Manuscript Collections - Neil Macneil Papers

Oct 18, 2021

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1 linear foot, 9 linear inches (4 manuscript boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


1891    Born , Dorchester, Mass., February 6, 1891, son of John A. and Catherine (MacNeil)

1912    B.A., St. Francis Xavier University.

1914‑16        City Editor, Daily Mail, Montreal.

1916‑18        Correspondent, Montreal Gazette.

1918    Joined the staff of the New York Times.

1920    Married Elizabeth Quinn, June 28, 1920.
            Served as Sergeant Major in the Army, World War I.

1924    Assistant night telegraph editor, New York Times.

1926    Head of night cable desk, New York Times.

1927‑30        Night city editor, New York Times.

1930‑51        Assistant night managing editor, New York Times.

1932    Reorganized the Times Bureau in Washington.

1932‑48        Led Times staff covering the National political conventions.

1945    Headed staff that covered U.N. Charter Conference in San Francisco.

1951    Retired from New York Times.

1954‑55        Editorial director Hoover Commission.

1954‑58        Assistant to Herbert Hoover.

1964    Became one of Mr. Hoover's three literary executors.

1969, Dec 30        Died in Southampton, Long Island


Correspondence regarding the second Hoover Commission and the Citizens' Committee for the Hoover Report. Includes social correspondence between Hoover and MacNeil and letters received by Hoover referred to MacNeil. Arranged chronologically

SUBJECT FILES, 1940‑1969
Correspondence, clippings, copies of speeches, press releases, and printed materials regarding the second Hoover Commission and Herbert Hoover. Arranged alphabetically by



Box      Contents

1          Correspondence, 1928-1958 (11 folders)

2          Correspondence, 1959-1969 and undated (4 folders)


Box      Contents

2          Administrative Vice‑President for United States, 1956‑1964
?          Articles by MacNeil, ?
            Citizens' Committee for the Hoover Report
                     Progress of Legislation, 1956‑1959
                     Newsletter and Financial Statement, 1957‑1958
            Clippings, 1926, 1954‑1961
            Depression - Hoover's Response
                     Cover Letters, Apr 8, 1958
                     The Hoover Administration: Freezing of Prices and Wages by Agreement, undated
                     Measures and Actions Taken in the Recession and Depression During the Hoover
                              Administration – 1929-1933, undated
            Hoover Anecdotes by MacNeil, 1951‑1964 and undated
            Hoover Anecdotes Collected by MacNeil, 1957
            Hoover’s 80th and 90th Birthdays, 1954, 1964

3          Hoover Birthplace Foundation, Inc., 1955-1968 and undated (3 folders)
            Hoover Commission
                     Book by MacNeil and Metz, 1954‑1958
                     Committee of Task Force Members, 1958-1962 and undated (2 folders)
                     Legislation and Overview, 1953-1956
                     MacNeil Diary, Jan-Mar 1959
                     Memoranda, 1955‑1959 and undated
                     Press Releases, 1955 (2 folders)

4          Hoover Illnesses and Funeral
                     Medical Bulletins, 1963‑1964
                     Funeral and Emergency Arrangements, 1963‑1964
                     Funeral, 1964
            Hoover Pamphlets and Menus, 1953-1967 and undated
            McLeod, Iain, 1958 (British Minister of Labour and National Service)
            Misselwitz, Henry – Conversation with Herbert Hoover, Feb 29, 1932
            The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson, 1957‑1959
            Speeches and Statements
                     Hoover, 1940-1964 and undated (3 folders)
                     MacNeil, 1955-1961 and undated (3 folders)
                     Other Speakers, 1955‑1969 and undated
            This Week Magazine, 1961‑1962
?          Miscellaneous, undated