Manuscript Collections - Henry F. Holthusen Papers

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7 linear feet, 8 linear inches (17 manuscript boxes, 1 pizza box)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

The papers of Henry F. Holthusen were given to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library on August 14, 1989 by Lenore Sutter Holthusen (Mrs. Henry F.).  Literary properties in the unpublished writings of Henry F. Holthusen have been given to the United State of America by Mrs. Holthusen.  The donation of literary properties applies to any collection given to the United States in which the unpublished writings of Henry F. Holthusen may appear.

The collection has been processed and was made available for research in August, 1990.

Henry F. Holthusen (1894‑1971)

Aug 3, 1894  Born in New York City

1915‑1917    Columbia University, graduates from Law School

1917             Serves in Judge Advocate General's Office

1920‑1934    Legal practice

1927             House, Holthusen and Mc Closkey

1934             Holthusen and Pinkhan

1931-1933    Appointed Minister to Czechoslovakia by Herbert Hoover but not confirmed
                     Counsel to Latvian and Estonian governments

1934‑53        Legal practice with Spencer Pinkham

1947-1955    Consultant to Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Visited 23 countries on a survey of economic conditions, the United States Information Agency, and the Voice of America

1950‑62        Headed delegations to Australia, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Japan, Thailand, and Turkey to advise those nations on the establishment of educational television networks.

Oct 10, 1953         Marries Lenore Adeline Sutter on October 10.

1953‑1954    Counsel to the Senate Committee on Banking during investigation of the Export‑Import Bank.

1968‑1971    Civilian inspector of the foreign service

Sep 19, 1971         Dies in New York City

Scope and Content Note

Henry F. Holthusen was born in New York City on August 3, 1894.  After graduating from the Columbia University Law School in 1917, he became a member of the prestigious New York firm Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft.  He served as an expert in maritime law in the Judge Advocate General's Office during World War I and was promoted to the rank of Major in recognition of his services.  After the war he returned to the practice of law, becoming a successful trial lawyer and counsel in many important corporate mergers and refinancing ventures.  Except for a few records concerning his service in the Judge Advocate General's Office, this early period of Holthusen's public service is virtually undocumented in the personal papers received by the Hoover Library.  The most important exception being files which reflect his participation in Republican Party activities between 1942 and 1947.

Holthusen's major public service came in the postwar years 1947-71 when he served as a consultant to several committees of the United States Senate and the State Department.  His activities for this period are reflected in files containing correspondence, clippings, reports, maps and charts, and printed matter.  Initially sought out by senators Karl E. Mundt (R-SDak) and Bourke B. Hickenlooper (R-IA), Holthusen would eventually serve as a consultant to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1947-62), the Senate Special Committee to investigate foreign aid and technical assistance programs (1956), and the Senate Banking Committee during its study of international banking practices and the operations of the Import-Export Bank in 1953-55.

In 1947 Holthusen visited 23 European countries to help the Senate Foreign Relations Committee evaluate the effectiveness of the Voice of America and the U.S. Information Agency.  Later trips took him to virtually every part of the globe in the service of the Senate, the State Department and several foreign governments.  In 1968 the State Department designated him as a civilian inspector of the foreign service, sending him to engage in inspections in Portugal, France, Senegal and Switzerland.  Many of Holthusen's trips during the early 1950's were undertaken at the request of countries that were attempting to develop educational tele-vision networks.  Although these trips entailed long absences from his family, he was convinced that these networks would provide an effective means of explaining the benefits of democracy and raising the political awareness of the general population. 

Volume: 10.5 linear feet.   Inclusive dates: 1942-1969 (bulk: 1947-65).


