detail of poster JA 6 - The occupation of Port Arthur, 1905

Japan and Japanese Diaspora Collections

These 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.


Kaoru Ueda

Curator of Japanese Diaspora Collections / Research Fellow

Kaoru (Kay) Ueda (B.A. Kawansei Gakuin University, MBA, University of Chicago, Ph.D., Boston University) has unique experience both in business and academic worlds. Having worked as an analyst in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom, and in the specialized library o...

Additional Guides

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.


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New Collection Sheds Light on Postwar Okinawa

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.

April 02, 2014
Valentine Morozoff Papers Open: New Collection on Russian Emigrés in Japan

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.

March 20, 2014
Japanese Imperial Maps as Sources for East Asian History: A Symposium on the History and Future of the Gaihōzu

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.

October 05, 2011
Japanese scholars visit the Hoover Institution

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.

March 09, 2009
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