Herbert Hoover’s Handwritten List of His Autograph Collection
Herbert Hoover collected autographs; here is his handwritten list of his holdings. His collection included Longfellow’s “Excelsior”, a quotation from Wendell Phillips, and a postcard from Mark Twain. Standard 19th century American worthies, such as Bryant, Whittier, Holmes Sr., and Stowe, are represented – but, oddly, no presidents. There is a queen, however - Victoria - and the British reformer, Cobbett, along with a handful of New York Mayors. The most valuable piece, Hoover notes, is a letter of Bayard Taylor – the poet, travel writer, and great chronicler of Palestine and the Levant.
Autograph Note, in pencil; 5 pages, quarto, no place or date.