Bernard L. Gladieux Papers

Dates: 1945-1950

Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce, 1945-1950

The papers of Bernard L. Gladieux consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes and other items related to the work of the Department of Commerce.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: Less than one-half of one linear foot (about 350 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: Bernard L. Gladieux has donated to the United States of America his copyright interest in all writings in this collection. Documents created by U.S. government employees in the course of their official duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Erwin J. Mueller (1973).
Updated by: Cassie Mundt (2007) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1907 (April 12)

 

Born, Toledo, Ohio

1930

 

A.B., Oberlin College

1935

 

Executive Secretary, City Manager League, Toledo, Ohio

1936-1939

 

Administrative Consultant, Public Administration Service, Chicago

1939-1942

 

Management Consultant; Chief, War Organization Section, U.S. Bureau of the Budget, Executive Office of the President

1943

 

M.S. in Public Administration, Syracuse University

1943-1944

 

Administrative Assistant to Chairman, War Production Board

1944

 

Deputy Chief of Operations and Administration, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration

1945-1950

 

Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce

1950-1954

 

Assistant to the President, Ford Foundation

1957-1967

 

Partner, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Management Consultant Firm

1967-1974

 

Co-founder and partner, Knight & Gladieux (later Knight, Gladieux & Smith), Management Consulting Firm

1997 (May 18)

 

Died, Oberlin, Ohio

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Bernard L. Gladieux Papers are comprised of correspondence, agendas, memoranda, reports, notes, and other items compiled during Gladieux's service as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce. The collection is comprised of one series, a Chronological File.

Bernard L. Gladieux was Executive Assistant to the Secretary from 1945 to 1950 and served three Secretaries during this period: Henry Wallace, W. Averell Harriman, and Charles Sawyer. The collection includes information on Wallace’s forced resignation from the Cabinet in 1946.

The reports mostly concern employee security: security clearances, summaries of loyalty cases, appeals of loyalty board decisions, and the security program at the National Bureau of Standards. Included in the papers are the transcripts of several hearings involving Commerce Department employees who appealed the decisions in their cases to the Department’s Loyalty Review Board.

The letters and memoranda are mostly between Gladieux and others, and concern appointments and other personnel matters.

Also included are notes for the Secretary of Commerce's meetings with President Truman, notes from meetings between Gladieux and the Secretary, and notes on a conference concerning the Federal Barge Line Strike.

Much of the remaining correspondence involves the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, the Civil Aeronautics Administration, the Council of Economic Advisers, preparation of the budget and appropriations, and the replacement of temporary employees after the war.

The Truman Library has the papers of Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer. The Oberlin College Archives has a small collection of Bernard L. Gladieux Papers relating to his personal life and other aspects of his career.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

 

Container Nos.

 

Series

1

  CHRONOLOGICAL FILE, 1945-1950
Agendas, correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, and other items relating to the Department of Commerce. Arranged chronologically.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

CHRONOLOGICAL FILE, 1945-1950

Box 1

  • 1945
  • 1946
  • 1947
  • 1948
  • 1949
  • 1950
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