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The political turmoil in the Ukraine and the desire for representative government is an opportunity for democratic expansion in the region, but poses great challenges as well. Stanford professor and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, Norman Naimark, shares his thoughts in this interview.

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With the 2014 Olympics set to begin in Sochi, Russia, and the threat of terrorism a relevant issue, Hoover research fellow Mark Harrison takes a look at how the KGB sought out terrorists in the Soviet era.
A Blast from the Past: The KGB and Counter–Terrorism. Writing about web page The athletes gathering in Sochi for the Winter Olympics must regret the fact that the threat of terrorism is commanding as much media atttention as the ...
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Inside the Hoover Tower: A Photo Tour

Welcome! We'd love to take you on a tour of the Hoover Institution Library and Archives. 

Click through the photo album below to see our beautiful and historic facility as well as a behind the scenes look at how we preserve history.

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On Tuesday, March 11, the Hoover Archives will open our latest exhibition: Revolutions in Eastern Europe, The Rise of Democracy, 1989-1990. A wide array of photographs, posters and unique items will be featured in honor of the 25th anniversary of these momentous events in history.

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Photo caption: Street Protest in Warsaw, Poland, June 1989 (Erazm Ciołek Papers)
Helena Paderewski led an adventurous life. She traveled across Europe and America, was a tireless humanitarian and was one of the few women to witness the signing of the Versailles treaty after World War I. Alongside her husband, Jan Paderewski, Poland's first Prime Minister, she shared in the joy of Poland regaining independence and as a tribute to America's role in this event, wrote her memoirs in English. The unpublished manuscript was only recently discovered in the Hoover Archives...

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"When, if ever, are historical analogies useful for understanding present circumstances?" 

Research fellow, Bruce S. Thornton makes a case for history being an invaluable guide to understanding the present. He uses the Munich Agreement between the Western Allies and Nazi Germany in 1938 as an example. He cautions that while human nature is constant, important differences between past and present events should be respected.
The Lessons of Munich. by Bruce Thornton (Research Fellow; W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow, 2009–10, 2010–11; and member, military history working group). What we can learn from the twentieth century's greatest diplomatic disaster.
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At the core of the founding of the Hoover Institution in 1919, the Hoover Institution Library and Archives are a central part of the overall mission of the Institution. By collecting rare and unique material on political, economic, and social change in the modern era; persevering it; and providing it to researchers, the library and archives provide a rich and growing knowledge base and promote and encourage scholarship and research.


Archival holding amount to nearly 6,000 separate collections that encompass an estimated 50 million original documents; 15 million documents on microfilm; upward of 15 million digitized images; more than 100,000 speeches, broadcasts, and historical records on audiotape and videos; and some 120,000 political posters. The library holds 900,000 rare books, special collections, and serials.


Collecting areas of special interest include Nationalist China, imperial Russia, the USSR and post-Soviet Russia and Central and East Europe, political ideologies and movements in the United States and the West, and the broadcast collections of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Firing Line.  


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