This repository has grown, by donations and purchases from private individuals and organizations, into one of the most significant archives in the U.S. for the study of Russian/Soviet affairs and matters relating to all of the nationalities of the USSR. The description that follows omits the Hoover Institution's library holdings, namely printed matter such as books, serials, government publications, and published ephemera. Moreover, many collections that could reasonably be expected to contain Russian/Soviet-related material—such as those pertaining to the world wars, international organizations like the United Nations, and individuals involved with international relations in general—have been excluded from this description as well.
The authors are pleased to acknowledge the generous assistance and cooperation offered this project by the staff of the Hoover Institution Archives. They have permitted us to quote verbatim from their recently published Guide to the Hoover Institution Archives (Hoover Institution Press, Stanford, Calif., 1979) by Charles G. Palm and Dale Reed, which was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. We have made some annotations on their card catalog entries, based in part on NUCMC entries and in part on de visu examination of materials.