Manuscript Collections - Katherine Milbank Collection

Oct 18, 2021

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Katherine Milbank Collection
5 linear feet, 3 linear inches
(12 manuscript boxes and one scrapbook)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Katherine Schulze was born in 1898 and attended Miss Spence’s School.  In 1919, she married Jeremiah Milbank, a New York City businessman and financier.  Katherine Milbank became active in philanthropy, supporting: the Maternity Center Association; Seeing Eye, Inc.; and the Ladies Christian Union.  She died on October 24, 1969 of a heart attack suffered while a luncheon guest of the Reverend Billy Graham.

The Milbank’s friendship with the Hoovers began in the 1920s and lasted nearly 40 years as they often socialized over dinner, card games and holidays. They shared philanthropic interests such as the Institute for the Crippled and Disabled, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and other New York-based charities.


The Katherine Milbank collection contains material relating to Herbert Hoover including: reports, correspondence, speeches, clippings and photographs. Some of the materials were collected by Milbank, as she states in her oral history that she picked up versions of Hoover’s speeches as he redrafted them, while others were given to her by Hoover.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by topic or type of material. The bulk of the collection consists of copies of Hoover’s speeches which are arranged chronologically and document Hoover’s views over the last 35 years of his life.  Several speeches include Hoover’s notes and a cover letter, and some speeches include letters reflecting public reaction.


Box      Contents
 1         Economic Mission to Germany and Austria, Chairman, Herbert Hoover, 1947
                     Report Number One, German Agriculture and Food Requirements, Feb 1947
                              Printed Copy
                     Report Number Two, Austrian Agriculture and Food Requirements, Mar 1947
                              Draft and Printed Copy
                              Drafts (3 folders)
                     Report Number Three, German Reconstruction, March 24, 1947
                              Printed Copy
                              Drafts (5 folders)
            Herbert Hoover
                     74th Birthday – Excerpt from Lowell Thomas Broadcast, Aug 10, 1948
                     74th Birthday – Telegrams, 1948

2                   Correspondence, 1933, 1946, 1948, and undated (7 folders)
                     Correspondence with photographs, Aug-Sep 1948
                     Letters to the Milbanks, 1930-1959 (6 folders)
3                   Letters to the Milbanks, 1960-1964, and undated (3 folders)
                     Lou Henry Hoover letters to the Milbanks, 1929-1942
            Herbert Hoover Speeches and Articles
                     Armistice Day, Nov 11, 1929 (annotated reading copy, peace)
                     A check-up of the Food Front, June 8, 1943 (annotated reading copy)
                     Address to the Republican National Convention, Chicago, June 30, 1944
                              (annotated reading copy, cover letter)
                     Freedom in America and the World
                              Reading Copy, June 27, 1944 (annotated)
                              Drafts (6 folders)

4                   Philadelphia, Apr 19, 1945 (annotated reading copy, League of Nations, United
                     Starvation in the Liberated Countries, May 7, 1945 (annotated reading copy)
                     Chicago Boys’ Club, June 6, 1945 (annotated reading copy)
                     The San Francisco Charter and the Progress toward Enduring Peace, July 18,
                              1945 (printed annotated reading copy, United Nations)
                     Postwar Foreign Loans, Sep 17, 1945
                     Economic Recovery from War, Oct 8, 1945
                     Moral and Spiritual Recovery from War, Oct 13, 1945
                     Lincoln Day Dinner, Feb 12, 1946
                     Emergency Conference on European Cereal Supplies, Apr 15, 1946
                     Cairo, Egypt Radio Address, Apr 19, 1946
                     Bombay Radio Address, Apr 14, 1946
                     Famine Emergency Committee, May 17, 1946
                     World Famine, June 5, 1946
                     Appreciation for Canada’s Relief Aid, June 28, 1946
                     The Right to Strike, Dec 1946
                     Open Letter to John Tabor, May 26, 1947 (3 folders)
                     Open Letter to Styles Bridges, June 1947 (3 folders)

5                   Princeton University, June 16, 1947
                     George Washington’s Birthday, Feb 22, 1948
                     Republican National Convention, June 22, 1948
                     The Meaning of America, Aug 10, 1948
                              Typescripts and Reading Copy
                              Proof Copies
                              Broadcast Clippings
                              West Branch, Iowa, Ceremonies
                              Newspaper clippings (3 folders)

