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Hoover archivist to discuss joint Russia-Hoover archives project

STANFORD -- Hoover Institution Archivist Anne Van Camp will give a presentation on "Russia and The Hoover Institution: Sharing Archival Treasures" at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, in Oak West at Tresidder Memorial Union. The lecture, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society.

Van Camp currently is involved in the program launched in 1992 to share collections with the Russian State Archives Service through extensive exchange of microfilm.

Last March, Hoover officials sent 5,000 reels of microfilm - the first installment from its collection - to Russia. The five-year joint project also is microfilming 25 million pages of Soviet Communist Party records.

The archives of the Soviet Communist Party and the Soviet State are "probably the largest untapped body of knowledge of the 20th century," according to Charles Palm, deputy director of the Hoover Institution.

The Hoover holds one of the world's largest and richest collections of materials on 20th-century Russian history outside of Russia.

Van Camp will discuss how the joint program came about and the challenges archivists face trying to exchange material and make it publicly available.



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