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About the institution:
In all there are more than five thousand separate collections in the Hoover Institution Archives, including millions of individual documents from the entire range of twentieth-century history and politics around the world. Detailed descriptions of the histories and major collections of each curatorial area are available for Africa, the Americas, East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Russia/Eurasia.
Some of the most heavily used collections are the subject files on specific countries as compiled by the area curators. The poster collection is also extensively used and supplies images for documentaries, book jackets, and a growing body of work on political iconography. All this material is stored in approximately 100,000 boxes and made available for use in the Hoover Institution Archives reading room.
Holdings related to RFE/RL:
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty corporate records
Includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, financial and legal records, technical specifications, opinion survey data, serial issues and other publications, microfilm, photographs, and video relating to operations of Radio Free Europe in broadcasting to audiences in Eastern Europe and of Radio Liberty in broadcasting to audiences in the Soviet Union.
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty broadcast records
Includes sound recordings of broadcasts, scripts, correspondence, editors' files, and memoranda relating to broadcasts by Radio Free Europe to audiences in Eastern Europe and to broadcasts by Radio Liberty to audiences in the Soviet Union.
Sig Mickelson papers
Minutes of meetings, reports, memoranda, financial records, speeches and writings, correspondence, notes, interviews, conference papers, press releases, printed matter, and audio tapes relating to broadcasting activities of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
Ferdinand Peroutka papers
Correspondence and internal documents of Radio Free Europe and the Council of Free Czechoslovakia (Rada svobodného Československa). Transcripts of Peroutka's radio addresses and sound recordings of Radio Free Europe programs, correspondence with prominent Czechoslovak cultural and political figures in Czechoslovakia and in exile, and with American intellectual elites, as well as Peroutka's writings in exile.
Arch Puddington collection
Correspondence, memoranda, reports, printed matter, and sound recordings relating to Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Used as research material for Puddington's book, Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty (Lexington, Ky., 2000). Includes photocopies of RFE/RL records.
Memoirs, papers, and sound recordings of a number of key figures associated with RFE/RL history who donated their holdings to the Hoover Institution.
Online resources related to RFE/RL:
Hoover Institution Library and Archives RFE/RL homepage
The Hoover Institution's webpage for the RFE/RL collections.
Exhibit: Voices of Hope: The Story of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty
This exhibit, organized on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Radio Free Europe's first full schedule of broadcasting to Czechoslovakia in 1951, covers the history of the Radios and some broad themes in the Radios' programming over the years.
Video: This is Radio Free Europe (1964)
This film, narrated by Polish broadcaster Andrzej Krzeczunowicz, gives an overview of Radio Free Europe’s news-gathering and audience research, its production center in Munich, and its transmission operations in Germany and Portugal. Produced by the Free Europe Committee, the parent organization of Radio Free Europe, the film publicized RFE in the United States. It includes solicitations for contributions to the RFE Fund, successor to the Crusade for Freedom, which helped finance RFE.
Video: The Most Incredible Challenge (1965)
This film, narrated by Luis Van Rooten and directed by Robert Braverman, was produced by the Radio Liberty Committee, the parent organization of Radio Liberty, to publicize RL in the United States. The film features RL’s production center in Munich, its news-gathering operations around the world, and its transmitter facilities in Germany, Spain, and Taiwan.
Slideshow: Musical ambassadors documented in the Hoover Institution’s Radio Free Europe records
Artists traveling throughout Europe in the 1960s, especially American jazz musicians, often visited with Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty reporters. Included in this slideshow are some notable examples, including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman, as well as many outside the American jazz scene.
Other online resources:
Hoover Institution Library and Archives AV Services webpage
This website details access policies and reproduction costs for audiovisual materials at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives.
Online Archive of California
Free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 150 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.
Stanford University’s online public access catalog (OPAC).
Anatol Shmelev, RFE/RL Project Archivist
Brandon Burke, Archivist for Recorded Sound Collections