Detail of color photograph showing a barricaded section of Kyiv during the 2014 Maidan

Ukraine Collections

Covering the emergence and development of Ukraine as an independent state since 1991, as well as earlier periods.


The Hoover Institution’s Ukrainian holdings cover its emergence and development as an independent state since 1991, as well as earlier periods when it was a national republic of the USSR and a region divided between the Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires. Numerous collections relating to the Russian Civil War, especially the  Vrangel’ collection, describe the political situation in Southern Russia, the Crimea, Odessa and throughout much of the geographic area of the contemporary Ukraine in 1917-1921. The papers of Lev Dobriansky are an extraordinary resource for understanding the role of Ukrainian émigrés in formulating anti-communist policy. For the period of independence, researchers will find much of value in the Taras Kuzio and Kost’ Bondarenko papers, as well as the Ukrainian subject collection, with its rich holdings of political ephemera, party publications and election campaign materials from the 1980s to the present.

Alla Yaroshinska Papers

The after-effects of Chernobyl Nuclear Catastrophe and the final years of the USSR as seen through Ukrainian eyes.

Iurii Kostenko Papers

Early years of independence and democracy through the eyes of one of the founders of the Narodnyi rukh movement.

Iurii Hamretskyi Papers

Deals with Ukraine in the early years of Soviet rule.

Ivan Petrushevich Papers

Ukrainian journalist

K. Bondarenko Papers

Ukrainian political consultant and activist. Includes the development of Ukrainian democracy and political culture from the late 1990s through 2012.

Lev E. Dobriansky Papers

Ukrainian American economist

Serhii Spasokukotskyi Photographs

Contains a visual tour through the Ukrainian path to independence in 1990-1992

Sonja Schmid Interviews

Related to the Chernobyl nuclear accident, 1986

Taras Kuzio Papers

Director, Ukrainian Press Agency and Ukrainian Peace Committee. Ukrainian dissidents and exiles and their struggle for independence

Vrangel’ Collection

Commander in chief of the Armed Forces of Southern Russia and Russian Army

Ukrainian Pictorial Collection

Various photographs of Ukrainian demonstrations and government officials, 1989–2004

Ukrainian Subject Collection

Materials on Ukrainian politics and elections

Anatol Shmelev Hoover Headshot

Anatol Shmelev

Robert Conquest Curator for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia / Research Fellow

Anatol Shmelev is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Robert Conquest Curator for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia at Hoover’s Library & Archives, and the project archivist for its Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Collection. Shmelev’s expertise is in twentieth-c...


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Collecting on War During a Time of War

A recent visit to the Ukraine offers a glimpse of collecting materials on war during a time of war and in the digital age of social and political expression. 

June 23, 2022
Curator Anatol Shmelev Interviewed For Two-Part TV Series In Ukraine

On September 26-27 and October 3-4, the Kultura Channel in Ukraine aired an interview with Anatol Shmelev, Hoover fellow and curator of Russian and Eurasian collections at Hoover Library & Archives. Shmelev discussed how Hoover Library & Archives inform and support the extensive amount of research conducted at the institution.  

October 15, 2015
The Hoover Institution acquires the papers of Ukrainian political consultant Kost Bondarenko

The origins of the current Ukrainian political turmoil lie in the country's recent path of development, and in particular the electoral contests that resulted in the Orange Revolution of 2004 and the election of Viktor Yanukovych as Ukrainian president in 2010. The Hoover Institution has recently acquired an important collection of papers that help to document this period and will be useful to all researchers seeking to understand the state of Ukrainian politics today.

December 17, 2013
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