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The Four Horsemen of the Audio Lab

by Jim Samvia Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When the Hoover Tower was under construction as part of the SESI project, we were able to give our audio infrastructure and systems a good, hard look.  We decided we could rebuild them (we have the technology) or at least significantly modify them. 

Church of the Ascension

Digitizing Mieczysław Jałowiecki's Illustrations

by Daniel Jarvisvia Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The illustrations of Mieczyslaw Jałowiecki, were recently photographed by the Digital Imaging Lab so we could provide digital copies to our partner institutions in Lithuania and Poland and eliminate handling the originals during on-site research.

Unlocking Andrzej Pomian's London Archive

by Nicholas Siekierskivia Behind the Scenes
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Andrzej Pomian, who died four years ago in Washington, DC, at the age of ninety-seven, was a Polish journalist and author who spent many years working for Radio Free Europe.

The Rescuer and the Rescued: A Latvian Story of the Holocaust

by David Jacobsvia Behind the Scenes
Thursday, August 30, 2012

The collections in the Hoover Institution Archives provide a record of history both large and small.  It is often the exceptional stories of individuals that make larger events come to life. Such human interest stories become doubly intriguing when both the tale and the researching tracking it are remarkable, as exemplified by a research project currently under way in the archives.

Herbert Hoover's Grand Parade in Warsaw

by Nicholas Siekierskivia Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Today marks the 93rd anniversary of Herbert Hoover’s historic visit to Warsaw, Poland. It wasn’t his first visit, nor his last, but surely the most memorable and one of the most moving experiences of his life. At that time Herbert Hoover was chairman of the American Relief Administration (A.R.A.), which had begun to provide massive humanitarian aid to Eastern Europe, then recovering from the devastation of World War I.

Tower of Peace

by Jim Samvia Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

In his 1970s radio addresses, Ronald Reagan often featured a “desk-clearing day,” where he would tackle a few different, smaller issues in one sitting.  In the same spirit, here’s a Hoover Archives’ desk-clearing blog.

A Note On Hoover History

by Jim Samvia Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Recently, the Hoover Tower’s exterior was cleaned and thus brought closer to how it looked when it opened in 1941. The interior? Not even close. After all, we don’t have a radio room any more.

What Rhymes with Hungry?

by Samira Bozorgivia Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Too often, the experiences and accomplishments of women in wartime remain hidden between the lines of diaries and letters or behind the shining medals of decorated generals. I was fortunate to learn the story of one such amazing woman when I processed the Marie Adams papers.

Herbert Hoover poses for his portrait at a studio in Perth, Western Australia

Herbert Hoover, the graduate: have Stanford degree, will travel

by Bradley Bauervia Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

As Stanford University sends off another graduating class into the world, students are faced with a bewildering array of questions: Should they continue on to graduate studies or immediately look for a job? Can a new graduate even find a job in this difficult economy? And what does the future hold in store for someone with a newly minted degree as he or she leaves “The Farm”?

Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover broadcasts a plea to the nation

Herbert Hoover and the Great Mississippi Flood

by Jim Samvia Behind the Scenes
Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Mississippi River is expected to crest at 57.5 feet at Vicksburg today, a foot above the record 1927 “Great Mississippi Flood.” In April that year the river broke through the levees, submerging vast expanses of farmland and destroying the homes of more than one million people.


In Behind the Scenes: Stories from the Library & Archives, archivists and librarians from the Hoover Archives will share what makes their work interesting, provide surprising answers to questions from patrons, and fill the readers in on the mysteries of, curiosities in, and treasures from the Hoover Library and Archives.