Manuscript Collections - Philippi Harding Butler Papers


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3 linear feet, 4 linear inches (7 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Philippi Harding Butler's first contact with the Hoover family came in 1918 when she was a senior at Stanford University and did office work for Lou Henry Hoover’s secretary Dare Stark McMullin. When Philippi completed her graduate work at Stanford in 1920, Lou asked her to stay on as a secretary. Philippi lived with the Hoover’s in their house at 2300 S St. in Washington, D.C. She resigned in 1924 to marry army lieutenant, Frederic Butler, and moved to China. Returning to California in 1926, she continued to assist Lou whenever needed.

Philippi became Lou’s White House secretary in 1931. She was in charge of responding to the pleas for assistance received during the depression. Philippi supervised the transfer of the Hoovers' possessions from the White House to their Washington, D.C. and California homes. After Lou’s death in 1944 Philippi was in charge of organizing her papers, working on them at the Hoover Institution in Stanford University until they were shipped to West Branch in 1969. Philippi Butler died in 1984.


The papers contain: correspondence, interviews, inventories, catalogs, form letters, speeches, articles, clippings, Christmas cards and artifacts. Subjects include: the Hoover household, the White House, the Hoover Presidential Library and Library Association, and the Hoover oral history program. The papers are arranged alphabetically by name and subject.


Box Contents


American Relief Administration, 1923, 1957
Automobiles, 1942
Bachrach Photography Studio, 1929, 1969
Becker's Leather Goods, 1931‑1932
Bekins Van and Storage Company, 1961‑1962
Beyer, Barnet J., 1931
Book Lists, 1933, 1962, 1966
Boone, Joel T., 1963‑1969
Bowman, Gertrude, 1961
Boxer Rebellion – Bibliography
Boys' Clubs of America, 1961
Bradley, Hugh W., 1946, 1958
Butler, Billy, circa 1934
Butler, Philippi – Obituary, 1984
Campbell, Mildred Hall, 1933‑1974
Carson, Marcile L., 1962
Chamberlain, John, 1959
Clark, Birge and Melissa, 1969‑1973
Commission on Relief to Belgium, undated
Converse, Maude, 1929
Dempsey, Elizabeth, 1961‑1964
Dwyer, Sue, 1959
Embassy Jewelers, 1958
Everest, Folsom, 1974
Fan Guild of Boston, 1960
Fitzgerald, B. "Skinnay", 1974
Fletcher, Gertrude, undated
Forty‑two Years in the White House by Ike Hoover
George A. Simonds and Company, 1931
Grandi, Dino – Visit, 1931
Green, Helen, 1936
Hackett, C. Nelson, 1920, 1976
Harding, Philippi H. – Personal File, undated
Henle, Ray, 1966‑1970 (oral history program)
Henriques, Aleda, 1933
Henry Croft, undated
Herbert Hoover

Birthplace Foundation, 1962, 1971, undated
Foundation, Newberg, Oregon, 1955
Junior High School, San Francisco, Calif., 1956
Oral History Program

Butler, Fred B.
Butler, Philippi H.

Presidential Library

L'Allier, Roland, 1962
Langone, William, 1959‑1963
Lassner, Franz, 1965‑1966
Miller, Dwight, 1966‑1973
Thalken, Thomas T., 1962, 1969‑1976
Wood, Robert, 1971‑1974


Printed Material, 1962‑1974

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association

Correspondence, 1971‑1976
News, 1972‑1974
Printed Material, 1971‑1974

Hereford, Rockwell, 1970‑1973
Holland‑Amerika Line, undated
Hoover, Allan, 1924‑1974
Hoover, Andrew, 1962
Hoover Genealogy, undated
Hoover, Herbert

Archives, 1924 and undated
Articles and Speeches, 1919‑1964
Calling Cards and Wax Seals, undated
Christmas Cards, 1913‑1964


Correspondence, 1918‑1964
Diplomas and Honorary Degrees, 1924
Gifts, 1959
Latin America Trip, 1928‑1929
Photos and Portraits, 1928

Hoover, Herbert, Jr., 1933‑1969
Hoover Household

Possessions, 1920‑1943
Secretaries, Attaches and Aides, 1959
Shipments, 1920‑1933

Hoover Institution

Correspondence, 1945‑77
Lou Henry Hoover Room Inventories, 1942-1949, 1956-1968, and undated (4 folders)
Printed Material, 1941‑1969 and undated

Hoover, Lou Henry

Correspondence, 1898-1944 and undated (2 folders)
Card Catalogues
Cross References


File Charts, undated
Inventories, 1924, 1944, 1958-1966, and undated (9 folders)
Prints, undated
Processing Procedures and Notes, 1924‑1967, undated

