Manuscript Collections - Theodore G. Joslin Papers

March 13, 2020

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THEODORE G. JOSLIN PAPERS
 7 linear feet and 10 linear inches (18 manuscript boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Joslin was born in Leominster, Massachusetts in 1890. After graduating from high school, he took a job with the Boston bureau of the Associated Press, rising from office boy to correspondent. In 1913 he joined the staff of the Boston Evening Transcript. In 1916 the Transcript sent him to its Washington DC bureau, and he became chief correspondent there in 1924. From 1916 to 1931, he was also on the staff of World’s Work, a Progressive monthly magazine and also contributed to other magazines. He married Rowena A. Hawes in 1913, and had two sons, Richard and Robert Joslin. Joslin was hired as Press Secretary in 1931 by Hoover to replace George Akerson. Joslin had previously written a very positive article about Hoover for World’s Work and had been asked in 1925 by Calvin Coolidge to become his Press Secretary.

Joslin’s appointment inspired one reporter to quip, “his appointment is the first known instance of a rat joining a sinking ship.” Joslin is only mentioned once, in a tabular listing of personal staff, in the three volumes of Hoover’s memoirs. It is apparent in the diaries that Joslin greatly admired Hoover, could find no redeeming qualities in Hoover’s enemies and was close to Hoover in political philosophy.

After Hoover left office, Joslin used selections from the dairies as the foundation for his 1934 book, Hoover Off the Record. Other selections were included the 1998 book
Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt: A Documentary History by Timothy Walch and Dwight Miller.

In 1933 Joslin began writing for the Washington Reports of the statistician Rodger Babson, and served as the President of the News-Journal Company of Wilmington Delaware, In 1939, he became director of public relations for the DuPont Company, a job that he held until his death in 1944.

FOLDER LIST

NAME AND SUBJECT FILES
 
Box     Contents

1          A – General, 1931-1936
            Adams, Charles F., 1931
            Alber & Wickes, Inc., 1935-1936
            Allen, Ben S., 1935
            Allen, Henry J., 1932
            American Liberty League, 1936
            B – General, 1932-1936
            Baker, George Barr, 1932
            Bates, Sanford, 1933
            Boston Evening Transcript, 1920-1935
            C – General, 1931-1936
            Campaign of 1928
            Campaign of 1932
            Campaign of 1936
            Carnegie, Dale, 1934
            Castle, William R., 1931-1934
            Clements, Edward B., 1931
            Coolidge, Calvin, 1929-1932
            Cowles, John, 1934
            Cox, Channing H., 1931-1932
            D – General, 1931-1936
            Davison, F. Trubee, 1933
            Dawes, Charles G., 1928
            Debuchi, Katsuji (Japanese Ambassador), 1931
            E – General, 1931-1936
            F – General, 1932-1935
            Fawcett, James Waldo, undated
            Fletcher, Henry P., 1934
            G – General, 1931-1936
            Gibson, Hugh, 1931-1936
            Gifford, Walter S., 1934
            Gridiron Club, 1931
            H – General, 1931-1936
            Hilles, Charles D., 1932-1934
            Hinshaw, David, 1935

2          Hoover Administration
                        Agricultural Relief, 1933
                        Banking Crisis, 1933
                        Bonus March and Communist Activities, 1932
                        Bureau of Budget, Federal Expenditures, 1932
                        Cabinet, Average Age of Members, 1913-1933
                        Commerce Department, 1932
                        Constitutional Amendments, 1933
                        Correspondence
                                    Incoming, 1931-1933

3                                  Outgoing, 1931–1933 (4 folders)
                        Depression Aids by Federal Government, 1931
                        Economic Development Program, 1932
                        El Salvador, 1933
                        Immigration, 1932
                        Income Tax Revenue Statements, 1931
                        International Silver Conference, 1932
                        Invitations, 1931
                        Moratorium on War Debts, 1931
                        Muscle Shoals, 1932
                        National Credit Corporation, 1931
                        Newspaper Editors Conference, 1932
                        Presidential Miles Traveled, 1909-1931
                        President's Engagements, 1932-1933
                        Progress Reports, 1931-1932
                        Prohibition, 1931-1932
                        Public Commissions, 1932

4                      Public Statements, 1929 – October, 1931 (7 folders)

5                      Public Statements, November 1931 – September 1932 (7 folders)

6                      Public Statements, October – November 1932 (5 folders)

7                      Public Statements, December 1932 – March 1933 (3 folders)

8                      Reconstruction Finance Corporation, 1932
                        Reorganization of the Executive Departments, 1931-1932
                        Rickard, Edgar, 1932
                        Smoot-Hawley Act, 1931
                        Trans-Atlantic Telephone, 1931-1932
                        Treasury Department, 1931
                        Veterans Hospital, 1932
                        Washington Press, 1931
                        White House Disbursing Clerk, 1932
                        White House Telephone, 1931
            Hoover, Herbert
                        College and University Degrees, 1895-1931
                        Democratic National Committee – Personal Attacks, 1929-1932
                        Economy Program, 1930-1932
                        Gridiron Speeches, Excerpts, 1929-1932
                        Holograph Materials, 1932
                        Minthorn, Matilda W., 1932
                        Press Conferences, 1931-1932 (2 folders)

