University Archives

Lot 102

Previous image preload Next image preload


Herbert Hoover WWII-Dated TLS Re: Creation of Army-Navy Production Award

A 1p typed letter signed by former 31st U.S. President Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) as "Herbert Hoover" at right center. Written at the Waldorf-Astoria Towers Hotel in New York City on June 5, 1944, one day before D-Day. On a single leaf of "Herbert Hoover" letterhead. Expected light paper folds and a few extra wrinkles, else near fine. 7.125" x 10.5."

Ex-President Hoover wrote this letter of congratulations to his longtime friend and colleague Lewis L. Strauss (1896-1974). "I notice that they are giving you proper credit for the Navy E awards," Hoover wrote. He continued, "I think you should get an award for your good deeds."

The Army-Navy E Awards, also known as the Army-Navy Production Award, was given to American companies to recognize their "Excellence in Production" of war materiel. During its lifespan between July 1942 and December 1945, the Army-Navy E award was bestowed upon only 5% of American companies manufacturing war equipment. (In some rare instances, universities and individuals were also awarded.) Companies were awarded for quantity and quality of output, but also for maintaining good labor relations and safe working conditions. Captain Strauss was revealed to be the originator of the Army-Navy E Award in May 1944, when his identity was confirmed in the Congressional Record and in the "New York Times."

Strauss, a U.S. Naval Reservist, was called for active duty in 1941 to serve in the Bureau of Ordnance. Logistics was something that Strauss was very familiar with. Between 1917-1919, Strauss had served as Hoover's assistant and then private secretary in the U.S. Food Administration and then American Relief Association. Strauss spent two years observing Hoover in his role as wartime "food czar."  While at the U.S.F.A., Hoover implemented a voluntary system of limited public rationing or "Hooverizing," and regulated businesses through price controls and production yield quotas; twenty years later, Strauss took steps to ensure similar results could be achieved during World War II.

In civilian life, Strauss was a banker in the firm of Kuhn, Loeb & Co. and the president of the New York Congregation of Emanu-El. In 1954, he sat on the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission to determine if the security clearance of lead nuclear scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer should be revoked.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


Online Payments Accepted

Accepted Forms of Payment

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Money Order / Cashiers Check, Paypal, Personal Check, Visa, Wire Transfer


We do our own in-house worldwide shipping!

Applicable shipping and handling charges will be added to the invoice. We offer several shipping options, and remain one of the few auction houses who proudly provides professional in-house shipping as an option to our clients. All items will ship with signature required, and full insurance. Most items are sent via Federal Express, with P. O. Box addresses being sent through USPS. We insure through Berkley Asset Protection with rates of $.70 per $100 of value, among the lowest insurance rates in the industry. Our shipping department cameras document every package, both outgoing and incoming, for maximum security. In addition, we compare our shipping and handling rates against those of other auction houses, to ensure that our charges are among the lowest in the trade.

Upon winning your item(s), you will receive an invoice with our in-house shipping and handling fees included. ***We will ship to the address as it appears on your invoice, unless you inform us otherwise, immediately upon your receipt of invoice***

International shipments: In order to comply with our insurance provider, all international shipments will be sent via Fed Ex and customs paperwork will show a value of $1.00. International buyers should contact our office directly with any questions regarding this policy.

Third Party Shipping Option: If a third party shipper is preferred, the buyer is responsible for contacting them directly to make shipping arrangements. For your convenience, we have provided some recommended shippers. For your protection, we will require a signed release from you, confirming your authorization for us to release your lots to your specified third party Please copy and paste this following link into your browser: http://universityarchives.com/UserFiles/ShippingInfo.pdf. At that point, our responsibility and insurance coverage for your item(s) ceases. Items picked up by third party shippers are required to pay Connecticut sales tax. Items requiring third party shipping due to being oversized, fragile or bulky will be denoted in the item description.

Please see our full terms and conditions for names of suggested third party shippers.

After payment has been made in full, University Archives will ship your purchase within 5 business days following receipt of full payment for item.

Please remember that the buyer is responsible for all shipping costs from University Archives' offices in Westport, CT to the buyer's door. Please see full Terms and Conditions of Sale.

September 30, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

Westport, CT, US

You agree to pay a buyer's premium of up to 25.0% and any applicable taxes and shipping

View full terms and conditions

From: To: Increments:
$0 $99 $10
$100 $299 $20
$300 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $1,999 $100
$2,000 $2,999 $200
$3,000 $4,999 $250
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $49,999 $2,500
$50,000 + $5,000