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Fred C. Hoose Papers, 1929-1937

Manuscript Collection no. 52D




Grain company vice-president; of Kansas City, Mo.

Most of the correspondence pertains to the earliest efforts of the Republican Party to gauge opinion and have Alfred M. Landon nominated for president of the United States at the 1936 Republican National Convention.




0.25 ft. (7 folders)


Hoose, Fred C.



Other titles:

Fred C. Hoose collection

Fred C. Hoose papers


Ms. collection no. 52D


Text is in English.


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Kansas Historical Society (Topeka)


Hoose was obviously a promoter of the political campaign of Alfred M. Landon for president in 1936. He was also a vice-president of the Norris Grain Company of Kansas City, Missouri, and associated with the Board of Trade in that city.

Contents List

Organization of the Papers

Organized by type of material.

Contents: Folder 1. Correspondence: 1929 Jan.-1935 Oct. — folder 2. Correspondence: 1935 Nov.-Dec. — folder 3. Correspondence: 1936 Jan.-Apr. — folder 4. Correspondence: 1936 May-June — folder 5. Correspondence: 1936 July-Oct. — folder 6. Correspondence: undated — folder 7. Newspaper clippings, undated.

Detailed Description of the Collection

This collection consists of 7 file folders.

Folder 1: Correspondence 1929, 1933, 1934, 1935 (May – October)

This folder contains numerous letters of reply to correspondence sent by Hoose to various business and political acquaintances across America asking them if they could support Alf Landon for president in 1936.

Folder 2: Correspondence Nov. 1 – Dec. 19, 1935

This folder contains additional letters as above (Folder 1).

Folder 3: Correspondence Jan. 23 – Apr. 30, 1936

This folder contains replies to a mailing by Hoose of a book entitled Pay Day which he sent to many business executives and politicians. It also includes carbons of some of Hoose’s letters to others, promoting the campaign of Alf Landon.

Folder 4: Correspondence May 5 – June 30, 1936

More correspondence from respondents to Hoose’s campaign for Gov. Landon for president; includes carbons of letters he sent and replies.

Folder 5: Correspondence July 6 – Oct. 31, 1936

This folder contains correspondence between Hoose and various Republican leaders regarding the campaign for Landon in 1936. It also includes copies of speeches Hoose gave on behalf of Landon; clippings regarding the campaign from contemporary newspapers and magazines; and financial reports from various fund-raising efforts.

Folder 6: Undated correspondence

This folder contains letters written to party members in Louisiana on behalf of Landon; a list of names and addresses of certain Kansas City businessmen; copy of a speech by James F. Bell entitled “The Public Attitude Toward Agriculture”; copy of a speech given to residents of Morgan County, Mo., by Hoose; copies of a report on the Louisiana Delegation; and a list of prospective Nebraska delegates considered “friendly.”

Folder 7: Undated newspaper clippings

This folder contains a collection of clippings from various newspapers regarding the election of Roosevelt and subsequent political events (most undated); clippings from magazines and pamphlets opposing the New Deal policies; and 4 copies of “A Nation-Wide Petition Through Which American Wage and Fee Earners, etc.,” a pamphlet urging Americans to speak collectively to Congress regarding “legislative and administrative wrongs and abuses.”

Related Records and Collections

The Kansas Historical Society (Topeka) also holds the papers of Alfred M. Landon (ms. collection 10); much of the collection pertains to Landon‘s 1936 presidential campaign.

Index Terms


Hoose, Fred C.
Landon, Alfred M. (Alfred Mossman), 1887-1987 – Political activity.
Landon, Alfred M. (Alfred Mossman), 1887-1987 – Public opinion.

Corporate Names

Republican National Convention (21st : 1936 : Cleveland, Ohio)
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) – Elections.
United States. President.

Geographic Names

United States – Politics and government – 1933-1945.


Presidents – United States – Election – 1936.

Document Types

Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)

Additional Information for Researchers

Restrictions on Access


Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

Fred C. Hoose papers, 1929 – 1937, ms. collection no. 52D, State archives & library, Kansas Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1968.

Processing Information

Described by Ruth Hite, volunteer, 1995.


No additions to this collection are anticipated.