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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Exhibit of Chiang Ching-kuo diaries on a table with black tablecloth
Diaries Of Chiang Kai-Shek And Chiang Ching-Kuo Return To Taiwan, Copies Remain At The Hoover Institution Library & Archives

After almost two decades on deposit for scholarly research at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, the handwritten diaries of the Republic of China (Taiwan)’s former president Chiang Kai-shek (1887—1975) and his son and successor Chiang Ching-kuo (1910—1988) returned to Taiwan this week.

September 15, 2023
Modern China and Taiwan Workshop 2023 speakers stand in front of Hoover Tower and HHMB
Hoover Institution Hosts The 2023 Annual Summer Workshop On Modern China And Taiwan

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives hosted the 2023 Workshop on Modern China and Taiwan. Workshop participants explored Hoover’s unique archival collections and presented their findings to the Hoover and Stanford research community and a broad audience.  

August 07, 2023
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Hoover Institution Library & Archives Reconnects With Taiwan in The Post-Pandemic Era

Hoover Institution Library & Archives Director Eric Wakin and Curator of Modern China and Taiwan Hsiao-ting Lin visited Taiwan at the invitation of a number of institutions and organizations on the island state.

May 15, 2023
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Hoover Archives Acquires New Historical Materials Evidencing Taiwan’s Bumpy Process toward Democratization

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives has acquired the papers of Thomas B. Gold, a retired professor from the University of California–Berkeley reputed for his research into Taiwan.

January 13, 2023
Photo of speakers from 2022 China & Taiwan workshop
Workshop on Modern China and Taiwan returns to the Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution Workshop on Modern China and Taiwan returned August 1 through August 5, 2022 and welcomed participants from the Stanford campus as well as from all over the world to discuss multiple subjects.

August 08, 2022
Hoover Institution Participates In The Opening Of Taiwan’s First Presidential Library

In January, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives participated in the opening ceremony dedication of Taiwan’s Chiang Ching-kuo Presential Library and co-curated an exhibition that includes excerpts from Chiang’s diaries.

February 01, 2022
Hoover Institution Acquires The Papers Of Zhou Shilin, Founder Of The Taiwanese Air Force “Thunder Tigers”

Zhou Shilin (Chow Shih-lin), founder of the Taiwanese Air Force “Thunder Tigers” was among the first Nationalist Chinese cadets to be selected and sent to the United States to receive special training in a program developed to revitalize China’s war effort as a deterrent to Japanese aggression.

December 01, 2021
Hoover Signs Memorandum Of Understanding On Academic Collaboration With The Academia Historica, Taiwan

On September 13, 2021, a memorandum of understanding on academic collaboration was signed between the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and the Academia Historica of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

September 27, 2021
Hoover Institution Acquires Personal Papers Of Chao Tze-chi, A Prominent Political Leader Who Served Four Presidents Of Taiwan

The Chao papers include more than sixty volumes of personal diaries, ranging from the late 1940s to the early 2010s, photo images of Chao’s political and diplomatic activities, news clippings, and other miscellaneous materials dating back as early as the 1930s.

September 08, 2021
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