HENRY F. HOLTHUSEN PAPERS, 1924-1972
The papers of Henry F. Holthusen were given to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library on August 14, 1989 by Lenore Sutter Holthusen (Mrs. Henry F.). Literary properties in the unpublished writings of Henry F. Holthusen have been given to the United State of America by Mrs. Holthusen. The donation of literary properties applies to any collection given to the United States in which the unpublished writings of Henry F. Holthusen may appear.
The collection has been processed and was made available for research in August, 1990.
Aug 3, 1894 Born in New York City
1915‑1917 Columbia University, graduates from Law School
1917 Serves in Judge Advocate General's Office
1920‑1934 Legal practice
1927 House, Holthusen and Mc Closkey
1934 Holthusen and Pinkhan
1931-1933 Appointed Minister to Czechoslovakia by Herbert Hoover but not confirmed Counsel to Latvian and Estonian governments
1934‑53 Legal practice with Spencer Pinkham
1947-1955 Consultant to Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Visited 23 countries on a survey of economic conditions, the United States Information Agency, and the Voice of America
1950‑62 Headed delegations to Australia, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Japan, Thailand, and Turkey to advise those nations on the establishment of educational television networks.
Oct 10, 1953 Marries Lenore Adeline Sutter on October 10.
1953‑1954 Counsel to the Senate Committee on Banking during investigation of the Export‑Import Bank.
1968‑1971 Civilian inspector of the foreign service
Sep 19, 1971 Dies in New York City
Scope and Content Note
Henry F. Holthusen was born in New York City on August 3, 1894. After graduating from the Columbia University Law School in 1917, he became a member of the prestigious New York firm Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft. He served as an expert in maritime law in the Judge Advocate General's Office during World War I and was promoted to the rank of Major in recognition of his services. After the war he returned to the practice of law, becoming a successful trial lawyer and counsel in many important corporate mergers and refinancing ventures. Except for a few records concerning his service in the Judge Advocate General's Office, this early period of Holthusen's public service is virtually undocumented in the personal papers received by the Hoover Library. The most important exception being files which reflect his participation in Republican Party activities between 1942 and 1947.
Holthusen's major public service came in the postwar years 1947-71 when he served as a consultant to several committees of the United States Senate and the State Department. His activities for this period are reflected in files containing correspondence, clippings, reports, maps and charts, and printed matter. Initially sought out by senators Karl E. Mundt (R-SDak) and Bourke B. Hickenlooper (R-IA), Holthusen would eventually serve as a consultant to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1947-62), the Senate Special Committee to investigate foreign aid and technical assistance programs (1956), and the Senate Banking Committee during its study of international banking practices and the operations of the Import-Export Bank in 1953-55.
In 1947 Holthusen visited 23 European countries to help the Senate Foreign Relations Committee evaluate the effectiveness of the Voice of America and the U.S. Information Agency. Later trips took him to virtually every part of the globe in the service of the Senate, the State Department and several foreign governments. In 1968 the State Department designated him as a civilian inspector of the foreign service, sending him to engage in inspections in Portugal, France, Senegal and Switzerland. Many of Holthusen's trips during the early 1950's were undertaken at the request of countries that were attempting to develop educational tele-vision networks. Although these trips entailed long absences from his family, he was convinced that these networks would provide an effective means of explaining the benefits of democracy and raising the political awareness of the general population.
Volume: 10.5 linear feet. Inclusive dates: 1942-1969 (bulk: 1947-65).
Berggren invention, 1954 (oculometer)
General, 1955-1969 and undated (Eisenhower doctrine, foreign economic policy, 2 folders)
Foreign Aid Study Committee, 1956 (3 folders)
Griffis, Stanton, 1947‑1955 (Poland, Egypt, United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees,1948 election)
Biographical Data, 1924-1941, 1944-1972 and undated (3 folders)
Speeches, 1946, 1960 and undated (democracy, Cold War, Marshall Plan, 2 folders)
Holthusen, Lenore, 1957 (wife)
Holthusen Family Personal Correspondence, 1954‑1963 and undated
Pompo, Francesco, 1952‑1954 (visa issue)
Foreign Service Inspectors
General, 1961‑1971 and undated
International Broadcasting Service. The Future of the International
Broadcasting Service: An Engineering Option, Apr 28, 1953
Strauss, Lewis L. 1948‑1949, 1956 and undated
Television: Worldwide Network Plan
Television: The Business Magazine of the Industry, June 1952
Holthusen report. Egyptian State Telegraphs and Telephones
Photographs, undated (boats, Nile River, croquet, 5 items)
Financial arrangements, 1954
Guatemala, 1952‑1954 and undated (includes 2 oversize maps)
Bills and ephemera, 1951
Correspondence and Memoranda, Apr 1952-1959 and undated (6 folders)
Engineering manuals, 1940, 1952
Latin America, 1954-1961 (2 folders)
Pan American Network. PAMCO Pan American Micro Wave Communications Company, undated
Correspondence, 1951-1953 (2 folders)
World Television Foundation
Banking and Currency Committee, 1954
1962 Far East
Correspondence and memoranda
Correspondence and memoranda
1963 Latin America
Correspondence and memoranda, 1959‑1960
Historical Newspapers and Magazines
Japanese photo albums (three volumes)
1. Photos from Japan
1. Foreign Aid: Capehart Report, 1956
Japan. See Also:
1. Television: Worldwide Network Plan: Japan
Moved “Japan: Miscellaneous, 1952” to “Japan – Economic Conditions”