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Herbert Hoover: A Resource Guide

Herbert Hoover served as the thirty-first President of the United States (1929-33). This guide provides access to digital materials at the Library of Congress, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.


The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Herbert Hoover. Born in West Branch, Iowa, in 1874, Hoover was a mining engineer and financier before entering pubic service. Hoover served as chair of the Commission for Relief in Belgium (1914-17), director of the U.S. Food Administration (1917-18), and secretary of commerce (1921-28) during the Harding and Coolidge administrations. In 1928, he was elected the thirty-first president of the United States (1929-1933) and served one term. Hoover was defeated by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1932 presidential election.

This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Hoover such as manuscripts, government documents, newspaper articles, images, and sheet music that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Hoover and a bibliography containing selected works for both a general audience and younger readers.