Manuscript Collections - George E. Akerson papers

 

GEORGE E. AKERSON PAPERS, 1918-1958
8 linear feet, 4 linear inches (19 manuscript boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

George Akerson was born in Minneapolis on September 5th, 1889. He attended Allegheny College in Pennsylvania before graduating from Harvard in 1912. Akerson joined the staff of the Minneapolis Tribune as a general correspondent. In 1921 he became the Washington correspondent and was promoted to assistant managing editor in 1923. Akerson was hired as Herbert Hoover’s secretary in 1926 and helped the Presidential campaign of 1928. He served as President Hoover’s press secretary until 1931 when he left to work at Paramount-Publix in Hollywood. George Akerson died December 22, 1937.

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

SUBJECT FILES, 1918-1958
The series contains correspondence, memos, clippings, articles and speeches relating to subjects not documented in the other series. The bulk of this series consists of personal correspondence with fellow journalists and relatives from the period when Akerson was Herbert Hoover's assistant in the Commerce Department (1926-1928). Arranged alphabetically. 

CAMPAIGN AND TRANSITION FILES, 1927-1929
The series documents the presidential campaign of 1928 through Hoover's inauguration. It contains correspondence, memos, clippings, receipts, bills, press releases and publications. Also includes correspondence concerning president-elect Hoover's goodwill trip to Latin America. Arranged alphabetically.

WHITE HOUSE SECRETARY FILES, 1929-1932
The series consist of Akerson’s press secretary files and 1932 campaign advisor files. It contains correspondence, memos, clippings and publications. Arranged alphabetically.

FOLDER LIST

SUBJECT FILES
 
Box      Contents

1          Adams, Don – Adams, George, 1926-1930
            Akerson, Charles Bailey, undated
            Akerson, Charles, 1928-1932
            Akerson, Frederick Blake, 1928-1930, and undated
            Akerson, George
                     Articles and speeches by Akerson, 1919, 1930-1935 (Non-Partisan League)
                     Biographies, 1929-1934
                     Code Authority job, 1934-1935
                     Hoover assistant – clippings, 1926-1927, and undated
                     Hoover secretary, 1929-1930, and undated
                     Household and financial, 1927-1933
                     Job hunting, 1933-1934
                     Military service, 1918-1929
                     Paramount Publix Corporation Job, 1931-1934, and undated
                     Sale of Minneapolis House, 1928-1930
            Akerson, George Jr., 1928-1930, and undated
            Akerson, Harriet Blake 1928-1955, and undated
            Akerson Boys Summer Camp, 1928-1930, and undated
            Allen, Edgar – Authier, George, 1927-1930, and undated
            Bacon, Robert – Baily, Fanny, 1927

2          Bailey, Robert William, 1927-1930
            Baker, George – Bell, Ulric, 1926-1934, and undated
            Bickford, Pollie and Robert, 1929-1930
            Blake, Harriet (mother), 1929-1931
            Blake, Horace, 1927-1930
            Blanchard, Howard – Burnquist, J., 1927-1934
            Campaign of 1926
            Carroll, Raymond – Collier, D., 1926-1929
            Congratulations
                     1926
                     1928 election (4 folders)
                     Secretary to the President, A – P (5 folders)

3                   Secretary to the President, R – Z (2 folders) 
                     Paramount – Publix Job (6 folders)
            Coolidge, Calvin – Czarnecki, Anthony, 1925-1927
            Davenport, Murray – Dickson, Harris, 1926-1928
            Dillon, Thomas J., 1921-1927
            Donovan, Bill – Dunlop, William, 1928-1932
            Eames, Paul – Ewing, Donald, 1926-1928
            Fawcett, William – Franey, Edward, 1926-1929
            Galpin, Perry – George, Ronald, 1926-1927
            Giere, Adolph – Gregory, Tom, 1926-1928
            Gridiron Dinner, 1924-1937
            Griggs, O. H., 1926

