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April 2022

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

This month marks the founding of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives (in its original incarnation as the Hoover War Collection). On April 22, 1919, Herbert Hoover sent his wife, Lou Henry, a telegram stating that he would provide $50,000 (almost $850,000 in today’s dollars) to underwrite a “mission to Europe to collect historical material on war.” We continue to realize his vision in our second century.

[Image Details: Page 2 of telegram sent from Herbert Hoover sent to his wife, April 22, 1919. Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace Records, Hoover Institution Archives]

As the brutal war in Ukraine continues, the Library & Archives has been working with contacts in Ukraine and surrounding countries on collecting, as well as providing support for Ukrainian cultural institutions to preserve and protect collections. You will hear more about these efforts in future newsletters. Meanwhile, at home, the Library & Archives was the first to open to the general public as COVID restrictions lifted and, in the past month, in addition to scholars and students, have hosted government officials from Argentina and Japan, as well as members of the media. 

Please visit us online, in our reading room, and come to see the exhibition in Hoover Tower which is now open to the public by reservation.

-Eric Wakin, Director

Featured

US-Japan Global Dialogue

Last month the Hoover Institution hosted the US-Japan Global Dialogue, organized by H.R. McMaster, Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow, and Michael Auslin, Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia. Participants included Japanese ambassador to the United States Koji Tomita and former U.S. ambassadors to Japan Bill Hagerty (2017-2019) and John Roos (2009-2013). Kaoru (Kay) Ueda, curator of the Japanese Diaspora Collection, gave a presentation featuring a display of the Library & Archives’ Japanese collections including:

Vice Governor of Cordoba's Research Visit

Vice Governor of Cordoba, Argentina, Manuel Fernando Calvo, visited the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to view the papers of Juan Domingo Perón. Under the direction of Curator for Latin America and Research Fellow Herb Klein, the Perón material has received much scholarly attention in recent years, including the Perón in Exile Conference, which was held at Hoover in 2016 and whose papers were eventually published as a book by José Carlos Chiaramonte and Herbert S. Klein, eds., El exilio de Perón: Los documentos del Archivo Hoover (Buenos Aires: Sudamericana, 2017). The papers have also drawn extraordinary interest from Argentine scholars. In August 2021, Klein presented a formal Zoom conference about how to use the collection “La Colección de Perón en el Archivo de Hoover,” to the Instituto de Estudios Históricos, UNTREF (Universidad de 3 de Febrero), Buenos Aires, Argentina, which has been concentrating on the history of Peronism.
New & Noteworthy

Media Roundtable on China

At the end of March, the Hoover Institution hosted a media roundtable which featured discussions between journalists and Hoover scholars on US foreign policy, economics, and national security issues relating to China and Ukraine. A Library & Archives panel included Hoover Senior Fellow Frank Dikötter; Hsiao-ting Lin, research fellow and curator of the Modern China and Taiwan Collection; and Eric Wakin, director of the Library & Archives. The discussion covered a wide range of collections, including the personal diaries of Chiang Kai-shek, Chiang Ching-kuo, Li Rui, and the personal papers of T.V. Soong and Harry Wu.

H. Wayne Morgan Prize

Research Fellow Charlie Laderman was recently awarded the H. Wayne Morgan Prize in Political History for his book, Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention, and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order (Oxford University Press, 2019) which features the Herbert Hoover Subject Collection, and the papers of Louis E. Browne, Donald Brodie, and Ahmet Yamlman.

First Census Research

Visiting Fellow, Edward Kasinec and several colleagues are currently working on the First Census of Russian, Soviet, Eastern European, and Eurasian Documentary Photographs in the Hoover Institution Library & Archives. A print copy is now available to researchers in the reading room and a more comprehensive on-line and print version is expected in Fall 2022.

Taiwan and the United States

Hsiao-ting Lin, research fellow and curator of the Modern China and Taiwan collection at Hoover, has a new book, which will be published on April 29: Taiwan, the United States, and the Hidden History of the Cold War in Asia Divided Allies (Routlege, 2022). The book explores the challenges of the United States-Taiwan alliance during the Cold War by analyzing seven topics that shaped the bilateral relationship between the 1950s and 1970s, and makes extensive use of dozen of collections from the Hoover Archives, including the personal diaries of Chiang Ching-kuo, the Japanese Modern History Manuscript Collection, and Charles M. Cooke Papers.

Escape from Topicland!

On Friday, April 22, Tom Mullaney, professor of History at Stanford will be joined by other professors, undergrads, and graduate students in a discussion focused on getting students back into the archives to do hands-on research and on how to navigate the early phase of a research project. The Hoover Institution Library & Archives is co-sponsoring this event along with Stanford Libraries and the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Visit topicland.org to learn more.

New Acquisitions

Boris Pushkarev 

Boris Pushkarev is the son of prominent Russian émigré historian Sergei Pushkarev. Much of this collection relates to the activities of Narodno-Trudovoi Soiuz and its publication Possev during the 1980s and 1990s. At one time, NTS, was the leading émigré anti-Soviet organization, with followers in the USSR.  

Warren Heckrotte 

Warren Heckrotte was a nuclear weapons and disarmament expert who was recruited to negotiate nuclear arms reduction under five different administrations, from Kennedy to Clinton. The bulk of the material in the collection dates from the early 1960s during Heckrotte’s work with the Atomic Energy Commission.

Jiang Lin 

Jiang Lin, at the age of 14, joined the People’s Liberation Army and between 1986 and 1989, she became a journalist for the People’s Liberation Army Daily. This collection includes a manuscript of Jiang’s personal recollections of her career, China’s internal politics, and the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Collections Open for Research

Upcoming Events

April 27, 2022 (Tuesday) at 11 am PDT | 2 pm EDT | 7 pm BST
Book Talk: Hitler’s American Gamble

Speakers

  • 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
Moderator
  • 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
Register to Attend Book Talk - Hitler's American Gamble

May 11, 2022 (Wednesday) at 10:00 am PDT | 1:00 pm EDT — Save the Date 
Book Talk: 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

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

  • 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 
Featuring Our Collections
  

Home Movies of Frida Kahlo (Open Culture)
Features Ivan Heisler motion picture film

Thank you!
Congratulations Lora Soroka! who retired this month ​​after nearly thirty years at Hoover and Stanford. She made a great impact on the Library & Archives and on hundreds, if not thousands, of students and scholars, due to her passion for history, current events, and literature; deep knowledge of our Russian and Ukrainian collections; and her devotion to donors, visitors, and scholars. We are particularly indebted to Lora for the global relationships she maintained, which led her to acquire the papers of many prominent Soviet dissidents. Thank you Lora!

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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