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May 2022
Greetings to all of the friends and supporters of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives. 
This Memorial Day we honor and mourn the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. We thank them for their service and for making the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. The words of Abraham Lincoln in this poster remain ever relevant: "The world will never forget what they did– it is for the living to consecrate themselves to the unfinished task."
This issue brings news of curators, fellows and colleagues at work– collecting archival material in Ukraine at war; presenting scholarship on Lou Henry Hoover; discussing collections at conferences and workshops, and more. We also celebrate a Stanford undergraduate for receiving the Russell A. Berman Award for Excellence in an Introductory Seminar for his essay using Library & Archive material.

Wishing good health to you and yours. 

-Eric Wakin, Director

[Poster US 4389, circa 1917 - "The world will never forget what they did - it is for the living to consecrate themselves to the unfinished task." - Lincoln]
New & Noteworthy

Hoover Digest, Spring 2022

The latest issue of the Hoover Digest (No. 2) includes contributions by Anatol Shmelev, research fellow and Robert Conquest Curator of the Russia and Eurasia Collection and Elena Danielson, archivist emerita. “In the Land of the Little Green Men,” Shmelev discusses what it means to collect historical materials in a country at war, namely the Ukraine, and dealing with the danger and disinformation. In “Patroness of the Bells,” Danielson shares the story of Stanford alumna Lou Henry Hoover and her contribution to American cultural life by promoting chamber music, first in the White House, then at Stanford.

Historical Reflections on the Chiang Diaries 

"The Diaries of Chiang Kai-shek & Chiang Ching-kuo: Historical Reflections" was an online forum hosted at Harvard University. Panelists included Hsiao-ting Lin, curator of Modern China and Taiwan Collection at Hoover, who discussed the significance of the diaries, especially the uniqueness the contents of the diaries
provide in accessing the inner world of the two top leaders of modern China and Taiwan; Mr. Wayne Chiang, a grandson of Chiang Ching-kuo, who shared his views about the historical legacy of the two Chiangs; and Steve Goldstein, professor at Smith College, who provided an analysis of how Taiwan was transformed under the leadership of Chiang Ching-kuo, and what a democratized Taiwan meant to the People's Republic of China.

2022 Slavic Library Institute

The Slavic Library Institute began 52 years ago, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This year’s lecturers include Edward Kasinec, visiting fellow and Anatol Shmelev, research fellow and Robert Conquest Curator of the Russia and Eurasia Collection. Both are taking part in a month-long training program to develop a new generation of librarians.

Intelligence Squared

Halima Kazem, Hoover Afghanistan Relief Team (HART) Oral History Project Manager, recently hosted an episode of Intelligence Squared, a popular UK-based podcast, which focused on Afghan women resisting the erasure of their identities through writing and publishing. We hear from three women, who are the co-creators of "My Pen is the Wing of a Bird," a new anthology of Afghan women's fiction.

Russell A. Berman Award

Ryan Byer, who was a student during Hoover Senior Fellow Norman Naimark’s winter 2022 Introductory Seminar, "The Soviet Union and the World: The View from the Hoover Archives, was awarded a 2021-2022 Russell A. Berman Award for Excellence for his essay "Cambodia as Collateral Damage: The Tragic Impact of Foreign Intervention and the Khmer Rouge's Rise to Power”. Byer's paper extensively features the Allen E. Goodman papers.

Neutrality of a Special Type

Former Silas Palmer Fellow (2018) Brooks Marmon, now a research associate at the University of Pretoria, recently published "Neutrality of a special type: George Loft’s abortive racial reconciliation in the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, 1957–1960" in the Journal of South African and American Studies. The article features the George Loft papers.

Hoover Tower at 80

This month marked the final carillon serenade of the year-long celebration of Hoover Tower's 80th year. The serenades also welcomed the return of the Stanford community to campus. We would like to thank Dr. Tim Zerlang, Stanford carillonneur for his performance throughout the academic year.

Librarian Emeritus Eugene Wu’s 100th Birthday  

As the Curator of the East Asian collections at Hoover Institution (1951 to about 1965) and the Librarian of the Harvard-Yenching Library, Librarian Emeritus Eugene Wu presided over the growth of two outstanding East Asian collections.  His legacy promises to be an enduring inspiration for generations of East Asian librarians to come. Happy 100th birthday Eugene Wu!


Displaced Persons

Several collections were recently acquired that relate to the experience of displaced persons in Europe after the Second World War. These are the papers of 

  • Archaia-Grigorov-Khrushchov-Logvinov Family 

  • Svetlana Monastyrskaia 

  • Olga Kaczmar

  • Grigorii Denisovich Gromenko [Khromenko]

  • Irina Lukianova

These collections include personal papers, photographs, photo albums and
other materials that documented the lives of families and individuals (primarily from Russia and Poland) who resided in displaced persons camps in Germany after WWII, with some immigrating to the United States.

Collections Open for Research


America First posters

Open for research are the papers of Robert D. Stuart Jr., which primarily contain materials related to the America First movement. Stuart, the founder of the American First Committee, believed the US had gained little but economic ruin from its participation in WWI.  The group promoted an anti-war message that warned that entanglement in a second world war would threaten the existence of American democracy itself. Once the America First Committee disbanded in the wake of the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, Stuart would serve as a major in the US Army during WWII.

In addition, here are several collections that also opened for research: 
Upcoming Events

New Exhibit Opens at the Hoover Presidential Museum

A new exhibit, guest curated by Hoover Research Fellow Bertrand Patenaude, opens May 28, 2022 at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa. Deliverance: America and the Famine in Soviet Russia, 1921-1923 ​​tells the story of Herbert Hoover and the American Relief Administration’s food and medical relief operations during the famine of 1921-1923. Many digitized items from the ARA Russian Operation Records, Frederick Dorsey Stephens Papers, and Poster Collection are featured. Stay tuned for a related exhibit opening in Hoover Tower in the fall. 

Fanning the Flames Speaker Series Finale

Please save the date and 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.

Save the date!  July 7, 4 pm PT / 7 pm ET

Featuring our Collections
Featuring the Kuomintang (KMT) Microfilm Collection.

Featuring the papers of Joseph Warren Stilwell, T.V. Soong, and Paul W. Frillman.

Our reading room is OPEN to the public. Reservations are required. Please visit our website or follow us on social media to receive updates.

The Hoover Tower galleries are now OPEN to the public. Observation deck currently open to Stanford affiliates. Reservations are required.

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