4          Hacking, K.D. – Hollern, John, 1926-1928
            Hoover, Herbert, 1927–1958
            Hoover, Lou Henry, 1928-1931
            Hornaday, Hilton – Hunter, Maria, 1926-1935
            Ijams, George – Jones, H. V., 1926-1927
            Kahle, Richard – Knutson, Harold, 1925-1927
            Labounty, Frank – Lumber Division, 1920-1933
            Mac – Michener, Carroll, 1926-1927
            Mix, Tom – Murray, Francis, 1926-1927
            Nash, William – Nelson, Hugh, 1926-1927
            New Deal, 1933
            Newman, Lewis – Nichols, J.C., 1926-1927
            Norton, Robert L., 1927
            O'Neal, W.P. – Overton, Eugene, 1926-1927
            Paramount–Publix Job Applicants
            Paul, Herbert – Quackenbush, Walter, 1926-1927
            Rahn, Andrew A.D., 1926-1927
            Ridgeley – Rutledge, Doc, 1920-1927, and undated
            Schwarz, Herbert – Swenson, Joel, 1926-1929
            Taft, William – Thorpe, Samuel, 1921-1926
            Transradio Press Service, 1935
            Trantman, F.E. – Vessey, Burton, 1927-1929
            Wagner, Al – Wigglesworth, Richard, 1926-1927
            Wilder, Alatau – Wright, James, 1920-1927
            Memorabilia – Press and theater passes, 1931

CAMPAIGN AND TRANSITION FILES
 
5          Adams, Frank – Angell, James, 1927-1928
            Anthony, Edward, 1928, and undated (3 folders)
            Arkansas Situation, 1928
            Armstrong, Robert – Authier, George, 1927-1928
            Bacon, Jerry – Bakeless, John, 1927-1928
            Baker, George Barr, 1927-1928
            Baker, Norman – Banker, Thomas, 1927-1928
            Bannister, L. Ward, 1928
            Barnes, Norman – Behrens, Earl, 1926-1928
            Bell, James Ford, 1928
            Bell, Ulric – Bessette, Fred, 1927-1928
            Betts, Charles Henry, 1928
            Bible, Howard – Birch, James, 1928
            Blackmar, Charles M., 1928
            Blair, David – Bolles, Stephen, 1927-1928
            Booze, Eugene P.
            Borders, M. W., Jr., 1927-1928
            Boss, J. V. – Bottomley, Robert, 1927-1928

6          Bowen, Ivan, 1928
            Bowers, Florence, 1928
            Boyd, John S., 1927-1928
            Boyles, J. C. – Brooks, Sidney, 1927-1928
            Brooks, William F., 1926-1928
            Brown, Ashmun 1927-1928
            Brown, Edwin – Brown, Harry, 1926-1928
            Brown, Thaddeus H., 1928
            Brown, Walter Folger 1928
            Bryan, Fred – Burton, R.B., 1927-1928, and undated
            Burton, Theodore E., 1928
            Byrne, Harry – California trip, 1928
            Campaign Expenditures, 1928-1929
            Campbell, E. J. – Castle, William, 1927-1928
            Catledge, Turner, 1928
            Century Company – Chamberlin, Paul, 1928
            Chase, Frank A., 1927-1928
            Chenault, Fletcher 1927-1928, and undated
            Cheney, Charles – Clarkston, Grosvenor, 1926-1928
            Cline, S. S., 1927-1928
            Clough, Clayton – Cooley, Harry, 1927-1928
            Collier, D. C., 1927
            Collisson, Charles, 1928
            Colored People, 1927–1928 (2 folders) (African–Americans)
            Commercial Telegraphers Union – Corcoran, Norah, 1927-1928, and undated

7          Couch, Harvey, 1927-1928
            Coupal, James – Craig, William, 1928
            Crocker, William H., 1927-1928
            Cromie, R. J., 1928, and undated
            Crosby, L. O., 1927-1928
            Crowther, Samuel 1927-1928
            Crumpacker, E. D. – Czarnecki, Anthony, 1927-1928
            Dallas Journal – Daniels, Farrington, 1927-1928
            Davis, Tom 1928
            Day, A. J. – Deem, D. S., 1928
            Delegates, 1928
            Delegates – Ohio, 1928
            Denison, Jack – Donald, G. L., 1927-1928
            Donovan, William H., 1928
            Dorn, Frank – Dudley, W. A., 1927-1928
            Dunn, Ballard 1927-1928
            Durst, W. A., 1928
            Eberhart, A. O. – Ewing, Don, 1927-1928
            Fertig, August J., 1928
            Field, Charles K., 1927-1928
            Flournoy, W. Cannon – Fowler, W. H. B., 1927-1928           
            Fox, Alan, 1928
            Fraser, J. Frank – Frost, Meigs, 1927-1928
            Gannon, Elizabeth – Gardner, Nellie, 1927-1928
            Garner, William C., 1927-1928, and undated
            Garrett, Garet – Gibson, Hugh, 1927-1928
            Giere, Adolph, 1928
            Gilbert, W. H. – Gregg, John, 1927-1928
            Gregory, Thomas T. C., 1927–1928 (2 folders)
            Grevstad, N. A. – Groves, C. S., 1927-1928

