Herbert Hoover Original Historic Letters and Documents

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Herbert Hoover Explains, In Autograph, His Antipathy to Writing Holograph Letters

Autograph Letter Signed

2 pages

SMC 328

Former President Herbert Hoover expresses his preference for typewritten letters for the sake of efficiency, but since "the typewriter is a poor method of conveying emotion," he handwrites this letter in order to "convey more than usual wishes of a happy and prosperous New Year."
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Herbert Hoover's Handwritten List of His Autograph Collection

Autograph Note

5 pages

SMC 329

Herbert Hoover knew the value of his handwritten letters, as he himself was a collector of autographs. Amongst his collection was Mark Twain, Queen Victoria, and, most valuable, according to Hoover, a letter of Bayard Taylor – the poet, travel writer, and great chronicler of Palestine and the Levant.
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President Herbert Hoover Silent on 1929 Hebron Massacre

Typed Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 330

Writing to a minister's wife who was horrified by the 1929 anti-Jewish Hebron massacre in Palestine, President Herbert Hoover responds coolly to her "interesting observations."
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Former President Herbert Hoover, at Seventy-Five, Confesses His Hope to Make Ninety - Which He Did

Typed Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1345

Former President Herbert Hoover congratulates F.A. Seiberling - the founder of Goodyear Tire - on his ninetieth birthday, and hopes that he, too, will be as fortunate to make it to ninety.
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Rare Herbert Hoover Letter as President:

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1347

One of six or seven autographed handwritten letters by Herbert Hoover as President. Here, he is conscious of the rarity of his letters, and playfully writes this one, his quota for the year, he jokes.
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Important People, Hoover Explains, Don't Have Time to Write Longhand - Or Like Their Letters Being Sold

Typed Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1352

Herbert Hoover explains that important men neither have the time to write letters by longhand, nor do they like the "trafficking" of their letters.
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President Herbert Hoover, on the Lessons to be Drawn from Abraham Lincoln's Life

Typed Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1654

President Herbert Hoover, addressing a Lincoln biographer, suggests that Lincoln's greatness was not in winning a war, but in his conduct and attitude in victory.
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Herbert Hoover Describes Himself

Autograph Sentiment Signed

1 page

SMC 1657

In this autographed sentiment signed, Herbert Hoover describes himself as "once of Washington D.C., now, fortunately elsewhere."
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