New and Updated Finding Aids Posted Online

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

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

American Council of Education records, 1918–2004 (updated)

The records of this U.S. nonprofit organization for the promotion of education concern higher education in the United States, government educational policy, the promotion of international education, and U.S. assistance to foreign institutions of higher learning, especially in Africa. Minutes, reports, memoranda, and other records are included.

American National Red Cross records, 1917–1995

The correspondence, reports, and other records of this humanitarian organization document relief work in Europe, the Middle East, China, and Siberia during and immediately after World War I.

W. Langhorne Bond papers, 1930–1998

The papers of this operations manager in Shanghai for the China National Aviation Corporation contain his descriptions, observations, and insights about political events in East Asia, especially during the Sino-Japanese War and World War II.

Robert A. Fearey papers, 1939–2004

Fearey was a U.S. diplomat whose positions included private secretary to the ambassador to Japan from 1941 to 1942 and civil administrator for the Ryukyu Islands from 1969 to 1972. His correspondence, reports, and other papers relate to U.S.-Japanese relations before and after World War II, U.S. occupation policy in postwar Japan, the 1951 treaty of peace between Japan and the United States, and the U.S. administration of the Ryukyu Islands.

Alexander Liosnoff papers, 1935–2005

A graduate of the Shanghai American School, Liosnoff became a journalist in the United States., served with the U.S. Army in East Asia during World War II and the Korean War, spent most of the 1950s with the army's Seventh Psychological Operations Group, and followed it with fifteen years in public affairs with the U.S. Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands. His papers relate to the Shanghai American School and the activities of its former students in the Shanghai American School Association; U.S. psychological warfare activities during the Korean War, especially in radio broadcasting to North Korea and in management of prisoners of war; and the post–World War II administration of Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands by the United States, including the islands’ reversion to Japan in 1972.

Juan Lechín Oquendo papers, 1952–2002

This collection covers the life of prominent Bolivian trade unionist and politician Juan Lechín Oquendo, who served as head of the powerful Central Obrera Boliviana for thirty-five years (1952–1987) and was vice president of Bolivia from 1960 to 1964. The papers include correspondence, reports, sound recordings, and photographs relating to miners' unions in Bolivia, the Central Obrera Boliviana, the Bolivian revolution of 1952, and subsequent political and economic developments.

Pathfinder Press photographic collection, circa 1870–1999

Collected by Pathfinder Press for use in illustrating its publications, the collection includes photographs, drawings, and other visual material depicting Leon Trotsky, leading figures of the Russian Revolution, leaders of the Fourth International, leaders of the Socialist Workers Party of the United States, and related scenes. Pathfinder Press was established in New York City in 1969 as a successor to Pioneer Publishers (1930–1965) and Merit Publishers (1965–1969) and has been associated with the Socialist Workers Party.

Arch Puddington collection, 1947–1999

The correspondence, memoranda, and sound recordings in this collection relate to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Puddington, who was assistant director of the New York office of RFE/RL, collected this research material for his book Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty (2000). The collection includes records and photocopies of records created by RFE/RL.

William E. Ratliff papers, 1942–2000

Ratliff’s papers concern communism in Latin America; political and economic conditions and, especially, laissez-faire economics in Argentina, elsewhere in Latin America, and Hong Kong; President José Figueres Ferrer of Costa Rica; and the Socialist Workers Party of the United States and Trotskyist groups in Latin America. William Ratliff is a Latin American studies scholar and Latin American curator of the Hoover Library and Archives.

Nadia L. Shapiro papers, 1910–1984

The papers of this Russian American writer and journalist relate to the Russian civil war in Siberia and to Russian émigré life in China and the United States. A memoir of the Russian civil war in the Blagoveshchensk area, including the trial of the Socialist revolutionary A. N. Alekseevskii in Blagoveshchensk in 1918, is included, with a translation by Elena Varneck. The collection includes writings, letters, and photographs, some of which document Shapiro's work with the U.S. Office of War Information during World War II.

Spartacist League of the U.S. records, 1964–2004

Among the records of this Trotskyist political organization in the United States are meeting minutes, position papers, and ephemera, as well as issuances of youth groups and international affiliates that relate to Trotskyist political activities in the United States.

Robert Parvin Williams papers, 1916–1951

Williams served with General Joseph Stilwell during World War II and became a brigadier general in 1949. His papers concern the U.S. Army Medical Service in the China-India-Burma Theater during World War II and the Korean War. Diaries, memoirs, and correspondence are among the materials available.