Current state of the Diaries
The Hoover Institution at Stanford University has had on deposit extraordinary archival material, including diaries and other papers, from Chiang Kai-shek, and his son, Chiang Ching-kuo since Chiang family members deposited them at Hoover in 2005. The Hoover Institution has provided access to redacted copies of the Chiang Kai-shek diaries in our reading room, and the collection has become one of the most popular in the archives, being viewed by hundreds of people from around the world each year. Hoover’s goal is to provide as much of the material as possible for scholarly study.
Having received conflicting claims of ownership to the materials, on September 24th, 2013, the Hoover Institution announced that it was seeking clarity on the ownership of the Chiang family diaries and papers on deposit at the Hoover Institution. The Hoover Institution is looking for legal clarity so it can either return the materials to the proper owner(s) or continue to hold the materials for the proper owner(s), and is not advocating for one outcome over another.
Since then, the Hoover Institution learned that the Academia Historica (the Republic of China's highest-level organization concerned with affairs related to the nation's history in Taiwan) claims to have an interest in the deposit. Consequently, as we seek to discover the rightful owners and appropriate treatment of the deposit, the Academia Historica, as an agency or instrumentality of the Republic of China, has been added to the interpleader action, which enlists assistance from the court to determine ownership of the deposit. In its continuing efforts to work with those with any legitimate claim to the deposited materials, the Hoover Institution has reached out to all of the defendants, including the Republic of China, to let them know about the action before the filing.
It has been a privilege for the Hoover Institution to be a home to the deposited materials. It is our hope that a resolution can be found soon.
To learn more and initiate requests to read the diaries, view the collection guides on the Online Archive of California.
Chiang Kai-shek Diaries
Chinese military and political leader and former head of state of the Republic of China
Chiang Ching-kuo Diaries
Former head of state of the Republic of China
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