Manuscript Collections - Arthur Kemp Papers

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2 linear feet, 8 linear inches (6 LGA-S boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Arthur Kemp was born on January 29, 1916 in Buffalo, New York

B.S.     University of Buffalo, 1939
M.B.A. Northwestern University, 1940
Ph.D.  New York University, 1949

Academic positions:
Assistant Professor, Earlham College,  Richmond, Indiana, 1941
Instructor in Economics, Yale University, 1941-43
Assistant Professor, Adelphi College, Garden City, New York, 1946
Instructor in Economics, School.of Commerce, New York University, New York City, 1946-1950
Assistant Professor, School of Commerce, New York University, New York, N.Y., 1950-1953
Professor of Economic Education, Claremont Men's College, Claremont, California, 1953-1955
Charles M. Stone Professor of Money & Credit, Claremont Men's College, Claremont,
California, 1955-1981
Professor Emeritus, Economics, Claremont McKenna College

Other  positions:
Statistician, Office of the Air Surgeon, USAAF, School of Aviation Medicine, Randolph Field,
            Texas, 1943-46.
Research assistant to Herbert Hoover, assisting in the preparation of The Memoirs of Herbert
            Hoover, and in the preparation of all public addresses made by Hoover, 1946-53. Research assistant to the Chairman, Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of
            the Government, 1947-48.
Director, Department of Economic Research, American Medical Association, 1959-60

Herbert Hoover hired Arthur Kemp in 1943 as his principal a research assistant. They worked together until 1953 when Kemp joined the faculty of Claremont Men's College in California. Kemp spent summers at the Hoover Institution doing research for Hoover’s Magnum Opus, known over the years as the War Book, Freedom Betrayed, and Lost Statesmanship. A version edited by George Nash was published in 2011 as Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath.


The collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, drafts, articles, speeches, and book reviews.


Box      Contents

1          Ackerman, Adolph J. – Articles on Engineering, 1958, 1964‑1965, 1971, 1974
                     (articles on engineering)
            American Economic Association – Kemp Presentation on Economics and Changing
                     Technology, 1956
            American Enterprise Association – The Role of Government in Developing Peaceful
                     Uses of Atomic Energy by Kemp – Legislative Analysis: The Economic Status of
                     the Aged, 1956, 1958‑1959, 1961
            American Institute for Economic Research – Memorandum on a Graduate Program in
                     the Behavioral Sciences with Emphasis on Economics, 1957‑1958
            American Medical Association
                     The Challenge of Medical Insurance by C. Marshall Lee, Jr. for NEJM,
                              Feb 18, 1960
                     The Constitution of Liberty by Kemp for JAMA, Feb 20, 1960
                     Economic Status of the Aged by Kemp, Apr 23, 1960
                     Freedom of Choice by Kemp for JAMA, Feb 27, 1960
                     Medical Care Costs in an Extended Inflation by Kemp for JAMA, Oct 29, 1960
                     National Congress on Prepaid Health Insurance, May 13-14, 1960
                              Increasing Demands vs, Increasing Costs by Kemp
                              Luncheon Addresses: The Federal Government and Voluntary Health
                                       Insurance, and The Dread Enemy (socialized medicine)
                     Planning Care of the Aged Rebuttal Letter by Kemp, Nov 12, 1959
                     A Profile of the Aging: U.S.A. by Wiggins and Schoeck, undated
                     Some Observations on Financial Assets of the Aged and Forand-Type Legislation
                              by Kemp and Martin for JAMA, Oct 31, 1959
            Benson, Ezra Taft – Mormon Promotional Materials, 1977 and undated
            Benson, Ezra Taft – The Productive Base of Society: The Case for the Free Market
                     Address, May 16, 1977
            Burns, Arthur – Pathways to Stable Prosperity Lecture, Nov 9, 1965
            California Taxpayers Association, 1956, 1958
            Camp, Loretta – Social Correspondence, 1956, 1965
            China – Memorandum on Communist Influence Over America’s China Policy and the
                     Persons Concerned, 1950 (includes sections on The Institute of Pacific Relations
                     and Owen Lattimore, 62 pages)
            Claremont College
                     Annual Reports, 1956, 1958
                     Classes Fellowships, and Students, 1955-1965
                     Correspondence, 1958, 1969
                     Essay on Political and Economic Liberty by Kemp, 1954
                     Honnold Library, 1958, 1971

