New finding aids to seven collections at Hoover Archives are now available through the Online Archive of California. The new finding aids represent significant holdings in collections related to Russia, Latvia, Poland, and Japan.
The selected records of the Latvian branch of the Soviet secret police organization Komitet gosudarstvennoǐ bezopasnosti consist of digital copies of reports and other documents relating to secret police activities in Latvia.
The papers of Sarah E. Mathews, an American Red Cross worker stationed in Siberia from 1918 to 1920, consist of memoirs, a diary, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and an oral history with transcript relating to the disposition of the remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, social and political conditions in Siberia, and relief work of the American Red Cross in Siberia during the Russian Civil War.
The records of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE), also known as the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal or the Tokyo Trials, consist of court exhibits, transcripts, summaries of proceedings, summations of counsel, judgments, photographs, and indices relating to the trial of Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes during the Second World War. Documents reflect significant contributions to international law within the contexts of crimes against humanity, wars of aggression, and other relevant subjects.
The Conference on Cold War Broadcasting Impact was sponsored by the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace and the Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The records of the proceedings consist of sound recordings and video tape of proceedings, transcripts of conference papers, photographs of conference participants, and printed matter relating to Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe broadcasting to the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Use copies of sound and video recordings are available.
The Andrew Summers Rowan papers contain writings, correspondence, military orders, maps, photographs, and reports relating to Rowan’s military exploits during the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War. Rowan gained notoriety in the early twentieth century for locating and meeting with Calixto García, a leader among the Cuban rebel army, which led to the General’s cooperation with the United States in the war against Spain. Later known as the “message to García,” Rowan’s mission was the subject of the best-selling essay A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard and two motion picture films.
The papers of Jakub Berman, a Polish communist leader and member of the Polska Zjednoczona Partia Robotnicza Biuro Polityczne, consist of memoirs, other speeches and writings, notes, correspondence, and photographs relating to the Polish communist movement and to post-World War II political conditions in Poland.
Two imperial orders (printed), signed by Nicholas II, 1905 and 1908; letters (handwritten and typewritten copies) from Nicholas II to Prime Minister P. A. Stolypin, 1906-1911; facsimiles of the abdications of Nicholas II and Grand Duke Mikhail, 1917; Nicholas II's diary (handwritten copy); two religious books belonging to the Romanov family, which were found in Ekaterinburg after their murder; and other materials relating to the reign of Nicholas II. Includes a colored reproduction of a painting of Nicholas II.