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Records of the National Archives and Records Administration: Records of the Harry S. Truman Library: Museum Visitor Comment Books: Living Legacy Gallery Visitor Comment Books (Record Group 64)

Dates: 2001-2019

The Living Legacy Gallery Visitor Comment Books contain the reactions and comments of visitors to the Truman Library’s museum.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 7 linear feet, 5 linear inches.
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donor gave to the U.S. government the copyrights in this material and in any other material received by the U.S. government and maintained in a depository administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their official duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: David Clark (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016).
Updated by: Haley Petersen (2019) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.

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AGENCY HISTORY NOTE

The Records of the Harry S. Truman Library are included among the Records of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Record Group 64. From the time of the Library’s establishment in 1957 until 1985, the Library was part of NARA’s predecessor agency, the National Archives and Records Service (NARS), which in turn was part of the General Services Administration. NARA was established as an independent agency in 1985.

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Living Legacy Gallery Visitor Comment Books contain the reactions and comments of visitors to the Truman Library’s museum from 2001 to 2019.

The books were kept in the museum’s Living Legacy Gallery, at the end of an extensive exhibit on Truman’s Presidency. They are filled with opinions of visitors concerning Truman’s actions and decisions while in office, as well as reactions to the museum and its exhibits. The entries range from complimentary praise of Truman to criticism, both constructive and otherwise. The percentage of constructive contributions to the books may have varied substantially over the years.

The Truman Library also has Visitor Comment Books from the museum’s Atomic Bomb Gallery.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.

 

Series

1-17

  LIVING LEGACY GALLERY VISITOR COMMENT BOOKS, 2001-2019
Museum visitor comment books. Arranged chronologically.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

LIVING LEGACY GALLERY VISITOR COMMENT BOOKS, 2001-2019

Box 1

  • Book 1, November 10, 2001-February 19, 2001
  • Book 2, February 19, 2001-March 27, 2002
  • Book 3, March 27, 2002-May 1, 2002
  • Book 4, May 1, 2002-June 10, 2002
  • Book 5, June 10, 2002-July 16, 2002
  • Book 6, July 16, 2002-August 30, 2002

Box 2

  • Book 7, August 30, 2002-October 31, 2002
  • Book 8, October 31, 2002-December 17, 2002
  • Book 9, December 17, 2002-February 21, 2003
  • Book 10, February 21, 2003-March 31, 2003
  • Book 11, April 1, 2003-May 15, 2003
  • Book 12, May 15, 2003-July 8, 2003

Box 3

  • Book 13, July 9, 2003-August 28, 2003
  • Book 14, August 29, 2003-November 24, 2003
  • Book 15, November 25, 2003-February 21, 2004
  • Book 16, February 22, 2004-March 30, 2004
  • Book 17, March 31, 2004-May 17, 2004
  • Book 18, May 18, 2004-July 7, 2004

Box 4

  • Book 19, July 8, 2004-August 19, 2004
  • Book 20, August 20, 2004-October 24, 2004
  • Book 21, October 25, 2004-February 22, 2005
  • Book 22, February 22, 2005-May 26, 2005
  • Book 23, May 27, 2005-August 21, 2005
  • Book 24, August 22, 2005-November 27, 2005

Box 5

  • Book 25, November 28, 2005-February 5, 2006
  • Book 26, February 5, 2006-March 19, 2006
  • Book 27, March 19, 2006-May 29, 2006
  • Book 28, May 29, 2006-July 8, 2006
  • Book 29, July 8, 2006-October 30, 2006
  • Book 30, October 30, 2006-March 6, 2007

Box 6

  • Book 31, March 6, 2007-May 10, 2007
  • Book 32, May 10, 2007-July 26, 2007
  • Book 33, July 26, 2007-October 22, 2007
  • Book 34, October 23, 2007-February 20, 2008
  • Book 35, February 20, 2008-May 5, 2008
  • Book 36, May 5, 2008-June 16, 2006

Box 7

  • Book 37, June 16, 2006-August 4, 2008
  • Book 38, August 4, 2008-November 15, 2008
  • Book 39, November 15, 2008-February 9, 2009
  • Book 40, February 9, 2009-March 28, 2009

Box 8

  • Book 41, March 28, 2009-May 11, 2009
  • Book 42, May 12, 2009-July 19, 2009
  • Book 43, July 20, 2009-September 26, 2009
  • Book 44, September 29, 2009-December 20, 2009

Box 9

  • Book 45, December 20, 2009-March 12, 2010
  • Book 46, March 12, 2010-April 27, 2010
  • Book 47, April 28, 2010-June 24, 2010
  • Book 48, June 24, 2010-September 8, 2010
  • Book 49, September 8, 2010-February 15, 2011

Box 10

  • Book 50, February 15, 2011-March 29, 2011
  • Book 51, March 29, 2011-May 18, 2011
  • Book 52, May 18, 2011-August 7, 2011
  • Book 53, August 7, 2011-December 18, 2011
  • Book 54, December 19, 2011-March 25, 2012
  • Book 55, March 25, 2012-May 15, 2012

Box 11

  • Book 56, May 15, 2012-July 24, 2012
  • Book 57, July 25, 2012-October 29, 2012
  • Book 58, October 30, 2012-February 1, 2013
  • Book 59, February 2, 2013-March 18, 2013
  • Book 60, March 19, 2013-May 1, 2013

Box 12

  • Book 61, May 1, 2013-June 25, 2013
  • Book 62, June 26, 2013-August 25, 2013
  • Book 63, August 26, 2013-January 26, 2014
  • Book 64, January 26, 2014-March 25, 2014

Box 13

  • Book 65, March 26, 2014-May 26, 2014
  • Book 66, May 27, 2014-August 1, 2014
  • Book 67, August 2, 2014-December 2, 2014
  • Book 68, December 3, 2014-March 9, 2015

Box 14

  • Book 69, March 10, 2015-April 13, 2015
  • Book 70, April 14, 2015-July 6, 2015
  • Book 71, July 7, 2015-November 4, 2015
  • Book 72, November 5, 2015-March 8, 2016

Box 15

  • Book 73, March 9, 2016-May 3, 2016
  • Book 74, May 4, 2016-July 5, 2016
  • Book 75, July 6-August 31, 2016
  • Book 76, September 1, 2016-February 4, 2017

Box 16

  • Book 77, February 5-April 1, 2017
  • Book 78, April 2-July 2, 2017
  • Book 79, July 3,-September 1, 2017
  • Book 80, September 2-December 15, 2017
  • Book 81, December 16, 2017-March 12, 2018

Box 17

  • Book 82, March 13-June 7, 2018
  • Book 83, June 8-August 17, 2018
  • Book 84, August 17, 2018-March 28, 2019
  • Book 85, March 29-July 22, 2019
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