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Propaganda & Psychological Warfare

Introduction to the Collection

The Hoover Institution’s propaganda collections are unrivalled in the world, beginning with its extensive poster collection and large holdings of Communist Party literature (Soviet, Chinese and other), through sound recordings and film footage (the Alexander and Ethel Pronin collection holds hundreds of reels of Soviet propaganda film), these collections allow researchers to study the techniques and perfection of propaganda from early and crude images through contemporary professional multimedia presentations.

Similarly, Hoover’s holdings on psychological warfare (the Bonner Fellers papers, World War II Psychological warfare reports typescript and Psychological Warfare Branch issuances) are excellent resources for studying the development of psychological operations during the Second World War, as are the RFE/RL Broadcast and Corporate records for the Cold War era.

Featured Collections

BONNER FELLERS PAPERS - Chief, US Psychological Warfare Branch in the South West Pacific

PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE BRANCH LEAFLETS - Propaganda aimed at North Korean and Chinese soldiers during the Korean War

PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE BRANCH ISSUANCES - Propaganda leaflets for the Pacific Theater in World War II

AUSTRIAN RADIO SECTION PROPAGANDA - Allied propaganda broadcast from Italy to Austria


PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE DIVISION PROPAGANDA - US government organization for dissemination of propaganda during World War II

PAUL M.A. LINEBARGER PAPERS - Author, Psychological Warfare, 1948

KLAUS KIRCHNER COLLECTION - World War II Soviet propaganda aimed at German troops

RFE/RL BROADCAST RECORDS - US radio broadcasting organization

RFE/RL CORPORATE RECORDS - US radio broadcasting organization

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