Register of the Lou Henry Hoover Miscellaneous Papers

Prepared by David Jacobs
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305-6010
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© 2003
Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Register of the Lou Henry Hoover Miscellaneous Papers

Hoover Institution Archives



Stanford University

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Hoover Institution Archives
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, California 94305-6010
  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
  • Fax: (650) 725-3445
  • Email: archives@hoover.stanford.edu
Prepared by:
David Jacobs
Date Completed:
2003
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© 2004 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lou Henry Hoover miscellaneous papers,
Date (inclusive): 1820-1984
Collection number: XX656
Collector: Hoover, Lou Henry, 1874-1944
Collection Size: 1 manuscript box, 7 oversize boxes, 1 envelope, memorabilia (10 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Passport, 1913; war zone passes, 1918; sketch of Lou Henry Hoover, 1931; portfolio of reproductions of drawings of Spanish missions in California, 1933; and sketches of the White House, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, and Mount Vernon.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.
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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lou Henry Hoover miscellaneous papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Biographical Note

1874 Born, Iowa
1894 Enters Stanford University, where she meets her future husband, Herbert Hoover, also a Stanford student in the Geology Department
1899 Marries Herbert Hoover
1900-1918 Travels extensively with her husband in his career as an engineer, living in China, Siberia, and London, among other places. Accompanies Herbert Hoover on some trips associated with relief activities during and after World War I, and is active herself in charitable work
1919 Supervises construction of home on Stanford campus
1921-1929 Lives in Washington, D.C., where her husband is Secretary of Commerce. Is active in the Girl Scout movement
1929-1933 First Lady of the United States
1944 Dies

Scope and Content Note

The Lou Henry Hoover collection in the Hoover Institution Archives preserves selected items associated with the life of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, the wife of Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States.
Lou Henry Hoover met her future husband when they were both students at Stanford University, and the collection contains artifacts relating to her time at Stanford, including her senior yearbook. The Hoovers would later return to the Stanford campus, building a home there, and there are photographs and art work in the collection depicting the Lou Henry Hoover House, as the Hoover residence would later be named.
Herbert Hoover's career as a mining engineer took him to many different countries, and he and Lou Henry Hoover lived abroad for more than a decade prior to World War I. The collection contains a set of souvenir spoons purchased by Lou Henry Hoover on her foreign travels.
It was while living in London in 1914, at the outbreak of hostilities, that Lou Henry Hoover and her husband became involved in helping Americans leave war-torn Europe. Herbert Hoover went on to head the Commission for Relief in Belgium from 1915-1919, and his wife assisted him in this activity. There are examples of needlepoint lace in the collection that were given to the Hoovers in recognition of their efforts on behalf of Belgium.
The Hoovers spent the 1920s in Washington, D.C., where Herbert Hoover served first as Secretary of Commerce and then as President. Lou Henry Hoover took a keen interest in the architecture of the nation's capital, and there is a significant collection of historical prints of Washington scenes, especially of the White House, in the collection.
The remainder of the collection is comprised mainly of honorary degrees and other awards received by Lou Henry Hoover in the course of a career in public service. Many other items associated with Lou Henry Hoover are on permanent display in the exhibit cases of the Hoover Library, located in Hoover Tower on the campus of Stanford University. Additional materials pertaining to her life and to the Lou Henry Hoover House can be found in the collections of the Green Library, Stanford University. The largest collection of archival materials relating to Lou Henry Hoover is located in the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, West Branch, Iowa.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
Spanish missions of California--Pictorial works.
California--Pictorial works.
United States.
Washington (D.C.)--Pictorial works.

Genres and Forms of Material

Drawings.


Series Description

box 1

Biographical File, 1898-1984.

Scope and Content Note

Certificates, diplomas, and proclamations; clipping; invitation; nomination form; year book; and war zone passes, all arranged alphabetically by physical form
box 1

Correspondence, 1915-1934.

Scope and Content Note

Letters, arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent
box 2-7

Oversize Materials, 1816-1963.

Scope and Content Note

Art works, ceremonial award case, clothing and handicrafts, diplomas, passport, photographs, printed matter, and silverware, arranged alphabetically by physical form
box Art racks and map case

Miscellany, 1792.

Scope and Content Note

Three framed prints and one presentation folder for Belgian lace

Container List

Box 1

BIOGRAPHICAL FILE, 1898-1984

 

Certificates, diplomas, and proclamations.

Note

See also OVERSIZE MATERIALS
Box/Folder 1 : 1

Embossed cover of Lou Henry Hoover's Stanford diploma, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Certificate given to Lou Henry Hoover on the occasion of her being awarded the Médaille de la Reine Elisabeth, Belgium, 1919 June 19

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Proclamation given to Lou Henry Hoover upon her being awarded the Croix de Chevalier de l'Ordre de Léopold, Belgium, 1919 September.

Scope and Content Note

Includes letter regarding this award, 1919
Box/Folder 1 : 4

Diploma issued upon award of honorary doctorate, Whittier College, Whittier, California, 1928 August 17

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Diploma given in award of honorary doctorate, Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland, 1931 April 24

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Clipping, 1928 July 22

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Invitation for Stanford commencement exercises, 1898

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Nomination form, 1984.

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of form submitted by James P. Delgado in nomination of the Lou Henry Hoover House for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Includes a floor plan of the house
Box/Folder 1 : 9

Year Book. Printed copy of Stanford Quad, 1898

Box/Folder 1 : 10

War zone passes, 1918.

Scope and Content Note

Documents issued to Lou Henry Hoover by the U.S. government for entry into port areas in New York and New Jersey
 

CORRESPONDENCE, 1915-1934

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Russell, Mary, 1915

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Rutt, Anna H., 1933-1934

Box 2

OVERSIZE MATERIALS, 1820-1963

 

Art works.

