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The Hoover Institution Library Collection

This guide provides and overview over and an introduction to the collection of the Hoover Institution Library.

...using SearchWorks, Stanford's online catalog:

The vast majority of items in the Hoover Library Collection have catalog records on SearchWorks, Stanford University Libraries' online catalog. Currently, SearchWorks lists more than 286,000 records for Hoover Library items.

SearchWork's feature "Refine your results" (see picture on the right) allows you to limit your search results to items at the Hoover Library.

In the same colum, you will find numerous other options to narrow down your results, for instance by language, media type, region, etc. Exploring these "faceting" options can help you focus in on items that would otherwise be buried in overly long lists of results. You can combine different criteria, and you can apply them in searches for materials at the Hoover Library and at all libraries at Stanford.

It is important to note, however, that many items in the Hoover Library collection do not have detailed catalog records. This especially applies to materials added to our collection before 1977 and includes many interesting and valuable sources. Usually, items with minimal cataloging will only show up as search results when you enter the exact title, or a part thereof, in an "All fields" search.

Our catalogers are working hard to improve the records of minimally cataloged items. Until this process will be completed, there are several additional resources that enable you to discover more of our collection materials. Beyond SearchWorks, the main avenues to do so are the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Published reference works, guides, and collection descriptions

  • Special finding aids for groups of materials and "subcollections" within the general library collection

  • Asking us for reference aid and consultations about your interests and research questions.

...using reference works, collection descriptions, and guides

During the 20th century, Hoover Institution curators and librarians authored numerous partial collection descriptions and guides. While they can reflect only materials acquired up the point of publication, some of these older reference works can still be useful today, helping you gain an orientation of our collections and alerting you to rare and unusual items. Here is a small selection:

Adams, E[phraim]. D[ouglass]. The Hoover War Collection at Stanford University, California: A Report and an Analysis. Stanford University: Stanford University Press, 1921.

Boeninger, Hildegard R. The Hoover Library Collection on Germany. Collection Survey, no. 2. Stanford: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1961.

Duignan, Peter. The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace: Seventy-Five Years of Its History. [Stanford, Calif.]: Hoover Institution : Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1989.

Duignan, Peter (ed.). The Library of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1985.

Palm, Charles G. “The Hoover Library: Saving the History of War, Revolution, and Peace.” Imprint (Published by The Associates of the Stanford University Libraries) 21, no. 2 (Fall & Winter  -2003 2002): 11–20.

Peterson, Agnes F. Western Europe: A Survey of Holdings at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. Stanford: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1970.

Robertson, James McJ. "The Hoover Institution's German Working-Class Collection," International Labor and Working Class History 12 (November 1977): 10–18.

Russian Language Journals and Books on Microfilm (Including Some Other East European Publication). Stanford: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1965.

Sworakowski, Witold S. The Hoover Library Collection on Russia. Collection Survey, no 1. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1954.

 Dwyer, Joseph W. (ed.). Russia, the Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe: A Survey of Holdings at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Hoover Press Survey 6. Stanford, California: Hoover Institution Press, 1980.