Tag: Herbert Hoover Historical Site
October is American Archives Month! We’re celebrating the work of archivists and the importance of archives with a series of blog posts about the Presidential libraries. The records created by Presidents while in office will become part of the National Archives, and eventually will be used by researchers. Here’s how it happens!
Herbert Hoover opened his Presidential library on August 10, 1962, nearly 30 years after he left the Presidency.
This was the National Archives’ fourth Presidential library.
The three preceding libraries belonged to his three successors. This was because at the time Hoover was President, there were no laws or guidance governing Presidential records.
Hoover originally planned for all his papers to go the Hoover Institution on the campus of Stanford University, his alma mater. However, in the late 1950s Hoover’s relationship with Stanford became strained.
In 1958, Hoover’s friends began to raise funds for a small museum in his birthplace—West Branch, Iowa.
As his conflict with Stanford worsened, Hoover decided to take advantage of the recently passed Presidential Libraries act and donate his personal and Presidential papers to the National Archives. He expanded the museum in West Branch into a larger archival and research facility.
His papers related to his relief work remained at the Hoover Institution.
Posted by Jessie Kratz on October 21, 2015, under - Presidents, American Archives Month, National Archives History, National Archives Near You.
Tags: Harry S. Truman, herbert hoover, Herbert Hoover Historical Site, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, Lou Henry Hoover
Happy American Archives Month! Throughout October, we’re running a series of “spotlights” on the many locations that make up the National Archives. You can visit the exhibits or use the research rooms.
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa, has an unusual location. It is within the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, a 187-acre park administered by the National Park Service. The location is meant to preserve the wildlife and nature in the site and the Quaker community in which Hoover grew up.
Permanent exhibitions are organized chronologically in a series of galleries that showcase Hoover’s fascinating life and accomplishments. They flow from Hoover’s orphaned boyhood and youth in Iowa, to his success as a global businessman, to his humanitarian efforts during World War I. There is a section that discusses the enormous cultural and technological changes in the Roaring Twenties, which then moves into Hoover’s time as Secretary of Commerce in the same decade, his Presidential campaign and election, his role in the Great Depression, and his post-Presidential life and work. There is also a gallery dedicated to Lou Henry Hoover and her role as First Lady.
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Posted by Nikita on October 17, 2012, under - Presidents, National Archives Near You.
Tags: great depression, herbert hoover, Herbert Hoover Historical Site, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, humanitarian aid, Iowa, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lou Henry Hoover, national park service, Quaker, Rose Wilder Lane, world war i