Manuscript Collections - Vincent Starzinger Papers

Aug 20, 2021

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2 linear feet, 3 linear inches (5 LGA-S boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Vincent Starzinger, general counsel for the Des Moines Register, attended law school with Robert A. Taft. Taft and Starzinger remained life‑long friends and these papers reflect Starzinger's activities in the campaigns of 1948 and 1952. Many "behind the scenes" glimpses are provided in correspondence with Taft, David S. Ingalls, and numerous Iowa political figures.

After Taft's death in 1953, Starzinger became a member of the board of the Taft Memorial Foundation, serving until 1972. The activities of the foundation are reflected in correspondence, minutes, and plans for the memorial and its dedication.

The collection also contains a small quantity of Starzinger’s speeches, 1917‑72.


Box      Contents
1          Pre Convention 1948 Election
                     General, 1947-1948 (9 folders)
                     Financial Statements, 1948
                     State GOP Convention, 1948
            1950 Senatorial Campaign, 1949-1950 and undated (3 folders)

2          Pre Convention 1952 Election
                     General, 1951-1952 (8 folders)
                     Taft Dinner Acceptances and Rejections (2 folders)
                     Taft Dinner Thank You Letters

3                   Taft Appearances in Iowa, Oct 1951-Mar 1952 (6 folders)
                     Taft Appearances in Iowa, Apr-July 1952 (5 folders)
            Post Convention 1952 Election, 1952
            Taft's Death and Funeral, 1953

4          Taft Memorial Foundation
                     Correspondence, 1954-1972 (3 folders)
                     Clippings and Printed Matter
            Starzinger Speeches, 1917‑1972

5          Printed Matter
                     American Bar Association Annual Meetings, 1957, 1966 (2 folders)
                     American Legion, 1971-1972
                     Calendar ‘Sketches of Iowa Landmarks,’ 1968
                     CBS Reports: Storm over the Supreme Court, 1963
                     Des Moines Pioneer Club Annual Meetings, 1970-1971
                     Des Moines Register and Tribune ’20-Year Club,’ 1969-1970
                     Harvard Law School Reports, 1967-1969
                     Knight Templar [magazine], 1970-1971
                     Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Iowa, undated
                     Lincoln’s Ideals: His Personality and Principles as Reflected in His Words, 1959
                     New Age [magazine], 1971
                     Rotary Lawyers’ Roster, 1969
                     Speaker and Gavel, 1971 (contains Nicholas Cripe article on Hoover’s speaking]
                     Virginia Commission on Constitutional Government
                              Pamphlets Regarding States’ Rights, 195-1962 (3 folders)