Lot #86
Herbert Hoover

Enormous archive of letters to his assistant, spanning nearly half a century
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Enormous archive of letters to his assistant, spanning nearly half a century

Massive archive of 170 TLSs from Herbert Hoover to Lewis Strauss, spanning 1920 to 1964 (none from his presidency), signed in a number of manners, including "Herbert Hoover," "Herbert," and "H. H." (Approximately 70 are signed with his full name.) Most are brief letters of a few lines with general content, with some discussing various engagements and invitations, political matters, and other topics.

A letter from 1920, in part: "We shall have years of great trial in the solution of most difficult questions and, although we have not had our own way as to the tools for their solution, we have no less obligation to stand vigorously for the right handling of these issues."

One letter from 1933, in part: "This friend tells me that he is implacably opposed to paper money…Even supposing they succeed in devaluing the dollar the question is whether they will not have produced other phenomena that will not be solved without flat money."

A 1960 letter, in part: "Before I even get around to thanking you for a gorgeous smoked turkey (and our friends found it delicious on Christmas Day) and that illuminated pen for night writing, along comes an azalea tree guaranteed to prevent sneezes."

Also included are a few drafts of articles that Hoover sent to Strauss to review; two letters from officials on which Hoover jotted a few notes in pencil and forwarded to Strauss; and four letters from his wife, Lou Henry Hoover, two as First Lady. In overall fine condition.

Lewis Strauss began working as Hoover’s assistant in 1917, when Hoover was serving as head of the Commission for Relief in Belgium. Strauss went on to serve in the Navy, rising to a rank of rear admiral, and became major figure in the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power in the United States. Strauss’s lasting friendship and working relationship with Hoover is very apparent, as these letters contain everything from personal jokes to discussions of economic policy. It is clear that he was one of Hoover’s most trusted associates and a frequent correspondent. An enormous collection with an array of interesting content. RR Auction COA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph
  • Dates: August 22 - September 10