On April 22, 1919, Herbert Hoover sent a telegram from Paris to his wife, Lou Henry Hoover, in Palo Alto, California. This telegram stated, “Advise Wilbur [and] Adams that if they keep it entirely confidential we can find cost of their sending at once suitable mission to Europe to collect historical material on war provided it does not exceed fifty thousand without further consideration.” This grant of $50,000 (the equivalent of $735,000 today) to Stanford University was dedicated to collecting materials from the Great War and preserving them in a separate entity within the university. This announcement from Hoover marks the founding of the institution that would bear his name.
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