Black and white photo of Herbert Hoover dedicating the Hoover Tower in 1941

Herbert Hoover


Between 1919, when he founded the Hoover Institution, and his death in 1964, Herbert Hoover routinely deposited his papers in the Library & Archives. Those papers mainly concern his relief activities during and after World Wars I and II, his political and personal philosophy, his public service activities, his speeches and writings, and his postpresidential career. Scholars interested in Hoover's papers from his tenure as secretary of commerce (1921–28) and United States president (1929–33) will find them at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa.

Herbert Hoover Subject Collection

Miscellaneous materials relating to Herbert Hoover as relief administrator and US president

Herbert Hoover Oral History Program Interviews

Interviews with various individuals about the life and career of Herbert Hoover

Commission For Relief In Belgium Records (1914–30)

Founded and chaired by Herbert Hoover

United States Food Administration Records

Established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1917; directed by Herbert Hoover

American Relief Administration European Operation Records

Established by US Congress in 1919; chaired by Herbert Hoover

American Relief Administration Russian Operational Records

Russian relief was initiated in 1921; chaired by Herbert Hoover

White House Conference On Child Health And Protection Records

Conference called by Herbert Hoover to investigate child welfare in the United States, 1930


Private organization to promote government reforms recommended by the Hoover Commission

Commission On Organization Of The Executive Branch Of The Government Records

Commission chaired by Herbert Hoover; also known as the Hoover Commission

Finnish Relief Fund Records

Chaired by Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover: Master Of Emergencies

Motion picture film, 1932

Additional Guides

O'Brien, Patrick G. Herbert Hoover: A Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1993

Tracey, Kathleen. Herbert Hoover -- A Bibliography: His Writings and Addresses. Stanford, Calif. : Hoover Institution Press, 1977


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First Ladies: Influence and Image Lou Hoover

C-SPAN recently traveled to Stanford to learn about Lou Henry Hoover for an upcoming episode in the series First Ladies: Influence and Image, which aill air on C-SPAN on Monday, October 14.

October 11, 2013
Herbert Hoover's Indictment of Allied Strategy

Nicholas Siekierski, an assistant archivist for exhibits and outreach for the Hoover Institution, writes that the great work of Herbert Hoover’s lifetime, Freedom Betrayed, is both a memoir and a diplomatic history of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War. In the book, Herbert Hoover contends that freedom was betrayed by both American and British leaders through their deceitful maneuvering of America into war, with acquiescence to Communism resulting in the enslavement of Eastern Europe and China.  

August 26, 2013
<i>A Conversation with Herbert Hoover</i>

In the first eleven minutes of this film Herbert Hoover talks about the Hoover Library on War, Revolution, and Peace with Ray Henle, NBC news commentator. A Conversation with Herbert Hoover was filmed in 1960. It is among the holdings of the Manuscripts Division and University Archives at Stanford University.

April 22, 2013
George Nash presents <i>Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath</i> at the National Archives

The Hoover Institution Press and historian George H. Nash have edited Hoover’s manuscript Freedom Betrayed, the culmination of an extraordinary literary project that Herbert Hoover launched during World War II. In his presentation Nash notes that the book offers a revisionist reexamination of the war and its cold war aftermath and a sweeping indictment of the "lost statesmanship" of Franklin Roosevelt.

October 25, 2012
Herbert Hoover's Grand Parade in Warsaw

Today marks the 93rd anniversary of Herbert Hoover’s historic visit to Warsaw, Poland. It wasn’t his first visit, nor his last, but surely the most memorable and one of the most moving experiences of his life. At that time Herbert Hoover was chairman of the American Relief Administration (A.R.A.), which had begun to provide massive humanitarian aid to Eastern Europe, then recovering from the devastation of World War I.

August 14, 2012
Hoover Institution Press Releases Book Highlighting Herbert Hoover’s Examination of World War II and Its Cold War Aftermath Freedom Betrayed, edited by George H. Nash

The Hoover Institution Press today released Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath, edited with an introduction by George H. Nash. Freedom Betrayed is the culmination of an extraordinary literary project launched by Herbert Hoover during World War II: a memoir that evolved into a comprehensive critique of US foreign policy during this war and the ensuing early years of the Cold War. Although Hoover completed his manuscript almost fifty years ago, it has never before been published or made available for research. It is now being made public for the first time. Click here to read an NRO article about the book.

November 07, 2011 Stanford
Herbert Hoover, the graduate: have Stanford degree, will travel

As Stanford University sends off another graduating class into the world, students are faced with a bewildering array of questions: Should they continue on to graduate studies or immediately look for a job? Can a new graduate even find a job in this difficult economy? And what does the future hold in store for someone with a newly minted degree as he or she leaves “The Farm”?

June 15, 2011
Herbert Hoover and the Great Mississippi Flood

The Mississippi River is expected to crest at 57.5 feet at Vicksburg today, a foot above the record 1927 “Great Mississippi Flood.” In April that year the river broke through the levees, submerging vast expanses of farmland and destroying the homes of more than one million people.

May 19, 2011
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"American Friendship: Herbert Hoover and Poland" Exhibition to open in Warsaw

November 10, 2004 STANFORD
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