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The records of the America First Committee raise an intriguing question: what if a celebrity isolationist had captured the White House in 1940?
Collections in the Hoover Archives tell the stories of the Stanford students who were eager to go “over there,” driving battlefield ambulances and flying over the front lines.
Belgian women, rescued by US aid during World War I, thanked Americans by sending messages made from traditional lace and needlework. Lou Henry Hoover gathered those fragile reminders of a historic humanitarian moment.
As World War I raged, posters encouraged, enticed, and even shamed young Americans into joining the great conflict.
A lifelong outdoorsman, Herbert Hoover praised nature as a font of inspiration, relaxation, and American values. Naturally, Hoover played an energetic role in developing America’s national parks.
The 1946 nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll were a shocking introduction to the perils of the atomic age. Rare artifacts and records tell the story.
Where have you gone, William F. Buckley? A new Hoover exhibit highlights unforgettable exchanges with America’s most public intellectual.
Historic posters show how World War I combatants wove the beautiful game into images, and memories, of a far-from-beautiful war.
The Hoover Archives holds the papers of James Donovan, the key figure in a celebrated Cold War spy swap. Now a new Steven Spielberg film, starring Tom Hanks as Donovan, tells Donovan’s story.