Library Archives

Helping Stanford University Libraries expand their holdings on modern Iranian history and culture is an essential part of the Program's work. Stanford's many libraries and archives offer a growing and unique collection of books, documents, posters, and private papers on modern Iran. Listed in descending order of date acquired by Stanford. 

Shahrokh Meskoob leaning over a balcony in 1950

Meskoob Archive - Green Library

The papers of Shahrokh Meskoob, one of modern Iran’s most respected and acclaimed public intellectuals, literary critics, memoirists, and Shahnameh scholar and commentator, were recently donated to Stanford. The collection includes hundreds of letters from some of Iran's most prominent intellectuals, thousands of pages of notes, and first drafts of many of his manuscripts.

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Watch Meskoob conference (October 2020, Stanford University)

Homa Sarshar

Sarshar Archive - Green Library

Homa Sarshar, one of the most prominent Iranian journalists of our time, kindly donated her archives to Stanford University. Her radio program, with almost forty years of continuous broadcasting, chronicles virtually every aspect of life in the Iranian diaspora, and includes interviews with some of the most prominent artists and public intellectuals on Iran. More information forthcoming. 


Watch a discussion with Ms. Sarshar about the Iranian women's movement

Ardeshir Zahedi

Ardeshir Zahedi

Zahedi Documents & Photos - Hoover Archive

A pivotal figure in modern Iranian politics, Ardeshir Zahedi, the former Foreign Minister under the Shah and Iran's ambassador to the U.S. from 1971-1979, donated his rare papers, diplomatic correspondence, and photos to the Hoover Archives.

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A Window into Modern Iran: The Ardeshir Zahedi Papers at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives

Edited and with Introduction by Abbas Milani, Forward by Ardeshir Zahedi, Forward by Eric Wakin

A Window into Modern Iran: The Ardeshir Zahedi Papers at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Ardeshir Zahedi, Iran’s preeminent statesman throughout the 1960s and 1970s, meticulously preserved thousands of records, letters, documents, and photographs. The son of general Fazlollah Zahedi—prime minister of Iran for the two years following the 1953 coup—Ardeshir was the nation’s ambassador to the United States and the United Kingdom and minister of foreign affairs. He was serving as US ambassador when the Iranian Revolution toppled the nation’s leadership in 1979 and was instrumental in arranging the shah’s exile. During his own forty years of exile, Zahedi devoted considerable time to organizing his archives, which he transferred to the Hoover Institution in 2009.

This volume draws on the invaluable resources preserved by both Zahedi and his father to offer fresh revelations outlining a century of Iranian history, providing insight into politics, foreign relations, and the inner workings of the shah’s government. It also illuminates the life of a remarkable personality who exerted considerable influence as an ambassador and trusted advisor to the shah, to whom Zahedi remained devoted and with whom he communicated on an almost daily basis.

Published for the very first time, the papers and photos included here are connected with many of the twentieth century’s most eminent public figures, from heads of state such as King Faisal and Ronald Reagan to cultural emissaries including Katherine Graham and Kirk Douglas. They are indispensable primary sources for scholarship on modern Iranian history and are critical for understanding society, politics, and international relations both in Iran and abroad.

Published by the Hoover Institution Library and Archives

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Image of Houshang Golshiri next to handwritten document in Persian from the archive

Golshiri Collected Papers - Green Library

The collected papers of Houshang Golshiri, Iran’s acclaimed writer, were donated to Stanford's Green Library. This is one of the most substantial and important papers of any modern Iranian writer available in the United States, and indeed outside Iran. 


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archived film reels, VHS, and tapes from Allamehzadeh archive

Allamehzadeh Collection - Green Library

The film archives of Dutch-Iranian filmmaker Reza Allamehzadeh were donated to Stanford's Green Library. The collection includes hundreds of hours of never-seen interviews with some of Iran’s most important modern figures.

Read an interview with Mr. Allamezadeh (in Farsi) 

Section of formerly secret archival document from Pahlavi era U.S.-Iran relations

Pahlavi Iran Collection - Green Library

Stanford's Green Library includes extensive declassified material from the British, U.S., and German archives collected over the years by Dr. Abbas Milani in preparation for several of his books on modern Iranian culture and history.


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