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March 2022

Greetings to all of the friends and supporters of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Many of you know that much of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives is housed in Hoover Tower. For 80 years, the Tower has been an iconic part of Stanford University and a beacon for Russian, Ukrainian, and Soviet dissidents.  On March 11, Hoover Tower became a blue and yellow beacon in support of the people of Ukraine.  #StandWithUkraine

We also bring to your attention a new book edited by Bruce Caldwell that presents the transcripts of the founding meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society on its 75th anniversary. Early next month, we hope you will be able to see the re-airing
of a PBS American Experience Film The Great Famine, which describes the efforts of Herbert Hoover and the American Relief Administration to alleviate famine in the Soviet Union during 1921.  

We continue to collect, preserve, describe and make available collections for research and discovery. Newly opened this month are portions of the George Shultz Collection related to his role as the Secretary of Labor director of the Office of Management and Budget. 
 
Wishing good health to you and yours and an end to the war in Ukraine,
-Eric Wakin, Director
[Poster: Peace Means Progress (original painted artwork), circa 1938–1939. US Poster 8187. Digital Exhibit, To Promote Peace]
Featured

Lighting the Hoover Tower

On Friday, March 11, 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 shared in a message to colleagues that the Library & Archives has chronicled, through its collections, the historical struggles for freedom, and “it has long been a beacon for Russian, Ukrainian and Soviet dissidents.“ Her message also included links to the collections on the pursuit of freedom, democracy and human rights. #StandWithUkraine

Mont Pèlerin 1947: Transcripts of the Founding Meeting of the Mont Pèlerin Society

Marking the 75th anniversary of the first meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society, in 1947, this volume (Hoover Institution Press, 2022) presents for the first time the original transcripts from this landmark event, which brought together economists, historians and others to discuss the future of classical liberalism at a time when its prospects seemed grim. Bruce Caldwell, Research Professor of Economics at Duke, biographer of Hayek, and a former distinguished visiting fellow at Hoover, provides an introduction and explanatory notes to the source documents, which are drawn from the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
On April 2nd, PBS will re-air The Great Famine, an American Experience documentary based on The Big Show in Bololand (Stanford University Press, 2002) by Research Fellow Bertrand M. Patenaude. The Great Famine is a story of “American engagement with a distant and desperate people – an engagement hailed for its efficiency, grit, and generosity — within the larger story of the Russian Revolution and the roots of the U.S.-Soviet rivalry that would dominate the second half of the 20th century.” The relief campaign in war-torn Europe was championed by Herbert Hoover, director of the American Relief Administration (ARA). For his efforts during and after World War I, Hoover became known as “the Great Humanitarian” who helped save millions of lives.
New Acquisitions

Viacheslav Ivanov 

Viacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov was a world-renowned Russian-born scholar and one of the most influential figures in late Soviet and post-Soviet academe, cultural life, and society. In the 1950’s, which were the early years of his academic career, Ivanov made important discoveries on the origin of the Indo-European languages, which brought him international recognition.

Newly Open for Research 

We continue to open new series in the George P. Shultz collection, most recently those related to his role as the Secretary of Labor and director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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

New & Noteworthy

SEEIR 2022

Visiting Fellow, Edward Kasinec was a guest editor of the current issue of Slavic & East European Information Resources, Volume 23, Issue 1-2 (2022). His foreword acknowledges the efforts of Karol Maichel, former Russian Curator and bibliographer (1964-1974) at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, in building and curating print and archival resources at Hoover, Stanford, and Columbia Libraries more broadly. This issue complements the 2020 issue (Vol. 21, Numbers 3-4) which was devoted to the centenary of the Hoover Institution Library and Archives.

New Book by Former Silas Palmer Fellow

Samuel Clowes Huneke, former Silas Palmer Fellow, recently published a new book, States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany (University of Toronto Press, 2022), which traces the paths of gay men in East and West Germany from the aftermath of World War II to the nightclubs of present-day Berlin. Collections featured include: German Subject Collection; Germany (Territory under Allied Occupation, 1945-1955); Theodor Heuss miscellaneous papers, 1949-1952; and the William Lindsay White papers
 

The White Rose

Stanford graduate Jennifer Rosenfeld found inspiration from the Library & Archives to complete her honors thesis in History and Russian Literature on Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak and, also, to create a musical/ concept album about the White Rose, which was a short-lived resistance movement in Nazi Germany that ended with the execution of five university students and their professor in 1943. In the Pasternak Family Papers, she discovered a manuscript of an essay written by Josephine Pasternak in 1953 about the White Rose.

The Kitaji Bibles

The annotated and illustrated Bibles of Japanese American Salvation Army Captain Masuo Kitaji, acquired in 2018 by Kay Ueda, curator for the Japanese Diaspora Collection, are now on display at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles in their new exhibition Sutra & Bible: Faith and the Japanese American World War II Incarceration. The exhibition runs through November! You can also explore the Kitaji Bibles on our digital collections site.
Events

Fanning the Flames Speaker Upcoming in the Series

April 12, 2022 (Tuesday) at 12:00 pm PDT | 3:00 pm EDT—Register to Attend by Zoom
Bushidō” & What Bushi Did: Loyalty, Reputation & Honor in the Samurai Tradition

  • Speaker: Karl Friday, professor emeritus, Department of History, University of Georgia
  • Moderator: Kaoru Ueda, curator of the Japanese Diaspora Collection, Hoover Institution Library & Archives


May 19, 2022 (Thursday) at 12:00 pm PDT | 3:00 pm EDT—Save the Date

  • Speaker: Shaoqian Zhang, associate professor, East Asian Art History at Oklahoma State University
  • Moderator: Alice Tseng, professor of Japanese Art and Architecture at Boston University 
View all past events on fanningtheflames.hoover.org

Upcoming Book Talks

April 27, 2022 (Tuesday) at 10:00 am PDT | 6:00 pm BST — Save the Date 
Hitler’s American Gamble, with

  • Charlie Laderman, Hoover research fellow and senior lecturer in international history at the War Studies Department, King’s College, London
  • Brendan Simms, professor of the History of European International Relations Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
  • Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard
May 11, 2022 (Wednesday) at 10:00 am PDT | 1:00 pm EDT — Save the Date 
States of Liberation, with
  • Samuel C. Huneke, assistant professor of history at George Mason University
  • Matthew Sommer, Bowman Family Professor of History at Stanford University
Featuring Our Collections
The Disputed Legacy of Sidney Hook, features the Sidney Hook collection and includes a foreword by Sidney Hook's son, Ernest B. Hook.

The Hoji Shinbun collection was featured in a number of works and media recently, which include:
  

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. Reservations are required. Also enjoy our digital exhibitions via HISTORIES.


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