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    Dwight D. Eisenhower Archive consisting of numerous correspondence from both Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower to Major General Howard McC. Snyder, M.D. and his wife, Alice, spanning the years 1947-1970. Most are typed on either White House or personal letterhead. The archive more precisely contains the following:
    (1) near a dozen letters, cards, or notes from Eisenhower dated post-WWII through the election, 5 of which are autopen signatures on "War Department/ Chief of Staff, U.S. Army" signature cards;
    (2) over 45 letters, cards, or notes from Eisenhower as the thirty-fourth president (1953-1961), including 2 autograph notes signed on note cards bearing the presidential seal (although undated, Snyder has docketed in pencil the dates on the transmittal envelopes);
    (3) over 20 letters, cards, or notes from Eisenhower during his post-presidency years;
    (4) near 60 letters, cards, or notes from Mamie.
    Almost all correspondence still has the original transmittal envelopes.

    One typed letter signed "Ike E.", one page, March 13, 1951, notifies Snyder, "You have been nominated by your country to serve as a member of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. Your selection is clear proof of the professional reputation you enjoy and of the confidence placed in you by your government."

    Another, a Mamie Eisenhower typed letter signed on her own personal letterhead and dated September 23, 1970, offers Alice Snyder condolence following the death of Dr. Snyder: "I am thinking of you at this sad time. . . . There are many things to be grateful for like memories of happy days. . . . This has helped me over the months 'Ike' has been gone."

    Also included is a Nelson A. Rockefeller Typed Letter Signed as governor of New York, one page, September 24, 1970, offering condolence to Mrs. Snyder following the death of her husband, "a great man."

    Major General Howard McC. Snyder, MD (1881-1970) served a long military-medical career that paralleled that of his good friend and patient, Dwight Eisenhower. From 1940-1945, he served as Assistant to the Inspector General of the War Department. By the end of World War II, he served as General Eisenhower's personal physician. He then retired from the military, though he remained close to the Eisenhower family, treating Mamie in 1945 for pneumonia. In 1951, Dr. Snyder was assigned to Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe (SHAPE) (the notification letter signed by Eisenhower is included in this archive). During Eisenhower's 1952 presidential campaign, Snyder rode in the campaign train with the future president and was a special advisor. After Eisenhower's election, Snyder served as Eisenhower's personal physician. In this capacity, he traveled with the president on trips, vacations, and to even to the golf course. Throughout both of Eisenhower's terms, he monitored the president's health and treated him following his 1955 heart attack and 1956 ileitis operation. After Eisenhower left office, the two remained close. Snyder began gathering Eisenhower's medical history, hoping to write a book on his subject; however, he died in 1970 before the book was finished. Although a cursory examination of the archive reveals that the majority are authentically signed by either the Dwight Eisenhower or Mamie Eisenhower, a small percentage bear secretarial or autopen signatures. It is urged that bidders view material prior to bidding. This archive has been well-cared for and is in fine condition.


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