Guide to the Lou Henry Hoover House Papers

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Call Number: SC0076B
Creator: Clark, Birge M. (Birge Malcolm), 1893-
Title: Lou Henry Hoover House Papers
Dates: 1921-1949
Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022

Administrative Information


Custodial History

Gift of Birge M. Clark, 1970.

Information about Access


Ownership & Copyright

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.

Cite As

[Identification of item] Birge Clark. Lou Henry Hoover House Papers (SC0076B). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


Birge M. Clark (born 1893) was the son of Arthur B. Clark, who came to Stanford in 1892 as an Instructor in Drawing. Birge Clark received his A.B. from Stanford, 1914, and B.Arch from Columbia, 1917, and was an architect in Palo Alto. Both A. B. Clark and Birge Clark served as advising architects to Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover for their house on the Stanford campus.


These papers consist primarily of correspondence between the Hoovers, Professor Clark, and Mr. Clark regarding planning and construction of the Lou Henry Hoover house; and sketches and specifications for the house. Part of the correspondence consists of copied materials from the Lou Henry Hoover papers in the Herbert Hoover Library (West Branch, Iowa), some of which concern Louis Mullgardt's plans for a house. Also included are materials used for and final edition of Mr. Clark's MEMOIRS ABOUT MR. AND MRS. HERBERT HOOVER, WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON THE PLANNING AND BUILDING OF THEIR HOME ON SAN JUAN HILL (Palo Alto: privately printed, 1969).

Access Terms

Clark, Arthur Bridgman, 1866-1948
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
Hoover, Lou Henry, 1874-1944.
Lou Henry Hoover House (Stanford, Calif.)

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1921-1926

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1927-1928

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence 1929-1949

Box 1, Folder 4

Miscellaneous materials

Scope and Content Note

Material includes undated correspondence, sketches of portions of the house, "Specifications for the revised heating of the residence for Lou Henry Hoover. . .," xerox copies of newspaper clippings, and other assorted miscellany.
Box 1, Folder 5

Book: Memoirs about Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hoover, with Particular Emphasis on the Planning and Building of their Home on San Juan Hill. By Birge M. Clark. Palo Alto, California. March 1969,

Box 1, Folder 6

Material used in Memoirs: tracings of the Hoover House.

Box 1, Folder 7

Material used in Memoirs: Letters and pictures appearing within the text.

Box 1, Folder 8

Numbered letters referred to in text of Memoirs.

Box 1, Folder 9

Unnumbered letters, most of which appear in back of book.

Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence [copied from Lou Henry Hoover papers], 1917-Feb 1920

Box 2, Folder 2

Correspondence [copied from Lou Henry Hoover papers], 1920 March - 1922

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence [copied from Lou Henry Hoover papers], 1923- 1929

Box 2, Folder 4

Correspondence [copied from Lou Henry Hoover papers], 1930

Box 2, Folder 5

Correspondence [copied from Lou Henry Hoover papers], 1931- 1933

Box 2, Folder 6

Correspondence re Mullgardt plan [copied from Lou Henry Hoover papers] 1917, 1960