Manuscript Collections - George E. Akerson papers

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GEORGE E. AKERSON PAPERS, 1918-1958
8 linear feet, 4 linear inches (19 LGA-S boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
George Akerson was born in Minneapolis on September 5th, 1889. He attended Allegheny College in Pennsylvania before graduating from Harvard in 1912. Akerson joined the staff of the Minneapolis Tribune as a general correspondent. In 1921 he became the Washington correspondent and was promoted to assistant managing editor in 1923. Akerson was hired as Herbert Hoover’s secretary in 1926 and helped the Presidential campaign of 1928. He served as President Hoover’s press secretary until 1931 when he left to work at Paramount-Publix in Hollywood. George Akerson died December 22, 1937.

 

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

There are numerous folders containing a small amount of material from a wide range of sources arranged alphabetically within the folders. They are indicated with the designation GROUP followed by the alphabetical range contained in the folders. 

To assist in access, some folders have keywords added after the folder dates in parenthesis. 

The collection has been divided into three series:

 

NAME AND SUBJECT FILES, 1918-1958

The bulk of this series consists of correspondence with journalists and relatives from 1926-1928 when George Akerson was Herbert Hoover's assistant in the Commerce Department. 

Material includes: correspondence, memos, clippings, articles, and speeches Arranged alphabetically. 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES CATALOG: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/597008


CAMPAIGN AND TRANSITION FILES, 1927-1929

The series contains correspondence, memos, clippings, receipts, bills, press releases and publications. The material was compiled from the presidential campaign of 1928 through the inauguration. It includes correspondence concerning the Latin America trip. 

Arranged alphabetically.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES CATALOG: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/594935


WHITE HOUSE SECRETARY FILES, 1929-1932
The series contains press secretary and 1932 presidential campaign files. Material includes: correspondence, memos, clippings and publications. Arranged alphabetically.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES CATALOG: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/594936

 

FOLDER LIST
NAME AND SUBJECT FILES
 
Box      Contents

1

GROUP Adams to Baily, 1926-1930 (3 folders)
Akerson, Charles Bailey and undated
Akerson, Charles, 1928-1932
Akerson, Frederick Blake, 1928-1930 and undated
Akerson, George

Articles and speeches by Akerson, 1919, 1930-1935 (Non-Partisan League)
Biographies, 1929-1934
Code Authority Job, 1934-1935
Hoover Assistant – Clippings, 1926-1927 and undated
Hoover Secretary, 1929-1930 and undated
Household and Financial Information, 1927-1933
Job Search, 1933-1934
Military Service, 1918-1929
Paramount-Publix Corporation Job, 1931-1934 and undated
Sale of Minneapolis House, 1928-1930

Akerson, George Jr., 1928-1930 and undated
Akerson, Harriet Blake 1928-1955 and undated
Akerson Boys Summer Camp, 1928-1930 and undated

 

2

Bailey, Robert William, 1927-1930
GROUP Baker to Collier, 1926-1934 (3 folders)
Bickford, Pollie and Robert, 1929-1930
Blake, Harriet, 1929-1931 (mother)
Blake, Horace, 1927-1930
Campaign of 1926
Congratulations, 1926
Congratulations – 1928 election (4 folders)
Congratulations – Secretary to the President A to P (5 folders)

 

3

Congratulations – Secretary to the President R to Z (2 folders) 
Congratulations – Paramount-Publix Job (6 folders)
GROUP Coolidge to Gregory, 1925-1932 (7 folders, Calvin Coolidge, Bill Donovan)
Dillon, Thomas J., 1921-1927
Gridiron Dinner, 1924-1937
Griggs, O. H., 1926

 

4

GROUP Hacking to Wright, 1920-1935 (17 folders, Tom Mix, William Taft)
Hoover, Herbert, 1927–1958
Hoover, Lou Henry, 1928-1931
New Deal, 1933
Norton, Robert L., 1927
Paramount–Publix Job Applicants
Rahn, Andrew A. D., 1926-1927
Transradio Press Service, 1935
Memorabilia – Press and Theater Passes, 1931

 