Note

See also MISCELLANY, below
Box/Folder 2 : 1

"The Ascent to the Capitol, Washington," engraving by Bartlett, London, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 2

"Capitol - Washington," tinted engraving published by Hermann J. Meyer, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 3

"Capitol of the U.S., Washington," engraving by W. Goodacre, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 4

Lithograph by C. Allen Sherman depicting the Washington Monument, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 5

"President's House," tinted print depicting lithograph by August Köllnac(?), undated

Box/Folder 2 : 6

"The President's House (1799)," reproduction of sketch, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 7

"President's House, North Front," lithograph, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 8

"The President's House, Washington," engraving, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 9

"Presidentens i de Fórente Staterna Residence i Washington," lithograph by C. Müller, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 10

"St. John's Church in the City of Washington, with the President's House as It Appeared in 1816, When the Church Was Built," copy of a water color by Benjamin Latrobe, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 11

"A Front View of the President's House, Washington," engraving, 1820 April

Box/Folder 2 : 12

"East Front of the Capitol," engraving of a drawing by C. Bullfinch, 1821

Box/Folder 2 : 13

"West Front of the Capitol," engraving of a drawing by C. Bullfinch, 1821

Box/Folder 2 : 14

"A Back View of the Capitol, Washington," engraving, 1827

Box/Folder 2 : 15

"United States Capitol," engraving of a drawing by C. Bullfinch," 1827

Box/Folder 2 : 16

"The President's House, Washington," print from copper plate, 1830

Box/Folder 2 : 17

"The Capitol, Washington, D.C.," lithograph by T. Doughty, 1832

Box/Folder 2 : 18

"The President's House, Washington," lithograph of a sketch by A. A. Hoftag, 1834

Box/Folder 2 : 19

"The Capitol," engraving, 1840

Box/Folder 2 : 20

"The Capitol," engraving, 1845

Box/Folder 2 : 21

"Das Capitol von Washington," engraving by Kraus, 1850

Box/Folder 2 : 22

"The New Capitol (Washington)," tinted engraving published by Hermann J. Meyer, 1851

Box/Folder 2 : 23

"View of Washington City," lithograph, 1860

Box/Folder 2 : 24

"The White House, Washington, D.C.," print, ca. 1930.

Scope and Content Note

Signed by Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover
Box/Folder 2 : 25

Three lithographs by J. C. Claghorn, ca. 1931.

Scope and Content Note

One depicting the Washington monument; one, Mt. Vernon; and one, the White House
Box/Folder 2 : 26

"From the South Portico of the White House," lithograph by J. C. Claghorn, 1931.

Scope and Content Note

Three prints, of which two are signed by Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover
Box/Folder 2 : 27

Pencil sketch of Lou Henry Hoover, 1931

Box/Folder 2 : 28

Painting depicting the Lou Henry Hoover Memorial YMCA, Palo Alto, California, 1960

Box/Folder 3 : 1

Ceremonial award case for the Croix de Chevalier de l'Ordre de Léopold, 1919

 

Clothing and handicrafts

Box/Folder 3 : 2

Beaded gown worn by Lou Henry Hoover

Box/Folder 3 : 3

String of beads worn by Lou Henry Hoover

Box 4-5

Eight pieces of Belgian needlepoint lace presented to Lou Henry Hoover, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes ornate presentation cover for lace
 

Diplomas issued in award of honorary degrees to Lou Henry Hoover

Box/Folder 6 : 1

Honorary doctorate, Swarthmore College, 1929

Box/Folder 6 : 2

Honorary doctorate, Elmira College, 1930 June 9

Box/Folder 6 : 3

Honorary doctorate, Wooster College, 1932 May 14

Box/Folder 6 : 4

Honorary master of art degree, Tufts University, 1932 June 15

Box/Folder 7 : 1

Passport, 1913.

Scope and Content Note

Diplomatic passport issued in London to Lou Henry Hoover for her trip to Russia, 1913 October 10
 

Photographs, 1928-1955

Box/Folder 7 : 2

One print depicting the exterior of the White House, undated

Box/Folder 7 : 3

One print depicting Lou Henry Hoover, undated

Box/Folder 7 : 4

Six prints depicting the exterior and interior of the Lou Henry Hoover House, undated

Box/Folder 7 : 5

One print depicting the White House, undated

Box/Folder 7 : 6

One print depicting Lou Henry Hoover, 1928

Box/Folder 7 : 7

One print depicting the exterior of Lou Henry Hoover School, Whittier, California, 1955

 

Printed matter, 1933-1963

Box/Folder 7 : 8

The Romance of El Camino Real, 1933.

Scope and Content Note

Book of illustrations of California missions, encased in a leather book cover embossed with the title and Lou Henry Hoover's name. Includes presentation certificate
Box/Folder 7 : 9

Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 1963 January.

Scope and Content Note

Printed copy of serial issue containing illustrations of Washington, D.C.
Box/Folder 7 : 10

Silverware. Twelve souvenir spoons collected by Lou Henry Hoover during her travels abroad, 1900-1910.

Scope and Content Note

Includes invitation, note, and postcard, all relating to Jessie S. Jones, aunt of Lou Henry Hoover, establishing the provenance of the spoons
 

MISCELLANY, 1792

art-racks Art racks

One framed Chinese print on fabric, undated

 

One framed print, "Plan of the City of Washington," 1792

 

One framed photograph depicting Lou Henry Hoover, undated

container Map case

One ornate presentation folder for Belgian lace, undated

Box: 8

Incremental materials

Scope and Content Note

This addition to the collection has not yet been described. Please let the Hoover Institution Archives know if you would like to see this material described.