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. 

Leizhen Memoir

Leading figure of the early pro-democracy movement in Taiwan

George Kerr papers, Box 1 Folder 2, Hoover Institution Archives



Chiang Kai-shek Diaries 蔣介石日記

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

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

George H. Kerr Papers

US diplomat

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

Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction Miscellaneous Records

US-Taiwan development agency, 1964–72


Miscellaneous materials

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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.

A street protest in Taipei in the late 1980s. Antigovernment demonstrations were

Hoover Acquires Papers of Taiwanese Independent Movement Leader

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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.

Hsiao-ting Lin (right), research fellow and curator of Hoover’s East Asian Colle

Legislative Delegation from Taiwan Visits Hoover

Monday, July 15, 2013

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.


New Finding Aids for Collections about China and Taiwan Posted Online

Friday, May 8, 2009

Finding aids to the China and Taiwan collections described below are now available through the Online Archive of California.

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

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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.

From L to R: Yung-le Lin, Taiwanese foreign minister; Richard Sousa, senior asso

Taiwanese foreign minister Lin visits Hoover

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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.

Taiwanese vice foreign minister Lyushun Shen visits Hoover

Taiwanese vice foreign minister Lyushun Shen visits Hoover

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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.


Lei Zhen Papers Acquired by Hoover Archives

Thursday, October 25, 2007

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.

General Wang Sheng inspecting Nationalist Chinese troops in the 1960s.

Hoover Opens Papers of Kuomintang Leader

Monday, November 19, 2012

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.

The cover of Fu Nu Xin Yun, May 1940.

Kuomintang Microfilming Project Hits Million-Page Mark

Friday, March 13, 2009

More than one million pages of Kuomintang (KMT) documents have been microfilmed since the Hoover-KMT collaboration began in 2003. Among the series newly available at Hoover are the New Life Movement archive and the Wu Zhihui archive.




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