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Inventory of the Paul B. Ryan papers
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  • Title: Paul B. Ryan papers
    Date (inclusive): 1882-1987
    Collection Number: 78010
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 56 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder (22.8 linear feet)
    Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, notes, reports, studies, clippings, and other printed matter, relating to the 1978 Panama Canal treaty, and to the development of the United States Navy since World War II. Photocopy.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Ryan, Paul B.


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Paul B. Ryan papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1978.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    American historian; captain, United States Navy. Research associate, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Paul B. Ryan, a former Hoover fellow and retired United States Navy Captain, performed extensive Cold War-Era research, especially pertaining to the Panama Canal, its efficacy, strategic importance, and the treaties between the United States and Panama relating to the Canal Zone. This research forms the basis of the Paul B. Ryan Papers, including Naval War College assessments of the situation in the Canal Zone. The Ryan Papers contain a significant number of personal research material and several publications, as well as news clippings regarding the canal during the Cold War. Also included is much of Ryan’s correspondence in regards to his other avenues of research, primarily related to military history and strategic war plans of the United States Navy designed to win a proposed conflict with the Soviet Navy.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States. Navy.
    Panama Canal.
    Panama--Foreign relations--United States.
    United States--Foreign relations--Panama.
    United States--Military policy.