The archives' extensive German collections cover German participation in World War I, the 1918–19 revolution, the Weimar Republic, the rise of Nazism, the Third Reich and its leaders, the Allied occupation after World War II, the founding of the Federal and Democratic Republics in 1949, and the reunification in 1990. The library's coverage begins with the establishment of the First Reich and the Reichstag debates of 1871. 

Rosa Luxemburg And Mathilde Jacob Papers

German-Polish revolutionary leader and her secretary

Franz Schoenberner Papers

German journalist; editor, Simplicissimus, 1929–33

Wolfgang Janisch Papers

East German artist and peace activist

Thomas St. John Gaffney Papers

US consul in Dresden and Munich, 1905–15

Deutsche Kongress-zentrale Records

Government organization regulating all conferences and conventions in Germany, 1870–1943

Mensing Family Papers

Vice-admiral, German Navy, and his sons

Truman Smith Papers

US military attaché to Germany, 1935–39

Fr. P. Mönkemöller Collection

Printed matter related to World War I in Germany and immediately after

Karl C. Von Loesch Collection

Printed matter related to politics in Germany, 1918–44

Notgemeinschaft Für Eine Freie Universität Records

German organization to promote academic freedom at the Freie Universität Berlin

German Pictorial Collection

Miscellaneous photographs, postcards, and slides

German Subject Collection

Miscellaneous materials

Additional Guides

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, Calif.: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1967.

Heinz, Grete., and Agnes F. Peterson. NSDAP Hauptarchiv: Guide to the Hoover Institution Microfilm Collection. [Stanford, Calif.]: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1964.

Petersen, Agnes F. German Collection at the Hoover Institution, with Emphasis on Government Documents, Periodicals, Newspapers, Archival and Special Material: A Survey. Stanford [California: s.n.], 1970.


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The Papers of Joseph Goebbels Come to Hoover

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.

August 06, 2013
Himmler Sound Recordings Digitized

More than two dozen audiotapes in the Heinrich Himmler papers have been digitized by Hoover’s audio lab for both preservation and access. Many are Himmler’s speeches to police and military leaders, including Volksgrenadier officers, SS Panzerkorps commanders, Waffen SS commanders, and Ordnungspolizei leaders. Two tapes with voices in English may be from a bugged meeting of British and American POWs in a German camp. Some recordings are fragmentary; although most were recorded in 1943 and 1944, one tape is from 1940.

September 04, 2012
The Papers of a Righteous German Acquired by Hoover Archives

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.

November 11, 2011
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"Revolutionary Eye" Exhibition Artist Speaks on Life, Art, and the Former East Germany

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.

October 19, 2005
Close to Five Thousand German Posters Added to Online Database

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.

September 08, 2009
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