Hoover Acquires Charles King Papers on Moldova

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Charles King speaking at Politics & Prose in Washington, DC, 2014 (Image courtesy of Taylordw via Wikimedia Commons)

Charles King speaking at Politics & Prose in Washington, DC, 2014 (Image courtesy of Taylordw via Wikimedia Commons)
Charles King speaking at Politics & Prose in Washington, DC, 2014 (Image courtesy of Taylordw via Wikimedia Commons)

The Hoover Institution Archives has recently acquired the papers of Georgetown University professor and author Charles King. The materials in this collection reflect his research on the history of Moldova in the twentieth century. They include his research notebooks, dating back to his work in Moldovan archives and libraries in 1993 and 1994, and other materials (notes, newspaper clippings, typed copies of archival documents, and reproductions of archival photographs). Much of this material was used in by Professor King in preparing his book The Moldovans: Romania, Russia and the Politics of Culture.

The bulk of the material is in two distinct groupings: chronological files (1988–92) and subject files. The subject files are devoted to topics including Moldovan political parties, the military, law, foreign relations, economic issues, Moldovan language, literature and linguistics, the Gagauz ethnic minority, and the Transnistrian separatist crisis and frozen conflict. The collection also contains many limited-circulation reports, occasional papers, and working papers. In addition, there are some clippings and ephemera, dating to the 1950s (in two folders) related to the Iron Guard, given to King by Simon Bourgin, a correspondent for Life and Time magazines in Central and Eastern Europe, 1946–56.