Hoover Archives

Case Study

The Modern China Archives and Special Collections Booklet

Client:

Hoover Insti­tu­tion Archives and Library

Background:

The Hoover Insti­tu­tion Archives agreed to help pre­serve the his­tor­i­cal records of the Nation­al­ist Par­ty of the Repub­lic of Chi­na and ulti­mate­ly received sig­nif­i­cant dona­tions of polit­i­cal papers from impor­tant fam­i­lies of Tai­wan.

Challenge:

Cre­ate a 24-page book­let that would serve as a com­mem­o­ra­tive piece and event cen­ter­piece while explain­ing what the Mod­ern Chi­na Archives is.

Solution:

We designed a book­let that fea­tured pho­tos and doc­u­ments from the archives. Although ini­tial­ly con­sid­ered pro­sa­ic, the doc­u­ments them­selves, many of which are hand­writ­ten diary entries, are visu­al­ly com­pelling and reflect the imme­di­a­cy and inti­ma­cy of these doc­u­ments.

Results:

The book­let was a hit with the fam­i­lies donat­ing the papers who were hon­ored at a spe­cial lun­cheon; our client wrote a very gen­er­ous tes­ti­mo­ni­al on our behalf, high­light­ing the “high qual­i­ty” result and how quick­ly we got the final design to them.