Stanford-Cal Big Game

  While every region has its natural collegiate rivals in football—think Auburn-Alabama, Michigan-Ohio State, Texas-Oklahoma—only one rivalry comes complete with capital letters.  The Stanford-Cal Big Game [always capitalized by the cognoscenti] dates back to 1892, when Walter Camp coached the Stanford team to a 14-10 victory over their rivals across the bay.  As a student, … Continue reading Stanford-Cal Big Game

From the Herbert Hoover Snark-ives

by Matthew Schaefer During his fifty years of public service, Herbert Hoover wrote at least one million letters.  Carbon copies of these letters constitute the bulk of the Herbert Hoover papers.  Most of the letters from his later years are terse, honed by long practice to speak only to the point. Hoover’s prose in these … Continue reading From the Herbert Hoover Snark-ives

Are You Ready for some Football?—College Coaches’ Mythic Edition

Like millions of Americans, I am captivated by the autumnal pull of college football.  The crisp cool air, the turning leaves, the thump of pad upon pad, the siren call of homecoming at the alma mater all weave their magic. I spend many Saturday hours inside watching the local heroes on the Big-10 network.   … Continue reading Are You Ready for some Football?—College Coaches’ Mythic Edition

Political Campaigns and Dirty Tricks

  Dirty tricks in political campaigns are not recent phenomena.  Every American electoral cycle spawns a new reason for candidates to be justifiably paranoid.  Someone is out to get them, or at least to get their political office.  Those closest to the candidate, especially members of their immediate family, sometimes get caught up in the … Continue reading Political Campaigns and Dirty Tricks

Herbert Hoover and American Presidents of the 20th century

Part 2 by Matthew Schaefer This post is the second in an intermittent series describing the continuing saga of Herbert Hoover’s connections to U.S. Presidents.  In 1910, the 36 year-old Hoover wrote letters to friends explaining that he’d grown bored with the game of making money and that he’d welcome a new challenge.  Well-connected friends … Continue reading Herbert Hoover and American Presidents of the 20th century

Lou Henry Hoover on the Middle Class

by Matthew Schaefer When I give presentations to the general public within the friendly confines of the Hoover Library, I make it a point to show and share manuscripts from our collections.  This is the first visit to a Presidential Library for many in my audience.  Showing a folder with drafts of Herbert Hoover speeches, … Continue reading Lou Henry Hoover on the Middle Class

Old School Iowa Social Networking

by Matthew Schaefer This blog is the closest this archivist gets to modern social media and the digital social network.  I’m a bit of a dinosaur in this regard.  Facebook, Twitter, Snap-Chat are as foreign to me as Urdu, Swahili and Latin.  My social networking is old school. It does not trend. It trades on … Continue reading Old School Iowa Social Networking