Japan and Japanese Diaspora Collections

Our many Japan and Japanese Diaspora collections focus on social, political, and economic change from the Meiji (1868–1911) to post–World War II reconstruction (1945–52) periods in Japan and overseas Japanese communities. Major topics of the Japan collection include the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–95; pre–World War II domestic affairs; Japanese-sponsored governments in China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia; the post–World War II Allied occupation, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, the US-Japan Security Treaty. Records of the Japanese Communist Party and proceedings of the Imperial Diet, 1890–1946, are available. The Japanese Diaspora collection includes the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection, the world’s largest open-access full-image digital collection of Japanese newspapers published in North America.



Kōshikan Records

Japanese legation in Korea, 1894–1910

Japanese Modern History Manuscript Collection

Miscellaneous materials collection by the Hoover Institution East Asia Library, Tokyo Office

Daniel K. E. Ching Collection

Materials relating to Japanese-occupied Manchuria (Manchukuo)

Jane Lathrop Stanford Miscellaneous Papers

Photograph albums of scenes in Japan, presented to Stanford during her 1902 visit

Rikugun Records

Japanese imperial army surveys of property seized in China during World War II

Milo E. Rowell Papers

US military lawyer involved in drafting Japanese constitution after World War II

Bonner Frank Fellers Papers

Brigadier general, US Army; chief, Psychological Warfare Branch, South West Pacific Area, 1943–45

Crawford F. Sams Papers

Chief, public health and welfare section in occupied Japan, 1945–51

Sheldon H. Harris Papers

US historian and author, Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932–45

Harold Melvin Agnew Motion Picture Film

Depicts the explosion of atom bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan

Eugene H. Dooman Papers

US counselor of embassy to Japan, 1937–41; assistant secretary of state staff for Far Eastern affairs, 1944–45

Joseph C. Trainor Papers

Supreme commander for the Allied Powers in Japan staff, 1945–51

George Dinsmore Stoddard Miscellaneous Papers

US educator; chairman, United States Education Mission to Japan, 1946

Thomas ray bodine papers

Field Director, National Japanese American Student Relocation Council  1942–45

stanford nisei alumni newsletter issues

Japanese American activities during World War II, 1944–45; Newsletter of Japanese American alumni of Stanford University

Hubert G. Schenck Papers

Supreme commander for the Allied Powers in Japan staff, 1945–51

karl r. bendetsen Papers

Internment of Japanese Americans during World War II

john b. cornell Papers

Materials related to Japanese emigrants in Brazil, 1965–68

Ronald S. Anderson Papers

US secondary school teacher in Japan, 1929–35; United States education officer in Japan, 1946–49

s.i. hayakawa Papers

US senator from California, 1977–1983

Masuo Kitaji annotated and illustrated Bibles

Masuo Kitaji's Bibles provided through the generosity of the Kitaji Family, 1935/1973


Shigemitsu Mamoru sketch books

Depicts scenes at the proceedings of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, 1947/1948


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Japan Archival Collections     Japan Library Materials

Most of the items described in these guides are now available at the East Asia Library at Stanford University or Stanford Auxiliary Libraries (SAL 1 & 2).  Please check Stanford's online libraries catalog for exact locations.

Ike, Nobutaka. The Hoover Institution Collection On Japan. Palo Alto, Calif, 1958.

Mote, Frederick W., Japanese-Sponsored Governments In China, 1937-1945: An Annotated Bibliography Compiled From Materials In the Chinese Collection of the Hoover Library. Stanford,: Stanford University Press, 1954.

Nahm, Andrew C. Japanese Penetration of Korea, 1894–1910: A Checklist of Japanese Archives in the Hoover Institution. Stanford University, Calif.: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1959.

Kiyohara, Michiko. China Watching by the Japanese: Reports and Investigations from the First Sino-Japanese War to the Unification of China Under the Communist Party: A Checklist of Holdings In the East Asian Collection, Hoover Institution.Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, 1987.

Ryukyu Islands map (Forrest Ralph Pitts papers, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archiv

New Collection Sheds Light on Postwar Okinawa

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired the papers of Forrest Ralph Pitts (1924-2014), emeritus professor of the geography department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Consul Pavel Vaskevich with two Japanese gentlemen (Valentine F. Morozoff Papers

Valentine Morozoff Papers Open: New Collection on Russian Emigrés in Japan

Thursday, March 20, 2014

One significant consequence of the revolution in Russia in 1917 was the mass exodus of opponents of the Bolshevik regime: the first mass political emigration of the twentieth century. The fate of these émigrés continues to interest historians and other researchers to this day; bearing in mind growing trends in international history and migration studies, it will continue to do so in the future.

Hsiao-ting Lin, research fellow and curator of the East Asia Collection, and Lis

Senior Officials from the Japanese Ministry of Defense Visit the Hoover Institution

Friday, March 15, 2013

A delegation from the Japanese Ministry of Defense (JMOD) visited the Hoover Archives on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Led by Nobushige Takamizawa, president of the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), the delegation included NIDS senior fellow Masayuki Masuda and fellow Tomohiko Satake.

Center for East Asian Studies

Japanese Imperial Maps as Sources for East Asian History: A Symposium on the History and Future of the Gaihōzu

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Hoover Archives, collaborating with cooperating libraries at Stanford, including the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections and the East Asia Library, are taking part in a symposium on Japanese imperial maps. The symposium will examine the utility of these colonial maps as tools for historical research. Click here for more information.

Japanese scholars visit the Hoover Institution

Japanese scholars visit the Hoover Institution

Monday, March 9, 2009

A group of Japanese scholars supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education visited the Hoover Institution in March to study its unique modern China collection so as to gain a better understanding of twentieth-century China.



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Kaoru "Kay" Ueda is Hoover's first-ever curator for the Japanese Diaspora Initiative.

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