Manuscript Collections - Theodore G. Joslin Papers

2022

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THEODORE G. JOSLIN PAPERS
 7 linear feet and 10 linear inches (18 manuscript boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Joslin was born in Leominster, Massachusetts in 1890. After graduating from high school, he took a job with the Boston bureau of the Associated Press, rising from office boy to correspondent. In 1913 he joined the staff of the Boston Evening Transcript. In 1916 the Transcript sent him to its Washington DC bureau, and he became chief correspondent there in 1924. From 1916 to 1931, he was also on the staff of World’s Work, a Progressive monthly magazine and also contributed to other magazines. He married Rowena A. Hawes in 1913, and had two sons, Richard and Robert Joslin. Joslin was hired as Press Secretary in 1931 by Hoover to replace George Akerson. Joslin had previously written a very positive article about Hoover for World’s Work and had been asked in 1925 by Calvin Coolidge to become his Press Secretary.

Joslin’s appointment inspired one reporter to quip, “his appointment is the first known instance of a rat joining a sinking ship.” Joslin is only mentioned once, in a tabular listing of personal staff, in the three volumes of Hoover’s memoirs. It is apparent in the diaries that Joslin greatly admired Hoover, could find no redeeming qualities in Hoover’s enemies and was close to Hoover in political philosophy.

After Hoover left office, Joslin used selections from the dairies as the foundation for his 1934 book, Hoover Off the Record. Other selections were included the 1998 book
Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt: A Documentary History by Timothy Walch and Dwight Miller.

In 1933 Joslin began writing for the Washington Reports of the statistician Rodger Babson, and served as the President of the News-Journal Company of Wilmington Delaware, In 1939, he became director of public relations for the DuPont Company, a job that he held until his death in 1944.

FOLDER LIST

NAME AND SUBJECT FILES
 
Box Contents

1

A – General, 1931-1936
Adams, Charles F., 1931
Alber & Wickes, Inc., 1935-1936
Allen, Ben S., 1935
Allen, Henry J., 1932
American Liberty League, 1936
B – General, 1932-1936
Baker, George Barr, 1932
Bates, Sanford, 1933
Boston Evening Transcript, 1920-1935
C – General, 1931-1936
Campaign of 1928
Campaign of 1932
Campaign of 1936
Carnegie, Dale, 1934
Castle, William R., 1931-1934
Clements, Edward B., 1931
Coolidge, Calvin, 1929-1932
Cowles, John, 1934
Cox, Channing H., 1931-1932
D – General, 1931-1936
Davison, F. Trubee, 1933
Dawes, Charles G., 1928
Debuchi, Katsuji (Japanese Ambassador), 1931
E – General, 1931-1936
F – General, 1932-1935
Fawcett, James Waldo, undated
Fletcher, Henry P., 1934
G – General, 1931-1936
Gibson, Hugh, 1931-1936
Gifford, Walter S., 1934
Gridiron Club, 1931
H – General, 1931-1936
Hilles, Charles D., 1932-1934
Hinshaw, David, 1935

2

Hoover Administration

Agricultural Relief, 1933
Banking Crisis, 1933
Bonus March and Communist Activities, 1932
Bureau of Budget, Federal Expenditures, 1932
Cabinet, Average Age of Members, 1913-1933
Commerce Department, 1932
Constitutional Amendments, 1933
Correspondence

Incoming, 1931-1933

3

Outgoing, 1931–1933 (4 folders)

Depression Aids by Federal Government, 1931
Economic Development Program, 1932
El Salvador, 1933
Immigration, 1932
Income Tax Revenue Statements, 1931
International Silver Conference, 1932
Invitations, 1931
Moratorium on War Debts, 1931
Muscle Shoals, 1932
National Credit Corporation, 1931
Newspaper Editors Conference, 1932
Presidential Miles Traveled, 1909-1931
President's Engagements, 1932-1933
Progress Reports, 1931-1932
Prohibition, 1931-1932
Public Commissions, 1932

4

Public Statements, 1929 – October, 1931 (7 folders)

5

Public Statements, November 1931 – September 1932 (7 folders)

6

Public Statements, October – November 1932 (5 folders)

7

Public Statements, December 1932 – March 1933 (3 folders)

8

Reconstruction Finance Corporation, 1932
Reorganization of the Executive Departments, 1931-1932
Rickard, Edgar, 1932
Smoot-Hawley Act, 1931
Trans-Atlantic Telephone, 1931-1932
Treasury Department, 1931
Veterans Hospital, 1932
Washington Press, 1931
White House Disbursing Clerk, 1932
White House Telephone, 1931

