Manuscript Collections - George A. Hastings Personal Papers

2022

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GEORGE A. HASTINGS PERSONAL PAPERS, 1915-1956
3 linear feet, 11 linear inches (9 manuscript boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

George Aubrey Hastings was a writer, public relations man, and social welfare advocate who served on Herbert Hoover’s White House Conference on Child Health. Hastings was born March 26, 1885 and started work as a newspaper reporter in 1906. In 1916 he worked for the New York State Charitable Aid Society, writing a series of articles on care and treatment of disabled and delinquent children. His work on current events, child welfare and education led Hoover to appoint him to direct publicity for Child Health efforts from June 1931 until February 1933. Hastings then returned to public relations and teaching at New York University. Hastings died March 30, 1956.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The papers contain correspondence, journals, diaries, scrapbooks, speeches, articles, clippings, photographs, and invitations. Hastings’ work for the Hoover administration is documented by articles and addresses. Arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.

FOLDER LIST

Box Contents

1

Correspondence

General, 1931-1953
Hoover, Herbert, 1931-1964
Willkie, Wendell, 1940-1944
Journals and Diaries, 1915-1926 (12 folders)

2

Journals and Diaries,  1927-1941 (15 folders)

3

Journals and Diaries,  1942-1956 (13 folders)

4

Scrapbooks, 1935-1955 (6 volumes)

5

Topical Files

Addresses by Hastings, 1921-1950 and undated (6 folders)
Articles and Books, Drafts, Boyhood Revisited, 1933

6

Focusing the Public Mind, 1935-1940 (3 folders)
1927-1955 and undated (2 folders)
Ideas and Notes, 1920s-1930s and undated (3 folders)

7

Published Copies, 1916-1937, 1943-1952 and undated (3 folders)
Published Copies – Editorials for Christian Science Monitor (2 folders)

Happy Journeys to Yesterday, 193 (2 folders)

Clippings, 1930-1935 (5 folders)

8

Clippings, 1936-1952 and undated (5 folders)
Congressional Campaign of Hastings, 1941
Franklin Academy 100th anniversary (Hastings’ comments), 1931
Hastings, George A. – Biographical, 1944-1956
Hastings, George A. – Recollections of a Father, undated
Herbert Hoover

Articles about Hoover by Hastings, 1932-1935
Clippings, 1935-1954
Hoover Administration, 1930-1932
Public Statements and Articles, 1924-1952 (4 folders)

9

Public Statements – Ideas Supplied by Hastings, 1932
Invitations, 1930-1932 (2 folders)

Invitations to Washington Events, 1920s-1953
Photographs, 1930-1935
Political, 1932-1935 (includes Franklin Roosevelt)
Presidency and the White House, 1931-1940
Root, Elihu, 1925
Teaching Materials on Public Relations. New York University Class, 1935-1941
White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, 1931-1932
White House Secretariat, 1931-1937

Clippings
Notes and articles