Manuscript Collections - Philip L. Warden Papers


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5 linear feet, 3 linear inches (12 LGA-S boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

Biographical Note

Philip L. Warden was born in Trenton, Missouri on November 3, 1912. He graduated from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism in 1936 and worked for The Packer, a trade publication for a fruit and vegetable trade association based in Kansas City and Chicago. He joined the business news staff of the Chicago Tribune in 1940, transferred to the Washington Bureau in 1942, and worked there until his retirement in 1975.

Beginning in 1957 he served as the Tribune’s correspondent on Capitol Hill, focusing on Illinois’ congressional delegation. He traveled with Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, and Nixon. Highlights include the 1950 meeting between Truman and Douglas MacArthur on Wake Island, and Eisenhower’s 1960 trip to Latin America. 

After his retirement from the Tribune, he was the editor of the Presidential Daily News Summary for Gerald Ford. Warden died in Alexandria, Virginia on December 30, 1990.

Scope and Content Note

The collection was donated to the Library in 1992 and is divided into two series:

SUBJECT FILES contain copies of the stories Warden submitted, reports, notes, press releases, and background information. Topics include the Truman-MacArthur meeting, Eisenhower’s Latin American trip, Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign, and the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS primarily contain Warden’s articles and columns from 1943 to 1974, although there are also folders from 1916 and 1980. Arranged chronologically

Contents List


Box Contents


Boorstin, Daniel J – Dissent, Dissension, and the News, 1967 (speech)
Democratic Fund Raiser, Apr 4, 1968
Democratic National Convention, 1968
Eisenhower, Dwight, Apr 1957
Eisenhower, Dwight -  South American Tour, 1960
Eisenhower, Dwight – General Information
Eisenhower, Dwight – Background Information
Election Results, 1973
Ford, Gerald, 1974
Goldwater, Barry, 1964
Johnson, Lyndon – Bobby Baker Scandal
Johnson, Lyndon, 1964
Johnson, Lyndon – Exhibits 1-33
Kefauver, Estes, 1950
Kennedy, John F. – Tributes in Congress, 1963


Mazo, Earl: Richard Nixon, 1959 (proof copy)
Muccio, John J. – Medal for Merit Award, undated
Nixon, Richard, 1969-1974 (3 folders)
Nixon, Richard – Acceptance Speech, 1968
Press Room List, 1970-1973
Printed Material, 1968-1969
Radio Broadcasts, 1950-1965
Republican Party, 1958-1963, 1980
The Trib Magazine, 1947-1969
Trohan, Walter, 1972-1980
Truman, Harry

University of Missouri Graduation, 1950
Virgin Islands Trip, 1948


Meeting with Douglas MacArthur, 1950
White House Correspondents Association, 1970-1973
White House Telephone Directory, 1974

Warden, Philip L.

Compliments on Stories, 1946-1972
Expenses – 1972 Elections
General Correspondence, 1930-1969 (3 folders)


General Correspondence, 1970-1986 and undated (2 folders)
Miscellaneous, 1949
News Summary Editor Appointment, 1974
News Summary Editor Appointment - Congratulations, 1974-1975
News Summary – Copies, 1974-1975 (2 folders)
Press Passes, 1968-1974 and undated


Articles, 1916
Republican Convention, 1980
Articles, undated


Articles, 1943-1950


Articles, 1950-1952


Articles, 1952-1954


Articles, 1955-1958


Articles, 1959-1962


Articles, 1963-1966


Articles, 19367-1969


Articles, 1970-1974