Elsey, George M. Papers

Dates: 1916-1995

Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve, and Duty Officer, White House Map Room, 1941-1946; Assistant to the Special Counsel to the President, 1947-1949; Administrative Assistant to the President, 1949-1951; Assistant to the Director, Mutual Security Agency, 1951-1953

The George M. Elsey Papers contain materials primarily related to his service in the White House Map Room, as an Assistant to the Special Counsel to the President, and as an Administrative Assistant to the President.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 40 linear feet, 3 linear inches (about 73,600 pages).
Access: Open, with the exception that some documents that are closed for national security reasons.
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: Laura N. Heller (1969); Dennis E. Bilger and Anita M. Smith (1997); Dennis E. Bilger and Randy Sowell (2001); Randy Sowell and Erica Flanagan (2007); David Clark (2017-2020).

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1918, February 5

 

Born, Palo Alto, California

1939

 

B.A., Princeton University

1940

 

M.A., Harvard University

1941, December - 1947, April

 

Officer, United States Naval Reserve; assigned to White House Map Room (intelligence and communications center) in April 1942

1947, April - 1949, August

 

Assistant to the Special Counsel to the President, Clark Clifford

1949, August - 1951, November

 

Administrative Assistant to the President

1951, December - 1953, January

 

Assistant to the Director, Mutual Security Agency

1958-1961

 

Vice-President, American Red Cross

1970-1980

 

President, American Red Cross

1973-1983

 

Trustee, George C. Marshall Research Foundation

1973-1995

 

Member, Harry S. Truman Library Institute

1974-1979

 

Member, National Archives Advisory Council

2015, December 30

 

Died, Tustin, California

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of George M. Elsey contain materials primarily related to his service as a Duty Officer in the White House Map Room, as an Assistant to the Special Counsel to the President, and as an Administrative Assistant to the President. The collection is arranged into three series: the Franklin D. Roosevelt File, the Speech File and the Subject File.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt File consists of correspondence, appointment schedules, articles, handwritten notes, memos, reports, newspaper clippings, and press releases related to George Elsey’s service as a United States Naval Reserve Duty Officer assigned to the Map Room. Much of the series consist of historical reports and research notes related to foreign policy, newspapers clippings and requests for information regarding President Roosevelt’s personal papers.

The Speech File includes speeches and speech drafts, press releases, memoranda, printed material, newspaper clippings, correspondence, itineraries and schedules, drafts of legislation, and other items mostly documenting the drafting of President Truman's speeches and other public messages. In addition to the drafts themselves and accompanying research materials, the series contains samples of press reaction and some memoranda relating to political strategy. The major speeches that Elsey assisted with included: State of the Union addresses, the Truman Doctrine speech, the Marshall Plan speech, Civil Rights speech, 1948 campaign speeches, and the 1949 Inaugural Address, with its proposal of a "Point Four" program of aid to underdeveloped nations.

The Subject File contains memoranda, correspondence, speeches and speech drafts, reports, press releases, and other items documenting some of the major events and policies of the Truman administration. Much of this material relates to the Berlin Conference, economic policies, the Marshall Plan, Palestine, the Point Four program, Soviet Union, loyalty investigations, internal security, Korean War, legislation, national defense, Armed Forces unification, and reorganization of the Executive Branch. Notable documents in this series include President Truman’s handwritten note authorizing the dropping of the atomic bomb and his estimate on electoral votes for the 1948 election.

Related collections at the Truman Library include the George Elsey Files, Naval Aide to the President Files, Map Room File, President’s Secretary’s Files, and George Elsey’s oral histories.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.

 

Series

1-9

  FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT FILE, 1938-1951
Correspondence, appointment schedules, articles, handwritten notes, memos, reports, newspaper clippings, and press releases. Arranged alphabetically.

10-41

  SPEECH FILE, 1946-1953
Correspondence, appointment schedules, articles, handwritten notes, memos, reports, newspaper clippings, and press releases. Arranged alphabetically.

42-92

  SUBJECT FILE, 1916-1995
Memoranda, correspondence, speeches and speech drafts, reports, press releases, and other items relating to major policies and events primarily during the Truman administration. Arranged alphabetically.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT FILE, 1938-1951

Box 1

  • Appointments
  • Articles
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—Allied Occupation of Europe [1 of 2]
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—Allied Occupation of Europe [2 of 2]
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—British in the Pacific
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—China [1 of 3]
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—China [2 of 3]
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—China [3 of 3]

Box 2

  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—French North Africa [1 of 2]
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—French North Africa [2 of 2]
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—Germany
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—Italy
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—Octagon (Quebec Conference, 1944)
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—Palestine
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—Poland
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—Quadrant (Quebec Conference, 1943)

