The Hoover Institution Library & Archives Report
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March 2020
Dear <<First Name>>,

I hope you and your family and community are persevering and staying safe during this extended COVID-19 period. In accord with directives from public health authorities and Stanford policy, the Hoover Institution fellows and staff have been sheltering in place and telecommuting. At the Library & Archives, we have continued to focus on collecting, preserving, and sharing our collections, albeit in new ways. Paramount is our Digital First initiative, which aims to transform access to our holdings.
Our curators continue to speak and meet with donors virtually, while working with their colleagues to ensure that collections in transit arrive safely and are stored  securely.
Getting our collections online and accessible to remote researchers is more important now than ever. Our Digital First team continues the planning and deployment of the systems infrastructure, storage, and workflow tools that will enable the mass digitization of collection material. Archivists and librarians, working remotely, continue to describe collections using metadata that will allow them to be discovered by person and machine, in support of students, scholars, and the general public.
Our move teams continue readying the transfer of a significant portion of our collections from our temporary offsite location to state-of-the-art, permanent storage, which will be completed this summer. Simultaneously, we continue planning the digitization labs to be part of the new George Shultz Fellows Building.
And our research and education teams continue to respond to inquiries and support fellow research; plan for Stanford and wider student engagement in the fall; prepare for our future exhibitions; and plan workshops, speaker series, and visiting fellow support once the restrictions on movement are lifted.
Thank you for your support during this period, and we look forward to your virtual and physical visits in the future. 
    - Eric Wakin, Director


To honor the remarkable legacy of George Pratt Shultz, Hoover’s Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow, a new exhibition reflects on some of the most important points in his accomplished life and career. Installed in the new Annenberg Conference Room in February, On the Record: Life Lessons from George P. Shultz, is a didactic display highlighting inspirational quotes by Mr. Shultz to encourage those who will meet, debate, and grow during events in the space. The exhibition also provides a rich tapestry of photographs and milestones from the life of Mr. Shultz—spanning his time as a Marine in WWII to his work at Hoover today. Above, Hoover Library & Archives staff members join Mr. Shultz in celebrating the opening of the exhibition. 
The Hoover Institution Library & Archives has acquired the papers of Michel Oksenberg (1938–2001), a renowned political scientist and China expert who played a crucial role in the negotiations that led to the normalization of US-China relations in early 1979. The papers consist of interview transcripts of US and Chinese officials involved in the normalization of relations, along with research notes, rare Chinese maps, newspapers and local gazetteers of Shandong Province, and photos and slides of Oksenberg’s activities in China (including Jimmy Carter’s 1997 trip to Shandong Province) in the late 1980s and the 1990s. The collection complements several other Hoover collections, including the recently opened personal diary of Chiang Ching-kuo, in providing a broad landscape of the process of the US-China normalization as well as the intricate Washington-Beijing-Taipei relationship from the early 1970s to the 1990s.

Hoover has acquired the papers of journalist and Slavic librarian Peter Kudrik, born Petr Aleksandrovich Kudrin in Russia in 1914. The collection includes Kudrik’s diaries and autobiographical writings related to his life in Poland during the Second World War. In these he describes the onset of the war and gives details on the early days of the Nazi and Soviet occupation of Poland from the point of view of a Russian émigré residing in the country. Particularly significant are the detailed diary entries describing Kudrik’s experience in Warsaw in 1944, the final period of German occupation that culminated in the Warsaw Uprising. 
New Publications Featuring Hoover Collections
Featuring the Russian Departament politsii. Zagranichnaia agentura (Paris) Okhrana records
Featuring the Felix Vladimirovich Volkhovskiĭ papers
Featuring the James T. Watkins papers
Featuring Hoover's collections on Japanese American internment
Featuring the Poster Collection
Featuring the Archives of the Soviet Communist Party and Soviet state
Library & Archives Reading Room Temporary Closure
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the evolving COVID-19 emergency, effective immediately and until further notice, the L&A reading room is CLOSED to all researchers.
In the Galleries
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the evolving COVID-19 emergency, the Hoover Tower galleries will be closed to the public until further notice.

You can read about our centennial gallery exhibition, Hoover@100: Ideas Defining A Century on the Hoover Library & Archives website. 

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