The archives collects and conducts oral histories that further its mission to preserve and make available materials about political, social, and economic change in the modern world. These interviews enhance the archival record with personal reflections, anecdotes, and insights. Topics range from civilian internment in the Philippines during World War II to US and Soviet relations under Mikhail Gorbachev.
The archives also works with Hoover fellows, the Stanford Historical Society, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and others to conduct oral histories documenting the history of the Hoover Institution.
Below is a sampling of interviews conducted by individuals or groups and acquired by the Hoover Library & Archives:
ELISABETH BURGOS-DEBRAY PAPERS - Interviews of Rigoberta Menchú conducted by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray and Arturo Taracena Arriola
JANE LEFTWICH CURRY COLLECTION - Interviews relating to Radio Free Europe broadcasts in Poland
DUSAN J. DJORDJEVICH INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS - Interviews of Serbian politicians and intellectuals, including Milovan Djilas, relating to the Yugoslav civil war
HERBERT HOOVER ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM INTERVIEWS - Interviews relating to the life and career of Herbert Hoover
IRANIAN AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY ORAL HISTORY PROJECT INTERVIEWS - Interviews of American diplomats relating to Iranian American relations during the 1960s and 1970s
MUʼASSASAT AL-DHĀKIRAH AL-ʼIRĀQĪYAH RECORDS - Video oral histories conducted as part of the Iraqi testimonies project
MAREK LEHNERT PAPERS - Interviews relating to political conditions in Poland
MICHAEL MCFAUL COLLECTION - Interviews of Russian political leaders conducted by McFaul from 1991 to 1993
PAUL NAVARRO COLLECTION - Interviews relating to the Partido Communista del Peru conducted by Navarro
RENEE REAM COLLECTION - Oral histories’ documenting the experiences of civilian internees in the Philippines during World War II
HERARD VON SANTOS M. INTERVIEWS - Interviews relating to guerrilla warfare and counterinsurgency operations in El Salvador during the 1970s and 1980s
Below is a sampling of interviews conducted by individuals or groups and acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives:
CHICAGO BOYS AND LATIN AMERICAN MARKET REFORMERS COLLECTION - Interviews conducted by Hoover curator William Ratliff and Tobias Switzer
EASTERN EUROPEAN ORAL HISTORY PROJECT INTERVIEWS - Interviews of political and cultural figures from Poland, Romania, and Czechoslovakia conducted by Hoover archivist Laura Cosovanu
GDR ORAL HISTORY PROJECT INTERVIEWS - Oral histories of politicians, policy makers, and dissidents from the former German Democratic Republic
THE HOOVER INSTITUTION AND THE GORBACHEV FOUNDATION COLLECTION - Interviews of Soviet and US officials about Soviet foreign policy during the presidency of Mikhail Gorbachev
LATVIAN ORAL HISTORY PROJECT INTERVIEWS - Interviews of Latvian leaders and officials concerning conditions in Latvia conducted by Hoover archivist David Jacobs
ERIC HART INTERVIEW - An oral history interview about social conditions in Germany and Allied military activities during World War II conducted by Hoover curator Brad Bauer
ALEXANDER LIOSNOFF PAPERS - Includes an oral history interview of Liosnoff by Hoover curator Brad Bauer
ANNALIESE GRUBE MUNETIC PAPERS - Includes an oral history of Munetic conducted by Hoover curator Brad Bauer
EDÉN PASTORA GÓMEZ INTERVIEWS - Interviews conducted by Hoover curator William Ratliff concerning the Nicaraguan revolution of 1979
ROSE BURGUNDER STYRON INTERVIEW - Interview of Styron and Ginetta Sagan by Elena Danielson, director of Hoover Archives
GEORGE EDWARD TAYLOR INTERVIEW - Interview concerning the role of the Far Eastern and Russian Institute in the development of area studies conducted by Hoover curator Ramon H. Myers
RICHARD LOUIS WALKER INTERVIEW - Interview about the development of area studies conducted by Hoover curator Ramon H. Meyers
BERTRAM DAVID WOLFE PAPERS - Interview of Ella Wolfe, wife of Bertram, by Hoover curator Ramon H. Myers in 1982
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