Stowe, David H. Papers

Dates: 1945-53, 1960-1984

Deputy to the Assistant to the President of the United States, 1947-49; Administrative Assistant to the President of the United States, 1949-53.

The papers of David H. Stowe document primarily his work from 1947 to 1953 as Deputy to the Assistant to the President and Administrative Assistant to the President specializing in government operations and labor issues. Topics covered include migratory labor, the National Labor-Management Conference held in Washington, D.C. in November 1945, the President's National Labor-Management Conference held in September, 1950, the 1952 steel strike, and President Truman's message to Congress accompanying his veto of the Taft-Hartley bill. The collection also contains small amounts of material relating to the 1948, 1952 and 1960 campaigns, and to the celebration in 1984 of the centennial of President Truman's birth.

See also David H. Stowe Files finding aid, David H. Stowe oral history and David H. Stowe and William J. Bray oral history.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 7.2 linear feet (about 14,400 pages)
Access: Open
Copyright: David H. Stowe donated his copyright interest in any of his writings in this collection to the Government of the United States. Documents prepared by U.S. Government employees in the course of their official duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interest in documents which do not fall in these two categories is presumed to remain with the writers of the documents.
Processed by: Willie L. Harriford, Jr. (1963). First accretion processed by Erwin J. Mueller (1982). Second accretion processed and collection reprocessed by Anita M. Heavener and Dennis Bilger (1992). Third accretion processed and finding aid revised by Randy Sowell and Sharie Simon (2002).

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1910, Sept. 10

 

Born, New Canaan, Connecticut

1931

 

Bachelor of Arts, Duke University

1934

 

Master of Education, Duke University

1931-37

 

History and economics teacher in junior colleges in North Carolina

1937-41

 

Assistant State Director, North Carolina State Employment Service

1941-47

 

Official in the Bureau of the Budget

1943-47

 

Chief Examiner, U.S. Bureau of the Budget

1947-49

 

Deputy to the Assistant to the President of the United States

1949-53

 

Administrative Assistant to the President of the United States

1952

 

Member of President Truman's staff aboard his campaign train

1953-70

 

Labor arbitrator and member, four presidential emergency boards appointed under the Railway Labor Act

1955-70

 

Organizational Disputes Arbitrator, Industrial Union Department, AFL-CIO

1960

 

Member of President Truman's staff during the 1960 campaign

1961-67

 

Public member of the President's Missile Sites Labor Commission

1962-1978

 

Member, Atomic Energy Labor-Management Relations Panel

1970-80

 

Member, National Mediation Board

1997, Nov. 10

 

Died, Baltimore, Maryland

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of David H. Stowe document primarily his work from 1947 to 1953 as Deputy to the Assistant to the President and Administrative Assistant to the President specializing in government operations and labor issues. Stowe came to the White House staff in 1947 at the invitation of presidential assistant John R. Steelman. His assignment was initially regarded as a one year detail from the Bureau of the Budget, where he was chief examiner. One of Stowe's responsibilities was to improve the working relationship between the Bureau of the Budget and the White House staff. In addition, he was assigned to government operations and labor relations issues, and specifically to problems relating to migratory labor. When his year's assignment was ending, President Truman asked him to stay. In early 1949, Truman appointed Stowe one of his Administrative Assistants. During the 1952 campaign, Stowe was a member of the staff that went with Truman on his campaign train as he traveled through the country speaking in support of Adlai Stevenson. Stowe's major responsibility was to manage access to Truman's car, to assure that the rear platform speeches began on time, and to close the car and move the train out on time. Stowe also traveled with President Truman during a six-week speechmaking tour through the country during the 1960 campaign.

The collection is divided into nine series: an Appointment Calendar File, a Telephone Memorandums File, a Subject File, a Correspondence File, a file entitled Press Releases-Presidential Statements and Messages to Congress, a Harry S. Truman 1952 Presidential Campaign Speech File, a 1960 Presidential Campaign File, a Harry S. Truman Centennial File, and a Memorabilia File.

The Appointment Calendars File contains two bound volumes listing Stowe's appointments for 1950 and 1951, and unbound appointment lists of his appointments from 1950 to 1953. The unbound lists occasionally give some brief description of Stowe's meetings.

The Telephone Memorandums File contains White House telephone memorandum forms that list the dates and times of incoming calls, the names of the persons calling, and brief descriptions of the purport of the calls. The calls listed were apparently received when Stowe was not available to take them. The listings are in different handwritings - presumably those of White House secretaries - and often indicate whether Stowe was expected to return the call or whether it was referred to someone else. Most of the listings are crossed out in red pencil; Stowe presumably did this when he felt the business of the call had been taken care of.

The Subject File covers such topics as migratory labor, the National Labor-Management Conference held in Washington, D.C. in November 1945, the President's National Labor-Management Conference held in September 1950, the 1952 steel strike, and President Truman's message to Congress accompanying his veto of the Taft-Hartley bill.

The Correspondence File contains copies of Stowe's outgoing correspondence for the entire period of his service on Truman's White House staff. Topics covered include science policy, the maritime industry, public housing, labor relations at atomic energy installations, Mexican labor, the establishment of the National Science Foundation, the President's Committee on Religion and Welfare in the Armed Forces, programs for the handicapped, civil defense, the Panama Canal, the European Recovery Program, the National Security Resources Board, and the ceremonial details relating to Stowe's position (thank you notes, requests for autographs, condolences, and the like).

The file entitled Press Releases-Presidential Statements and Messages to Congress contains selected press releases of Presidential statements and messages - presumably those Stowe felt to be important and related to his responsibilities.

The Harry S. Truman 1952 Campaign Speech File contains mimeographed copies of President Truman's speeches made during the 1952 campaign and press releases for some of the speeches. The speeches are sequentially numbered on the mimeographed copies, no. 1 being Truman's remarks made in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 1, 1952, and no. 210 his remarks made at Granite City, Illinois, on November 1, 1952.

The 1960 Presidential Campaign File contains a small amount of correspondence with Democratic Party and state and local officials regarding Truman's appearances during the 1960 campaign, background information about their locations, issue papers, public opinion mail, financial information, and press releases and copies of the reading copies of Truman's speeches.

The Harry S. Truman Centennial File contains primarily printed material and memorabilia relating to the celebration of the centennial of President Truman's birth. There is also a small amount of correspondence.

The Memorabilia File contains a couple of items that were added to the collection in 2002.

The Subject File of the Stowe Papers was opened for research in 1963. The 1960 Presidential Campaign File was opened in 1982. The remainder of the collection was opened in 1992, with the exception of the Memorabilia File, which was opened in 2002.

Material relating to Stowe's areas of responsibility can be found in many of the Library's collections. President Truman's papers include a small group of files from David Stowe's office in the White House, and the Oral History Collection includes several interviews with him.

Documents concerning migratory farm labor are included in the:

Documents concerning housing are included in the:

Documents concerning the Taft-Hartley Act are included in the:

Documents concerning civil defense are included in the:

Documents concerning universal military training are included in the:

Documents concerning the Steel Strike of 1952 are included in the: