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February 2021

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

We continue our work collecting, supporting researchers, and engaging in education and outreach. In this new year we have brought another large digital collection online, have acquired some singular archives, and have seen the publication of books based on key archival collections. It is also a new year in which we join the Hoover community, and the world, in mourning the passing of statesman and distinguished fellow George Shultz, whose enormous presence will be missed by all who knew him.

Wishing you future months that bring better times to you and your families.


    - Eric Wakin, Director

New & Noteworthy 

Afghan Serials Collection

With the launch of the Afghan Serials Collection, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives now hosts the largest single collection of digitized publications from Afghanistan. The resource is product of a unique partnership between the Library & Archives, an Afghan librarian in Kabul, and a private sector partner. The collection is full text searchable in original languages and will be a boon to scholarship on Central Asia for years to come. Read more

Mission to Baghdad

Last summer, the Hoover Institution Archives returned millions of documents related to Saddam Hussein’s Ba'th Party to Iraq after caring for them for more than a decade. Read more about the journey of this significant collection in the latest Hoover Digest.

From Hoover Press

Jerzy Kwiatkowski's memoir, 485 Days at Majdanek, tells the harrowing tale of the sixteen months he spent in a Nazi concentration camp in occupied Poland. Drawn from an original manuscript held in the Hoover Archives, the 1945 memoir has now been translated into English for the first time with an introduction by Hoover senior fellow and Stanford historian Norman Naimark.
From 1917 to 1920, as the Bolsheviks consolidated power and nursed global ambitions, anti-Bolshevik “Whites” struggled to achieve a different vision for the future of Russia. Read more about this new book, based on research globally and in the Library & Archives, by Anatol Shmelev, Robert Conquest Curator of Russia and Eurasia.


Wang Jingwei 

Wang Jingwei was one of the most controversial and complex political leaders in modern China. He was an associate of Sun Yat-sen, a leader in the Nationalist Chinese government, and went on, infamously, to lead the Japanese collaborationist government in China during World War II. Read more

America First Committee

Active from September 1940 until the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the America First Committee was the leading isolationist organization in the United States prior to America entering WWII. Two new collections, including those of one of its founders, add to our documentation of the movement.

In Memoriam

The Hoover Institution community, Stanford, and the world lost a great citizen, patriot, scholar, statesman, and distinguished fellow with the passing of George Shultz. A pivotal figure of the last century who filled four US Cabinet positions and helped bring an end to the Cold War, George Shultz's legacy is profound. His vision for a better world regularly rose above political partisanship and set a valuable example for all. We are honored to house Secretary Shultz’s archival collection and to have created both a physical and online exhibit in honor of his 100th birthday: On the Record, Life Lessons from George P. Shultz. He will be deeply missed and our thoughts go out to Mr. Shultz’s wife Charlotte and their extended family.  

New Publications Featuring Hoover Collections

The latest Hoover Digest cover features a satirical Hungarian poster from our collections. Read more.
The Liberation of Marguerite Harrison: America's First Female Foreign Intelligence Agent features the American Relief Administration Russian operational records.
Conservative Liberalism, Ordo-Liberalism, and the State: Disciplining Democracy and the Market features the Friedrich A. von Hayek papers.
The Eagles of Heart Mountain: A True Story of Football, Incarceration, and Resistance in World War II America features the Boris T. Pash papers.

Upcoming Publication Featuring Hoover Collections

Library & Archives Reading Room Update

Please note: Due to evolving COVID-19 conditions, access to the L&A reading room is currently limited to Stanford-affiliated researchers. Up-to-date information concerning the reading room and remote access to materials can be found here.

What's On

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

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