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Herbert Hoover and Mrs. Hoover, full-length portrait, seated on wicker chairs, facing front
Herbert Hoover and Mrs. Hoover, full-length portrait, seated on wicker chairs, facing front.
1 photographic print. 1929.
Prints & Photographs Division.
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Related Resources

America's Library

Designed for elementary and middle school students, America's Library provides the following stories related to Herbert Hoover and his administration:

Jump Back in Time: The Empire State Building Opens, May 1, 1931

Meet Amazing Americans: Patton and the Bonus March of 1932


American Treasures of the Library of Congress

This exhibition provides unique insight into various aspects of American history and culture, including a section on Hoover's response to the Bonus Army March.

Herblock’s History: Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millennium

Presents works by cartoonist Herb Block, who chronicled the nation’s political history and caricatured American presidents from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton.

"I Do Solemnly Swear..." Inaugural Materials from the Collections of the Library of Congress

Items from presidents are featured in this online exhibition, including a photograph of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover in a convertible automobile at Roosevelt's inauguration, March 4, 1933.

The Teachers Page

American Memory Timeline: Americans React to the Great Depression

Contains short essays on different aspects of the Great Depression and links to related primary source materials found within American Memory.

Prints & Photographs Division

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 to find digital images related to Hoover such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search all text fields in PPOC using the phrase Herbert Hoover to locate additional images.

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey

This collection documents achievements in architecture, engineering, and landscape design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types, engineering technologies, and landscapes, including Herbert Hoover's birthplace in West Branch, Iowa.

Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress

This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of Herbert Hoover and Lou Henry Hoover.

Record Sound Research Center

Food for Thought: Presidents, Prime Ministers, and other National Press Club Luncheon Speakers, 1954-1989

Since 1932, the National Press Club has hosted luncheon gatherings that have allowed presidents, visiting world leaders, and other leading personages to address the press and answer questions about pressing current affairs. In 1969, the Press Club donated to the Library of Congress audiotapes of talks they had been recording since 1952, a collection that has grown to nearly 2,000 recordings. The Library has made available online talks by some of its most important luncheon speakers, including eight U.S. presidents.

  • Herbert Hoover, March 10, 1954 - The 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover addressed the National Press Club eight months after President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed him to lead a commission to study and make recommendations for the reorganization of the executive branch

Today in History

May 1

On May 1, 1931, with the press of a button in Washington, D.C., President Herbert Hoover turned on the lights of the Empire State Building.

July 8

On July 8, 1932, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell to its lowest point during the Great Depression. This event was symptomatic of a decade of economic uncertainty that was precipitated by the crash in the fall of 1929, when U.S. stock prices declined dramatically. The resulting panic devastated the fortunes of many investors and caused major declines in consumption, industrial production, and employment, which in turn affected the U.S. and world economy for the next ten years.

July 28

On July 28, 1932, protesters known as the "Bonus Army," or “Bonus Expeditionary Forces (B.E.F.),” who had gathered in the nation's capital to demand an immediate lump-sum payment of pension funds (benefits) for their military service during World War I, were confronted by Federal troops (cavalry, machine-gunners, and infantry) following President Herbert Hoover’s orders to evacuate.

December 21

On December 21, 1928, President Calvin Coolidge signed the Boulder Canyon Project Act intended to dam the 1,400 mile Colorado River and distribute its water for use in Arizona , California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Hoover Dam, considered a wonder of civil engineering, was constructed in Black Canyon, on the Arizona-Nevada border. Often referred to as Boulder Dam, the site was officially named after Herbert Hoover, an engineer actively engaged in the dam's development and distribution of its water rights, and president-elect on this day in 1928.

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