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  • Title: Lou Henry Hoover miscellaneous papers
    Date (inclusive): 1820-1984
    Collection Number: XX656
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1 manuscript box, 9 oversize boxes, 1 envelope, memorabilia (10.0 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Passport, 1913; war zone passes, 1918; sketch of Lou Henry Hoover, 1931; portfolio of reproductions of drawings of Spanish missions in California, 1933; and sketches of the White House, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, and Mount Vernon.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives


    Boxes 4-5, and 10 restricted; use copies available in Box 1. The remainder of the collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lou Henry Hoover miscellaneous papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Biographical Note

    1874 Born, Iowa
    1894 Enters Stanford University, where she meets her future husband, Herbert Hoover, also a Stanford student in the Geology Department
    1899 Marries Herbert Hoover
    1900-1918 Travels extensively with her husband in his career as an engineer, living in China, Siberia, and London, among other places. Accompanies Herbert Hoover on some trips associated with relief activities during and after World War I, and is active herself in charitable work
    1919 Supervises construction of home on Stanford campus
    1921-1929 Lives in Washington, D.C., where her husband is Secretary of Commerce. Is active in the Girl Scout movement
    1929-1933 First Lady of the United States
    1944 Dies

    Scope and Content Note

    The Lou Henry Hoover collection in the Hoover Institution Archives preserves selected items associated with the life of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, the wife of Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States.
    Lou Henry Hoover met her future husband when they were both students at Stanford University, and the collection contains artifacts relating to her time at Stanford, including her senior yearbook. The Hoovers would later return to the Stanford campus, building a home there, and there are photographs and art work in the collection depicting the Lou Henry Hoover House, as the Hoover residence would later be named.
    Herbert Hoover's career as a mining engineer took him to many different countries, and he and Lou Henry Hoover lived abroad for more than a decade prior to World War I. The collection contains a set of souvenir spoons purchased by Lou Henry Hoover on her foreign travels.
    It was while living in London in 1914, at the outbreak of hostilities, that Lou Henry Hoover and her husband became involved in helping Americans leave war-torn Europe. Herbert Hoover went on to head the Commission for Relief in Belgium from 1915-1919, and his wife assisted him in this activity. There are examples of needlepoint lace in the collection that were given to the Hoovers in recognition of their efforts on behalf of Belgium.
    The Hoovers spent the 1920s in Washington, D.C., where Herbert Hoover served first as Secretary of Commerce and then as President. Lou Henry Hoover took a keen interest in the architecture of the nation's capital, and there is a significant collection of historical prints of Washington scenes, especially of the White House, in the collection.
    The remainder of the collection is comprised mainly of honorary degrees and other awards received by Lou Henry Hoover in the course of a career in public service. Many other items associated with Lou Henry Hoover are on permanent display in the exhibit cases of the Hoover Library, located in Hoover Tower on the campus of Stanford University. Additional materials pertaining to her life and to the Lou Henry Hoover House can be found in the collections of the Green Library, Stanford University. The largest collection of archival materials relating to Lou Henry Hoover is located in the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, West Branch, Iowa.