Finding Aids Posted Online

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Finding aids to the collections described below are now available through the Online Archive of California.

E. B. Brossard papers, 1908–2007
The papers consist primarily of writings and research materials, the bulk of which pertain to the history of the Venezuelan oil industry, modern Venezuelan politics, and the history of the international petroleum industry. Also included is correspondence relating to Brossard's career as a professor of political science and petroleum industry consultant.

Thomas Hill collection, circa 2000–2009
Hill, a resident of Germany, assembled this collection of printed matter during the last decade. It consists of pamphlets and other ephemera relating to political, social, and environmental issues in Germany and to German foreign relations and development assistance.

Kenneth Holland papers, 1919–96
As the longtime head of the Institute of International Education (IIE), a private nonprofit organization based in New York City, Holland was involved in administering student exchange programs on behalf of the US government, including the Fulbright Program, and supervising research projects that evaluated education systems in different countries. His papers consist of his speeches and articles on educational topics, as well as correspondence and reports pertaining to his work at the IIE from 1950 to 1973.

Ainars Ikstens collection, 1893–2007
As an art historian and bibliophile in Riga, Ikstens gathered printed matter relating to the history of Latvia in the twentieth century. The collection contains a considerable number of publications issued by the Latvian Communist Party (Latvijas Komunistiskăs Partija, or LKP), its youth wing (Latvijas Sociăldemokrătiskă Strădnieku Partija), and associated organizations. There are also a few serial issues relating to the Latvian Social Democratic Workers Party (Latvijas Sociăldemokrătiskă Strădnieku Partija), material published when Latvia was part of the Soviet Union, and titles emanating from the Latvian diaspora.

Darren Kew papers, 1999
Kew, an American political scientist, served as an election observer in Nigeria in 1999. This collection, which documents that election, includes sound recordings, transcripts of interviews, campaign literature, and an election observer manual.

Pardee Lowe papers, 1915–96
Lowe's varied career included service as education officer for the US Department of State and cultural attaché in Taiwan. His voluminous papers consist of correspondence, reports, and printed matter relating to international education, educational activities of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), political and economic conditions in East Asia, the Free China cause, and Sino-Soviet relations. The collection also includes ephemera, clippings, and other material related to Chinatowns, especially San Francisco’s Chinatown, and to Chinese Americans.

John Shishmanian papers, 1903–46
These papers relate to Shismanian's service in the French Army during World War I, the Armenian-Turkish conflict, and the Armenian question at the Paris Peace Conference. They consist of correspondence, printed matter, and photographs.

Earl E. T. Smith papers, 1941–91
As US ambassador to Cuba from 1957 to 1959, Smith was an eyewitness to the advent of communist leader Fidel Castro. His papers contain materials relating to US relations with Cuba and to the Cuban revolution of 1959 and include drafts of Smith's memoir, The Fourth Floor: An Account of the Castro Communist Revolution (New York, 1962).

Dieter Zahn collection, 1959–94
This collection consists of election campaign literature and other printed political ephemera, mainly from Germany. A German journalist, Zahn collected much of this material during his travels in the 1980s and 1990s.