World War II

With more than fourteen hundred archival collections, Hoover's holdings on World War II are expansive, covering every theater of war in a multitude of languages. Those materials provide a variety of perspectives, from the directives of military officers to clandestine materials by underground movements. Library materials on World War II are equally comprehensive and voluminous.

William P. Miller Papers, Reel 5, Hoover Institution Archives

Film reels from the William P. Miller Papers

Hoover Institution Archives Poster Collection, GE 1228, US 6038, US 1679, JP 64

Browse collections from both the Allied and Axis Powers

Joseph Stilwell Papers, Envelope O1, Hoover Institution Archives

Read dispatches from the China-Burma-India Theater

Das Jahr 1937 Photograph Album, Hoover Institution Archives

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World War II Subject Collection

Miscellaneous materials

World War II Pictorial Collection

Photographs and postcards

Chiang Kai-shek Diaries

Chinese political and military leader

Joseph Warren Stilwell Papers

Commanding general, US Forces in China-Burma-India Theater

Jan Karski Papers

Officer of the Polish government-in-exile to the Polish underground

Ernest Fred Easterbrook Papers

Major general, US Army

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World War II Archival Collections     World War II Library Materials
Hitler’s burned and bombed mountain-side home in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof,

Amateur Color Films from World War II Now Available

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Thanks to a 2013 grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, five unique amateur films from the William P. Miller papers have been preserved. Those films, made from approximately 1943 to 1945, feature footage of the North African and European theaters during World War II.

Major General Ernest F. Easterbrook. Ernest Fred Easterbrook papers, Box 4, Fold

Ernest Easterbrook's World War II China-Burma-India Theater Diaries Available Online

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ernest Easterbrook began this account of his experiences in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater in 1944, when he became General Joseph W. Stilwell's executive assistant in Burma. Later, as commander of the 475th Infantry Regiment, he led it behind enemy lines to clear northern Burma and reopen the Burma Road.

Spanish Civil War from an anarchist art album

Hoover Institution Library and Archives Host Exhibition “Shattered Peace: The Road to World War II”

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

STANFORD—Next year marks the seventieth anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. “Shattered Peace,” an exhibition by the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, chronicles the events leading up to the war by drawing on their rich holdings.

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Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and It

Hoover Institution Press Releases Book Highlighting Herbert Hoover’s Examination of World War II and Its Cold War Aftermath Freedom Betrayed, edited by George H. Nash

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Hoover Institution Press today released Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath, edited with an introduction by George H. Nash. Freedom Betrayed is the culmination of an extraordinary literary project launched by Herbert Hoover during World War II: a memoir that evolved into a comprehensive critique of US foreign policy during this war and the ensuing early years of the Cold War. Although Hoover completed his manuscript almost fifty years ago, it has never before been published or made available for research. It is now being made public for the first time.

Click here to read an NRO article about the book.

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Hugh Gibson’s diaries

Hugh Gibson’s Diaries Documenting Herbert Hoover’s Post-World War II Food Mission Available Online

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Gibson wrote this daily journal when he accompanied Herbert Hoover around the world on the so-called food mission to assess needs and coordinate efforts in alleviating the famine caused by severe droughts and the devastation wrought by World War II.

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New Finding Aids for World War II Philippines Collections Posted Online

Monday, June 6, 2011

Finding aids to the collections described below, which contain information on Japanese internment camps in the Philippines during World War II, are now available through the Online Archive of California.


Newly Digitized Sound Recordings from World War II in Hoover Archives Reading Room

Monday, March 9, 2009

Listening copies of spoken word and musical recordings from World War II and the postwar years are now available in the Hoover Archives reading room.



Thursday, September 24, 1998

The exhibit will showcase information regarding General Stilwell's infantry fighting in Burma, in 1944

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