Biographical Outline, 1898‑1941
Cash Accounting, 1932‑1933
Clubs and Organizations

Correspondence, 1921‑1925
Cross References
List, 1920‑1944

Diplomas and Honorary Degrees, 1923‑1933
Form Letters

Notes by Lou Henry Hoover, 1931‑1932
Sample Copies
Secretary's File, 1931‑1932

Invitations Declined, 1925‑1929
John Milne, Seismologist article, 1912
People Entertained at Stanford University, 1942
Photographs and Portraits
Property Stored in Registrar's Safe, Stanford University, 1919
Requests for Assistance, 1921‑1931
Secretary's Instructions, 1925
Speeches, 1913‑1932
Wooster, Ohio, ca. 1931

Hotel Gotham, 1917

Huneke, Lydia Murray, 1974


Ingle‑Nook Studios, 1929‑1931
Julius Garfinckel & Co., 1931‑1932
Large, Jean Henry (Mrs. Guthrie), 1941‑1971
Lipman, Ruth Fesler, 1961‑1974
London County Westminster Bank, undated
McGuire, Mary M., undated
McLean, Hulda Hoover, 1965‑1974
McMullin, Dare Stark, 1925‑1934
MacNeil, Neil, 1957
Magee, Ralph W., 1933
Mann, Russell and Barbie, 1974
Mason, Frank, 1970
Miller, Bernice "Bunny," 1953-1972 (2 folders)
?Missal Disposition, 1956‑1957
Mitchell, Ruth Comfort, 1928
Monihan, William J., 1965
Monterey County (California) Recorder, 1966
?Mullendore, W., 196
Murdock, Kenneth, 1965
National Savings and Trust Co., 1924‑1926
Pan American Airways System American Clipper, 1931
Peninsula Living, 1963
Prints, Portraits, Photos and Etchings

Correspondence and Receipts

A – D, 1929‑1933 (2 folders)
Claghorn, J. C., 1931‑1934
Crandall, Berton, 1929
H – O, 1929-1933 (3 folders)
Public Buildings and Parks of the National Capitol, 1931
R, V-W, 1929‑1933 (3 folders)
Young, J. W., 1932

Hoover Collection – Card Catalog



Etchings Collection
Prints Collection

White House 

Portraits and Photographs Collection

Hoover, Lou Henry

Prindle, Mrs. Kirk H., 1974
Pryor, Helen B., 1961‑1969
Rapidan Camp, ca. 1930‑1965
Republican National Convention, 1956
Richey, Larry, 1933
Rickard, Edgar, 1933‑1934
Robinson, Henry M., 1933
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1933
San Francisco Foundation, undated
Saturday Evening Post, 1959
Security Storage Company, 1933
Shenandoah Natural History Association, 1969‑1976
Smaus, Jewel, 1960‑1967
Smith, H. Alexander, 1949
Spargo, John, 1936
Sport is Unfair to Women – Article and Comments, 1973
S.S. President Hoover, 1930‑1957
Stanford University, 1928‑1964 and undated
Stimson, Henry L., 1931
Taft, William Howard, undated
U.S. Army Reserve, 1974
U.S. Government Printing Office, 1932
West Branch Heritage Foundation, 1965
White, Helen, 1959‑1973
White House

Bookplates, Cards and Programs, 1930‑1933
Calling Cards, Lists, 1929‑1930
Etchings and Lithographs, undated
File Numbers, 1930
Guest Lists

Dinners, 1929‑1933
Diplomatic Teas, 1929, 1931 (2 folders)
Luncheons, 1929‑1932
Parties, 1931 and undated


Receptions, 1930‑1932 and undated
People Entertained, 1929‑1933

Chamber of Commerce, 1926‑1930
Education, 1929‑1930 and undated
Government, 1929‑1931 and undated
Newspapers, 1929‑1932
Religious Organizations
Republicans, 1924‑1932 and undated
Other, 1929‑1931 and undated

White, W. L., 1960
Who's Who and Why In The White House by Irwin H. (Ike) Hoover, 1934
The World's Work, April 1922
YWCA, Lou Henry Hoover Memorial, 1961‑1962
Clippings, 1923-1931, 1940-1964 and undated (3 folders)

8 (Oversize)

Photographs of Hoover, Lou, dogs, family, and friends
Birthday poem written by Russel V. Lee
Family Tree
Metal Plaque from Stanford University engraved with Mrs. Herbert Hoover
Cards with sayings in English and French
Round metal dedicated to Hoover.
Coin with Hoover’s face
Small plaque with Mrs. Herbert Hoover
Large coin with Hoover, metal with a cathedral on it, metal to Lou Henry Hoover from

Native Daughters of the Golden West (boxed)

Poster titled The Last Mile – Possible authors rendition of Bohemian Groove