Box      Contents

1          Berggren invention, 1954 (oculometer)
            Capehart, Homer, 1955‑1956 (Indiana Senator)
            Commerce Department – Assistant Secretary, 1955
            Donaldson, Ray S., 1954‑1956 (Senate Committee on Banking and Currency)
            DuMont Dispatch, 1953 (Du Mont laboratories, television, newsletter)
            Export‑Import Bank of U.S., 1953‑1970
            Foreign Aid
                     General, 1955-1969 and undated (Eisenhower doctrine, foreign economic policy,
                              2 folders)
                     Capehart report, 1956 (Technical Assistance in Certain Countries of Europe)
                     Reports, 1956, 1969
                     Reports on technical assistance, 1956
                     Will Dollars Save the World by Henry Hazlitt, 1947
            Foreign Aid Study Committee, 1956 (3 folders)
            Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, 1961 (Louis Havlin estate)

2          Griffis, Stanton, 1947‑1955 (Poland, Egypt, United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees,
                     1948 election)
            Guaranty Trust Company, 1955 (Trust Indenture Act of 1939)
            Hickenlooper, Bourke B. 1942‑1965 and undated
            Higgins, Andrew J. 1947, 1952
            Higgins Boats in WWII, 1944 (Eureka News Bulletin)
            Holthusen, Henry Frank
                     Biographical Data, 1924-1941, 1944-1972 and undated (3 folders)
                     Czechoslovakian Appointment
                              Correspondence, 1933
                              Clippings, 1932‑1933 and undated
                     Speeches, 1946, 1960 and undated (democracy, Cold War, Marshall Plan,
                              2 folders)
                     World War I Judge Advocate General Office
            Holthusen, Lenore, 1957 (wife)

3          Holthusen Family Personal Correspondence, 1954‑1963 and undated
            House and Senate resolutions and report, 1953‑1954
            Institute of Current World Affairs, 1953, 1963-1964 (newsletter)
            International Broadcasting Organization Documentation and Information Bulletin, 1947
            International finance, investment and trade, 1954 and undated
            Italy – Sport Fishing Industry, 1955
            Japan – Economic Conditions, 1949‑1952
            Korean War. Psychological Warfare Leaflets Nos. 1001‑3002, 5050‑9015 (some
                     materials in Korean and Chinese, 2 folders)
            Mansfield, Mike, 1955‑1957 (Subcommittee on Technical Assistance)
            Medium‑Wave Radio, 1951‑1960 and undated (some oversized)
            Mundt, Karl E., 1948-1952, 1960-1969 and undated (South Dakota Senator, 2 folders)
            National Machine Tool Builders Association - Meeting, 1954
            New York Board of Trade Meeting, 1954
            Photographs (family, fishing, Karl Mundt, 20 items)
            Political Correspondence, 1948‑1949

4          Pompo, Francesco, 1952‑1954 (visa issue)
            Postwar Conferences – Berlin, Crimea, Teheran, 1947
            Psychological Warfare, 1951 and Is Airpower “Obsolescent”? An Essay on Fourth
                     Dimensional Warfare by Frank Rockwell Barnett, Oct 1955
            Publisher's Notebook Columns by Robert D. Lusk, 1946-1962 (includes other articles
                     and columns, 2 folders)
            Republican Politics, 1942-1947 (3 folders)
            Rosenblat, Sol, 1942, 1948, 1953
            Senate Banking Committee, 1953‑1955 and undated
            Smith, Lawrence H. 1954, 1956 (Wisconsin Congressman)
            State Department
                     Foreign Service Inspectors
                              General, 1961‑1971 and undated
                              Briefing Materials, 1968-1969

5                            France, 1966-1969
                              Handbook, 1965-1966
                                       General, 1968
                                       Correspondence, 1968 and undated
                                       Briefing Material
                              International Broadcasting Service. The Future of the International
                                       Broadcasting Service: An Engineering Option, Apr 28, 1953
            Strauss, Lewis L. 1948‑1949, 1956 and undated
            Television. Michigan State College, 1951‑1953
            Television. Clippings, 1960 and undated

6          Television: Worldwide Network Plan
                     Correspondence and Memoranda, 1950-1954 and undated (6 folders)
                     Australia, 1952
                     Clippings, 1950‑1958 and undated
                     Congressional Record, 1950‑1956 and undated
                              Television: The Business Magazine of the Industry, June 1952
                              Television and Education in the United States by Charles A. Siepmann, 1952
                              Correspondence, 1951‑1960

7                            Holthusen report. Egyptian State Telegraphs and Telephones
                                       Communication System, 1954 (4 volumes)
                              Photographs, undated (boats, Nile River, croquet, 5 items)
                              Promotional materials, 1954
                     Financial arrangements, 1954
                     Five Liberties of True Democracy. Voice of America, 1950.