2                   Institute on Freedom and Competitive Enterprise
                              Correspondence and Promotional Material, 1954‑1961
                              Lecture Transcripts
                                       Friedman, Milton
                                                Monopoly and the Rule of the State and Government Relief and
                                                          Elemosynary Activities, June 21 and 24, 1955
                                                         (includes photo)
                                                Economic Theory: Price System, Money Supply, and Economic
                                                         Activity, Oct 25, 1955
                                                On Education, undated                                              
                                       Rueff, Jacques – Forty Years of Monetary Experiments,
                                                June 18 and 22, 1955 (two lectures, includes photo)
                                       Wright, David McCord
                                                Weaknesses in the Free World, June 13, 1955
                                                Liberal Capitalist Democracy, June 15, 1955
                                                The Modern Confusion: Capitalism and Private Property,
                                                         June 24, 1955
                                                Capitalism, Socialism, and Economic Growth, undated
                                       Jewkes, John – The Welfare State in Great Britain, June 1959
                     Press Releases, 1954, 1959 and undated
                     Promotional Materials, 1956-1981 (scattered)
            Collectivism Manuscript (material used in Hoover’s memoir on the Great Depression,
                              Freedom Betrayed, and the Crusade Years)
                     Chronology, 1933‑1944
                     Economic Index Numbers, New Deal Manipulation, 1950
                     Research Notes, 1919-1950 (3 folders)
                     Statistical Tables, 1925‑1948
                     The Aftermath, 1933‑1940 (galley)
            Committee for Monetary Research and Education Conference, 1974 (includes
                     International Liquidity: The Misbegotten Myth and Possible Remedies for Price
                     Inflation by Kemp)
            Committee for Monetary Research and Education Conference, 1975 (includes From
                     Barter to SDRs – High Principles or High Jinks and American Banking by Kemp)
            Committee for Monetary Research and Education Conference, 1976 (includes The
                     Monetarist System by A. James Meigs, and The Monetary System Under a Gold
                     Standard by Kemp)
            Committee for Monetary Research and Education Conference, 1977
            Committee for Monetary Research and Education Conference, 1978 (includes God,
                     Gold and Governments by Kemp)
            Dewey, Thomas E. – Letters to Herbert Hoover, 1949, 1956 (HH Senate appointment)

3          Eisenhower, Dwight D. – Thank You to Kemp, Nov 10, 1956
            Election of 1932 – Handwritten Notes on Popular Vote, undated
            Encyclopedia Britannica – Kemp Piece on Greenbacks, 1959‑1967
                     Citations in Congressional Record, 1950 (2 folders)
                     People Mentioned in Testimony, House Committee on Un-American Activities
                              (HUAC) – Biographical Information, 1950
            Freedoms Foundation Seminar, 1971‑1972 (includes lecture outline on free economy
                     vs. controlled economy)
            Friedman, Milton – Letter and Response Regarding HHPLA Essay Contest, 1973
            Hayek, F. A. – Essays: The Intellectuals and Socialism and The Moral Element in Free
                     Enterprise, 1949, and undated
            Herbert Hoover Birthplace Foundation – Memo Regarding Objectives, 1966, 1969
            Herbert Hoover Centennial Award by the Iowa Engineering Society, Aug 8, 1974
            Herbert Hoover Foundation (New York) – Routine Financial, 1969‑1970
            Herbert Hoover Oral History Program, 1968‑1971
            Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
                     Correspondence, 1966-1979
                     Directorship, 1968‑1970
                     Seminars, 1974‑1983
            Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, 1969-1973
            Hoover, Allan - Correspondence, 1958-1970 (2 folders)
            Hoover, Herbert
                     Boys Clubs of America – Hoover 75 Birthday Message, Sep 22, 1949 (map case)
                     Bohemian Club Presentation to Hoover by Clarence Budington Kelland,
                              July 31, 1954
                     Clippings, 1947‑1979
                     Correspondence, 1948‑1963
                     Photograph, undated (copy, original to av)
                     Social Security Legislation – Draft Letter to Robert Doughton, Apr 1949 (9 pages)
                     Speeches, 1919-1921, 1948-1960 (2 folders)
                     Statement on Stock Market Speculation and Financial Issues, 1925‑1926
            Hoover, Herbert (Pete) III - Correspondence, 1970

