The rare publications and archival materials assembled by government officials, diplomats, military personnel, businessmen, missionaries, journalists, scholars, and private individuals chronicle social, economic, and political conditions in Asian countries. While maintaining the library and archives’ strength in documenting Asia’s transformations in the late nineteenth to twentieth centuries, our collecting efforts also focus on contemporary affairs. 

Diaries, photographs, and film

History of Hoover's Asia Collection

Challenging traditional historiography, providing new historical interpretation


Most of the items described in these guides are now available at the East Asia Library at Stanford University or Stanford Auxiliary Libraries (SAL 1 & 2). Please check Stanford's online libraries catalog for exact locations.
Berton, Peter, and Eugene Wu. Contemporary China: a Research Guide. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, 1967.
Israel, John. The Chinese Student Movement, 1927–1937: A Bibliographical Essay Based on the Resources of the Hoover Institution. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1959.
Nahm, Andrew C. Japanese Penetration of Korea, 1894–1910: A Checklist of Japanese Archives in the Hoover Institution. Stanford University, Calif.: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1959.
Widor, Claude. The Samizdat Press in China's Provinces, 1979–1981: An Annotated Guide. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, 1987.
Wu, Tien-wei. The Kiangsi Soviet Republic, 1931–1934: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography of the Chen Cheng Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University, 1981.
The Red Guard agitates against a leader of factory in Guangzhou City, ca. 1967. (Chinese Pictorial Collection, Envelope mJ, Hoover Institution Archives)

Communist Chinese Political Movement Collection Now Open

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives are pleased to announce the opening of the Communist Chinese Political Movement Collection

General Huang Jie (right), then Taiwan garrison commander, with Chiang Ching-kuo

Hoover Acquires Personal Diaries of Nationalist Chinese General Huang Jie

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives have acquired the personal diaries of Nationalist Chinese general Huang Jie from Huang’s daughter. Huang Jie was born in Changsha, Hunan Province. In 1924, he entered the Whampoa Military Academy, becoming one of Chiang Kai-shek’s best students and then most trusted military subordinate, participating in the Northern Expedition (1926–28), the Chinese civil war of 1930, the great war between China and Japan (1933), the Sino-Japanese war (1937–45), and the Burma Campaign (1945).

Center for East Asian Studies

Japanese Imperial Maps as Sources for East Asian History: A Symposium on the History and Future of the Gaihōzu

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Hoover Archives, collaborating with cooperating libraries at Stanford, including the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections and the East Asia Library, are taking part in a symposium on Japanese imperial maps. The symposium will examine the utility of these colonial maps as tools for historical research. Click here for more information.

The opening ceremony of the Chinese School in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Hoover Acquires Personal Papers of Overseas Chinese Leader

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives have recently acquired the personal papers of
Chen Jiaxian (Henry Chen)
, a Chinese Nationalist Party official in charge of overseas Chinese affairs in the Caribbean region and Latin America. The personal papers include correspondence between Chen and important Kuomintang Party officials regarding China’s diplomatic relations with the Caribbean region and Latin America, the Kuomintang’s policy toward overseas Chinese communities, and photos depicting Chen’s activities in Trinidad and Latin America.

A Century of Change: China 1911–2011

A Century of Change: China 1911–2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Hoover Institution’s new exhibit, A Century of Change: China 1911–2011, opened Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion (next to Hoover Tower) on the Stanford University campus. Showcasing the institution’s rich East Asian holdings, the exhibit commemorates the hundredth anniversary of, and century since, the Chinese revolution of 1911, an event marking a significant turn in the course of Chinese history.

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Audio Interviews of Jews in China Digitized by Hoover Archives

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Westerners have been intrigued by the Kaifeng Jews since the 1600s. A set of sound recordings of interviews with Chinese Jews, recorded in Kaifeng, China, in 1985, has just been digitized by the Hoover Archives.


Berlin professor discusses the Chinese Gulag at the Hoover Summer Archives Workshop on China and Russia

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Hoover Summer Workshop on China and Russia hosted a talk and discussion on the Chinese Gulag under Mao by Klaus Mühlhahn

Mühlhahn is a professor of Chinese history and culture at the Free University of Berlin who specializes in modern Chinese legal history. His Criminal Justice in China (Harvard) won the American Historical Association’s Fairbank Prize and his PhD students are regular visitors to the Hoover Archive’s China collections.

Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to the United States, reviews Hoover's histo

Chinese ambassador to the United States visits the Hoover Archives

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to the United States, visited the Hoover Institution and toured its modern China collections on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

Crossing the Luding Bridge

Chinese Official Li Yuanchao Visits Hoover Institution

Monday, October 12, 2009

As part of his visit to Stanford University, Li Yuanchao toured the Hoover Institution Library and Archives. Li is secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Secretariat, member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, and minister of the CPC Central Organization Department.

Chinese scholars visit the Hoover Institution

Chinese scholars visit the Hoover Institution

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A delegation of Chinese foreign affairs scholars led by Qin Yaqing, executive vice president of China Foreign Affairs University and vice president of the China National Association for International Studies, visited the Hoover Institution on May 26.




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