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September 2021

Greetings to all of the friends and supporters of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on America. We remember those who lost their lives on that day, and those who gave their lives in the War on Terror in the two decades following. 

Please register and join us as the Hoover Institution hosts Reflecting on September 11th: 20 Years Later, on Friday (tomorrow) September 10, 2021, at 10 am PT. Special guests Condoleezza Rice, General Jim Mattis, John B. Taylor and Karen Hughes recount their personal experiences, each from a different vantage point, on where they were during the deadliest terror attack on American soil in history.

Wishing good health to you and yours.
-Eric Wakin, Director

Afghan Serials Collections

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover have led to a dangerous future for the Afghan people and their cultural heritage. Globally, governments, cultural institutions, and individuals have mobilized to help protect Afghan antiquities, identity, and history. Earlier this year, working with a private library in Afghanistan and a private-sector partner, the Library & Archives launched the Afghan Serials Collection, which is the largest single collection of digitized publications from Afghanistan in the world. We are honored to be able to preserve this material

Reopening of the Reading Room

On September 20th, Stanford will begin its fall quarter and the Library & Archives will reopen to the public with reservations required. We are following Stanford and county regulations and have implemented new systems to provide researchers a seamless visit and maintain everyone’s safety. Please visit our website or follow us on social media to receive updates.

George P. Shultz Building

The George P. Shultz Building construction project is expected to break ground next month. The building will be a home for Hoover fellows with a state-of-the-art digital production facility on one floor, which will help Library & Archives continue its Digital First Initiative to bring our collections online. 

William Hallam Tuck Papers

William Hallam Tuck, a colleague of Herbert Hoover, worked extensively with refugees and relief organizations in Europe. Materials in this collection were found in a trunk in a Swiss chateau once owned by Tuck’s family and contains correspondence and notes related to Tuck’s career in humanitarian aid and food relief during the world wars and his work with the International Refugee Organization.

Personal Papers of Chao Tze-chi

Chao Tze-chi, was a prominent political leader who served the four presidents of Taiwan that cemented Taiwan’s relationship with the post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States and the newly democratized Eastern European countries. The Chao papers include more than sixty volumes of personal diaries, ranging from the late 1940s to the early 2010s, and other materials dating back as early as the 1930s.

Herbert H.D. Pierce Papers

Herbert H. D. Pierce, was an American diplomat appointed Minister Plenipotentiary in 1915 to assist Ambassador David Francis in Russia with special missions, in particular those relating to the interests of the Central Powers in Russia. Present in this collection are reports and correspondence from Pierce’s travels, and architectural plans and maps for POW camps.
New & Noteworthy

Hoover Student Fellows

The Hoover Student Fellowship Program offers Stanford students a unique opportunity to engage in important work at the Hoover Institution. In this first year of the program, the Library & Archives mentored two students.
Chaeri Park, a Master's student in International Policy, studied the hidden intentions behind Japanese wood block prints. Portions of her work will be included in the upcoming Fanning the Flames exhibition (opens Fall of 2021).
Sharon Du, an undergraduate (Class of ’22) majoring in international relations curated a online exhibition titled, “The Female Image in Chinese Propaganda: The New Marriage Law and The White-Haired Girl”.

Curator Talks

Nearing the end of summer days, our curators were able to present their work to a mostly virtual audience and highlight items from our collection.
  • Herb Klein, curator of the Latin American collection, presented, “La Colección de Perón en el Archivo de Hoover,” to the Instituto de Estudios Históricos, UNTREF (Universidad de 3 de Febrero). Dr. Klein introduced the Juan Domingo Peron collection and discussed how to access the archival resources from overseas.
  • Hsiao-ting Lin, research fellow and curator of the Modern China collection, organized and moderated a virtual panel entitled “Cold War in East Asia: An Archival Investigation” at the 12th International Convention of Asia Scholars. The panel focused on the intricate relationship involving China, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, and Southeast Asia and explored Cold War confrontations in ideological, propagandist, educational and political terms.
  • Kaoru (Kay) Ueda, curator of the Japanese Diaspora Initiative gave an invited talk titled, “The Use and Management of Digital Collection during the Pandemic: A Hoover Archives Perspective” at the Global Study Workshop co-hosted by Osaka University’s Global Japan Study Research Center and International Japan Study Consortium.
  • The Hoover Institution recently hosted one of its first in-person, onsite events this year. Students from the Summer Policy Boot Camp stopped by the Library & Archives Reading Room and met with curator for North American Collections, Jean Cannon and Education Outreach manager, Ray Pun to learn about our collections.

Find More Online...

Firing Line

A new segment in the Firing Line online exhibit is now available. Civil Discourse: The Cold War on Firing Line. Host William F. Buckley Jr. invited guests from different political and social backgrounds onto the show to discuss the history and rise of communism and how the United States should address the Cold War. Guests included former Communist party members and Soviet dissidents, politicians, and ex-intelligence officers.

Hoover Digest Summer Edition

The Hoover Digest featured two “Hoover Archives” articles.  
1) Bertrand M. Patenaude, research fellow discusses the Paris archive of the Okhrana (Imperial Russian secret police) which is among Hoover’s most treasured holdings, in his article, “Operation Tagil”.
2) Anatol Shmelev, Robert Conquest Curator of the Russia and Eurasia Collection, features Chernobyl documentation ranging from the personal fates of local inhabitants affected by the disaster to Politburo Discussions of its causes and consequences in his article “Return to Chernobyl

Fanning the Flames Series 

Our third speaker series event, held on August 26, is now available for viewing. Sharalyn Orbaugh, professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, who specializes in modern Japanese literature and popular culture, gave a talk on  “Kamishibai (Paper Plays) And The Mobilization Of Women In Wartime Japan”. The next event will be held on October 5.


On September 7, our social media campaign, #AroundHooverTowerIn80Days came to an end. Thanks to our librarians and archivists who uncovered some rare items that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. If anyone would like to revisit this journey, please check out our social media channels!
Featuring our Collections
All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days, includes research from our Donald Heath collection.
Chiang Kai-shek’s Politics of Shame features the Chiang diaries.
The Journalist: Life and Loss in America’s Secret War includes research from the Jerry Rose Papers.
Iconographies of Occupation cited our poster collection and the book Wang Zhu Xi Fang Ri Ji Nian Hua Kan.

On September 20th, our reading room will reopen to the public with reservations required. Please visit our website or follow us on social media to receive updates.

Enjoy our exhibitions via HISTORIES.
Due to the evolving COVID-19 conditions, the Hoover Tower galleries will be closed to the public until further notice.

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