A R R A T I V E I N D E X
Hoover's extensive collections on twentieth century Russia and other
former Soviet republics, certain areas are particularly well documented.
The late prerevolutionary Russian Empire (ca. 1870-1917) is represented
by a large collection of publications, many rare and even unique
in the United States. There are especially strong holdings on
rise of political parties
Russian diplomatic archives
Russia and its colonization
"Okhrana" (tsarist secret police)
participation in World War I
complete documentation is available in the library on Russian legislation,
the dumas, and the first general census of 1897. Files of prerevolutionary
periodicals and newspapers are abundant.
addition, Russian and Soviet materials are among the most significant
of the Hoover Institution's archival holdings, comprised of approximately
1000 individual collections. They document the tsarist regime between
1880 and 1917 (especially diplomacy), revolution and counterrevolution,
war relief, civil war, emigre' movements, and the USSR.
Hoover collection on the 1917 revolutions, the provisional government,
and the civil war is probably the best collection in the West. Documentation
on the provisional government, including official gazettes, legislation,
and ministerial publications, is extensive, as is research material
on the civil war, including activities in Ukraine, Byelorussia,
Siberia, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Mongolia.
largest part of the library collection deals with the Soviet period.
Subject areas particularly well covered are
and forced labor
movements and the nationality question --including the "Ukrainian
Tsentral'na Rada," the Ukrainian National Republic, the Western
Ukrainian Republic, the Transcaucasian Republics, and the Basmachi
in Central Asia
New Economic Policy (NEP) period, 1921-1927
peasant question and collectivization, especially in Ukraine and
Russo-Finnish War, 1939-1940
Soviet Union in World War II
coverage is found for
Soviet Communist Party -- including minutes of party congresses,
plenums, secretariat documents, etc.
and opposition movements (including "samizdat" materials)
the post-communist period strengths are found in
"opposition" political press,
policy and ethnic conflict (in Russia and other former Soviet