6                            Newspaper clippings, (3 folders)
                     The Miracle of America, Oct-Nov 1948
                     Give Us Self-Reliance – or Give Us Security, 1949
                     How to Save Four Billions, May 3, 1949
                     Ohio Wesleyan University, May 15, 1949
                     Institute for the Crippled and Disabled, June 6, 1949
                     Think of the Next Generation, Aug 10, 1949
                              Published Booklets
                              Final Changes
                              Galley Proofs (2 folders)
                              Drafts (2 folders)

7                            Second draft
                              Third draft
                                       General (7 folders, arranged alphabetically)
8                                     Engineers
                                       Federal Government Officials
                                       Heads of Industry
                                       Leading Citizens
                                       Organizations and Clubs
                                       Public Officials
                                       Stanford University
                                       University Personnel
                                       Letter Correcting the Associated Press Publication of Speech
                                       Published Appreciation of Speech
                                       Thank you letters from Hoover

9                   Salvation Army Luncheon, Dec 14, 1949
                     William Allen White Memorial, July 19, 1950
                     The Voice of World Experience, Apr 27, 1950
                     Boys’ Club, May 18, 1950
                     World Peace and the United Nations, July 11, 1950
                     Where Are We Now? Oct 19, 1950
                     When Disarmament Can Come, Nov 7, 1950
                     Our National Policies in this Crisis, Dec 20, 1950
                     Eightieth Birthday, 1951
                     Untitled, Dec 31, 1951
                     The Year since the Great Debate, Jan 17, 1952
                              Reading Copy
                              Printed Copies
                              Drafts (6 folders)

10                 Christmas Speech, Dec 15, 1952
                     Editorial Comment on an Address, Apr 11, 1953
                     International Benjamin Franklin Society, Dec 14, 1953
                     Berlin Senate, 1954
                     Benjamin Franklin, Jan 12, 1954
                     Farm-City Conference, May 25, 1954
                     Three Speeches in Germany, ca. 1954
                     Notes for Address to Task Forces, 1955
                     Our American Way of Life, Aug 10, 1955
                     The Karl Marx Way of Life, Apr 16, 1956
                     Centennial Convention of the Republican Party, Aug 21, 1956
                     Remarks at Cooper Union Convocation Dinner, October 9, 1956
                     Inflation, Feb 4, 1957
                     United Engineers Societies, Nov 21, 1957
                     The Citadel, Jan 13, 1958
                     Brussels, July 1950
                     Dunlevy Milbank Children’s Center, Dec 28, 1958
                     Thank You Miss Gray, July 1959
                     Boys’ Clubs of America, Dec 1959
                     National Council of United Presbyterian Men, Feb 13, 1960
                     Cornerstone Ceremony, Boys’ Clubs of America, May 1, 1960
                     Boys’ Clubs of New York city, May 5, 1960

11                 Cornerstone Laying Ceremony, Boys’ Clubs of America, May 16, 1960
                     Republican National Convention, Chicago. July 25, 1960
                     Dedication of the National Headquarters, Boys’ Clubs of America, Oct 18, 1960
                     Boys’ Clubs of America, Board Meeting, Dec 5, 1960
                     Dutch Treat Club ‘Off the Record Speech’ May 23, 1963
                     Introduction of Nansen Radio Program, Oct 10, 1961
                     Tribute to General MacArthur, Oct 25, 1961
                     Christmas Message, Draft, Nov 17, 1961
                     Engineers’ Building Dedication, undated
                     Katanga, undated
                     On Government, undated
                     Six Dangerous Crises, undated
                     Tubingan University, undated
                     What Is A Boy? Undated
            Diary of Maurice Pate, 1946
            Memorial Service for Herbert Hoover, Oct 23, 1984
            Miscellaneous Letters, Photos, Clippings, 1914-1964

12        Clippings
                     Brussels, 1958 (6 folders)
                     Death of Herbert Hoover, Oct 23, 1964 (2 folders)

13 Oversize
            Scrapbook – Herbert Hoover’s 80th birthday celebration, 1954
            The Personal Memoirs of Herbert Hoover, Collier’s, Feb 17, 1951 (inscribed to Kitty)