Manuscript Collections - George E. Akerson papers

March 13, 2020

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GEORGE E. AKERSON PAPERS, 1918-1958
8 linear feet, 4 linear inches (19 LGA-S 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

There are numerous folders containing a small amount of material from a wide range of sources arranged alphabetically within the folders. They are indicated with the designation GROUP followed by the alphabetical range contained in the folders. 

To assist in access, some folders have keywords added after the folder dates in parenthesis. 

The collection has been divided into three series:
 

NAME AND SUBJECT FILES, 1918-1958

The bulk of this series consists of correspondence with journalists and relatives from 1926-1928 when George Akerson was Herbert Hoover's assistant in the Commerce Department. 

Material includes: correspondence, memos, clippings, articles, and speeches Arranged alphabetically. 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES CATALOG: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/597008


CAMPAIGN AND TRANSITION FILES, 1927-1929

The series contains correspondence, memos, clippings, receipts, bills, press releases and publications. The material was compiled from the presidential campaign of 1928 through the inauguration. It includes correspondence concerning the Latin America trip. 

Arranged alphabetically.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES CATALOG: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/594935


WHITE HOUSE SECRETARY FILES, 1929-1932
The series contains press secretary and 1932 presidential campaign files. Material includes: correspondence, memos, clippings and publications. Arranged alphabetically.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES CATALOG: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/594936

 

FOLDER LIST
NAME AND SUBJECT FILES
 
Box      Contents
 

1 GROUP Adams to Baily, 1926-1930 (3 folders)

  Akerson, Charles Bailey and 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 Information, 1927-1933

Job Search, 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

 

2 Bailey, Robert William, 1927-1930

GROUP Baker to Collier, 1926-1934 (3 folders)

Bickford, Pollie and Robert, 1929-1930

Blake, Harriet, 1929-1931 (mother)

Blake, Horace, 1927-1930

Campaign of 1926

Congratulations, 1926

Congratulations – 1928 election (4 folders)

Congratulations – Secretary to the President A to P (5 folders)

 

3 Congratulations – Secretary to the President R to Z (2 folders) 

Congratulations – Paramount-Publix Job (6 folders)

GROUP Coolidge to Gregory, 1925-1932 (7 folders, Calvin Coolidge, Bill Donovan)

Dillon, Thomas J., 1921-1927

Gridiron Dinner, 1924-1937

Griggs, O. H., 1926

 

4 GROUP Hacking to Wright, 1920-1935 (17 folders, Tom Mix, William Taft)

Hoover, Herbert, 1927–1958

Hoover, Lou Henry, 1928-1931

New Deal, 1933

Norton, Robert L., 1927

Paramount–Publix Job Applicants

Rahn, Andrew A. D., 1926-1927

Transradio Press Service, 1935

Memorabilia – Press and Theater Passes, 1931



 

CAMPAIGN AND TRANSITION FILES
 
5 GROUP Adams to Bottomly, 1926-1928 (9 folders)

Anthony, Edward, 1928 and undated (3 folders)

Arkansas Situation, 1928

Baker, George Barr, 1927-1928

Bannister, L. Ward, 1928

Bell, James Ford, 1928

Betts, Charles Henry, 1928

Blackmar, Charles M., 1928

Booze, Eugene P.

Borders, M. W., Jr., 1927-1928

 

6 Bowen, Ivan, 1928

Bowers, Florence, 1928

Boyd, John S., 1927-1928

GROUP Boyles to Corcoran, 1926-1928 (9 folders, California trip, William Castle)

Brooks, William F., 1926-1928

Brown, Ashmun 1927-1928

Brown, Thaddeus H., 1928

Brown, Walter Folger 1928

Burton, Theodore E., 1928

Campaign Expenditures, 1928-1929

Catledge, Turner, 1928

Chase, Frank A., 1927-1928

Chenault, Fletcher 1927-1928 and undated

Cline, S. S., 1927-1928

Collier, D. C., 1927

Collisson, Charles, 1928

Colored People, 1927–1928 (2 folders) (African–Americans)

 

7 Couch, Harvey, 1927-1928

GROUP Coupal to Groves, 1927-1928 (13 folders, Hugh Gibson)

Crocker, William H., 1927-1928

Cromie, R. J., 1928 and undated

Crosby, L. O., 1927-1928

Crowther, Samuel 1927-1928

Davis, Tom 1928

Delegates, 1928

Delegates – Ohio, 1928

Donovan, William H., 1928

Dunn, Ballard 1927-1928

Durst, W. A., 1928

Fertig, August J., 1928

Field, Charles K., 1927-1928

Fox, Alan, 1928

Garner, William C., 1927-1928 and undated

Giere, Adolph, 1928

Gregory, Thomas T. C., 1927–1928 (2 folders)

8 Hamlin, Clarence, 1927-1928

GROUP Hamilton to Huston, 1916-1928 (8 folders, Lester Hinsdale)

Hard, William, 1927-1928

New York Herald Tribune, 1927-1928

Herron, F. L., 1928

Herter, Christian A., 1927-1928

Hevron, J. W., 1928

Hill, William H., 1928

Hinshaw, David, 1928

Horton, Robert W., 1927-1928

Hosford, Lindley M., 1927-1928

House, Irwin L., 1928-1929

Howard, James R., 1927-1928 and undated

Howard, Roy W., 1927-1928

Hubachek, Frank B., 1927-1928

Hume, Frederick W., 1927–1928 (2 folders)

Hunt, Edward Eyre, 1928

Hunt, Harry B., 1927-1928

Hurley, Patrick, May-June 1928 (African Americans, integration)

 

9 Indiana Headquarters, 1928

Irwin, Will, 1927-1928 and undated

Ives, Henry S., 1928

GROUP Jackson to Metcalf, 1927-1928 (11 folders, Ted Joslin)

