Manuscript Collections - Lawrence Richey Papers

Oct 18, 2021

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1 linear foot, 7 linear inches (3 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Larry Richey was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on December 21, 1885.  He worked for the Treasury Department as a special investigator from 1901 to 1909. After working as an investigative journalist and editor for Everybody’s Magazine he was hired by Herbert Hoover to be a special investigator for the United States Food Administration in 1917. 

Richey was a special assistant to Secretary of Commerce Hoover and a secretary to President Hoover. After the presidency, Richey worked at the Hoover War Library arranging and describing Hoover’s Commerce and Presidential papers.

Richey retired in 1949 but served on both Hoover Commissions to Reorganize the Executive Branch of Government. He often fished with Hoover and died on December 27, 1959


Box      Contents

1          Air Power – The Coming Struggle for World Airpower, 1945
            Black Hand Confessions, 1910 (mafia, Lupo-Morello Gang)
            Book List, undated
            Carol A. Deering Wreck Investigations
                     Bureau of Lighthouses Reports, 1921
                     Clippings, 1921
                     Commerce Department Reports, 1921
                     Correspondence, 1921
                     Evidence, 1920-1921 (copies, includes 5 photographs)
                     FBI Reports, 1921, 1956
                     Treasury Department Reports, 1921
            Catoctin Camp, 1929, 1941‑1946

2          Commerce Department Rubber Investigations – Letters of Introduction and Passport,
         1923 (Charles Evans Hughes signature)
            Correspondence, 1926-1956
            Camp Rapidan maps, 1930-1931 (moved to map cases)
            Hoover, Herbert
                     Eisenhower-Hoover Luncheon Seating Arrangements, Feb 4, 1957
                     Hoover: British Promoter, circa 1928 (anti-Hoover campaign smear)
                     Hoover’s Mistakes, undated (anti-FDR smear)
                     Letters, 1954, 1956 and undated
            Hoover, J. Edgar – Letters to Richey, 1948
            Hoover Dam – Naming Controversy, 1931, 1946‑1947
                     Chicago Prostitution, 1912
                     Davies, Marion, 1930
                     Palma, Joseph A., circa 1929
                     Roumanzova, Madame, 1925 (American Relief Association)
                     Story on 1908 Election of Taft for Everybody’s Magazine, 1910
            Newspaper Clippings, 1911-1953 (3 folders, unsorted)
            Political Cartoons, 1932, 1953 and undated
            Prayer for the Bride and Groom, undated
            Rhodes, Cecil – Correspondence regarding purchase of letters by Hoover, 1926-1927
            Richey, Lawrence
                     Birthday Song, 1944
                     Christmas Card, undated
                     Employment documents, 1901-1909, 1919-1928, 1947-1955
                              (secret service and civil service)
                     Last Will and Testament, 1955
                     Obituaries, 1959
            Richey, Mabel – Obituaries, 1930
            The Secretariat in The American Mercury, Dec 1929 (article on presidential secretaries)
            Wild Boar Hunting, 1931-1936
                     Airplanes and Sailfish for Review of Reviews, Oct 1931
                     Charley Chaplin Goes to College, undated
                     The Kidnapping of Jack Thorndyke, undated (brittle, conservation)
                     Mrs. Twitter – Club Woman, undated
                     Strange Winds, undated (torn, conservation)

3          Memorabilia

4 Flat Storage Box     
            Clippings (scrapbooks)