Category Archives: Herbert Hoover

Sometimes a Man Just Wants a Good Cigar

Matthew Schaefer Sometimes, for an archivist, what you learn while looking up other things is more interesting than the original topic.  Recently a patron sought information on Herbert Hoover’s dealings with Cuba.  I found the ‘usual suspects’ for a food … Continue reading

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Home Improvements at Camp Rapidan

by Matthew Schaefer Even before entering the White House, the Hoovers determined that they would need to escape Washington DC’s notorious summer heat and humidity.  Given their love of the outdoors, the Hoovers’ purchase and development of a summer camp … Continue reading

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Not a Croc: The Hoover Alligators

By Thomas F. Schwartz One of the great Hanna-Barbera cartoons was Wally Gator that ran from 1962 through 1963.  The vocal talents of Daws Butler, best known as the voice of Yogi Bear, made Wally Gator the alligator counterpart of … Continue reading

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When a Mole is not a Mole.

By Thomas F. Schwartz The most common association with the word “mole” is a skin blemish that most of us sport on some part of our anatomy.  Those more attuned to popular culture may also think of the hip hop … Continue reading

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The Value of Knowing Your Birthday

By Thomas F. Schwartz Most people have forgotten the days when you were born at home, often married at home, and had your wake and funeral at home.  These significant events were of importance to immediate family members and their … Continue reading

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Days of Reckoning-Herbert Hoover’s Birthdays at age 80+

by Matthew Schaeffer Many years after Hoover left the White House, he became a respected elder statesman.  Hoover relished this role, giving advice to Democrats and Republicans alike as he entered his eighties.  At this late stage of his life, … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Hoover, and Calvin Hoffman

By Thomas F. Schwartz William Shakespeare remains one of the most studied individuals in world history.  Among the many writers about the Bard of Avon, James Shapiro, the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, explores … Continue reading

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National Archives and Herbert Hoover

by: Matthew Schaefer It should come as no surprise that Herbert Hoover gave thought to the nature and operation of the National Archives.  When World War I was winding down, Hoover [in addition to work with Wilson at the Paris … Continue reading

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SS President Hoover (2)

by Spencer Howard After the demise of the first  SS President Hoover, the precarious financial situation of the Dollar Line led the U.S. Maritime Commission to take control of the line in late 1938, and the name of the company … Continue reading

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Sources of Hoover’s Conservative Thought

by Thomas Schwartz George N. Nash, the foremost biographer of Herbert Hoover and historian of American conservative thought, wrote: “Often is seems that Herbert Hoover is the Rodney Dangerfield of American politics: He gets no respect.” This is especially true … Continue reading

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