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Microform Collections at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives


In this guide, you'll learn more about our microform collections and how to access them. See below for general and select collections. 

Collection Highlights

David Benjamin Bolen papers, 1944-2001 - Speeches and writings, correspondence, dispatches, memoranda, reports, clippings, and photographs, relating to American relations with South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and East Germany. Also available on microfilm (32 reels).

George D. Jenkins papers, 1897-2014 - Writings, notes, correspondence, minutes of meetings, ordinances, pamphlets, clippings, and data cards, relating to politics in Nigeria and particularly to the government of Ibadan, Nigeria. Includes drafts of a book, The Price of Liberty, by Kenneth W. J. Post, and G. D. Jenkins.

Juan Domingo Perón papers, 1931-2002 - Speeches and writings, correspondence, memoranda, printed matter, and photographs, relating to political conditions in Argentina. Papers date primarily from the post-presidential exile period of Perón's life. Includes some material relating to J. D. Perón. Also available on microfilm (11 reels).

Lietuvos TSR Valstybės Saugumo Komitetas selected records, 1920-1993 - Reports, memoranda, correspondence, lists, directives, and other documents, relating to secret police, intelligence and counter-intelligence activities, dissident and anti-Soviet activities, and repatriation and nationalism issues, in Lithuania.

Popper (Sir Karl R.) papers -  Speeches and writings, correspondence, notes, printed matter, sound recordings, and photographs relating to philosophy, the nature of knowledge, the philosophy of culture, the philosophy and methodology of science, and the philosophy of history and the social sciences. 

Register of the Japan, Koshikan (Korea) records - Photocopies of originals no longer extant. Correspondence, dispatches, instructions, reports, treaties, agreements, lists, and charts relating to Japanese-Korean relations, and to the internal administration and foreign affairs of Korea. Includes reports of the Japanese Residency General (1906-1910) and Government-General (1910) in Korea.

Tom Mboya papers, 1950-1969 - Correspondence, speeches, memoranda, reports, studies, minutes, and printed matter, relating to political, social and economic conditions in Kenya, trade unions and education in Kenya, Kenyan foreign relations, and pan-Africanism. Also available on microfilm (82 reels).


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Microform Collections under Hoover Institution Library & Archives (SearchWorks)

Heinz, Grete and Agnes F. Peterson. NSDAP Hauptarchiv: Guide to the Hoover Institution Microfilm Collection. [Stanford, Calif.]: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1964.

Guides to Soviet Archives Microfilm Collection

A set of guides to the Archives of the Soviet Communist Party and Soviet State microfilm collection is online. The guides include scope notes and reel numbers for all fifty-five major groups of records (fondy) and detailed descriptions of forty. The three new guides represent the three repositories housing the original documents in Russia.

State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF) microfilm guide

Russian State Archives of Contemporary History (RGANI) microfilm guide

Russian State Archives of Social and Political History (RGASPI) microfilm guide

This vast collection, which concerns political conditions in the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1991, consists of 11,618 microfilm reels—more than 6.5 million pages, many of which have since been closed or made virtually inaccessible in Russia. Records of the USSR Council of Ministers, USSR Supreme Court, USSR Procurator’s Office, Ministry of Justice, People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs, Central Committee of the Communist Party, Communist Party of the Soviet Union on Trial, and Party Control Committee are among those included in the collection.

This collection—the result of Hoover’s twelve–year microfilming project in Russia—has been used by researchers for book and journal publications on the history of the Soviet Union. With these guides, researchers worldwide can develop their research plans before arriving at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to view the appropriate microfilms.

Museum of Russian Culture Microfilm Collection

Eighty-five collections from the Museum of Russian Culture in San Francisco are available on microfilm at the Hoover Archives. 

These collections open horizons in the study of Russian émigrés and their contribution to the intellectual, cultural and scientific life of their adopted countries and closely dovetail with Hoover's holdings. Historians, specialists in Russian literature and social scientists will all find materials well worth their scholarly interest.

Detailed processing and preservation microfilming for these materials were made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by matching funds from the Hoover Institution and Museum of Russian Culture. The original materials and all copyright to them (with certain exceptions) remain in the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco, as its property. Requests to publish should be directed to the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.