collection will be of interest to historians and researchers studying American politics, economics, and foreign relations in the early twentieth century, as well as those interested in the story of the American Field Service in France during World War I.

A Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime: The Correspondence between Alfred Schütz an

A Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime: The Correspondence between Alfred Schütz and Eric Voegelin

Thursday, August 4, 2011

These two giants of twentieth-century social science shared a remarkable friendship: first meeting as students in Vienna in the 1920s and finding one another to be great partners in discussion; years later being pushed out of Europe by Nazi pressure and going to work at separate American universities. The letters bear witness to their friendship during their years in the United States and document the men’s tentative attempts at formulating the theories of lifeworld and gnosis, both terms associated with Schütz and Voegelin today.

Eric Voegelin letters (Eric Voegelin Papers, box 141)

The Hoover Archives acquires additional letters by Eric Voegelin

Friday, February 4, 2011

Twelve letters written to Elisabeth de Waal (née Ephrussi) by the Austrian-born political scientist Eric Voegelin were recently added to his collection. The original installment of this correspondence at Hoover (acquired from Voegelin’s widow in the 1980s) consisted of forty-five letters from Elisabeth to Eric (from 1938 to 1976) and seven carbon copies of his letters to her (from 1941 to 1974). Now, thanks to the generosity of Edmund de Waal, these twelve letters—ten of which had never been seen before, two of which Hoover had as carbon copies—from Eric to Elisabeth, spanning the years 1926 to 1959, complement the letters we had in hand.

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Papers of Ambassador Jacques Leprette now available for use at the Hoover Institution Archives

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The papers of French diplomat Jacques Leprette (1920–2004), acquired in 2005 and newly processed and available for research use in the Hoover Institution Archives, document the life and distinguished diplomatic career of a man who proudly served the French government yet was an equally ardent citizen of Europe and friend of the United States.




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