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December 2020

Greetings to all the friends and supporters of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives. We wish you the happiest of holidays at the close of this highly unusual year. I hope you and your friends, families, and communities are well.

Despite the challenges of 2020, the Library & Archives has continued to serve researchers with a hybrid work model, allowing us to protect the health and well-being of our staff and the greater research community, while continuing to advance our mission. As you will see in the story below, our support of remote researchers includes digitizing on demand tens of thousands of images that are essential for scholarship.

We’ll be closed from December 14, 2020, to January 3th, 2021. We wish you a peaceful time with friends and family and look forward to reconnecting with you virtually and, when possible, in person in the new year.


    - Eric Wakin, Director

George Shultz @ 100

In honor of the 100th birthday of Distinguished Fellow and former Secretary of State George Shultz, the Library & Archives presents On the Record, a new HI Stories online exhibit on the life and work of Secretary Shultz from his time as a Marine in World War II to his work at Hoover today. This digital presentation is based on the exhibition installed earlier this year in the new Annenberg Conference Room at the Hoover Institution.

Supporting Research During COVID

COVID has forced the Library & Archives to rethink how we support researchers and to ensure we have the resources to provide remote support via digitization. Our colleagues have been working safely to insure essential research continues. During the COVID period, we have scanned over 53,000 pages of material for researchers.

Among the top ten most requested collections by remote researchers are those of William F. Buckley’s Firing Line; historian and former revolutionary Boris Nicolaevsky; counterinsurgency expert Edward Lansdale; Iranian ambassador Ardashir Zahedi; and economist Friedrich Hayek. Our experience serving remote researchers continues to inform how we build out our Digital First Initiative for mass digitization.

Hoover Visiting Fellow Eiichiro Azuma Awarded History Prize

Hoover Visiting Fellow Eiichiro Azuma received the 2020 John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History from the American Historical Association for his latest book In Search of Our Frontier: Japanese America and Settler Colonialism in the Construction of Japan's Borderless Empire (University of California Press, 2019).

The Japanese Diaspora Initiative (JDI) aims to make the Hoover Institution Library & Archives a leading center for archive-based research and analysis on historical issues regarding Japan during its period of empire. As a visiting fellow, Azuma is researching the experiences of Japanese-American US soldiers in Occupied Japan (1945–52), as well as how the story of their military heroism during World War II helped buoy the rearmament of postwar Japan and the resurgence of ethno-racial nationalism, despite the destruction of the Japanese empire.

New Acquisitions Tell of the Nationalist Chinese Defense of Taiwan

The personal papers of Wang Hou document how, in the immediate post-World War II years, Chiang Kai-shek’s military and civil staff quietly worked with the United States on special operations to recover war material from Pacific islands previously controlled by the Japanese to use in the defense of Taiwan.

The collection of legendary female guerilla fighter Huang Pai-chi (who had previously fought against the Japanese) describes guerrilla activities launched against Communist China’s southeastern mainland from her base on an archipelago of islands off of Zhejiang Province. Huang subsequently worked closely with Madame Chiang Kai-shek to mobilize women for anticommunist activities.

New Russian Memoir Comes to Hoover

Mikhail Dem’ianovich Getmanov was a Russian major general who served in the First World War and became a leader of the White Army after the Russian Revolution. Getmanov's memoir describes his life and career, beginning with his childhood and covering his years in post–World War II displaced persons camps, his immigration to the United States, and his life in New Jersey.
New Publications Featuring Hoover Collections

The latest Hoover Digest features several articles on Hoover's collections and history.

Curator Jean M. Cannon discusses Hoover's America First Committee Records

Hoover historian George H. Nash investigates the flu epidemic of 1918-20

Stanford historian Bertrand Patenaude explores the transfer of power from Herbert Hoover to Franklin D. Roosevelt

The cover of the journal features an image of Tsar Nicholas II from Hoover's Russian poster collection

Yanks Behind the Lines: How the Commission for Relief in Belgium Saved Millions from Starvation during World War I features the Commission for Relief in Belgium records.
Networking the Russian Diaspora: Russian Musicians and Musical Activities in Interwar Shanghai features the Georgii Vassil'evich Kudinov papers.

Saving the Nation: Chinese Protestant Elites and the Quest to Build a New China, 1922-1952 features the Nym Wales papers.

Upcoming Publications Featuring Hoover Collections
Robert Conquest Curator of Russia and Eurasia Collections Anatol Shmelev's book, In the Wake of Empire: Anti-Bolshevik Russia in International Affairs, 1917–1920, will be published by Hoover Press in January 2021.
Jerzy Kwiatkowski's memoir, 485 Days at Majdanek, will be published by Hoover Press in February 2021 and has an introduction by Senior Fellow Norman Naimark.
Library & Archives Reading Room Update
Please note: Due to the evolving COVID-19 emergency, access to the 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
You can now enjoy our exhibitions online!

Please note: Due to the evolving COVID-19 emergency, the Hoover Tower galleries will be closed to the public until further notice.

Founded by Herbert Hoover in 1919, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives is dedicated to documenting war, revolution, and peace in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With nearly one million volumes and more than six thousand archival collections from 171 countries, Hoover supports a vibrant community of scholars and a broad public interested in the meaning and role of history.
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