Manuscript Collections - Vincent Starzinger Papers


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2 linear feet, 3 linear inches (5 LGA-S boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Vincent Starzinger, general counsel for the Des Moines Register, attended law school with Robert A. Taft. Taft and Starzinger remained life‑long friends and these papers reflect Starzinger's activities in the campaigns of 1948 and 1952. Many "behind the scenes" glimpses are provided in correspondence with Taft, David S. Ingalls, and numerous Iowa political figures.

After Taft's death in 1953, Starzinger became a member of the board of the Taft Memorial Foundation, serving until 1972. The activities of the foundation are reflected in correspondence, minutes, and plans for the memorial and its dedication.

The collection also contains a small quantity of Starzinger’s speeches, 1917‑72.


Box Contents

Pre Convention 1948 Election

General, 1947-1948 (9 folders)
Financial Statements, 1948
State GOP Convention, 1948

1950 Senatorial Campaign, 1949-1950 and undated (3 folders)


Pre Convention 1952 Election

General, 1951-1952 (8 folders)
Taft Dinner Acceptances and Rejections (2 folders)
Taft Dinner Thank You Letters


Taft Appearances in Iowa, Oct 1951-Mar 1952 (6 folders)
Taft Appearances in Iowa, Apr-July 1952 (5 folders)

Post Convention 1952 Election, 1952
Taft's Death and Funeral, 1953


Taft Memorial Foundation

Correspondence, 1954-1972 (3 folders)
Clippings and Printed Matter

Starzinger Speeches, 1917‑1972


Printed Matter

American Bar Association Annual Meetings, 1957, 1966 (2 folders)
American Legion, 1971-1972
Calendar ‘Sketches of Iowa Landmarks,’ 1968
CBS Reports: Storm over the Supreme Court, 1963
Des Moines Pioneer Club Annual Meetings, 1970-1971
Des Moines Register and Tribune ’20-Year Club,’ 1969-1970
Harvard Law School Reports, 1967-1969
Knight Templar [magazine], 1970-1971
Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Iowa, undated
Lincoln’s Ideals: His Personality and Principles as Reflected in His Words, 1959
New Age [magazine], 1971
Rotary Lawyers’ Roster, 1969
Speaker and Gavel, 1971 (contains Nicholas Cripe article on Hoover’s speaking]
Virginia Commission on Constitutional Government Pamphlets Regarding States’ Rights, 195-1962 (3 folders)