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    Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower Archive consisting of fifty-three letters and postcards, a handwritten list, and a newspaper cartoon clipping spanning the years 1946 through 1971. The majority of the letters are typed, but a few handwritten examples are included. All correspondence is to George or Frances Strecker and all but a few are with their original transmittal envelopes. Most of the letters are thank you notes for political views, birthday wishes, or inquiries on, and prayers for, the president's health. Letters of note include:

    Dwight Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "DE" as president. One page, 7" x 9", on White House letterhead, Newport [Rhode Island], September 13, 1957, to George Strecker concerning the differences between the Republican and Democratic parties. He writes, in part: "I agree with your thesis that perhaps the Republican Party has not emphasized as strongly as it might have the essential differences - which both you and I recognize - between the two major parties. I have had several talks with Meade Alcorn on the subject, and I think that our position will be a little more clearly stated in the future." Alcorn was chairman of the Republican National Committee. Folds with light marginal toning.

    Dwight Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "DE" as president. One page, 7" x 10.5", on White House letterhead, Washington, December 15, 1960, to George Strecker regarding his upcoming "retirement." He writes, in part: "A long time ago I was told by one of the permanent staff members here at the White House that the last few months of any Administration would be relatively calm. Such has certainly not been my own situation...I do plan some sort of a 'report' on my stewardship, but whether it will take the form of a television address...or a published document...I cannot yet say. I know that 'retirement' presents problems for many. Because of your great interest in the political scene, is there not some way you can utilize your time and talents to the benefit of the Republican Party in Illinois?" Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6" x 9.25", on White House letterhead, Washington, February 26, 1953, to Frances Strecker shortly after occupying the White House. She writes, in part: "Yes, we are beginning to feel 'settled' in our new home. The staff is wonderfully efficient and cooperative, which gives us a warm feeling in living here." Adhesive staining and folds.

    Also included is a List of Paint Supplies in Dwight D. Eisenhower's Hand to George Strecker. One page, 5" x 8", n. d. A list of "Winsor-Newton Paints" noting nine shades including "Zinc white", "Yellow Ochre - light", "Cadmium Red", "Burnt Sienna", and "Blue - Ultramarine", together with "Half a dozen flat soft brushes, sable or camel's hair..." Eisenhower adds his signature vertically in the left margin which is extremely faint. The following is written on the verso: "Ike signed it. List of paints for George to buy to start to paint." Adhesive staining and folds. [and:] Chicago Tribune Cartoon Clipping. 5.75" x 6.5", 1956. Titled "If a Consultation Should Be Held in the Quail Country." Drawn by political cartoonist Joseph Parrish.

    George Strecker was an advertising executive at the Chicago Tribune and became close to the Eisenhower's through his wife, whom was a long-time friend with Mamie Doud Eisenhower.


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    Additional letters included:

    Typed Letter Signed "The Eisenhowers." One page, 7" x 10.5", on "DDE" letterhead, "Supreme Headquarters/Allied Powers Europe," April 1, 1952, to George Strecker thanking him for his letter with enclosed clippings. Adhesive staining and folds.

    Dwight Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "DE." One page, 5.75" x 7.75", on personal letterhead, Denver, August 16, 1952, to George Strecker thanking him for rallying support for Ike's run for president in Illinois. Adhesive staining and folds.

    Dwight Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "DE." One page, 7' x 10.25", on personal letterhead, "Aboard Eisenhower Campaign Special," October 3, 1952, to George Strecker regarding his help and thoughts about the Republican chances in the election. Adhesive staining and folds.

    Dwight Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "Dwight Eisenhower" as president. One page, 7" x 9", on White House letterhead, Washington, November 18, 1953, to George Strecker thanking him for a print of a painting Strecker has sent him. Adhesive staining and folds.

    Dwight Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "DE" as president. One page, 7" x 9", on White House letterhead, Washington, March 8, 1955, to George Strecker expressing excitement about visiting Gettysburg and telling of his "small herd of Aberdeen-Angus." Folds.

