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June 2021

Greetings to all of the friends and supporters of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Over the past year, we were asked to stay apart, but we continued to fulfill our strategic priorities—to collect, to serve the research community, and to make our collections broadly available through digitization—all while protecting the health and well-being of our staff and the greater research community. The reopening of California’s economy, this past June 15, is a milestone, and we look forward to reopening the Library & Archives more broadly in September, providing conditions allow. 

The month of June marked several Stanford milestones: a series of in-person commencement ceremonies
(congratulations graduates!) and the 80th anniversary of Hoover Tower. It is a month in which we can also reveal one of our most significant recent acquisitions, that of the collection of Captain Mitsuo Fuchida, the pilot who led the first wave of the air attack on Pearl Harbor.

In addition to our monthly updates below, we have provided links so you can view and listen to recordings from our recent L&A activities.

Happy Independence Day and wishing good health to you and yours.

-Eric Wakin, Director
[Shown above: WWII-era poster issued by the US Department of the Treasury, War Finance Division, 1945. Poster US 1825]
Featured
Imperial Japanese Navy map of the Ketsu-go (decisive) air force operation plan—a naval battle planned in preparation for Americans landing in Japan.

The Collection of Mitsuo Fuchida

The Captain Mitsuo Fuchida collection, which was generously gifted by the Fuchida family to the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, is currently undergoing preservation treatment, digitization, and archival processing, to provide access for scholars around the world.

Captain Mitsuo Fuchida was a commanding pilot of the first wave of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and is widely featured in American popular culture, like the motion picture “Tora! Tora! Tora!”. The collection encompasses a broad range of material, including personal accounts and annotated photographs, which will provide opportunities for further research on World War II. Selected items from the collection will be digitized in 2021–2022. 
New & Noteworthy

Hoover Tower 80th Anniversary

We had a busy start to the month of June in preparation for the 80th Anniversary of Hoover Tower. On June 17, Julie Zhu, a Stanford Graduate student specializing in composition and carillon, played a 30-minute carillon concert to mark the upcoming June 20th anniversary. She also composed a special traditional carillon piece, Allegro, in honor of this milestone. 
On June 21, we held an online discussion on the Hoover Tower with presentations by Stanford University director of architecture Sapna Marfatia, University of Cincinnati architecture professor Jeffrey Tilman, and Hoover Institution Library & Archives director Eric Wakin. The recorded presentation is now available, including a brief portion of the carillon bells.
We have started our “tour around Hoover Tower in 80 days” featuring items from the library collection and celebrating the building’s history, design, and purpose to promote peace. Be sure to follow along on our social media channels #AroundHooverTowerIn80Days.

Fanning the Flames

Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan, edited by Kay Ueda, Curator of the Japanese Diaspora Initiative, was launched at the beginning of this month and recently, an excerpt was published in Highbrow Magazine® in the Books and Fiction section.
Two of the Speaker Series recordings are now available. A third lecture will be announced as soon as dates and times are confirmed.
1. Anchors of History: The Long Shadow of Japanese Imperial Propaganda
2. “War Fever” As Fueled By The Media And Popular Culture: The Path Taken By Meiji Japan's Policies Of “Enrich The Country” And “Strengthen The Armed Forces”

The Rifleman's Violin

"The Rifleman’s Violin" is a documentary film co-produced by Citizen Film and the Hoover Institution including contributions by Abraham D. Sofaer, George P. Shultz Senior Fellow, Emeritus. This film is a companion to the Stuart Canin archive and was recently on display at the San Diego International Airport as part of the SAN Arts Film Program. Additional information can be found at the multimedia companion site, Potsdam Revisited.
Acquisitions

Robert Edward Edmondson

The largest known existing archive of isolationist propaganda of the 1930s was created by provocateur Robert Edward Edmondson, a journalist and America First activist with a pronounced anti-Semitic, anti-New Deal agenda. This collection consists of approximately 375 handbills, broadsides, flyers, and newsletters.

Dan Caldwell

Dr. Dan Caldwell is an expert on American foreign policy, arms control, international security, and Russian-American relations. The Caldwell collection contains notes, manuscript drafts, and research materials related to work on U.S. foreign policy and military strategies in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.
Featuring our Collections
The Cold War from the Margins: A Small Socialist State on the Global Cultural Scene features the Edward Geary Lansdale papers.
The Quiet Americans: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War - A Tragedy in Three Acts features the Dora Gabensky papers.

Our 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.

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.


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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