Charles G. Palm

Deputy Director Emeritus

Charles Palm is the Deputy Director Emeritus of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Retiring in 2002, he completed thirty-one years of service at the Hoover, including eighteen years directing the Hoover Library and Archives. His positions at Hoover included Deputy Director, 1990-2002; Associate Director, 1987-1990; Head Librarian, 1986-1987; Archivist, 1984-1987; Acting Archivist, 1983; Deputy Archivist, 1974-1984; and Assistant Archivist, 1971-1974.

In 1992, Palm negotiated an agreement between Hoover and the Russian State Archival Service to microfilm the archives of the Soviet Communist Party and Soviet State, totaling over 12 million documents dating from the founding of the Party in 1898 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. He also led a collecting effort to acquired records on communism and the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, resulting in the acquisition of 2.5 tons of materials for Hoover. Among other collections acquired by Palm include the papers of Friedrich von Hayek, Milton Friedman, Karl Popper, and George Shultz, and the archives of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and William F. Buckley’s Firing Line.

He was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in 1990 and served until 1996; and by Governor George Deukmejian to the California Heritage Preservation Commission in 1988 and served as chairman from 1997 to 2004. He also served on the History and Education Center Advisory Board of the American Red Cross and the Golden State Museum Corporation. Palm is a fellow of the Society of American Archivist and past president of the Society of California Archivists.

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Biden: Follow Reagan’s Document Precedent

by Charles G. Palm mentioning Hoover Institutionvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

You criticize Vice President Biden for setting one standard in the Tara Reade case—“rigorously investigate claims . . . look into it”—and a different one in the Brett Kavanaugh case. In fact he hasn’t followed either standard.

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Friedman to the Rescue

by Charles G. Palm featuring Milton Friedmanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 23, 2017

Milton Friedman’s ideas were a beacon that guided America—and much of the world—toward economic freedom. We need to keep that light burning. 

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Milton Friedman on Freedom

by Milton Friedman with John B. Taylorvia Hoover Institution Press
Thursday, September 7, 2017

In this book, Robert Leeson and Charles Palm have assembled an amazing collection of Milton Friedman's best works on freedom. Even more amazing is that the selection represents only 1 percent of the 1,500 works by Friedman that Leeson and Palm have put online in a user-friendly format—and an even smaller percentage if you include their archive of Friedman's audio and television recordings, correspondence, and other writings.

The Document That Ended an Empire

by Charles G. Palmvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 30, 1999

Among the tens of thousands of documents housed in the Hoover Archives, none possesses greater importance than the abdication manifesto of Tsar Nicholas II. Hoover deputy director Charles G. Palm on the instrument that signaled the end of an empire.

Two Eras

by Charles G. Palmvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, January 30, 1999

The Hoover Archives has recently acquired important new materials that document both the history of communism and the difficult transitions to democracy that took place in Russia, Latin America, and elsewhere once the Cold War was finally over. Hoover deputy director Charles Palm reports.


Guide to the Hoover Institution Archives

by Charles G. Palm, Dale Reedvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, April 1, 1980

First edition. Lists 3,569 items arranged in alphabetical order by author/title under the headings of Original Materials and Microfilms. Includes an appendix of Bibliographic Works Based on Hoover Collections.