CAMPAIGN AND TRANSITION FILES
 
5

GROUP Adams to Bottomly, 1926-1928 (9 folders)
Anthony, Edward, 1928 and undated (3 folders)
Arkansas Situation, 1928
Baker, George Barr, 1927-1928
Bannister, L. Ward, 1928
Bell, James Ford, 1928
Betts, Charles Henry, 1928
Blackmar, Charles M., 1928
Booze, Eugene P.
Borders, M. W., Jr., 1927-1928

 

6

Bowen, Ivan, 1928
Bowers, Florence, 1928
Boyd, John S., 1927-1928
GROUP Boyles to Corcoran, 1926-1928 (9 folders, California trip, William Castle)
Brooks, William F., 1926-1928
Brown, Ashmun 1927-1928
Brown, Thaddeus H., 1928
Brown, Walter Folger 1928
Burton, Theodore E., 1928
Campaign Expenditures, 1928-1929
Catledge, Turner, 1928
Chase, Frank A., 1927-1928
Chenault, Fletcher 1927-1928 and undated
Cline, S. S., 1927-1928
Collier, D. C., 1927
Collisson, Charles, 1928
Colored People, 1927–1928 (2 folders) (African–Americans)

 

7

Couch, Harvey, 1927-1928
GROUP Coupal to Groves, 1927-1928 (13 folders, Hugh Gibson)
Crocker, William H., 1927-1928
Cromie, R. J., 1928 and undated
Crosby, L. O., 1927-1928
Crowther, Samuel 1927-1928
Davis, Tom 1928
Delegates, 1928
Delegates – Ohio, 1928
Donovan, William H., 1928
Dunn, Ballard 1927-1928
Durst, W. A., 1928
Fertig, August J., 1928
Field, Charles K., 1927-1928
Fox, Alan, 1928
Garner, William C., 1927-1928 and undated
Giere, Adolph, 1928
Gregory, Thomas T. C., 1927–1928 (2 folders)

 

8

Hamlin, Clarence, 1927-1928
GROUP Hamilton to Huston, 1916-1928 (8 folders, Lester Hinsdale)
Hard, William, 1927-1928
New York Herald Tribune, 1927-1928
Herron, F. L., 1928
Herter, Christian A., 1927-1928
Hevron, J. W., 1928
Hill, William H., 1928
Hinshaw, David, 1928
Horton, Robert W., 1927-1928
Hosford, Lindley M., 1927-1928
House, Irwin L., 1928-1929
Howard, James R., 1927-1928 and undated
Howard, Roy W., 1927-1928
Hubachek, Frank B., 1927-1928
Hume, Frederick W., 1927–1928 (2 folders)
Hunt, Edward Eyre, 1928
Hunt, Harry B., 1927-1928
Hurley, Patrick, May-June 1928 (African Americans, integration)

 

9

Indiana Headquarters, 1928
Irwin, Will, 1927-1928 and undated
Ives, Henry S., 1928
GROUP Jackson to Metcalf, 1927-1928 (11 folders, Ted Joslin)
Johnson, Royal C., 1927
Johnston, John LeRoy, 1928
Jones, Richard T., 1928
Kent, Frank R., 1927-1928
Kirchhofer, A. H., 1927-1928
Kuntz, Emile, 1927-1928
Ladd, Louise, 1927-1928
LaFollette League of Illinois, 1927
Lawrence, Richard W., 1927-1928
Lowden Movement, 1928 and undated

 

10

GROUP Michael to Purdy, 1927-1928 (10 folders, Ohio ballot)
Moorhead, Frank G., 1927-1928
Murphy, John B., 1927-1928
New York Hoover for President Committee Press Releases, 1928
Newspaper Clippings, 1928
Newton, Cleveland A., 1927-1928
Newton, Walter H., 1,927-1928
O'Halloran, Richard J., 1927-1928
Ormsbee, Thomas H., 1928
Pick, Lewis A., 1927-1928
Pierce, Dante M., 1927-1928
Primary Elections – Publications on 1920–1928 Elections, undated
Publicity Organization, undated

 

11

Rahn, A. A. D., 1927–1928 (4 folders)
GROUP Rasmusson to Smith C, 1927-1928 (9 folders, Richey)
Requa, Mark L., 1928
Rickard, Edgar, 1927-1928
Roe, Herman, 1927-1928
Roosevelt, Theodore Jr., 1927-1928
Rubinow, S. G., 1927-1928
Ruby, Harold A., 1928
Scripps-Howard Newspapers, 1928
Shaw, A. W., 1928
Shay, James H., 1928
Sinclair, John F., 1927-1928
Smith, Dallas B., 1927
Smith, Dana, 1928

