Remembering Franz Lassner

Friday, February 22, 2019
Franz Georg Lassner the first director of Hoover Library & Archives
Franz Georg Lassner the first director of Hoover Library & Archives
Franz Georg Lassner, the first director of Hoover Library & Archives.

Franz Georg Lassner, the first director of Hoover Library & Archives, died last week at his home in Cape May, New Jersey. A life-long admirer of President Herbert Hoover, Lassner started his career as Curator of Special Collections at  Hoover Archives and was personally selected by Herbert Hoover to be director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa. After his tenure at the presidential library, he returned to the Hoover Institution at Stanford as Director of Archives (1969–1974). According to Charles Palm, former director of the Library & Archives, Lassner was a "superb and energetic collector" known both for his dry wit and his broad and impressive knowledge of history.