Hoover’s Influence in Japan

By Thomas F. Schwartz When historians mention Herbert Hoover’s influence abroad, most cite his humanitarian efforts with food and emergency relief.  Less studied is the influence of his writings such as American Individualism which was translated into many languages and his work as Secretary of Commerce and President.  The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum … Continue reading Hoover’s Influence in Japan

An Explosive Story: Hoover and the Sinai Peninsula Turquoise Mine

By Thomas F. Schwartz W. J. Loring and Herbert Hoover, mining in Australia, Hoover on the left. ca. 1903 November As part of an ongoing exploration of Herbert and Lou Hoover’s connection with the Rosetta Stone exhibit, this blog post examines Herbert Hoover’s brief efforts to revive a turquoise mine in the Sinai Peninsula.  The … Continue reading An Explosive Story: Hoover and the Sinai Peninsula Turquoise Mine

Hoover and 20th Century Presidents: Warren Harding

Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover with President Warren Harding on the 1923 Alaskan trip. Herbert Hoover was head of the United States Food Administration when he first met Warren Harding.  As Hoover tells the tale, Senator Harding came into his office late one evening and said: “I am here to serve and to help.’  This … Continue reading Hoover and 20th Century Presidents: Warren Harding

Hoover and Paderewski

By Thomas F. Schwartz, PhD Herbert Hoover during his years at Stanford. A story often cited claims that when Hoover was a student at Stanford, he invited the famed Polish pianist, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, to perform at Stanford for a promised fee of $2,000.  Much to Hoover’s chagrin, the ticket sales fell short of the … Continue reading Hoover and Paderewski

Presidents and Engineers

Herbert Hoover mining in possibly Australia or South Africa, ca. 1900. America celebrates National Engineering Week each February in the week containing February 22nd, George Washington’s birthday.  Washington, who used engineering skills while surveying land on the frontier, is an apt President on which to hang this celebration of engineering.  Other Presidents who’d merit consideration … Continue reading Presidents and Engineers

I Might as well Finish my Smoke…

Herbert Hoover, 1931. A while back, I wrote on Hoover’s smoking as President.  Given the times, this was not a surprise.  No further surprise to learn that Hoover smoked all of his adult life.  Thus there are six folders in box 286 of his Post-Presidential Subject Files related to smoking.   These document various aspects of … Continue reading I Might as well Finish my Smoke…

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

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

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

by Matthew Schaefer 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, Hoover came to be seen as a model of vigorous aging.  Magazine articles were written … Continue reading Days of Reckoning-Herbert Hoover’s Birthdays at age 80+

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Not Quite American

By Spencer Howard Lou Henry Hoover's papers include numerous files documenting some of the secretaries, servants and aides that worked for her over the years.  Among them is a folder of letters that tell the story of a Filipino, Matias Estella. Matias Estella was born in the Philippines around 1896.  Two years later, the United … Continue reading Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Not Quite American