Johnson, Royal C., 1927

Johnston, John LeRoy, 1928

Jones, Richard T., 1928

Kent, Frank R., 1927-1928

Kirchhofer, A. H., 1927-1928

Kuntz, Emile, 1927-1928

Ladd, Louise, 1927-1928

LaFollette League of Illinois, 1927

Lawrence, Richard W., 1927-1928

Lowden Movement, 1928 and undated

 

10 GROUP Michael to Purdy, 1927-1928 (10 folders, Ohio ballot)

Moorhead, Frank G., 1927-1928

Murphy, John B., 1927-1928

New York Hoover for President Committee Press Releases, 1928

Newspaper Clippings, 1928

Newton, Cleveland A., 1927-1928

Newton, Walter H., 1,927-1928

O'Halloran, Richard J., 1927-1928

Ormsbee, Thomas H., 1928

Pick, Lewis A., 1927-1928

Pierce, Dante M., 1927-1928

Primary Elections – Publications on 1920–1928 Elections, undated

Publicity Organization, undated

 

11 Rahn, A. A. D., 1927–1928 (4 folders)

GROUP Rasmusson to Smith C, 1927-1928 (9 folders, Richey)

Requa, Mark L., 1928

Rickard, Edgar, 1927-1928

Roe, Herman, 1927-1928

Roosevelt, Theodore Jr., 1927-1928

Rubinow, S. G., 1927-1928

Ruby, Harold A., 1928

Scripps-Howard Newspapers, 1928

Shaw, A. W., 1928

Shay, James H., 1928

Sinclair, John F., 1927-1928

Smith, Dallas B., 1927

Smith, Dana, 1928

 

12 Smith, Edward E., 1927-1928

Smith, Robert, 1928

Smith, W. Ward, 1927-1928

GROUP Snavely to White J, 1927-1928 (10 folders, Larry Sullivan, Robert Taft)

Solbert, Oscar N., 1927-1928

South American Trip, 1929

South Dakota, 1928 and undated

Stern, William, 1927-1928

Strauss, Lewis, 1928-1929

Sullivan, Mark, 1927-1928

Sullivan, T. A., 1927-1928

Sullivan, William Henry, 1927-1928

Washburn, Stanley, 1927

Washington Headquarters, 1928 (3 folders)

Weeks, H. Keith, 1927-1928

 

13 White, William Allen, 1927

GROUP Whitney to Wright, 1927-1928 (3 folders)

Wilkinson, Lupton A., 1928

Winter, Alice Ames, 1928 and undated

Wiprud, A. C., 1927-1928

Witherspoon, William, 1928

Women in the Commerce Department, 1928

Wool Growers Endorsement, 1928

Wooton, Paul, 1927-1928

Work, Hubert, 1927-1928

Young, Huston, 1928



 

WHITE HOUSE SECRETARY FILES
 
13 Accomplishments of Administration in First 15 months

GROUP Ackerman to Blodgett, 1928-1931 (9 folders)

Address List

Barry, Robert T., 1929-1930

Bastedo, William, 1929-1931

 

14 Borders, M. W., 1929-1931

GROUP Borglum to Drew, 1929-1931 (9 folders, Gutzon Borglum, Richard Byrd, 

Cuban ambassador, Ding Darling)

Campaign of 1932

Chenault, Fletcher 1929-1931

White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, 1930

White House Conference on Child Health and Protection – Proceedings, 1930

Choate, Robert, 1929-1930

Christianson, Theodore, 1929-1930

Christmas Card List, undated

Cohen, Emanuel 1929-1930

Denton, Robert, 1929-1931

 

15 Early, Steven J., 1929-1931

GROUP Eberhart to Haupert, 1929-1931 (11 folders)

Ericsson Republican League, 1929-1931

Flathead Power Project, 1930

Gaskill, Arthur, 1929-1930

Gorham, Ira B., 1929-1931

Hammerel, William, 1929-1930

Hauck, Arthur and Polly, 1929-1931

Harvard Club of New York City, 1929-1930

Harvard-Yale Game, 1929

 

16 GROUP Haycock to Jennings, 1929-1932 (7 folders, Patrick Hurley, Italian ambassador)

Hoover, Allan, 1929-1930

Hoover, Herbert – Correspondence, 1929-1932 and undated

Hoover, Herbert – Articles and Speeches, 1929–1931 (2 folders)

Hoover, Herbert – Articles and Speeches about Hoover, 1929–1932 (3 folders)

Hoover, Herbert – Doodles, 1929-1930

Hoover, Herbert Jr., 1929-1930 and undated

House, Irwin L., 1929-1930

Hubachek, Frank R., 1929-1931

 

17 GROUP Johannes to Morsell, 1919-1931 (10 folders, Louis Mayer)

Karnopp, H.C. and Kylle, 1929-1930

Kent, Sidney R., 1929-1932 and undated

Mann, W. H., 1931

Manor Club, 1929-1930

Murphy, Frederick, 1929-1930

 

18 GROUP Nash to Shoneberger, 1929-1931 (10 folders, ambassador reception,

White House photographers)

Noyes, Newbold, 1930

Paramount-Publix Corporation, 1930

Photographs and Correspondence, 1928-1929 and undated (copies)

Reference Memos, 1929-1930 and undated

Republican National Committee, 1929-1931 and undated

Schwarz, Herbert, 1929-1930

 

19 Short Selling, 1930 (stock exchange)

GROUP Sinnott to Zuhrah, 1929-1932 (12 folders, Spanish veterans, William Taft)

Speech Drafts, undated

Wickham, H. P., 1929-1930

Memorabilia – Christmas Dinner and Birthday Card, 1929


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