Timothy Walchand Dwight M. Miller
The documents in this volume constitute only a small number of the vast quantity of historical materials that concern the early collaboration and later rivalry of two presidents of the United States. Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt worked together in the Wilson administration during World War I and on housing and homebuilding issues during the 1920s. It may be too much to say that they were friends, but it is clear that the two men were colleagues who respected one another.
This collaboration and cooperation turned to suspicion and animosity after 1928 when Hoover became president and Roosevelt became governor of New York. To be sure, the two men were civil to one another as they worked on various federal--state projects. But civility turned to rivalry during the election campaign of 1932 and deteriorated further during the interregnum between the two administrations.
Not surprisingly, the changing contours of their relationship generated a fair amount of documentary materials, particularly on their rivalry during and after the campaign of 1932. It is simply not practical to compile and publish such a vast quantity of material.
It is possible, however, to bring together the key documents that fit together to tell the story of the communication and miscommunication between Hoover and Roosevelt between 1917 and 1945. Included are letters, reports and telegrams that the two men and their wives sent directly to one another as well as diary entries and memoranda that document their meetings. Also included are