    Dwight Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "DE" as president. One page, 7" x 9", on White House letterhead, Washington, April 19, 1956, to George Strecker regarding a story of his grandchildren to appear in the Sunday Tribune. Folds and light soiling at the right edge.

    Dwight Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "DE" as president. One page, 7" x 9", on White House letterhead, Washington, June 23, 1956, to George Strecker regarding the acceptance of Chancellor Adenauer by the Chicago Executive Club and his personal health problems. Folds; light toning at the edges.

    Dwight Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "DE" as president. One page, 7" x 9", on White House letterhead, Washington, October 16, 1956, to George Strecker thanking him for his birthday wishes and his "encouraging reports.on the prospects for November." Eisenhower was up for reelection the following month. Folds.

    Dwight Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "DE" as president. One page, 7" x 9", on White House letterhead, Gettysburg, December 7, 1957, to George Strecker regarding a recent health scare that Ike has suffered. Folds with light toning.

    Dwight Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "DE" as president. One page, 7" x 9", on White House letterhead, Washington, February 8, 1958, to George Strecker thanking him for his "sympathy.in the death of Arthur." Arthur was Ike's brother. Folds with light toning.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "Mamie Eisenhower." One page, 4.5" x 7", on White House stationary, Denver, September 13, 1955, to Frances Strecker thanking her for clippings of Percy Thompson and hoping that "George.fulfills his 'yen' to paint." Included in this lot is the handwritten list by Dwight Eisenhower buying the paint and other materials to help George in his painting endeavor. Folds.

    Dwight Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "DE" as president. One page, 7" x 9", on White House letterhead, Augusta, January 3, 1960, to George Strecker thanking him for the well wishes of his "recent mission." Folds.

    Dwight Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "DE." One page, 7.25" x 10.5", on personal letterhead, Gettysburg, June 30, 1961, to George Strecker regarding his views of "the political scene, as viewed from your Chicago stronghold." Folds.

    Dwight Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "DE." One page, 7.25" x 10.5", on personal letterhead, Gettysburg, October 16, 1961, to George and Frances Strecker thanking them for birthday wishes. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Autograph Letter Signed "Mamie E." One page, 4" x 6", on personal stationary, Gettysburg, January 19, 1971, to Frances Strecker thanking her for the "clippings re Susan's wedding."

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6.5" x 9", on personal letterhead, Palm Desert [California], November 24, 1971, to Frances Strecker thanking her for a birthday card and regarding her two week stay in a San Antonio hospital. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6.5" x 9", on personal letterhead, Palm Desert [California], April 20, 1965, to Frances Strecker regarding the sale of a house, the Strecker's move back to Illinois. Mamie still refers to Dwight as "the General." Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Autograph Letter Signed "Mamie E." One page, 4" x 6", Gettysburg, October 20, 1965, to Frances Strecker regarding the situation of the "old neighborhood."

