Finding Aid for the Leon Hoage collection of material about the Lindbergh kidnapping case, 1932-1950

Processed by Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, August 2011; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé and edited by Josh Fiala.
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Leon Hoage collection of material about the Lindbergh kidnapping case,
Date (inclusive): 1932-1950
Collection number: 1066
Creator: Hoage, Leon
Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Abstract: Leon Hoage was hired by New Jersey Governor Harold Hoffman to help investigate the 1932 kidnapping of the Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. Collection consists of photographs, clippings, and Photostats of evidence used in Bruno Richard Hauptmann's trial, and correspondence between Hoffman and Hoage regarding the case.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Language: English
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lyra Hoage, 1963.

Processing Note

Processed by Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, August 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Leon Hoage collection of material about the Lindbergh kidnapping case (Collection 1066). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233153 

Biography/History

Leon Hoage was hired by New Jersey Governor Harold Hoffman to help investigate the 1932 kidnapping of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr. His examination of evidence and testimonies led him to claim that the Lindbergh kidnapping was an "inside job" and that Bruno Richard Hauptmann was innocent of the crime for which he was convicted and executed.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of photographs, clippings, and Photostats of evidence used in Bruno Richard Hauptmann's trial, typescript drafts of analyses, as well as correspondence between New Jersey Governor Harold Hoffman and crime analyst Hoage regarding the case.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Hoage, Leon--Archives.
Hoage, Leon --Correspondence.
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974.
Hauptmann, Bruno Richard, 1899-1936.
Trials (Kidnapping)--New Jersey--Archival resources.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Police investigation files 1932.

Scope and Content Note

Statements, reports including major initial report, telegrams, letters concerning evidence, notes from a meeting profiling the kidnapper (Photostats).
Box 1, Folder 2

Police investigation files 1932-1934.

Scope and Content Note

Investigations of Carl Oswin Giessler, Therese and Wilhelm Krippendorf, and Bruno Richard Hauptmann (Photostats). Includes information on Hauptmann's financial accounts, Hauptmann's fishing and hunting license, and a statement from Harry Eberhardt.
Box 1, Folder 3

Police investigation files 1936.

Scope and Content Note

Letters, reports and affidavits (primarily Photostats). Includes letters received from "JD" concerning Reverend Michael Kallok, letters regarding suggestion that Lindbergh ransom money appeared in Cuba, affidavits of Frederick and Anna Klein, and a claim that baby was seen in New Hampshire.
Box 1, Folder 4

Police investigation files undated.

Scope and Content Note

Reports, jury information (Photostats).
Box 1, Folder 5

Handwriting files ca. 1932-1934.

Scope and Content Note

Handwriting analysis reports (Photostats).
Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence and investigation notes 1935-1938.

Scope and Content Note

Photostats, copies and typescript.
Box 1, Folder 7

Letters and case reports sent to Governor Hoffman 1935-1936.

Box 1, Folder 8

Bruno Richard Hauptmann notes ca. 1937.

Scope and Content Note

Typed notes on Hauptmann's background, testimony related to investigation.
Box 1, Folder 9

Ransom notes, originals 1932.

Scope and Content Note

Some of the original ransom notes received by Charles Lindbergh.
Box 1, Folder 10

Ransom notes, Photostats 1932.

Scope and Content Note

Copies of ransom notes received by Charles Lindbergh from police files.
Box 1, Folder 11

Letters and notes ca. 1936-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Analysis regarding "faked" postcard ransom note (typescript).
Box 2, Folder 1

Paul Wendel statements 1936.

Scope and Content Note

Statements by Wendel Sr., Dr. Carroll Jones (typescript).
Box 2, Folder 2

Paul Wendel clippings 1936-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Press clippings.
Box 2, Folder 3

Hoffman investigation clippings 1936-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings about Harold G. Hoffman's investigation into Hauptmann's case and aftermath, includes clippings about Bruno Richard Hauptmann and his wife Anna.
Box 2, Folder 4

Hoffman investigation clippings 1935-1940.

Scope and Content Note

Press clippings about Harold G. Hoffman's investigation into Hauptmann's case and aftermath.
Box 2, Folder 5

Amandus Hochmuth testimony and clippings ca. 1938.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings, testimony and draft letter to the editor from Hoage related to Amandus Hochmuth's testimony against Hauptmann.
Box 2, Folder 6

Hoage investigation clippings 1938-1961.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings. Includes maps and a plan of Hauptmann's attic.
Box 2, Folder 7

Correspondence with Hoffman 1941-1950.

Scope and Content Note

Letters exchanged between Leon Hoage and Harold Hoffman.
Box 2, Folder 8

Letters to Kerry Shaw 1948.

Scope and Content Note

Information sent to Kerry Shaw for an article, includes letter of rejection from Coronet Magazine.
Box 2, Folder 9

Drafts of letters 1949-1950.

Physical Description: Typescript.
Box 2, Folder 10

Articles and stories by Hoage ca. 1941-1947.

Physical Description: Annotated typescript drafts.
Box 2, Folder 11

Analysis by Hoage regarding handwriting and ladder ca. 1939.

Physical Description: Typescript drafts.
Box 2, Folder 12

Report to Hoffman on John Condon 1936.

Physical Description: Typescript drafts.
Box 3, Folder 1

Index of police files 1937.

Scope and Content Note

Alphabetical listings and descriptions of evidence and witnesses.
Box 3, Folder 2

Notes on testimony and evidence ca. 1932-1937.

Physical Description: Typed notes.
Box 3, Folder 3

Investigation photographs 1932-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photograph of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, suspects, Hauptmann's attic, ladder found at crime site, cemetery where ransom drop occurred, shipyard where baby was said to be held, Lindbergh employees including Violet Sharpe, ransom notes, investigators and consultants.
Box 3, Folder 4

Hoage report to Mark Kimberling undated.

Physical Description: Annotated typescript draft, 41 pages (folder 1 of 2).
Box 3, Folder 5

Hoage report to Mark Kimberling undated.

Physical Description: Annotated typescript draft, 267 pages (folder 2 of 2).
Box 3, Folder 6

Notes for Hoage's analysis ca. 1932-1940.

Physical Description: Annotated typed notes and press clippings.
Box 4, Folder 1

Under the Lens of Truth: The Concealed Facts of the Lindbergh Case Laid Bare, analysis of Lindbergh case undated.

Physical Description: Annotated typescript draft, 174 pages.
Box 4, Folder 2

Brief Partial Analysis of the Lindbergh Case, Part I undated.

Physical Description: Annotated typescript draft, 79 pages.
Box 4, Folder 3

Copy of second installment "sent to Ken" 1938.

Scope and Content Note

Analysis of Hauptmann attic and nails, typescript draft, 22 pages.
Box 4, Folder 4

What 50 Million Americans Failed to See, Part I: Analysis of Evidence existing March 1932 undated.

Scope and Content Note

Notes and research material, two annotated typescript drafts.
Box 4, Folder 5

What 50 Million Americans Failed to See, Part II: The Hauptmann Angle ca. 1944.

Physical Description: Two annotated typescript drafts.
Box 4, Folder 6

Scapegoat, by Anthony Scaduto 1976.

Scope and Content Note

Book Scapegoat : the lonesome death of Bruno Richard Hauptmann by Anthony Scaduto. New York: Putnam, 1976