To Promote Peace

A Pillar of the Hoover Institution

American delegates to the International Congress of Women, 1915. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

American delegates to the International Congress of Women, 1915. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

“The purpose of this institution is to promote peace. Its records should stand as a challenge to those who promote war. They should attract those who search for peace.”

Herbert Hoover, Hoover Tower dedication speech, June 20, 1941

Herbert Hoover speaking at the Hoover Tower dedication ceremony, June 20, 1941. Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace Records, Hoover Institution Archives

Herbert Hoover speaking at the Hoover Tower dedication ceremony, June 20, 1941. Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace Records, Hoover Institution Archives

The pursuit of peace has been a pillar of the Hoover Institution since its founding in 1919. Herbert Hoover’s directive to collect materials on the First World War was driven by the belief that only through the retention and study of these records could the world hope to learn from its past mistakes and avoid future cataclysms.

A century on, the Institution continues its mission to prevent war and promote peace, through its fellows’ research on public policy issues and the continued expansion of its research collections in line with Herbert Hoover’s goal to “constantly and dynamically point the road to peace.”


Image: Peace Means Progress poster (original painted artwork), circa 1938–1939. Poster Collection, Hoover Institution Archives


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