More than five hundred publications and collections document social, political, and economic changes in North and South Korea, dating especially from the Japanese annexation of Korea in 1910 to the Korean War. They include the records of the Japanese legation in Seoul (1894­–1910), psychological warfare leaflets distributed by the United Nations during the Korean War, and records of the United States Army Military Government in Korea. 

Kōshikan Records

Japanese legation in Korea, 1894–1910

Us Army Far East Command Psychological Warfare Branch Leaflets

Propaganda aimed at North Korean and Chinese soldiers during the Korean War. Includes translations.

Haydon L. Boatner Papers

Commandant, United Nations Prisoner of War Command in Korea, 1952

Millard Preston Goodfellow Papers

US political adviser in Korea, 1946; includes correspondence with Syngman Rhee

Korea Underground Report Newsletters

Compilation on South Korea and Southeast Asia edited by Kilsoo K. Haan

Korean Subject Collection

Printed matter relating to North and South Korea and to the Korean War

Additional Guides

Duignan, Peter, ed. The Library of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1985.

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

Palm, Charles, and Dale Reed. Guide to the Hoover Institution Archives. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1980.


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American Red Cross Volunteer in the Far East, Easley Jones Collection–New Acquisition at the Hoover Institution

Journals and photographs document Easley Jones’ service with the American Red Cross in China, Korea, Japan, and Siberia from 1919 to 1920.

October 07, 2022
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Extensive Chosin Reservoir Archive Acquired By The Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives has acquired the papers of Colonel George A. Rasula, a career Army officer who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Rasula fought in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War and became the historian for the veterans of the battle. 

August 15, 2022
<i>Unpacking History</i> Opens In The Herbert Hoover Exhibition Pavilion

On September 27th the Hoover Library & Archives exhibition Unpacking History: New Collections at the Hoover Library & Archives opened in the Herbert Hoover Exhibition Pavilion with a public reception and remarks by Eric Wakin, Robert H. Malott Director of the Library & Archives.

September 30, 2016
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Unpacking History: New Collections At The Hoover Institution Library & Archives

A new exhibition, Unpacking History: New Collections at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, celebrates the variety, range, and historical significance of Hoover’s holdings by featuring rare and intriguing items from select collections acquired in recent years. The exhibition opens Tuesday, September 27, 2016, and runs through February 25, 2017.

September 27, 2016
Hoover Institution Provides Korea with Rare Copies of Historical Documents

Recovered missing documents revealing long-held secrets are usually the basis of suspense novels. A copy of the Hoover Institution’s Japan Koshikan (Korea) records, however, may be a case of truth proving stranger than fiction.

July 27, 2010
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