Taiwan Collections


A considerable portion of the Taiwan collections are from the Chinese Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang (KMT), and KMT officials active between the 1970s and 2000s, when democratization and economic development policies were shaped. Also available are campaign materials of the Democratic Progressive Party, in power from 2000 to 2008, and English-language materials by and about Westerners and foreign entities who engaged with Taiwan around VJ Day. 

Chiang Kai-shek Diaries 蔣介石日記

Chinese military and political leader and former head of state of the Republic of China 

Zhongguo Guo Min Dang Records 中國國民黨

Party records of the KMT [Kuomintang]

Lei Zhen Papers 雷震

Human rights activist and opponent of Chiang Kai-shek and KMT rule in post-1949 Taiwan

Wang Sheng Papers 王昇

Lieutenant general, Republic of China army; director, General Political Warfare Department, 1975–83

Wang Yue–che Papers 王玉麒

Colonel, Republic of China army; aide-de-camp to General Oskar Munzel; military adviser to Chiang Kai-shek 

Tian Chaoming Papers田朝明

Taiwanese political activist

Huang Jie Diaries黃杰日記

Governor of Taiwan, 1962–69, and minister of defense, 1969–72

Charles Maynard Cooke Papers

Admiral, US Navy; unofficial adviser to Chiang Kai-shek, 1950–51

Paul Vander Meer Papers

US geographer and author, Farm-plot dispersal, Lu-liao Village, Taiwan

Shen Keqin Papers沈克勤

Writer and diplomat

Taiwanese Pictorial Collection

Photographs and postcards of Taiwan, 1868­–1949

Taiwanese Subject Collection

Miscellaneous materials

Hsiao-ting Lin Hoover Headshot

Hsiao-ting Lin

Curator, Modern China & Taiwan Collection / Research Fellow

Hsiao-ting Lin is a research fellow and curator of the Modern China and Taiwan collection at the Hoover Institution, for which he collects material on China and Taiwan, as well as China-related materials in other East Asian countries. He holds a BA in political science ...

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.

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

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


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Legislative Delegation from Taiwan Visits Hoover

A bipartisan Taiwanese legislative delegation visited Hoover on Friday, July 12, 2013, as part of a diplomatic tour of the United States. The delegation included legislators Lin Yu-fang, Chen Tan-sun, Chan Kai-chin, and Wang Yu-min and officials from Taiwan’s foreign and defense ministries. Accompanied by Bruce Fuh, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, the delegation met and exchanged views on US-Taiwan relations with Hoover fellows.

July 15, 2013
Taiwanese foreign minister Lin visits Hoover

Yung-le Lin, Taiwanese foreign minister, and Bruce J.D. Linghu, director of the Department of North American Affairs for the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry, visited the Hoover Institution on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, as part of their daylong visit to the San Francisco Bay area. Minister Lin, who has served in the ministry for more than three decades, has represented Taiwan in missions all over the world.

March 06, 2013
Hoover Opens Papers of Kuomintang Leader

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives recently acquired the personal papers of Wang Sheng (1917–2006), best known for his relationship with Chiang Ching-kuo, the son of Chiang Kai-shek and president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) between 1978 and 1988.

November 19, 2012
Hoover Acquires Papers of Taiwanese Independent Movement Leader

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives have recently acquired the personal papers of Tian Chaoming (1918–2010), a Japanese-educated physician well known for his efforts in promoting Taiwan’s democracy, human rights, and political independence. Among the materials Hoover has acquired are Tian’s manuscripts, his correspondence with political prisoners, and more than three hundred photos documenting anti-KMT political movements in the 1980s and the 1990s.

July 31, 2012
Taiwanese vice foreign minister Lyushun Shen visits Hoover

Taiwanese vice foreign minister Lyushun Shen visited the Hoover Institution on April 15, 2011, accompanied by Mr. Jack Chiang, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in San Francisco, and Ms. Li-fang Huang, a director at TECO. Hsiao-Ting Lin, research fellow and curator of the East Asian Collection at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, gave the visitors a tour of the new exhibit A Century of Change: China 1911–2011.

April 20, 2011
Shen Keqin Papers Available at Hoover Archives

The papers of Shen Keqin (1921– ), former Republic of China representative to Thailand (1975–89) and director of the Executive Yuan (1989–90), are now available for research at the Hoover Institution Archives.

June 26, 2008
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Lei Zhen Papers Acquired by Hoover Archives

The personal papers of Lei Zhen (1897–1979), human rights activist, liberal thinker, and vigorous political opponent of Chiang Kai-shek and Kuomintang rule in post-1949 Taiwan, were recently acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives.

October 25, 2007
Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy Yang Visits the Hoover Institution

In his visit to the Hoover Institution, Timothy Chin-tien Yang, minister of foreign affairs for the Republic of China (Taiwan), met with John Raisian, the Institution’s Tad and Dianne Taube Director, and toured the Hoover Institution Library and Archives.

December 04, 2009
President Ma of Taiwan meets with Richard Sousa, director of the library and archives at the Hoover Institution

The president of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou, met with Richard Sousa, director of the library and archives at the Hoover Institution, at the presidential palace in Taiwan.

June 09, 2009
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