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October 2021

Greetings to all of the friends and supporters of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Black and white photo of George Shultz sitting at desk at Hoover in 1990s
This month brings a season of change and remembrance. Friends, family, and many others honored our colleague, George P. Shultz at a service at Memorial Church. Ground was broken on the new George Shultz Building by Charlotte Shultz, Condoleezza Rice, Stanford President Mark Tessier-Lavigne, Provost Persis Drell, and the generous donors who have supported its construction.
In addition, our Library & Archives was the first on campus to open its reading room to the public. We opened our first interactive online exhibit-- Fanning the Flames; brought in collections on the nuclear test at Bikini Atoll and on American diplomacy; hosted students, scholarly events, and signed a scholarly cooperation agreement with Academia Historica of Taiwan.
Wishing good health to you and yours.
-Eric Wakin, Director
George P. Shultz at Hoover in the early 1990s.
Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace Records, Hoover Institution Archives

In Celebration of George P. Shultz

Shultz photo during meeting at SLAC. Photo with Gorbachev during visit to Stanford 1990
This month, a private service of remembrance and celebration of life was held for Hoover Institution distinguished fellow and America’s sixtieth secretary of state, George Pratt Shultz, who passed on February 6, 2021. Family, friends, and distinguished guests were in attendance. In honor of the remarkable legacy of our beloved colleague, the Hoover Institution reflected on some of the most important points in his rich life at the age of 100. Read more about his life lessons in our special digital presentation of the "On The Record" exhibition installed in the Annenberg Conference Room.

From the Hoover Institution’s archives, pictured above is Mr. Shultz (right) with then President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev (left) holding a 1921 Soviet poster depicting students learning to read. Text is from poet Pushkin which translates to “Long live the sun! May the darkness be hidden!” Mr. Shultz, on behalf of the Stanford Community presented the poster in repatriation from the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to the “Soviet Union -- with our respect and pleasure at having you here…” during a visit to Stanford University on June 4, 1990.
In addition we broke ground for the new George P. Shultz building. The 55,000-square-foot facility will include three levels of offices for Hoover fellows and research support staff and convening space on the ground floor. The basement will feature a state-of-the-art digitization facility where description, imaging, metadata, conservation, and preservation will interact in a singular space like no other on the Hoover campus. This will enable greater access to world-renowned collections and place the Hoover Institution Library & Archives at the forefront in archival digitization.

Online Exhibition: Fanning the Flames

Screenshot of the Fanning The Flames Home Page
Our first interactive online exhibition website, Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan is now live! Click here to see in great detail, the digital stories, collection highlights, events, and more. The accompanying publication, edited by Dr. Kaoru (Kay) Ueda, curator of the Japanese Diaspora Collection at Hoover and online exhibition, was recently reviewed in the Seattle Star which called the project “exceptionally well-done”. Don’t forget, our upcoming speaker series events—“Holding the Sword of Damocles: Japan in Russian and Soviet Popular Images, 1904-1945” is on November 5 at 12 pm (PDT), and save the date for a special symposium, “Historiography of the Pacific War” on December 7.
Blue book cover with title "Operation Crossroads Bikini 1946" and photo of bomb cloud on a white label

Laurence Bershad, photographer at the Bikini Atoll

The rare materials belonging to Navy engineer Laurence Bershad, an official photographer at the Bikini Atoll atomic test site, include an 80-page campaign album produced by Bershad's photographic corps during the testing, never-before-published photographs and other historical items, such as a personal and signed print of “Raising the Flag in Iwo Jima” taken by Joe Rosenthal.

Portrait of James Fulton Leonard Jr, blue background

Papers of Diplomat James F. Leonard

American diplomat, James F. Leonard served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations; was the Chief US negotiator for the Biological Weapons Convention under President Richard Nixon, when he was Assistant Director of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA); and was Deputy Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Negotiations between the US, Israel, and Egypt.  

New & Noteworthy

Muratov Nobelist & Vladimirov Artist

Dmitri Muratov, was recently announced co-winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. In his independent Russian newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, a November 2020 feature, credited the Hoover Institution for its role in preserving the work by war artist Ivan Vladimirov. The article spoke of Andrei Ruzhnikov’s book (Russia Accursed) on the artist and cited research by Elena Danielson, Hoover Institution Archivist Emerita. Danielson noted that the artwork was exhibited at Hoover in 1994, which was “the beginning of a long-term domino effect in the reappraisal of the artist's significance, including by the editors of this remarkable newspaper.” 

Agreement with Academia Historica, Taiwan

On September 13, 2021, a memorandum of understanding on academic collaboration was signed between the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and the Academia Historica of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Both share common interests in the research of modern history, contributing to both archival research, and the study of public policy of Taiwan and the United States.

485 Days at Majdanek

A discussion of 485 Days at Majdanek (Hoover Institution Press, 2021) was moderated by Hoover Senior Fellow Norman Naimark, who wrote an introduction to the volume. Panelists included John Connelly (UC Berkeley), Timothy Garton Ash (Hoover senior fellow), Katherine R. Jolluck (Stanford), and Dorota Niedziałkowska (State Museum at Majdanek, Poland).

Kay Ueda in the classroom October 2021

Back in the Classrooms

Kay Ueda, curator of the Japanese Diaspora Collection, and education and outreach manager Ray Pun, completed the first in-person classroom visits for the year with undergraduate Stanford students taking writing and rhetoric classes and with participants in the history seminar “Savoring Japan: Food and Society in Global Perspective”. Presentations featured our collection of kamishibai (paper plays) which is currently accessible on our digital collections beta site.

Save The Date!



—Please join us for a special event—


December 10


Ardeshir Zahedi & the Zahedi Papers at Hoover


Please join Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi, the last Iranian ambassador to the U.S. under the Shah; along with Hoover fellows Abbas Milani and Michael McFaul; Hoover director Condoleezza RiceEric Wakin, director of The Hoover Institution Library & Archives; and other panelists to talk about the singular collection of Zahedi's papers and discuss his life and work.

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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.

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