Last month the Vice Governor of Cordoba, Argentina, Manuel Fernando Calvo, visited the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to view the papers of Juan Domingo Perón. His visit was part of a two-day trip to Silicon Valley and was made possible by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Córdoba. Vice Governor Calvo along with collaborators wanted to explore the innovation and technology ecosystem of Silicon Valley. The itinerary included a visit to different companies, startups, venture capitalists, and speaking with experts in the industry. While at Stanford visiting the Graduate School of Business, Vice Governor Calvo met with faculty, as well as graduate students with public sector experience. Topics of discussion included Stanford’s connections with Argentina, startup development, innovation, entrepreneurship, and disruptive technologies.
Vice Governor Calvo is affiliated with the Justicialist Party which is a continuation of the Peronist Party—a movement inspired by Juan Domingo Perón who was president of Argentina from 1946 until 1955, when he was ousted in a military coup and forced into exile, a time spent mainly in Madrid, Spain. In 1973, Perón returned to Argentina, where he was again elected president, serving until his death in May 1974. The Hoover Institution Library & Archives have long collected materials relating to Peronism, which continues to play a role in contemporary Argentina. Materials include the papers of several leading Peronists and socialists and the extensive correspondence of Juan Domingo Perón during his years of exile which are open for research.
Knowing that the papers of Juan Domingo Perón were located at Stanford, Vice Governor Calvo requested a visit to the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to view the collection. In coordination with representatives of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Herb Klein, research fellow and curator of the Latin American Collection at Hoover, the Library & Archives research services team hosted Calvo’s visit in the reading room. A representative of Calvo’s delegation commented that “viewing these papers was a great opportunity to see the documents once held by one of the most iconic presidents of Argentina.”