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  • Title: Documenting Communism: Charles G. Palm memoir
    Date: 2021
    Collection Number: 2021C64
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: In English
    Physical Description: 1 manuscript box (0.2 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: The collection contains a restricted, unpublished version of the 2021 memoir "Documenting Communism" by Charles G. Palm, Deputy Director Emeritus of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, detailing the microfilm aquisition of the Archives of the Soviet Communist Party and Soviet State by the Hoover Library and Archives in 1992.
    Creator: Palm, Charles G.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is closed during the lifetimes of Rudolf G. Pikhoia and Charles Palm.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2021.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Documenting Communism: Charles G. Palm memoir, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    Deputy Director Emeritus of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Retiring in 2002, Palm completed thirty-one years of service at the Hoover, including eighteen years directing the Hoover Library and Archives. His positions at Hoover included Deputy Director, 1990-2002; Associate Director, 1987-1990; Head Librarian, 1986-1987; Archivist, 1984-1987; Acting Archivist, 1983; Deputy Archivist, 1974-1984; and Assistant Archivist, 1971-1974.
    In 1992, Palm negotiated an agreement between Hoover and the Russian State Archival Service to microfilm the archives of the Soviet Communist Party and Soviet State, totaling over 12 million documents dating from the founding of the Party in 1898 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. He also led a collecting effort to acquired records on communism and the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, resulting in the acquisition of 2.5 tons of materials for Hoover. Among other collections acquired by Palm include the papers of Friedrich von Hayek, Milton Friedman, Karl Popper, and George Shultz, and the archives of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and William F. Buckley's Firing Line.
    He was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in 1990 and served until 1996; and by Governor George Deukmejian to the California Heritage Preservation Commission in 1988 and served as chairman from 1997 to 2004. He also served on the History and Education Center Advisory Board of the American Red Cross and the Golden State Museum Corporation. Palm is a fellow of the Society of American Archivist and past president of the Society of California Archivists. - From Hoover.org.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of a restricted, unpublished version of "Documenting Communism, How the Hoover Institution Acquired to Archives of the Soviet Communist Party and Soviet State" by Charles G. Palm. An unrestricted version of the memoir will be published by the Hoover Institution Press in late 2022.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Archives -- Soviet Union
    Manuscripts on microfilm
    Soviet Union -- Politics and government
    Communism -- Soviet Union
    Pikhoi︠a︡, R. G.
    Kommunisticheskai︠a︡ partii︠a︡ Sovetskogo Soi︠u︡za
    Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Hoover Institution Library & Archives