Scope and Content of Collection
Title: R.A.F. Penrose miscellaneous correspondence
Collection Number: 2005C23
Collector: Penrose, R.A.F.
1 manuscript box
(0.4 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Consists primarily of letters received from Herbert Hoover, relating to international mining, World War I Belgian relief,
and American politics.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
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[Identification of item], R.A.F. Penrose miscellaneous correspondence, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2004.
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Alternative Forms of Material Available
Several of the letters in this collection are reproduced in the book,
Life and Letters of R.A.F. Penrose, edited by Helen R. Fairbanks and Charles P. Berkey (New York: Geological Society of America, 1952).
Sir Alfred Chester Beatty correspondence, Hoover Institution Archives
Bewick, Moreing and Company miscellaneous records, Hoover Institution
William Joseph Loring papers, Hoover Institution Archives
Broken Hill Mines, engravings, Hoover Institution Archives
R.A.F. Penrose correspondence and papers, American Philosophical Society
Pre-Commerce papers, Herbert Hoover papers, Herbert Hoover Presidential
Library, West Branch, IA
|1863, December 17
||Born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
||Obtains Ph.D. from Harvard University
||Manager of mines, Anglo-Canadian Phosphate Company
||Works as field geologist, best known for his work of surveying mines and claims at Cripple Creek, Colorado (1894-1895)
||Associate, and later full, Professor of Economic Geology, University of Chicago
||Co-founder, and later president, Commonwealth Mining and Milling Company, Territory of Arizona
||Director of Cripple Creek Sampling and Ore Company, Colorado; member of executive committee of the Hanover Bessemer Iron Ore
Association, Fierro, New Mexico
||Co-founds Utah Copper Company, which subsequently develops the Bingham Canyon mine
||Founder and first president, Society of Economic Geologists
||Elected President, Geological Society of America
|1931, July 31
||Dies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Scope and Content of Collection
The R.A.F. Penrose miscellaneous correspondence consists primarily of letters received from Herbert Hoover, relating to international
mining and World War I Belgian relief, as well as related correspondence from others about Hoover and his activities, such
as Belgian relief and Hoover's campaign for the presidency in 1928.
Hoover's first contact with Penrose appears to have been during his days as a geology student at Stanford University. The
earliest correspondence from Hoover to Penrose in this collection, however, dates from 1897, two years after Hoover's graduation,
when he sought a recommendation letter from Penrose for a job he was applying for: that of a mining engineer with the British
firm of Bewick, Moreing and Company. Hoover's successive appointments with Bewick, Moreing in Western Australia and in China
laid the foundation for his successful career as a mining engineer, and several of his letters to Penrose detail his earliest
activities, plans, and ambitions in these places. In addition, Hoover provided detailed descriptions of mining prospects,
wrote to Penrose seeking recommendations on staff to hire, and on one occasion asked Penrose for information regarding gold
deposits in Colorado, which Penrose had surveyed during the previous decade.
Later correspondence to Penrose, as well as correspondence from others to Penrose, dealt largely with Hoover's activities
as the chairman of the Commission for Relief in Belgium in World War I. Included is a group of letters between Penrose and
his brother, U.S. Senator Boies Penrose, who was reluctant to lend his support to Hoover's activities.
The collection was acquired in 2004 from Custodians of History, in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Dictionary of American Biography, 1936; Website, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, www.mininghalloffame.org/ , accessed May 2011.
The R.A.F. Penrose Miscellaneous correspondence collection is divided into two series: Correspondence, Herbert Hoover to
R.A.F. Penrose; and Other correspondence related to Herbert Hoover. Both series are arranged chronologically.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
Mines and mineral resources.
World War, 1914-1918, Civilian relief.
Commission for Relief in Belgium (1914-1930)
United States--Politics and government--1923-1929