Online Archive of California
The OAC provides access to descriptions of primary source collections from more than 200 repositories across California. Each collection has its own guide (a finding aid) that includes biographical information about the creator, the scope and contents of the collection, and inventories and register descriptions.
Most library and all archival materials are listed in this Stanford University Libraries online catalog. Users can refine searches to "Hoover Institution Library & Archives" in the left sidebar drop down menu under "Library." To see a collection's detailed finding aid, click on the direct Online Archive of California link.
Hoover Institution Library & Archives Digital Collections
We are currently in a multi-year process of migrating content from our original Digital Collections portal to Digital Collections 2, which is in beta release. While this migration is underway, users may need to search both sites. Digitized items include posters, photographs, manuscripts, moving images, sound recordings, and other historical materials.
Hoover Institution Library & Archives research guides are resources of knowledge curated by librarians, archivists, curators, faculty and other subject matter experts. You can find Stanford University course guides or search through guides by subject and topic to find research ideas.
Explore Collections In Context
Our growing library of Hoover Institution Stories, or HISTORIES, allows you to dive deeper into the historical context of our collections. HISTORIES are digital vignettes exploring aspects of war, revolution, and peace in the 20th and 21st centuries, richly illustrated with digitized collection material. Drawing on the expertise of Hoover fellows, staff, and researchers, HISTORIES are published on a wide range of subjects.