9                      Press, 1933
                        Press Relations, 1931-1932
                        Prohibition Statements, 1925-1932
                        Public Statements
                                    1925, 1928 (2 folders)
                                    Depression, 1932
                                    Drought Relief, 1932
                                    Messages to 72nd Congress, 1932
                                    Opposition to Exorbitant Proposals, 1932
                                    Prohibition, 1932
                                    Vetoes, 1932
                                    1935-36
                        Quotations by Subject, 1920-1933
                        Roosevelt, Franklin D., 1932
            Hoover, Irwin (Ike), 1933
            Hope, Walter, 1932
            Hughes, Charles Evans, 1916

10        I – General, 1931-1935
            Immigration, undated, 1929-1932
            Irwin, Will, 1933
            J – General, 1928-1936
            Jahncke, Ernest Lee, 1931-1933
            Joslin, Theodore G.
                        Addresses, 1934-1935
                        Diary, 1931-1933 (3 folders)
                        Diary Excerpts, 1931-1933
                        Press Releases
                        Publications
                                    American Magazine, 1936
                                    Babson's Reports, 1936
                                    Better Homes & Gardens, 1932
                                    Brandt & Brandt, 1934-1935
                                    Chanbrun, Jacques, 1935

11                                Charles Scribner's & Sons, 1933
                                                Correspondence
                                                Hoover After Dinner
                                    Doubleday, Doran & Co.
                                                Correspondence, 1933-1936 (2 folders)

12                                            Hoover Off the Record - drafts 1-3 (3 folders)

13                                            Hoover Off the Record - drafts 4-6 and fragments (4 folders)

14                                New York Herald Tribune, 1933-1935
                                    Liberty, 1934
                                    McCall's, 1934-1935
                                    McGraw-Hill, 1934
                                    North American Newspaper Alliance, 1933
                                    Reader's Digest, 1935
                                    Redbook, 1934-1935
                                    Saturday Evening Post, 1935-1936
                                    The Sportsman, 1934
                                    Today, 1935-1936
                                    United Press Associations, 1933
                                    Unpublished Manuscripts (2 folders)
                        Townsend Plan, 1935

15        K – General, 1931-1936
            Keim, George deB., 1931-1933
            Kellogg, Vernon, 1932
            Kent, Frank R., 1932
            Kirchhofer, Alfred H., 1936
            Knox, Frank, 1931-1933
            L – General, 1931-1936
            Lamont, Robert P., 1933
            Leach, Paul, 1931
            Lewis, John L., 1931
            Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1922
            Mc – General, 1933-1934
            M – General, 1931-1936
            Mills, Ogden L., 1933-1934
            Mitchell, William D., 1932
            Myers, William Starr, 1931
            N – General, 1931-1936
            National Capital Republican Club, 1934
            National Congressional Committee, 1934
            New York Times, 1931
            Newton, Walter F., 1935
            O – General, 1931-1933
            O'Laughlin, John Callan, 1933
            P – General, 1931-1936
            Photographs
            Platforms of the Two Great Political Parties, 1856-1932
            Political Cartoons, 1932
            R – General, 1931-1936
            Reed, David A., 1922-1934

16        Republican National Committee
                        Campaign Literature, 1928-1936 (3 folders)
                        Democratic Party, Pledges, Promises & Proposals, 1933
                        Press Releases, 1932
            Rickard, Edgar, 1932-1935
            Roberts, Roy A., 1931-1936

17        Roosevelt, Franklin D.
                        Federal International Banking Co., 1928
                        Opinions by Democrats, 1932
                        Promises, 1932-1933
                        Topical Index of Subjects Discussed, 1917-1932
            Roosevelt, Theodore, 1918, undated
            Roosevelt, Theodore Jr., 1934-1935
            Ryan, John P., 1932-1936
            S – General, 1931-1934
            Shaw, Arch W., 1934
            Smith, Alfred E., 1931
            Stearns, Frank W., 1929
            Stimson, Henry L., 1929
            Strauss, Lewis L.,  1932-1934
            Strother, French &  Grace, 1931-1934
            T – General, 1931-1936
            U – General, 1931-1933
            V – General, 1931-1936
            W – General, 1932
            Wells, Herbert George (H. G.), 1934
            Wilhelm, Donald. Stillmore Contrasts, 1932
            Williamson, S. T., 1932
            Wilson, Woodrow, 1913

18        Z – General, 1931
            Clipping File, 1931–1937, undated (5 folders)

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