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“A Hundred Years Later: Women and War Today” featured panelists Gil-li Vardi, Sarah Chayes, Colonel Jennifer G. Buckner, and Colonel Tracey Roou.

Panels: They're More Than "Surface Element Components" Now

via Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Archivist Lisa Miller investigates the etymology of the word "panel."

Adegoke “Penkelemesi” Adelabu Has Been Carried To The World

via Behind the Scenes
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Archivist Issayas Tesfamariam discusses recent additions to the George D. Jenkins papers at Hoover Archives.

Professor Leslie Gottesman’s Research On The Role Of Literacy In The Eritrean National Liberation Movement Finds A Home At The Hoover Institution Archives

via Behind the Scenes
Monday, August 31, 2015

Archivist Issayas Tesfamariam describes his long relationship with Professor Leslie Gottesman, whose archive of Eritrea-related materials was recently donated to Hoover Archives.

"Never Got Back All Safe": Viet Cong Spam

by Lisa Millervia Behind the Scenes
Monday, August 24, 2015

Senior Archivist Lisa Miller discovers an early version of mass distributed “spam” among the Viet Cong materials in the Martin Florian Herz Collection.

Das deutsche Reich : ungekurzte Sonderausgabe (1934)

Germany 1934: The Case Of The Smuggled Book

by Paul Thomasvia Behind the Scenes
Monday, July 13, 2015

Some time ago, I began cataloging a book from our backlog. Entitled Das deutsche Reich: ungekurzte Sonderausgabe (The German Reich, unabridged special edition), it was written by Arthur Moeller van den Bruck and published in Hamburg in 1934. As always, I searched first to determine whether Hoover or Stanford already had a copy.  When none was forthcoming, I then searched the national bibliographical database, WorldCat, to see which other libraries have a copy. It is not listed in WorldCat. I also checked several European libraries but did not find any copies there either. Given that the author was prolific, I found this somewhat strange and began to look at the book more closely... 

Cover from the Persian publications microfilm survey

"Lost" Publications Found During Microfilm Survey

by Issayas Tesfamariamvia Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Acquired through purchases, gifts, collaborations, or filmed in-house, Hoover’s microfilm holdings are many and varied. During a recent survey, mysterious reels of uncataloged publications were identified. What surprising and singular titles did we find?

Simon Ottenberg Collection, Hoover Institution Library

Rediscovering a Collection of Nigerian Pamphlets

by Paul Thomasvia Behind the Scenes
Friday, February 6, 2015

Simon Ottenberg was an anthropologist and faculty member at the University of Washington, Seattle, from 1955 to 1991, where he specialized in West Africa, southeastern Nigeria in particular. In the course of carrying out field research in Nigeria in 1952–53, 1959–60, and during a visit there in the summer of 1966, he collected many published materials, including pamphlets, booklets, serials, government documents, and other types of publications. His collection of materials was filmed in 1970 to create the Simon Ottenberg Collection. A complete inventory is available online.

Eritrean Liberation Front members, 1968 (Jack Kramer Papers, Box 1, Hoover Institution Archives)

Right Place, Wrong Reasons: Discovering a Rare Sound Recording from Eritrea

by Issayas Tesfamariamvia Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In the late 1960s, Jack Kramer, now a retired journalist, donated his papers to the Hoover Institution Archives. The papers include letters between Jack Kramer and well-known personalities in the political landscape of Eritrea’s independence movement, as well as a rare sound recording, which is the focus of this post. 

Forgotten in Plain Sight

by Lisa Millervia Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Another long lost historical item has just been discovered: The silent film version of Sherlock Holmes starring William Gillette!

Studer machines

The Four Horsemen of the Audio Lab

by Jim Samvia Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When the Hoover Tower was under construction as part of the SESI project, we were able to give our audio infrastructure and systems a good, hard look.  We decided we could rebuild them (we have the technology) or at least significantly modify them. 


In Behind the Scenes: Stories from the Library & Archives, archivists and librarians from the Hoover Archives will share what makes their work interesting, provide surprising answers to questions from patrons, and fill the readers in on the mysteries of, curiosities in, and treasures from the Hoover Library and Archives.