United States


The US collections provide rich coverage of domestic political, social, and intellectual movements in the modern era, as well as US foreign policy and engagement abroad, especially of the two world wars and American/Soviet relations during the Cold War. Other collecting strengths are émigré communities—particularly Eastern European groups—within the United States and international education. 

Featured Collections

Herbert Hoover Papers

President of the United States, 1939–33

New Left Collection

Miscellaneous printed matter, 1963––2004

Warren Christopher Papers

US deputy attorney general, 1967–69; US secretary of state, 1993–97

William H. Rehnquist Papers

Chief justice, US Supreme Court, 1986–2005

Milton Friedman Papers

US economist; member of President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board, 1981–88

Edward Teller Papers

Assistant director, Los Alamos, 1949–52; director, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, 1954–75

Joseph Warren Stilwell Papers

US army general in China-Burma-India theater

Diane Ravitch Papers

US educator and author

Eric Hoffer Papers

US longshoreman and author

Bertram David Wolfe Papers

US author and representative to the Communist International, 1928–29

Paul Robert Hanna Papers

US educator; director, Stanford International Development Education Center, 1963–68

Libertarian Party Of California Records

Election campaign materials, 1976–83

Firing Line Broadcasts

Television program hosted by William F. Buckley, 1966–99


Jean McElwee Cannon

Curator for North American Collections / Research Fellow

Jean M. Cannon is a research fellow and curator for North American Collections at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University, where she specializes in acquisitions, education, exhibitions, and scholarly publications. She received a PhD in English L...


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Secretary of State Warren Christopher’s Papers Open at Archives

The Hoover Institution Archives is pleased to announce the opening of the Warren Christopher papers, which document the long career of this US statesmen and Stanford Law School alumnus. 

June 30, 2014
Herbert Hoover Jr. papers, including declassified Top Secret materials on Suez Canal crisis, now open

The Hoover Archives is pleased to announce the opening of materials relating to the government service of Herbert Hoover Jr., the son of President Herbert Hoover. This recently declassified set of papers documents Hoover's time as undersecretary of state during the Eisenhower administration, covering the period 1954 to 1957. Among the issues addressed are US base rights in the Philippine Islands, US/Israeli relations, the Suez Canal crisis, and foreign policy in the Middle East more broadly.

December 19, 2013
Herbert Hoover, the graduate: have Stanford degree, will travel

As Stanford University sends off another graduating class into the world, students are faced with a bewildering array of questions: Should they continue on to graduate studies or immediately look for a job? Can a new graduate even find a job in this difficult economy? And what does the future hold in store for someone with a newly minted degree as he or she leaves “The Farm”?

June 15, 2011
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Commonwealth Club Radio Program Collection

More than two thousand sound recordings of speakers addressing the Commonwealth Club of California are housed at the Hoover Archives and described in a searchable database.

February 20, 2007
Finding Aid to the Firing Line Broadcast Records Posted Online

A guide to the paper documents in the Firing Line broadcast collection is available online.

June 17, 2009
Firing Line Transcripts on Hoover Website

Sixty Firing Line transcripts are available on Hoover’s Firing Line database, with more to come.

May 28, 2009
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