Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Documenting Communism: Charles G. Palm memoir
Collection Number: 2021C64
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: In English
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Abstract: The collection contains a restricted, unpublished version of the 2021 memoir "Documenting Communism" by Charles G. Palm, Deputy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.
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.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2021.
[Identification of item], Documenting Communism: Charles G. Palm memoir, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution
Library & Archives.
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