Hoover, Herbert

College and University Degrees, 1895-1931
Democratic National Committee – Personal Attacks, 1929-1932
Economy Program, 1930-1932
Gridiron Speeches, Excerpts, 1929-1932
Holograph Materials, 1932
Minthorn, Matilda W., 1932
Press Conferences, 1931-1932 (2 folders)

9

Press, 1933
Press Relations, 1931-1932
Prohibition Statements, 1925-1932
Public Statements

1925, 1928 (2 folders)
Depression, 1932
Drought Relief, 1932
Messages to 72nd Congress, 1932
Opposition to Exorbitant Proposals, 1932
Prohibition, 1932
Vetoes, 1932
1935-36

Quotations by Subject, 1920-1933
Roosevelt, Franklin D., 1932

Hoover, Irwin (Ike), 1933
Hope, Walter, 1932
Hughes, Charles Evans, 1916

10

I – General, 1931-1935
Immigration, undated, 1929-1932
Irwin, Will, 1933
J – General, 1928-1936
Jahncke, Ernest Lee, 1931-1933
Joslin, Theodore G.

Addresses, 1934-1935
Diary, 1931-1933 (3 folders)
Diary Excerpts, 1931-1933
Press Releases
Publications

American Magazine, 1936
Babson's Reports, 1936
Better Homes & Gardens, 1932
Brandt & Brandt, 1934-1935
Chanbrun, Jacques, 1935

11

Charles Scribner's & Sons, 1933

Correspondence
Hoover After Dinner

Doubleday, Doran & Co.

Correspondence, 1933-1936 (2 folders)

12

Hoover Off the Record - drafts 1-3 (3 folders)

13

Hoover Off the Record - drafts 4-6 and fragments (4 folders)

14

New York Herald Tribune, 1933-1935
Liberty, 1934
McCall's, 1934-1935
McGraw-Hill, 1934
North American Newspaper Alliance, 1933
Reader's Digest, 1935
Redbook, 1934-1935
Saturday Evening Post, 1935-1936
The Sportsman, 1934
Today, 1935-1936
United Press Associations, 1933
Unpublished Manuscripts (2 folders)

Townsend Plan, 1935

15

K – General, 1931-1936
Keim, George deB., 1931-1933
Kellogg, Vernon, 1932
Kent, Frank R., 1932
Kirchhofer, Alfred H., 1936
Knox, Frank, 1931-1933
L – General, 1931-1936
Lamont, Robert P., 1933
Leach, Paul, 1931
Lewis, John L., 1931
Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1922
Mc – General, 1933-1934
M – General, 1931-1936
Mills, Ogden L., 1933-1934
Mitchell, William D., 1932
Myers, William Starr, 1931
N – General, 1931-1936
National Capital Republican Club, 1934
National Congressional Committee, 1934
New York Times, 1931
Newton, Walter F., 1935
O – General, 1931-1933
O'Laughlin, John Callan, 1933
P – General, 1931-1936
Photographs
Platforms of the Two Great Political Parties, 1856-1932
Political Cartoons, 1932
R – General, 1931-1936
Reed, David A., 1922-1934

16

Republican National Committee

Campaign Literature, 1928-1936 (3 folders)
Democratic Party, Pledges, Promises & Proposals, 1933
Press Releases, 1932

Rickard, Edgar, 1932-1935
Roberts, Roy A., 1931-1936

17

Roosevelt, Franklin D.

Federal International Banking Co., 1928
Opinions by Democrats, 1932
Promises, 1932-1933
Topical Index of Subjects Discussed, 1917-1932

Roosevelt, Theodore, 1918, undated
Roosevelt, Theodore Jr., 1934-1935
Ryan, John P., 1932-1936
S – General, 1931-1934
Shaw, Arch W., 1934
Smith, Alfred E., 1931
Stearns, Frank W., 1929
Stimson, Henry L., 1929
Strauss, Lewis L.,  1932-1934
Strother, French &  Grace, 1931-1934
T – General, 1931-1936
U – General, 1931-1933
V – General, 1931-1936
W – General, 1932
Wells, Herbert George (H. G.), 1934
Wilhelm, Donald. Stillmore Contrasts, 1932
Williamson, S. T., 1932
Wilson, Woodrow, 1913

18

Z – General, 1931

Clipping File, 1931–1937, undated (5 folders)

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