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Hoover Institution: Library & Archives

General Information

Facility: Hoover Institution Library & Archives
Address: 434 Galvez Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-723-2054
FAX: 650-736-0012
Email: email
Hours: Hours of Operation

About the library and archives:

Originally founded in 1919, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives are the original foundation on which the institution is built. Originally intended to document the history of World War I, the library was founded by Herbert Hoover as the Hoover War Collections. East Asia became a major collecting focus following World War II and has continued to be since.

For more information on the Japanese collections, please contact Kaoru 'Kay' Ueda at

Summary of Collections

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives collections include over 600,000 individual collections total, with a large portion relating to East Asia. While the largest portion is focused on China, there are many Japan- and Japanese-focused collections. For more information, please visit the institution's Japan page.


Online catalog for library materials:

Online catalog for archival materials:

How to Use the Facility

Research in the Archives

The Library & Archives are free and open to the public during their normal hours. All visitors must register before using the collections. Students and children younger than high school age must be accompanied by an adult. Some collections may be stored off-site. In order to be viewed, archives staff must be notified at least two days in advance. All archival material must be used within the archives reading room. Laptops, cameras, cell phones, reference books, and pencils are allowed within the reading room; most other materials are prohibited. For more information, please visit the Using the Archives page.

Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges for library material are limited to Stanford faculty, staff, and students, as well as cooperative card holders from the University of California system. For more information, please visit the Using the Library page.

Duplication Services

Photocopying in the library is sometimes allowed with permission of the librarian; for details, please visit the Using the Library page. A self-service photocopy machine is available in the archives reading room for researcher use. For more information, please visit the Using the Archives page.



A recent product of the Japanese Diaspora Initiative, this archive contains over 463,000 digitized pages of newspapers published by overseas Japanese and their descendants. These images have been enhanced with state-of-the-art technology to maximize searchability.

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