8          Hamlin, Clarence, 1927-1928
            Hamilton Hotel – Hanvey, Howard, 1927-1928
            Hard, William, 1927-1928
            Harding, W.L. – Hazelton, Henry, 1927-1928
            Heath, Ferry – Hepburn, Charles, 1927-1928
            Herald-Tribune (New York), 1927-1928
            Herron, F. L., 1928
            Herter, Christian A., 1927-1928
            Hevron, J. W., 1928
            Hill, William H., 1928
            Hillweg, E. C. – Hinsdale, Lester, 1928
            Hinshaw, David, 1928
            Hixson, R. Heber – Hopwood, Mrs. Erie, 1927-1928
            Horton, Robert W., 1927-1928
            Hosford, Lindley M., 1927-1928
            House, Irwin L., 1928-1929
            Howard, Clarence – Howard, Guy, 1928
            Howard, James R., 1927-1928, and undated
            Howard, Roy W., 1927-1928
            Hubachek, Frank B., 1927-1928
            Hudson, R.P. – Hughes, Walter, 1916-1928
            Hume, Frederick W., 1927–1928 (2 folders)
            Hunt, Edward Eyre, 1928
            Hunt, Harry B., 1927-1928
            Hunter, Marie – Huston, C. H., 1928
            Hurley, Patrick, May-June 1928 (African Americans, integration)

9          Indiana Headquarters, 1928
            Irwin, Will, 1927-1928, and undated
            Ives, Henry S., 1928
            Jackson, R. J. – Johnson, J. Will, 1927-1928, and undated
            Johnson, Royal C., 1927
            Johnston, John LeRoy, 1928
            Jones, Alfred – Jones, Lenore, 1927-1928
            Jones, Richard T., 1928
            Joslin, Ted – Judd, Maurice, 1927-1928
            Kahn Howard – Kennedy, A. M., 1927-1928
            Kent, Frank R., 1927-1928
            Kiddle, Fred – Kiplinger, Willard, 1928, and undated
            Kirchhofer, A. H., 1927-1928
            Knappen, Theodore – Kumler, Preston, 1927-1928
            Kuntz, Emile, 1927-1928
            Ladd, Louise (Mrs. Albee), 1927-1928
            LaFollette League of Illinois, 1927
            Lalley, Frank – Lane, J. C., 1927-1928
            Lawrence, Richard W., 1927-1928
            Leach, George – Lovelace, Delos, 1927-1928
            Lowden Movement, 1928, and undated
            Lucey, J.F. – Lyons Republican, 1927-1928
            Maas, Melvin – MacNiven, J. H., 1927-1929
            Macy, W. Kingsland – Metcalf, Ralph, 1927-1928

10        Michael, Charles – Moreaux, A. O., 1927–1928
            Moorhead, Frank G., 1927-1928
            Morrissey, Frank – Murphy, Frederick E., 1927-1928
            Murphy, John B., 1927-1928
            Murray, Frank – Mylacraine, F. H., 1927-1928
            Nash, W. M. – New, Harry S. (Postmaster General), 1928, and undated
            New York Hoover for President Committee – Press Releases, 1928
            Newspaper clippings, 1928
            Newton, Cleveland A., 1927-1928
            Newton, Walter H., 1,927-1928
            Nichols, J.C. – Norton, Robert, 1927-1928
            O'Halloran, Richard J., 1927-1928
            Ohio Ballet – O'Neal, W. P., 1928
            Ormsbee, Thomas H., 1928
            Ottinger, Albert – Owens, Lee, 1928
            Pack, Robert – Pflueger, E.A., 1927-1928
            Pick, Lewis A., 1927-1928
            Pierce, Dante M., 1927-1928
            Poling, Daniel – Price, F. G., 1928
            Primary Elections – Publications on 1920–1928 elections, undated
            Pringle, Henry – Purdy, E. A., 1928
            Publicity Organization, undated

11        Rahn, A. A. D., 1927–1928 (4 folders)
            Rasmusson, C. A. – Remington, C. F., 1928
            Requa, Mark L., 1928
            Rice, R. R. – Richey, Lawrence, 1928
            Rickard, Edgar, 1927-1928
            Ricker, A. W. –- Rodenberg, William A., 1927-1928
            Roe, Herman, 1927-1928
            Rogers, A. R. – Rogers, Otis, 1927-1928
            Roosevelt, Theodore Jr., 1927-1928
            Roraback, J. H. – Rowell, Chester, 1927-1928
            Rubinow, S. G., 1927-1928
            Ruby, Harold A., 1928
            Sackett, Frederic – Scribner, F. Lamson, 1928
            Scripps-Howard Newspapers, 1928
            Scully, William – Selvig, C. G., 1927-1928
            Shaw, A. W., 1928
            Shay, James H., 1928
            Shibley – Simmons, E. A., 1928
            Sinclair, John F., 1927-1928
            Sinnott, Arthur – Smith, Courtland, 1927-1928
            Smith, Dallas B., 1927
            Smith, Dana, 1928

