Lloyd C. Stark Papers

Dates: 1933-1940

Governor of Missouri, 1937-1941

The papers of Lloyd C. Stark consist of selected correspondence, newspaper clippings, speeches, and other items concerning Stark’s relationship with Harry S. Truman before and during his governorship of the State of Missouri. These papers are copies of original documents that are part of a much larger collection of Stark's papers at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection in Columbia, Missouri.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: Less than one linear foot (about 250 pages).
Access: Open
Copyright: No donation of copyright was received with this collection. Documents created by U.S. government employees 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: Jennifer Farr (2007) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1886 (23 November)

 

Born, Louisiana, Missouri

1908

 

Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy

1908-1912

 

Served in the U.S. Navy

1912-1972

 

Executive at various times with Stark Brothers Nurseries, a large apple-growing concern

1918

 

Major, U.S. Army, World War I

1928

 

General Chairman, Missouri State Highway Bond Campaign

1937-1941

 

Governor of Missouri

1940

 

Delegate from Missouri, Democratic National Convention; Candidate for U.S. Senate, defeated by Harry S. Truman in the Democratic primary

1972 (September 17)

 

Died, Clayton, Missouri

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Lloyd Crow Stark consist of selected correspondence, newspaper clippings, speeches, and other items dealing with Stark’s relationship with Harry S. Truman before and during his governorship of the State of Missouri. The collection is comprised of one series, a Correspondence File, arranged chronologically.

The correspondence between Truman and Stark mostly relates to political and personal matters. The early letters between the two relate to the development of a field artillery association, and Truman's campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1934. Also included are newspaper articles regarding Truman’s first Senate campaign.

Included in the correspondence is a letter revealing Stark's intentions to run for the governorship of Missouri in 1936. As governor, Stark promoted the idea of naming one of the United States battleships after the state of Missouri. His relationship with Truman ended after Stark helped break up the Pendergast political machine in Kansas City. Stark opposed Truman in the Democratic Senate primary in 1940, but was narrowly defeated and retired from politics.

These papers are copies of original documents that are part of a much larger collection of Stark's papers at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection in Columbia, Missouri. The copies were donated to the Truman Library and initially opened for research as part of the Library's Miscellaneous Historical Documents Collection (MHDC 497).

More information on Stark and the 1940 Senate campaign can be found in the papers of Harry S. Truman (Papers as U.S. Senator and Vice President).

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.

 

Series

1

  CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1933-1940
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, speeches, and other items dealing with Stark’s relationship with Harry S. Truman before and during his governorship of the State of Missouri. Arranged chronologically.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1933-1940

Box 1

  • 1933
  • 1934
  • 1935
  • 1936
  • 1937
  • 1938
  • 1939
  • 1940
  • Undated
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