Manuscript Collections - Gertrude L. Bowman Hoover Family Collection

March 13, 2020

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GERTRUDE L. BOWMAN HOOVER FAMILY COLLECTION, 1914-1965
2 linear inches (1 small manuscript box)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Gertrude L. Stewart, a long-time friend of Lou Henry Hoover, was born March 7, 1873 in Washington, Iowa and married Edwin George Bowman in 1902. She was a member of the American Woman’s Club in London while Lou Henry Hoover was the club’s president in 1914, assisted with managing the Hoover house at 2300 S Street, and served as executor of Lou Henry Hoover’s estate in 1944. Bowman served as executive secretary for New York’s Patriotic Service League, volunteered as Red Cross Gray Lady in New York and Virginia, and from 1924 to 1938, she was hostess at the National Girl Scouts Little House. She concluded her career by volunteering for twenty years at the Republican National Committee Headquarters library before passing away in 1965.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and copies of scrapbook pages relating to the Herbert Hoover family and household. It includes correspondence with Edgar Rickard. 

FOLDER LIST

Box      Contents

1          Correspondence Regarding Hoover Household, 1925-1939 (6 folders)
            Correspondence with Edgar Rickard, 1926-1937 (2 folders)
            Newspaper clippings regarding Hoover family, 1930-1965
            Scrapbook (photocopied pages), 1914-1955