Inventory of the Henry Kearns papers

Finding aid prepared by Henry Kearns and Hoover Institution Archives Staff.
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Title: Henry Kearns papers
Date (inclusive): 1942-1979
Collection Number: 78097
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 42 manuscript boxes, 7 oversize boxes, 5 card file boxes, art objects (19.7 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, studies, office files, and printed matter, relating to international trade and finance policy, and operations of the Export-Import Bank during the Presidency of Richard M. Nixon.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Kearns, Henry, 1911-


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henry Kearns papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1978.


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Biographical/Historical Note

Henry Kearns (1911-1985) was an American international finance and business consultant and statesman. He was active in Republican politics on both state and national levels, serving as assistant secretary of commerce for international affairs from 1957 to 1961 and as president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States from 1969 to 1973.

Scope and Content of Collection

Correspondence, memoranda, reports, studies, office files, and printed matter, relating to international trade and finance policy, and operations of the Export-Import Bank during the Presidency of Richard M. Nixon.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Export-Import Bank of the United States.
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994.
Banks and banking, International.
International finance.
United States--Commercial policy.
United States--Economic conditions--1945-
United States--Politics and government--1969-1974.


Alphabetical file

Box 1

Asia Society

Box: 2

Bills Paid, 1973-1975

Box: 2

Burglary-San Marino, 5/1969

Box: 2

Change of Addresses, 1974

Box: 2

Christmas cards,1969 thru 1973

Box: 2


Box: 2

Dollar Award, 1970

Box: 2

Gifts, Official from Eximbank

Box: 2

Gifts Received, Personal, Eximbank

Box: 2

Hill Apppointments, Eximbank (during HK tenure)

Box: 2

Inauguration - 1973 (Republican Party)

Box: 3

Memberships - Inactive

Box: 3

Mints, Franklin and U.S.

Box: 3

Mitsui Dinner, 6/26/1971

Box: 3

Move, California to D.C., 1969

Box: 3

National Foreign Trade Convention, 10/1/1973

Box: 3

Passport File, Personnel (other than Eximbank)

Box: 3

Republican Party

Box: 3

SRI, 9/15/1973, 9/23/1973

Box: 4

Thai Bronze Makers

Box: 3

Travel, Henry Kearns personal, thru 1973

Box: 4

White House Personnel Referrals

Box: 4

Applicants re Henry Kearns replacement

Box: 4

Reports for White House, monthly and weekly


Kearns International file

General note

See also Countries Subject file

Opening of Kearns International correspondence

Box: 4

Follow-up Letters "C," 6/7/74

Box: 4

Congratulations only, responses to 2/20/1974 letter

Box: 4

Follow-up, 11/12/1974

Box: 5

Follow-up, Foreign and U.S.

Box: 6-7

United Nations Conference on Trade and Developement (UNCTAD)


Export-Import Bank file

Box: 7-8


Box: 8-9

Press releases and speech copies

Box: 9-10

Articles, Henry Kearns

Box: 10

Resignation letter and letters received in response

Box: 11

Responses to complimentary letters

Box: 11


Box: 11

Eximbank programs

Box: 11-12

Trip reports

Box: 13

Executive Personnel

Box: 13

Congressional Hearings

Box: 14

Briefing book, Economic Studies, 1973

Box: 15-19

Index file of visitors to the office of Henry Kearns during tenure as chairman of Export-Import bank of the United States, April, 1969-October, 1973

Box: 20-25


Box: 26-47

Correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, business records, legal documents, clippings, and photographs, 1942-1979, relating to U.S. foreign trade policy in the Eisenhower and Nixon administrations, the U.S. Export-Import Bank, business activities of Henry Kearns, and a U.S. Department of Justice investigation of Henry Kearns


Countries subject file

Scope and Content Note

Various reports by Kearns International, arranged alphabetically by country, either government or private sector.
Box: 48

Algeria, Australia, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil

Box: 49

Brazil, Canada, Chile, China

Box: 50

Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Gulf States, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Korea

Box: 51

Korea, Kuwait, Latin America and the Caribbean

Box: 52

Latin America and the Caribbean, Malaysia, Panama, Philippines, Sudan, Venezuala


General subject file

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by subject matter.
Box: 53

U.S. Government Support for Small Businesses

Box: 53

Cement production, worldwide

Box: 53

Liquefied Natural Gas, Importation of

Box: 53

Power plants, miscellaneous

Box: 53

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development


Artwork and memorabilia

Room 250

Korean Panel Screen

Scope and Contents note

The wall mounted screen is from the early Yi dynasty (1392-1910) and depicts a multitude of military figures in full combat regalia and arranged in formation in colored ink on tan linen with a brocade mat in a wood frame.
Memorabilia cabinet

Two glass exhibit cases; Formerly held amber pieces

Memorabilia cabinet

Two wooden boxes containing two black oriental (Thai?) statues