12        Smith, Edward E., 1927-1928
            Smith, Robert, 1928
            Smith, W. Ward, 1927-1928
            Snavely, Guy – Snyder, P. F., 1927-1928
            Solbert, Oscar N., 1927-1928
            South American Trip, 1929
            South Dakota, 1928, and undated
            Sperry, Marvin – Steel Corporation, 1928, and undated
            Stern, William, 1927-1928
            Stetson, John – Stokes, Harold, 1928
            Strauss, Lewis, 1928-1929
            Strauss, Manny – Sullivan Larry, 1928, and undated
            Sullivan, Mark, 1927-1928
            Sullivan, T. A., 1927-1928
            Sullivan, William Henry, 1927-1928
            Sunset Magazine – Swenson, Joel, 1927-1928
            Taft, Robert – Tyler, J. C., 1927-1928
            Updegraff, Robert – Vits, George, 1927-1928
            Wagner, A. L – Washburn, Robert, 1927-1928
            Washburn, Stanley, 1927
            Washington Headquarters, 1928 (3 folders)
            Wathey, Charles – Webster, Ben, 1927-1928
            Weeks, H. Keith, 1927-1928
            Weinard, William – White, John, 1927-1928

13        White, William Allen, 1927
            Whitney, J. R. B. – Wile, Frederic, 1927-1928
            Wilkinson, Lupton A., 1928
            Williams, Ira – Winship, Lawrence, 1927–1928
            Winter, Alice Ames (Mrs. Thomas), 1928, and undated
            Wiprud, A. C., 1927-1928
            Witherspoon, William, 1928
            Women, 1928 (in Commerce Department)
            Wool Growers Endorsement, 1928
            Wooton, Paul, 1927-1928
            Work, Hubert, 1927-1928
            Wright, Charles – Wright, James, 1928
            Young, Huston, 1928

WHITE HOUSE SECRETARY FILES
 
13        Accomplishments of Administration in first 15 months
            Ackerman, Ernest – Adams, George, 1929
            Address List
            Advertising Club of Washington – Almas Temple, 1929-1930, and undated
            American Bar Assn. – American Society of Swedish Engineers, 1930-1931
            Anderson, Paul – Aylesworth, M. H., 1929-1931
            Bacon, J. D. – Bannister, L. Ward, 1929-1931, and undated
            Barnes, P. J. – Barry, J. Edward, 1929-1931
            Barry, Robert T., 1929-1930
            Bartlett, Walter – Barton, Bruce, 1930
            Bastedo, William, 1929-1931
            Bauer, Atwater – Bell, Ulric, 1928-1931
            Bendix Dinner – Blodgett, Glenn, 1928-1931

14        Borders, M. W., 1929-1931
            Borglum, Gutzon – Brown, R. G., 1929-1931
            Brush, Matthew – Byrd, Richard, 1929-1931
            Campaign of 1932
            Campbell, Gerald – Chappel, Joseph, 1929-1931
            Chenault, Fletcher 1929-1931
            Child Health Conference, 1930
            Child Health Conference – Proceedings, 1930
            Choate, Robert, 1929-1930
            Christianson, Theodore, 1929-1930
            Christmas Card List, undated
            Clapp, Paul – Clements, E. B., 1929-1930
            Cohen, Emanuel 1929-1930
            Cohn, Joseph – Cook, George, 1929-1931
            Cortelyou, George – Crummett, Carl, 1929-1931
            Cuban Ambassador – Cutler, Leland, 1929-1930
            Darling, Jay “Ding,” – Dennison, John, 1929-1931
            Denton, Robert, 1929-1931
            Desmond, Thomas – Drew, Julia, 1929-1931

