The Hoover Library and Museum is part of the Presidential libraries system of the National Archives and Records Administration. The Hoover papers form the core of the library’s holdings, but it is also a nationally recognized center for the study of twentieth-century history and the American presidency. In addition to the papers of Herbert Hoover, the manuscript holdings include those of Lewis Strauss, Gerald P. Nye, Felix Morley, Clark Mollenhoff, Robert E. Wood, Westbrook Pegler, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, among others. There are more that 150 collections things such as conservative journalistic thought, agricultural economics, famine relief, atomic energy, and governmental reorganization. The museum features displays of the Australian Outback, China at the turn of the century (the Hoovers lived through the 1900 Boxer Rebellion in China), a Belgian relief warehouse during the First World War, the Hoover inauguration of March 4, 1929, and ever-changing exhibits in the large temporary gallery. The library is open to researchers by appointment. Contact the library staff for information about access to its collections.
The Hoover Presidential Library Museum and the Hoover Birthplace Cottage lie within the 186-acre Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, located in West Branch, 10 miles east of Iowa City, just off Interstate 80 at Exit 254.