8                   Guatemala, 1952‑1954 and undated (includes 2 oversize maps)
                              Clippings, 1959-1960
                              Correspondence and memoranda, 1951, 1959-1962 and undated (2 folders)
                              Holthusen liquer permits, 1959
                              A Proposed Telecommunications Relay System for India: A Preliminary Study
                                       and Proposed Microwave Plan to Expand Telecommunications
                                       Facilities by Westinghouse Electric, undated
                              Rundt market report, Aug 31, 1959
                              The Times of India – Annual 1961
                              Bills and ephemera, 1951
                              Correspondence and Memoranda, 1950-Mar 1952 (5 folders)

9                            Correspondence and Memoranda, Apr 1952-1959 and undated (6 folders)
                              Clippings, 1950-1959 and undated (2 folders)
                  Engineering manuals, 1940, 1952
                  Holthusen Interview and data, undated
                  Map of relay stations in Japan and Korea, undated
                  Matsutaro Shoriki, 1951-1952 and undated
                  Nippon Television Network Corporation, 1952 and undated
                  Notes, undated
                  Personnel lists, 1951 and undated
                  Photograph of a barrel shaped device, undated (1 item)
                  Promotional magazine and business cards, Nov 1957 and undated

10                 Latin America, 1954-1961 (2 folders)
                     Legislation, 1947‑1951 and undated
                     Maps, charts, and diagrams, undated
                     Mundt, Karl E.
                              Correspondence, 1950
                              Speeches, 1950-1951 and undated (2 folders)
                     Pan American Network. PAMCO Pan American Micro Wave Communications
                              Company, undated
                     Philippines, 1952‑1953 and undated (includes maps)
                     Sarnoff, David (Radio Corporation of America) – Speeches, 1950
                     Status of International Television, Nov 17, 1952
                     Tele-Tech: Radio-Television-Electronic Industries, 1952
                     Television Opportunities in the Development of a New Industry, 1951-1955, and
                              undated (newsletter, 2 folders)

11                 Television Standards
                     Thailand, 1954
                              Correspondence, 1951-1953 (2 folders)
                              Clippings, 1952
?                            Holthusen Report, 1951
                                       Printed copy

?12                        Miscellaneous
                     World Television Foundation
                     Banking and Currency Committee, 1954
                     Foreign Relations Committee
                              1950 Far East
?                                     Miscellaneous
                              1951-1956 4 folders)
                              1957 Europe
                                       Correspondence and memoranda
?                                     Bills, etc.
?                                     Diaries
?                                     Photographs
                              1962 Far East
                                       Correspondence and memoranda

?13                                 Bills, etc.
                                                Correspondence and memoranda
?                                              Clippings and printed matter
?                                              Photographs
?                                     Photographs and post cards
                              1963 Latin America

?14                                 Miscellaneous
?                                     Photographs
                     State Department
                              Correspondence and memoranda, 1959‑1960
?                            Expenses
?                            Photographs and post cards
?                            Souvenirs and miscellaneous
?                   United States Information Service (and USIA), 1948‑1970 and undated
                     Voice of America, 1947-1960 and undated (4 folders)

?15      Miscellaneous

?16      Printed Matter

?17      Printed Matter

?20      Historical Newspapers and Magazines

?18      OVERSIZE
            Japanese photo albums (three volumes)
                     1. Photos from Japan
                     2. Photos from business trip to Japan
                     3. Photos from business trip to Japan, some pictures of Geisha

Capehart, Homer. See Also:
            1. Foreign Aid: Capehart Report, 1956
            2. Trips: Foreign Relations Committee: Europe, 1957
Japan. See Also:
            1. Television: Worldwide Network Plan: Japan
            2. Trips: Foreign Relations Committee 1957
            3. Trips: Foreign Relations Committee 1962: Far East – Japan
Mundt, Karl E. See Also: Television: Worldwide Network Plan: Mundt Speeches

Moved “Japan: Miscellaneous, 1952” to “Japan – Economic Conditions”
Removed “State Dept. Printed Materials (2 folders)” general information brochures, etc.
            unrelated to Holthusen’s work
Removed “Studebaker‑Packard Merger, 1954” unrelated to Holthusen or any other activities
            documented in the collection
Expanded India – miscellaneous and printed matter
Expanded Japan – miscellaneous and printed matter

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