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July 2022
Greetings to all of the friends and supporters of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives. 

An Independence Day newsletter is an opportune moment to remind ourselves about Ukraine’s struggle to remain independent of Russia. 

Ukraine—both under Soviet rule and after independence—has been a focus of the Library & Archives for many years.  In March, when Stanford’s Hoover Tower was illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag as a show of support for the people of Ukraine, Hoover Director Condoleezza Rice noted in a message to the global

community, “The Hoover Library and Archives houses books and archival collections chronicling historical struggles for freedom, and it has long been a beacon for Russian, Ukrainian, and Soviet dissidents.”

We continue our work collecting and working to preserve Ukrainian cultural heritage, as you will see below. We look forward to hosting the many researchers who come to our reading room during the summer months to look at these and many other collections, and to continue providing access to our materials online through our digital collections, exhibitions, and social media channels.
Happy Independence Day and wishing good health to you and yours.

-Eric Wakin, Director
["Boom: the 4th Liberty Loan. New York Herald says "Now! All together!” US 1173]

Preserving and Protecting Ukrainian Cultural Heritage

After an international call for support by Ukrainian cultural heritage professionals in April, Catarina Buchatskiy, Stanford student and co-founder of the Shadows Project, reached out to Amy Zegart, the Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow, for support. The Library & Archives has been honored to support, along with many others, conservation efforts in Ukraine. Our Conservation team, led by Rayan Ghazal, coordinated efforts to source and acquire fireproof cabinets, blankets, generators, and other emergency preservation material to protect archival and other cultural materials in Ukraine.
Power generators and fireproof cabinets arrive at their final destination in Ukraine (Photo: Catarina Buchatskiy, 2022).

Only weeks before the invasion, the Library & Archives and Stanford’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) hosted a discussion on “Life and Death in the Donbass, 2014-2021: New Archival and Library Sources at the Hoover Institution.” Participants included Anatol Shmelev; Hoover Fellow Rose Gottemoeller; Andriy Kohut, Director of the State Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine; former Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer; and Amir Weiner, Director of CREEES.

Prior to the invasion, Anatol Shmelev—Robert Conquest Curator for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia—made many trips to Ukraine, including working with government archives. Shmelev has continued his work after the invasion, with a recent collecting trip yielding some interesting material, including the now famous stamp memorializing the response to Russian warships by Ukrainian defenders on Snake Island. Additionally, our Digital Systems & Services team is supporting our efforts to collect and preserve digital materials related to the war. 
New Acquisitions

Rock J. Shih papers

The Rock J. Shih papers contain rich archival materials that present a complex historical scenario involving the United States, Taiwan, and China. Shih was an important military officer working on the anticommunist alliance between Taiwan and the United States and later
successfully explored ways to reconnect with China. He serves as an epitome of larger historical intersections of geopolitics, ideological confrontation, blood ties, and personal emotions. Among the materials of the Rock J. Shih papers are hundreds of rare photo images related to the US–Taiwan military cooperation in the 1950s and the 1960s, and more than two hundred items of Shih family correspondence conducted via private channels of expatriates affiliated with the Philips multinational company.

Collections Open for Research


June O'Neill

The papers of free market economist and Hoover fellow June O’Neill are open for research. O’Neill is the author of noted books and articles on the economics of human capital, wage differentials based on gender, education, and race, and health care reform. She served as a staff member and senior economist for the Council of Economic Advisers during the Nixon administration and was director of the Congressional Budget Office from 1995 until 1999.

Bikini 1946 book cover

The collection of veteran Navy engineer Laurence Bershad, who was an official photographer of the Bikini Atoll atomic tests carried out by the US military in July 1946 is open for research. Bershad’s archive contains an 80-page campaign album and photographs from Bikini Atoll, including many never-before-published; press releases; prints of photographs of the aftermath of the atomic attacks at Hiroshima and Nagasaki; and Bershad's personal copy, of the photograph, “Raising the Flag in Iwo Jima” inscribed to him by the photographer Joe Rosenthal.

In addition, here are several collections that also opened for research: 
New & Noteworthy

Hoover Hosts Juneteenth

Hoover and Stanford staff and fellows also gathered to connect and reflect on the meaning of Juneteenth (commemorating the emancipation of African Americans from slavery in 1865). Panelists included Director Condoleezza Rice; Senior Fellows Caroline Hoxby and Shelby Steele; Research Fellow Kiron Skinner; and Visiting Fellow Jendayi Frazer. Following the event, attendees (which included Stanford University Provost Persis Drell) had an opportunity to view a small exhibition of posters, documents, and a newly acquired photo album from the Library & Archives’ collections documenting an array of African American experiences in the twentieth century.

Watergate @ 50 

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in on June 17, 1972, we published Nixon and Watergate on Firing Line. This is the most recent installment of our Firing Line series, which explores different topics covered on the public affairs program hosted by William F. Buckley Jr. We also published a companion research guide summarizing key collections related to the Nixon Administration and Watergate scandal and the major players involved.

New Publications by Klein

Two books by Herb Klein, research fellow and curator of the Latin American collection were recently published. A third volume on São Paulo, Social Change, Industrialization, and the Service Economy in São Paulo 1950–2020 (Stanford University Press, 2022) and The Royal Treasury of the Spanish Empire: Spain, Mexico, Peru and the Rio de la Plata, 16th to 18th Century (Mexico: Instituto Mora, 2020), which is now available after delays due to COVID.

JACAR Advisory Committee

Kay Ueda, curator of the Japanese Diaspora collection, now serves on the Advisory Committee of the digital repository of the Japanese government archival material, the Japan Center for Asian Historical Records, National Archives of Japan. She is the only member from a US institution. JACAR and Hoover are currently collaborating on promoting the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection to more users and improving its search functionality.

2022 Leadership Forum

In June, Hoover Media & Government Relations team hosted chiefs of staff and senior leaders for governors for the 2022 State and Local Leadership Forum. Jean Cannon, curator for the North American Collection gave a presentation featuring some of our popular collection items which include a pocket album used by the Okhrana secret police to identify revolutionaries, an x-ray of Adolf Hitler’s skull, William Rehnquist's handwritten journals, an artifact from the Lusitania, a photo album of the Nazi-Soviet Pact signing, and more!

Summer Workshops Begin

The Hoover Institution summer workshops begin with Authoritarianism and Democratic Breakdown. The workshop will be led by Norman Naimark, Hoover senior fellow, and Princeton University professor, and Paul R. Gregory, Hoover research fellow. Participants who will attend in July will use Hoover’s library and archives collections to study the operation of non-democratic states to understand why they came into being, how they work, and the sources of their durability or fragility.

Archives Intern Cohort 2022

This year we are happy to announce the restart of our Summer Archives Internship for Graduate Students. Tanya Yule, Description Services Manager for Archival Control, who was one of our archives interns in 2017, is now leading our new cohort.  Devin, Kaitlin, and Joemar have expansive backgrounds in history and research, and will learn the ways of archival processing and support the functions of the reading room and preservation review during their internships. 

Upcoming Event

The Fanning the Flames Speaker Series Finale

Please join us for our speaker series finale. The event will include a viewing of our virtual gallery tour followed by live Q&A and discussions about the behind the scenes activities for the Fanning the Flames project.

July 7 at 4 pm PT | 7 pm ET (60 minutes)


Featuring Our Collections

Features the Edward Hunt papers and Arthur Young papers.

Features the Frank Glass papers
Features the Japanese woodblock print collection
Features the Hoji Shinbun Collection (Rafu Shimpo and other newspapers in California and Hawaii

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