Register of the Vernon Lyman Kellogg papers

Finding aid prepared by Beth Goder
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305-6003
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Title: Vernon Lyman Kellogg papers
Date (inclusive): 1902-1932
Collection Number: 56004
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder (4.7 linear feet)
Abstract: Writings, printed matter, photographs, drawings, and certificates relating to relief work in Belgium during World War I, the relief activities of Herbert Hoover, and the world food problem.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Kellogg, Vernon L. (Vernon Lyman), 1867-1937.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Vernon Lyman Kellogg papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1956.


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 . 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.

Related Materials

Charlotte Hoffman Kellogg papers, Hoover Institution Archives
Commission for Relief in Belgium records, Hoover Institution Archives
United States Food Administration records, Hoover Institution Archives
Jean Kellogg Dickie collection, Hoover Institution Archives
Kellogg-Dickie papers, Yale University Library Manuscripts and Archives

Separated Materials

Materials related to Charlotte Kellogg have been moved to the Charlotte Hoffman Kellogg papers.

Biographical Note

1867 December 1 Born, Emporia, Kansas
1889 Bachelor of Science, University of Kansas
1890-1893 Assistant professor of entomology, University of Kansas
1892 Master of Science, University of Kansas
1893-1894 Associate professor of entomology, University of Kansas
1894-1895 Assistant and associate professor of entomology, Stanford University
1896-1920 Professor of entomology, and of entomology and bionomics, Stanford University
1908 Married Charlotte Hoffman
1910 Daughter, Jean Kellogg, born in Berkeley, California
1915-1916 Director, Brussels, American Commission for Relief in Belgium
1917-1919 Assistant to U.S. food administrator; Chief of mission to Poland, American Relief Administration
1918 Chairman, Division of Agriculture, National Research Council
1918-1921 Special investigator in Russia, American Relief Administration
1919-1934 Various positions for the National Research Council, including permanent secretary
1920-1931 Director and member, Executive Committee of Commission for Relief in Belgium Educational Foundation
1921-1933 Member, board of trustees, Science Service
1922-1932 Member, Executive Committee of the Rockefeller Foundation
1925-1931 Member, Executive Committee of International Research Council
1931 Secretary emeritus, National Research Council
1937 August 8 Died, Hartford, Connecticut

Scope and Content of Collection

The Vernon Lyman Kellogg papers include writings, correspondence, printed matter, photographs, and certificates relating to relief work in Belgium and Poland during World War I, the relief activities of Herbert Hoover, and the world food problem.
In addition to his scientific work, Vernon Kellogg was involved in various relief efforts, including the Commission for Relief in Belgium as the director in Brussels, where he was later joined by his wife Charlotte Hoffman Kellogg. The Biographical File contains a biographical sketch listing positions he held throughout his career, as well as a bibliography of his numerous published works. Some of those works can be found in the Speeches and Writings series, which contains writings by Kellogg concerning relief efforts, Herbert Hoover, and the world food problem.
The Relief Work File relates to Kellogg's involvement in the Commission for Relief in Belgium and the United States Food Administration, including Kellogg's travel documentation. The correspondence includes a letter from Herbert Hoover.
The Oversize Material includes materials related to Kellogg's relief work, such as a photo album with pictures of members of the Commission for Relief in Belgium, as well as various awards that Kellogg received for his aid efforts. In addition, the file includes Kellogg's diplomas, a children's book written in French, and a tracing of a Colorado River map used on a trip that took place from December 1901 to January 1902.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
Commission for Relief in Belgium (1914-1930)
American Relief Administration.
United States Food Administration.
Food supply.
International relief.
World War, 1914-1918--Belgium.
World War, 1914-1918--Civilian relief.
World War, 1914-1918--Food supply.
World War, 1914-1918--United States.


Biographical File, 1916, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes a biographical sketch, clippings, and photographs. Arranged alphabetically by format.
Box/Folder 1 : 1

Biographical sketch, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Clippings, 1916

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Envelope from the White House, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes handwritten list of diplomas.
Box/Folder 1 : 4

Photographs of Vernon Kellogg, undated


Speeches and Writings, 1916-1921

Scope and Contents note

Includes manuscripts, typescripts, reprints, and clippings related to relief work, Herbert Hoover, and the world food problem. Arranged chronologically.
Box/Folder 1 : 5

Review of The Children of Warsaw, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 6

"La France et la Belgique occupées," reprint, 1916

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Articles by Vernon Kellogg, clippings, 1916-1921

Box/Folder 1 : 8

The Food Problem by Vernon Kellogg and Alonzo Taylor, typescript, 1917

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Mes Soirées au Grand Quartier, 1919

Scope and Contents note

Preface by Theodore Roosevelt.
Box/Folder 1 : 10-11

Herbert Hoover and His Work, manuscript and typescript, 1920


Relief Work File, 1914-1919

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence, awards, printed matter, and travel documentation. Arranged alphabetically by format. See also: Oversize Material.
Box/Folder 1 : 12

Awards, rubbing of medal awarded to Vernon Kellogg by the Government of Poland, 1919

Box/Folder 1 : 13

Clippings on students and World War I, 1914-1919



Box/Folder 1 : 14

Carton de Wiart, Adrian, circa 1916

Box/Folder 1 : 15

Hoover, Herbert, 1916

Box/Folder 1 : 16

Jusserand, Jean Jules, 1918

Box/Folder 1 : 17

Thierry, Adrien, 1916

Box/Folder 1 : 18

White, John Beaver, 1916

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Passports, ID cards, letters of certification, and other travel documents, 1915-1917

Scope and Contents note

Travel documents of Charlotte Kellogg have been separated to her collection.
Box/Folder 2 : 2

Printed matter, 1919

Box/Folder 2 : 3

United States Food Administration license regulations, 1918

Box/Folder 2 : 4

Miscellaneous, 1916-1918, undated


Oversize Material, circa 1902-1932

Scope and Contents note

Includes awards, diplomas, portrait drawings, and a photo album related to relief work, as well as a children's book dedicated to Kellogg's daughter and a map of the Colorado River containing Kellogg's notes. Includes original housing for posters.
Box/Folder 3 : 1

Awards, 1918-1930

Scope and Contents note

Includes National Order of the Legion of Honor; United States Food Administration certificate; Council of the American Geographical Society certificate for election as a fellow; and National Academy of Sciences certificate of membership.
Box/Folder 3 : 2

Diplomas, 1919-1932

Box/Folder 3 : 3

Les aventures merveilleuses du petit Floridor et de son chien Carabi by Ernest Picard, undated

Scope and Contents note

Dedicated to Jean Kellogg from three Belgian children and others. Includes photograph of three children.
Box/Folder 3 : 4

Passport, 1916

Box/Folder 3 : 5

Popular Science award committee posters, undated

Box 4

Portraits by H. Lemaire, undated

Scope and Contents note

Drawings with signatures. Includes portraits of Herbert Hoover and Vernon Kellogg.
Box 5

Photo album, undated

Scope and Contents note

Members of the Commission for Relief in Belgium, 78 prints.
Map case

Médaille Commémorative du Comité National, Belgium certificate, 1919

Map case

Tracing of Map of Colorado River from Needles to Yuma from [Ives] Expedition (1857-1858), circa 1902

Scope and Contents note

Includes notes of Vernon Kellogg during a trip from December 21, 1901, to January 3, 1902.