 

12

Smith, Edward E., 1927-1928
Smith, Robert, 1928
Smith, W. Ward, 1927-1928
GROUP Snavely to White J, 1927-1928 (10 folders, Larry Sullivan, Robert Taft)
Solbert, Oscar N., 1927-1928
South American Trip, 1929
South Dakota, 1928 and undated
Stern, William, 1927-1928
Strauss, Lewis, 1928-1929
Sullivan, Mark, 1927-1928
Sullivan, T. A., 1927-1928
Sullivan, William Henry, 1927-1928
Washburn, Stanley, 1927
Washington Headquarters, 1928 (3 folders)
Weeks, H. Keith, 1927-1928

 

13

White, William Allen, 1927
GROUP Whitney to Wright, 1927-1928 (3 folders)
Wilkinson, Lupton A., 1928
Winter, Alice Ames, 1928 and undated
Wiprud, A. C., 1927-1928
Witherspoon, William, 1928
Women in the Commerce Department, 1928
Wool Growers Endorsement, 1928
Wooton, Paul, 1927-1928
Work, Hubert, 1927-192
Young, Huston, 1928

 

WHITE HOUSE SECRETARY FILES
 
13

Accomplishments of Administration in First 15 months
GROUP Ackerman to Blodgett, 1928-1931 (9 folders)
Address List
Barry, Robert T., 1929-1930
Bastedo, William, 1929-1931

 

14

Borders, M. W., 1929-1931
GROUP Borglum to Drew, 1929-1931 (9 folders, Gutzon Borglum, Richard Byrd, Cuban ambassador, Ding Darling)
Campaign of 1932
Chenault, Fletcher 1929-1931
White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, 1930
White House Conference on Child Health and Protection – Proceedings, 1930
Choate, Robert, 1929-1930
Christianson, Theodore, 1929-1930
Christmas Card List, undated
Cohen, Emanuel 1929-1930
Denton, Robert, 1929-1931

 

15

Early, Steven J., 1929-1931
GROUP Eberhart to Haupert, 1929-1931 (11 folders)
Ericsson Republican League, 1929-1931
Flathead Power Project, 1930
Gaskill, Arthur, 1929-1930
Gorham, Ira B., 1929-1931
Hammerel, William, 1929-1930
Hauck, Arthur and Polly, 1929-1931
Harvard Club of New York City, 1929-1930
Harvard-Yale Game, 1929

 

16

GROUP Haycock to Jennings, 1929-1932 (7 folders, Patrick Hurley, Italian ambassador)
Hoover, Allan, 1929-1930
Hoover, Herbert – Correspondence, 1929-1932 and undated
Hoover, Herbert – Articles and Speeches, 1929–1931 (2 folders)
Hoover, Herbert – Articles and Speeches about Hoover, 1929–1932 (3 folders)
Hoover, Herbert – Doodles, 1929-1930
Hoover, Herbert Jr., 1929-1930 and undated
House, Irwin L., 1929-1930
Hubachek, Frank R., 1929-1931

 

17

GROUP Johannes to Morsell, 1919-1931 (10 folders, Louis Mayer)
Karnopp, H.C. and Kylle, 1929-1930
Kent, Sidney R., 1929-1932 and undated
Mann, W. H., 1931
Manor Club, 1929-1930
Murphy, Frederick, 1929-1930

 

18

GROUP Nash to Shoneberger, 1929-1931 (10 folders, ambassador reception, White House photographers)
Noyes, Newbold, 1930
Paramount-Publix Corporation, 1930
Photographs and Correspondence, 1928-1929 and undated (copies)
Reference Memos, 1929-1930 and undated
Republican National Committee, 1929-1931 and undated
Schwarz, Herbert, 1929-1930

 

19

Short Selling, 1930 (stock exchange)
GROUP Sinnott to Zuhrah, 1929-1932 (12 folders, Spanish veterans, William Taft)
Speech Drafts, undated
Wickham, H. P., 1929-1930
Memorabilia – Christmas Dinner and Birthday Card, 1929


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