J. EDGAR HOOVER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/13/1939 - HFSID 15425
Sale Price $270.00
J. EDGAR HOOVER
Hoover signed this typed letter to U. S. Judge Asa S. Herzog in 1939. Hoover provided Herzog with a case summary (not included) that he wished Herzog to use in the preparation of his 1940 book Camera, Take the Stand!
Typed letter signed "J. Ed. Hoover" as FBI Director in blue ink. 1 page, 7x9¼, on Hoover's letterhead as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. July 13, 1939. Addressed to Asa S. Herzog, Attorney-at-Law, New York. In part: "Dear Mr. Herzog: I wish to refer to my letter dated June 29, 1939, with which I forwarded you material to be used in the preparation of your book. I am indeed happy to enclose a summary [not present] of the case in which a National Police Academy graduate identified and apprehended a criminal by a heel print left at the scene of crime, and I trust that it will be of interest to you. With best wishes and kind regards, Sincerely yours, Enclosure" Asa S. Herzog was a chief United States judge in the Southern District of New York's bankruptcy court, the nation's busiest. Based on the date of this letter, Herzog possibly used this material in preparation of his 1940 book Camera, Take the Stand!, about photography's role in law and crime detection. Hoover (1895-1972, born John Edgar Hoover in Washington, DC) served as the first Director of the FBI from 1924 until his death in 1972. During his 48-year term, he restored order to the department and established the world's largest fingerprint file and the FBI Academy, and he instituted many of the techniques that made the agency effective in apprehending criminals. The FBI fought organized crime in the Prohibition era. Under his direction, the FBI also infiltrated the American Communist Party, the Ku Klux Klan and other subversive organizations. It also conducted counterintelligence during WWII and the Cold War. By the 1970s, Hoover came under frequent public criticism for his authoritarian administration, but his power was so great that no President dared to remove him. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Binder holes at upper blank margin. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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