Box 3

  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—Russian Convoys
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—Sextant (Cairo and Teheran Conferences)
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—Wartime Conference Agreements
  • Historical Reports and Research Notes—Yalta Conference
  • Home
  • Map Room [1 of 2]
  • Map Room [2 of 2]

Box 4

  • Newspaper Clippings, 1944 [1 of 6]
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1944 [2 of 6]
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1944 [3 of 6]
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1944 [4 of 6]
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1944 [5 of 6]
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1944 [6 of 6]

Box 5

  • Newspaper Clippings, 1945
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1946
  • Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous [1 of 3]
  • Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous [2 of 3]
  • Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous [3 of 3]
  • Newspaper Clippings, Quebec Conference, 1944

Box 6

  • Newspaper Clippings, Teheran and Cairo Conferences [1 of 2]
  • Newspaper Clippings, Teheran and Cairo Conferences [2 of 2]
  • Personal Papers
  • Personal Papers-Ownership
  • Personal Papers-Requests for Access or Information, 1945

Box 7

  • Personal Papers-Requests for Access or Information, 1947 [1 of 2]
  • Personal Papers-Requests for Access or Information, 1947 [2 of 2]
  • Personal Papers-Requests for Access or Information, 1948 [1 of 2]
  • Personal Papers-Requests for Access or Information, 1948 [2 of 2]
  • Personal Papers-Requests for Access or Information, 1949
  • Personal Papers-Requests for Access or Information, 1950
  • Personal Papers-Requests for Access or Information, 1951
  • Philippine Statement
  • Press Conferences [1 of 2]
  • Press Conferences [2 of 2]

Box 8

  • Press Releases [1 of 11]
  • Press Releases [2 of 11]
  • Press Releases [3 of 11]
  • Press Releases [4 of 11]
  • Press Releases [5 of 11]
  • Press Releases [6 of 11]

Box 9

  • Press Releases [7 of 11]
  • Press Releases [8 of 11]
  • Press Releases [9 of 11]
  • Press Releases [10 of 11]
  • Press Releases [11 of 11]
  • Unconditional Surrender
  • War Diary

Box 10

SPEECH FILE, 1946-1953

  • 1946, June 29: Continuation of the OPA
  • 1946, December 18: Economic Advisers' Report (CEA)
  • 1947, January 6: State of the Union - Atomic Energy
  • 1947, January 6: State of the Union - Conclusion
  • 1947, January 6: State of the Union - Correspondence
  • 1947, January 6: State of the Union - Domestic Affairs
  • 1947, January 6: State of the Union - Draft [1 of 2]
  • 1947, January 6: State of the Union - Draft [2 of 2]
  • 1947, January 6: State of the Union - Introduction
  • 1947, January 6: State of the Union - Labor
  • 1947, January 6: State of the Union - Military Policy
  • 1947, January 6: State of the Union - Outline and General Material
  • 1947, January 6: State of the Union - Press Comments
  • 1947, January 8: President's Economic Report
  • 1947, January 10: Budget Message

Box 11

  • 1947 March 12: Truman Doctrine Speech [1 of 2]
  • 1947 March 12: Truman Doctrine Speech [2 of 2]
  • 1947, April 5: Jefferson Day Speech
  • 1947, April 21: New York Speech
  • 1947, May 7: Health Message
  • 1947, June 7: Kansas City Speech
  • 1947, June 11: President's Ottawa Speech
  • 1947, June 17: President's Speech at Princeton University
  • 1947, June 20: Labor Veto Speech
  • 1947, June 27: NAACP Speech
  • 1947, June 30: Rent Control and Housing Message
  • 1947, July 4: Monticello Speech

Box 12

  • 1947, September 2: Rio de Janeiro Conference - Clippings
  • 1947, September 2: Rio de Janeiro Conference - Dispatches
  • 1947, September 2: Rio de Janeiro Conference - Notes and Memoranda
  • 1947, September 2: Rio de Janeiro Conference - Speech
  • 1947, October 5: Food Speech
  • 1947, October 8: Radio Talk to Women Voters
  • 1947, October 24: Call for Special Session
  • 1947, October 24, Call for Special Session - Clippings
  • 1947, November 17: Address to Congress on Domestic Economic and Foreign Aid [1 of 2]
  • 1947, November 17: Address to Congress on Domestic Economic and Foreign Aid [2 of 2]
  • 1947, November 17: Anti-inflation Speech
  • 1947, November 17: European Recovery Program - Clippings
  • 1947, December 6: Everglades National Park Speech

Box 13

  • 1947, December 16: Message on Marshall Plan [1 of 3]
  • 1947, December 16: Message on Marshall Plan [2 of 3]
  • 1947, December 16: Message on Marshall Plan [3 of 3]
  • 1948, January 7: State of the U