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Hoover Institution Archives
434 Galvez Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6010
Parking: Hoover and parking/access info
There is a pay parking lot on Galvez Street and Campus Drive that accepts currency, coins, or credit cards.
Users with disabilities: The Archives is accessible by a ramp from Crothers Way (behind the Herbert Hoover Memorial Building and Hoover Tower, between the Herbert Hoover Memorial Building and Green Library) and then an elevator just inside the front door of the building.
Tour: Wednesday, August 27, 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon (if you wish to visit at some other time, please contact Linda Bernard)
Contact: Linda Bernard at bernard[at]hoover.stanford.edu or 650-723-0141.
The Hoover Institution Archives, with vast original documentation on modern history, constitutes a core component of the institution that Herbert Hoover (1874–1964) founded at his alma mater, Stanford University, in 1919. In all, there are more than five thousand separate collections in the Hoover Institution Archives, including millions of individual documents from the entire range of twentieth-century history and politics around the world. Detailed descriptions of the histories and major collections of each curatorial area are available for Africa, the Americas, East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States. The poster collection is also extensively used and supplies images for documentaries, book jackets, and a growing body of work on political iconography. All this material is stored in approximately ¾ million books and 25 miles of shelving. Current collecting efforts are in place to anticipate new research trends in areas of dramatic social change. The rubrics outlined by Herbert Hoover, "war, revolution, and peace," have proved to be central to the modern experience. Although areas of collecting necessarily shift, the purpose of the records in the Hoover Institution Archives remains the same: "to promote peace."