15        Early, Steven J., 1929-1931
            Eberhart, A. O. – Elsmith, Leonard, 1929-1931
            Ericsson Republican League, 1929-1931
            Esberg, Milton – Ewing, Thomas, 1929-1931
            Faris, Barry – Fixel, W. G., 1929-1931
            Flathead Power Project, 1930
            Fletcher, Henry – Fyfe, Howard, 1929-1930
            Gahan, James – Garner, William, 1929-1930
            Gaskill, Arthur, 1929-1930
            Gavin, William – Gerson, Sam, 1929-1931
            Gibbons, Floyd – Gordon, Leon, 1929-1931
            Gorham, Ira B., 1929-1931
            Gossett, William – Groves, Charles, 1929-1930
            Hagen, Sigurd – Hamlin, C. C., 1929-1930, and undated
            Hammerel, William, 1929-1930
            Hanks, Stedman – Hart, Paul, 1929-1931
            Hauck, Arthur and Polly, 1929-1931
            Hauck, Percy – Haupert, Paul, 1929
            Harvard Club of NYC, 1929-1930
            Harvard Yale Game, 1929

16        Haycock, Mr. – Hirsch, Morris, 1929-1932
            Hodges, C.B. – Holmer, A. F., 1929-1930
            Hoover, Allan, 1929-1930
            Hoover, Herbert
                     Correspondence, 1929-1932, and undated
                     Articles and speeches, 1929–31 (2 folders)
                     Articles and speeches about Hoover, 1929–32 (3 folders)
                     Doodles, 1929-1930
            Hoover, Herbert Jr., 1929-1930, and undated
            Hope, Walter – Hosford, Lindley, 1929-1931
            House, Irwin L., 1929-1930
            Houston’s Mayor – Hughes, Charles, Jr., 1929-1931
            Hubachek, Frank R., 1929-1931
            Hume, Frederic – Hurley, Patrick, 1929-1930
            Ingersoll, Thomas – Italian Ambassador, 1929-1930, and undated
            Jacques, R.E. – Jennings, Lloyd, 1929-1930

17        Johannes, M.J. – Junkin, Thomas, 1929-1931
            Karnopp, H.C. and Kylle, 1929-1930
            Karr, Harry – Kent, A. Atwater, 1929-1931
            Kent, Sidney R., 1929-1932, and undated
            Keystone View Company – Kyne, Peter, 1929-1931
            LaBounty, Frank – Lawrence, J.C., 1929-1931
            League for Independent Political Action – Litchfield, Harry, 1929, 1931
            Logan, James – Lyle, Marie, 1929-1931
            McCall, Thomas – Macy, W. Kingsland, 1929-1931
            Mann, W. H., 1931
            Manor Club, 1929-1930
            Manthe, Orange – Mayer, Louis B., 1929-1931
            Meakin, Hardie – Mitzi, 1929-1931
            Moorhead, Frank – Morsell, Tudor, 1929-1931
            Murphy, Frederick, 1929-1930

18        Nash, Bradley – Norton, Robert, 1929-1931
            Noyes, Newbold, 1930
            Oakleaf, Joseph – Owens, Leo, 1929-1931
            Pagel, A. J. – Pan American Union, 1929-1931
            Paramount Publix Corporation, 1930
            Park, Herbert – Photographers list (White House), 1929-1931
            Pike, Roy – Purcell, Pat, 1929-1931
            Photographs and correspondence (photocopies), 1928-1929, and undated
            Radant, Mrs. H.F. – Reception of Ambassadors, 1929-1930
            Reference Memos, 1929-1930, and undated
            Republican National Committee, 1929-1931, and undated
            Richard, A.J. – Roberts, Roy, 1929-1930
            Roe, Herman – Russell, Victor, 1929-1930, and undated
            Sackett, Frederick – Shubert, J. J., 1929-1931
            Scully, William – Shonberger, Henry, 1929-1931
            Schwarz, Herbert, 1929-1930

19        Short Selling (stock exchange), 1930
            Sinnott, Arthur – Spanish Veterans, 1929-1931
            Speech Drafts, undated
            Speers, L.C. – Swift, John, 1929-1931
            Taft, William – Thornton, Eric, 1929-1931
            Time Magazine – Turner, Eugene, 1929-1931
            Underwood & Underwood – Volk, Henry, 1929-1931
            Wagonmen’s Distributors Assn. – Warren, Alice (Mrs. Frank), 1929-1931
            Washington Athletic Club – Watts, Arthur, 1929-1931
            Weeks – Westlake, E.J., 1929-1931
            Whalen, Grover – Whitney, Richard, 1929-1932
            Wickham, H. P., 1929-1930
            Wile, Frederic – Wirt, Harriet, 1929-1931
            Woolridge, A. L. Jack – Wymond, Frank, 1929-1931
            Yost, Russell – Zuhrah Temple (Shriners), 1930-1931
            Memorabilia. Christmas dinner and birthday card, 1929


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