Truman, Mary Jane Papers

Dates: 1882-1951

Sister of Harry S. Truman

The papers of Mary Jane Truman consist of financial records, legal documents, handwritten notes, memoranda, correspondence, maps, scrapbooks, and other items mostly concerning her brother, Harry S. Truman. The papers relate to Harry Truman's military service before, during, and after World War I; his operation of the Truman farm at Grandview, Missouri; and his work as a road overseer in Jackson County, Missouri. Some of the papers pertain to the activities of Mary Jane, her father, John Anderson Truman, and her other brother, J. Vivian Truman.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 10 linear inches (about 1,200 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The Library has not received a donation of copyright for this collection.
Processed by: Niel Johnson (1979, 1987); Leticia Michel (2001); Jim Armistead and David Clark (2014).


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1889 (August 12)

 

Born, Grandview, Missouri, the younger sister of Harry S. Truman (born 1884) and J. Vivian Truman (born 1886)

1906

 

Truman family moves to 600-acre farm near Grandview, Missouri

1917

 

Becomes Matron, Eastern Star, Grandview, Missouri

1940

 

Mortgage foreclosed on Truman farm. Mary Jane and mother, Martha Ellen, move into Grandview

1947

 

Accorded the largest reception ever received by a Grand Officer of the Order of Eastern Star

1950

 

Installed as Worthy Grand Matron of Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Missouri

1969

 

Last public appearance at Labor Day Parade

1978 (November 3)

 

Died

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The documents in this collection consist of material related to Mary Jane Truman, her brothers, Harry S. Truman and J. Vivian Truman, and her father, John Anderson Truman. Included are financial records, legal documents, handwritten notes, memoranda, correspondence, maps, scrapbooks, and other items. The Mary Jane Truman papers consist of one series, a Subject File.

The series contains army documents pertaining to Harry S. Truman's enlistment and service in the Missouri National Guard and his service as an artillery officer with the 129th Field Artillery, 35th Division, U.S. Army in France during World War I. The farm related documents consist of handwritten notes, financial records, and legal documents regarding the Truman Grandview farm, family correspondence and account statements.

Other documents consist of handwritten notes and legal documents relating to the Truman family piano and Truman's Stafford automobile, and a composition book containing an 8th grade essay by J. Vivian Truman. Also included are documents related to the Morgan Oil Company, patents applied for by John Anderson Truman, maps and guide books from the Orleans and Dijon regions of France, financial records and scrapbooks.

Additional documentation regarding the relationship between Harry S. Truman and Mary Jane Truman, including their correspondence from 1945-1953, can be found in the library in the President's Secretary's Files. Other related materials can be found in the Harry S. Truman Papers: Papers Pertaining to Family, Business, and Personal Affairs.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.

 

Series

1-2

  SUBJECT FILE, 1882-1951
Financial records, legal documents, handwritten notes, memoranda, correspondence, maps, scrapbooks, and other items. Arranged alphabetically.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

SUBJECT FILE, 1882-1951

Box 1

  • Army Officer's Commissions, 1917-1925
  • Certificates of Registry for Livestock-- Harry S. Truman, 1907-1916
  • Composition Book Containing 8th Grade Essays by J. Vivian Truman and Harry S. Truman's Ledger of Road Overseer Expenditures
  • Corporal's Warrant, March 19, 1906
  • Correspondence Signed by Harry S. Truman, July 1, 1901 and August 3, 1915
  • Discharge Certificate, June 14, 1908
  • Documents Pertaining to Truman Family Piano, 1898-1899, 1904
  • Enlistment Certificate, June 14, 1905
  • Family of John Anderson Truman-Lamar, Missouri, 1882-1885
  • Field Artillery Data Book--Undated
  • Gestation Book, 1907-1916
  • Grandview Farm-Miscellaneous Records, 1890-1927
  • Hay, Pasture, and Produce Record, 1906-1916
  • John Anderson Truman-Patent Documents, 1890, 1902
  • Map-Camp de Coetquidan [original in map case]
  • Maps and Guide Books-Orleans and Dijon Regions of France
  • Military Field Notebook, 1917
  • Morgan and Company-Oil Investments [business card]
  • Personal Expense Book, Harry S. Truman, 1902-1904
  • Plan de Paris [Directory of Streets in Paris]
  • Road Maps--France [originals in map case]
  • Road Orders to Harry S. Truman by Jackson County, [MO] Court, 1915
  • Road Overseer's Receipts for Poll Tax, 1915
  • Road Overseer's Receipts for Work Done, 1915
  • Road Overseer Records, 1915-Harry S. Truman
  • Scrapbook [2014 Accretion]
  • Scrapbook, 1949-1951 [2014 Accretion]
  • Scrapbook, 1950-1951 [2014 Accretion] [1 of 2]
  • Scrapbook, 1950-1951 [2014 Accretion] [2 of 2]

Box 2

  • Stafford Automobile-Maintenance Records and Driver's License, 1914-1915
  • Statements of Account-Harry S. Truman, 1915-1916
  • Thirty-fifth Division and 129th Field Artillery, 1917-1918 [1 of 2]
  • Thirty-fifth Division and 129th Field Artillery, 1917-1918 [2 of 2]
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