    Mamie Eisenhower Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 5" x 7.5", Gettysburg, May 18, 1967. A thank you note to Frances Strecker.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed with a Handwritten Note. One page, 6.5" x 9", on personal letterhead, Gettysburg, August 17, 1967, to Frances Strecker regarding Ike's health. She has written, in ink below: "Have a nice visit in Denver. These earthquakes are strange for our home town. M." Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Unsigned. One page, 6.5" x 9", on personal letterhead, Gettysburg, August 17, 1967, to Frances Strecker regarding the latest of Ike's heart attacks and expressing her with that everyone would back "Dick [Nixon]" in the presidential election.. The letter is unsigned, but at the bottom appears the following by Mamie's personal secretary: "Mrs. Eisenhower had dictated this letter before the General's sudden setback and I know she would wish me to send it on to you." Signed Nancy Jensen. Folds, light marginal toning.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6.5" x 9", on personal letterhead, Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, September 23, 1968, to Frances Strecker. She writes, in part: "I did appreciate your nice letter and the clipping from The Lake Forester, regarding David and his assessment of Mr. Nixon and his promises." Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6.5" x 9", on personal letterhead, Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, December5, 1968, to Frances Strecker regarding the weddings of Julie and David, Julie was the daughter of then-President Richard Nixon and David was the grandson of Ike and Mamie, and Anne (Barbara Anne Eisenhower), a granddaughter of Ike and Mamie. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6" x 9.25", on personal letterhead, Thomasville [Georgia], February 21, 1956, to Frances Strecker.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed with Handwritten Postscript. One page, 6" x 9.25", on White House letterhead, Washington, June 13, 1956, to Frances Strecker thanking her for the well wishes after Ike's, "the President's," latest health scare. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6" x 9.25", on White House letterhead, Washington, November 19, 1956, to Frances Strecker thanking her for birthday wishes. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6" x 9.25", on White House letterhead, Washington, March 14, 1957. A thank you note to Frances Strecker. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6" x 9.25", on White House letterhead, Washington, April 24, 1956, to Frances Strecker thanking her for an Easter card. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6" x 9.25", on White House letterhead, Washington, December 4, 1957, to Frances Strecker regarding the health of the president. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6" x 9.25", on White House letterhead, Washington, January 21, 1958, to Frances and George Strecker thanking them and discussing their latest trip to Chicago. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6" x 7", on White House letterhead, Washington, October 30, 1958, to Frances Strecker regarding the health of Mamie's mother. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6" x 9.25", on White House letterhead, Phoenix, March 5, 1959, to Frances Strecker thanking her for a picture of Frances' daughter. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Note Signed on a Card with the Presidential Seal. One page, 6" x 3.5", Washington, November 16, 1959, to Frances and George Strecker thanking them for birthday wishes.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 5.25" x 8.5", Washington, June 13, 1956, to Frances Strecker regarding the Strecker's trip to California. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.25" x 10.5", Gettysburg, October 13, 1962, to Frances Strecker giving latest family news. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Signed Card. Three pages, 9" x 5.5, n. p., n. d. Written to Frances Strecker thanking her for an invite to a Debutante's Tea and for a picture.

    Mamie's Cottage" on the front and dated November 8, 1964. To Frances Strecker.

    Mamie Eisenhower Autograph Letter Signed. Four integral pages, 6" x 4.5", Washington, August 31, 1946, to Frances Strecker giving latest family news concerning their trips and the health of her aunt. Folds with light toning.

    Mamie Eisenhower Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages, 5.5" x 7.25", n. p., n. d., to Frances Strecker declining an invitation to the opening of the American Opera giving the latest news of the family. The top portion of the first page is torn away, the top portion of text of page two with it. Adhesive staining and folds.

    Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire Coast" on the front and dated October 25, 1951. To Frances Strecker thanking them for visiting them.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 7.25" x 10.5", on personal letterhead, New York, October 31, 1952, to Frances Strecker shortly before the November presidential election. She writes, in part: "We are all working frantically these last few days before November 4th.Ike is off in Chicago today for a major speck.Last night, we had a thrilling rally in Madison Square Garden." She also hand writes a postscript at the bottom. Folds with some adhesive staining. Torn piece of paper at top right corner glued on.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 4.5" x 7", on White House letterhead, Denver, August 26, 1953, to Frances Strecker thanking her for an "Italian pottery vase." Folds with light foxing.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 4.5" x 7", on White House letterhead, Washington, December 14, 1953, to Frances and George Strecker thanking her for flowers due to her ill health. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 4.5" x 7", on White House letterhead, Washington, May 19, 1954, to Frances Strecker as a reminder to tell her "about the pills you mentioned to me when you were here."

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6" x 9.25", on White House letterhead, Denver, September 21, 1954, to Frances Strecker regarding a short vacation the First Family is taking in the mountains and the upcoming visit of the President of Liberia. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 6" x 9.25", on White House letterhead, Washington, April 8, 1955, to Frances Strecker regarding the DAR Congress meeting and family news. Folds.

    Mamie Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed. One page, 5" x 7.25", on White House letterhead, Washington, May 7, 1955, to Frances Strecker apologizing for not seeing George on a visit due to ill health. Folds.



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