4          Hoover Institute and Library on War, Revolution, and Peace – History of Hoover’s
                     Involvement, 1936, 1956‑1959
            Industry Education Relations Conference – Expected Attendance, June 9-10, 1966
            Institute for Humane Studies, 1971 and undated (includes Prices and Property Rights
                     by Kemp)
            Institute of World Affairs Conference – Democracy on Trial – Program, 1956
            Jewkes, John – British Experiment in State Planning, May 1948
            Kemp, Arthur
                     Resumes, Activity and Publication Lists, 1942‑1971
                              General, 1941‑1972
                              Freeman, 1945‑1952
                              Il Politico, 1957-1972 (2 folders)
                              Il Politico, Cumulative Index, 1950‑1974
                              Modern Age, 1958‑1980
                                       Book Reviews, 1948‑1982, and undated
                              Hoover and the home loan banks, 1951
                              The Legal Qualities of Money, 1956

5                   Photographs
                     Speeches, 1954-1972 (2 folders)
                     Speeches and articles in foreign countries, 1958‑1976
                     Clippings, 1948‑1978
            Keynes, John Maynard, 1946‑1951
            Lehrman, Lewis E. – Monetary Policy, the Federal Reserve System and Gold, undated
            Livingston, Walter (Jack), 1956‑1958
            Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, 1957‑1968
            Lyons, Eugene, 1948
            McMullin, Dare Stark, 1956
            Mercurio, 1967‑1973
            Meyer, Frank S. – Testimony, 1957
            Mont Pelerin Society, 1973‑1978, and undated
            Morley, Felix, 1958‑1979
            National Industrial Conference Board – Atomic Energy in Industry, 1955
            National Recovery Act, 1931‑1948
            New York University, 1952‑1958
            Philadelphia Society, 1966‑1979
            Presidents' Tax Recommendations, House Ways and Means Committee, 1961
            Public Utilities Fortnightly, 1958

6          Research Committee on Social Trends, 1930
            Revista de Trabajo, 1958
            Roosevelt, Franklin D.
                     F.D.R., His Personal Letters
                     Speeches, 1932
                     Clippings, 1948‑1973
            Schoeck, Helmet, 1962
            Social Security Legislation SEE: Herbert Hoover draft letter, 1949
            Southern California Council in Economic Education, 1954
            Spahr, Walter E., Economists National Committee on Monetary Policy, 1956‑1959
            Stanford Research Institute, undated
            Stanford University, 1957
            Strauss, Lewis L., 1952-1959 (2 folders)
            Sullivan, Mark, 1925‑1931
            Symposium on Individuality, Princeton, 1956
            Thalken, Thomas T., 1956‑1957 (director Hoover Presidential Library)
            Tybout, Richard A., 1956
            United States State Department, 1958‑1959
            University of Buffalo, 1954‑1962
            University of Chicago Round Table, transcript, 1952
            University of Illinois. Bailey Memorial Chair, 1958
            Walcott, Frederic C., 1949
            War Book (Freedom Betrayed)
                     Correspondence, 1942‑1961 and undated
                     Herbert Hoover holographs
                     Lost Statesmanship – Notes, 1954
                     Research clippings, 1955‑1983, and undated
                     Yalta – Fall of China, 1945‑1950 (galley)
            Wedemeyer, Albert C., 1954
            Welfare Activities – Medical, 1960
            Zirkle, Conway, 1953‑1956


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