Hoover's holdings on the National Socialist period are particularly strong, including original diaries by Joseph Goebbels and Heinrich Himmler, as well as the personal photo album of Joachim von Ribbentropp. The rise of the Nazi Party is documented in the papers of Theodore Abel, which include five hundred autobiographical sketches by early members of the party. A microfilm copy of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei Hauptarchiv (NSDAP) is available in the library.


NSDAP Hauptarchiv

Selected documents assembled in 1946 at the Berlin Document Center

NSDAP Miscellaneous Records

Various materials, including sound recordings

Joseph Goebbels Papers

Minister of propaganda, 1933–45

Heinrich Himmler Papers

Chief of the Schutzstaffel (SS), 1929–45

Theodore Abel Papers

Author, Why Hitler Came into Power

Adolf Hitler Miscellaneous Papers

German chancellor and Führer, 19331945

William Russell Philp Collection

Miscellaneous materials

UFA Motion Picture Newsreels

German motion picture film company

Gesamtverband deutscher antikommunistischer Vereinigungen Records

German governmental anti-communist and anti-Semitic propaganda agency

Stenographischer Dienst conference transcripts

Records of Hitler's conversations with civilian and military aides, 1942–45


Reichsmarschall, 1940–45

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Heinz, Grete and Agnes F. Peterson. NSDAP Hauptarchiv: Guide to the Hoover Institution Microfilm Collection. [Stanford, Calif.]: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1964.

Petersen, Agnes F. German Collection at the Hoover Institution, with Emphasis on Government Documents, Periodicals, Newspapers, Archival and Special Material: A Survey. Stanford [California: s.n.], 1970.

Himmler Sound Recordings Digitized

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

More than two dozen audiotapes in the Heinrich Himmler papers have been digitized by Hoover’s audio lab for both preservation and access. Many are Himmler’s speeches to police and military leaders, including Volksgrenadier officers, SS Panzerkorps commanders, Waffen SS commanders, and Ordnungspolizei leaders. Two tapes with voices in English may be from a bugged meeting of British and American POWs in a German camp. Some recordings are fragmentary; although most were recorded in 1943 and 1944, one tape is from 1940.

Paul Joseph Goebbels (1897–1945) in his younger years. (Hoover Institution Libra

The Papers of Joseph Goebbels Come to Hoover

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Eric Wakin, director of the Hoover Library and Archives, has announced the acquisition of an extensive collection of the papers of Joseph Goebbels, one of Adolf Hitler’s closest associates and followers, who in his later years was the infamous Reich’s minister of propaganda. The papers are mostly from Goebbels’ youth and university studies, before he joined the Nazi party in 1924. These papers are a strong complement to the original portions of the Goebbels’s diaries, which have been housed at Hoover since 1947 and are discussed in a recent Hoover Digest article.



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