Rose A. Conway Papers

Dates: 1943-1980

Administrative Assistant in the President's Office (Personal Secretary to the President), 1945-1953

The papers of Rose A. Conway contain clippings, correspondence, financial records, invitations, memorabilia, memoranda, menus, photographs, postcards, programs, scrapbooks, telegrams, and travel logs related to her personal life and role as personal secretary to Harry S. Truman.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 5 linear feet, 3 linear inches (about 10,000 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donor gave her copyrights in this collection to the U.S. government. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their duties are also in the public domain. Copyrights in documents that do not fall into these two categories presumably belong to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Dennis E. Bilger, Patrick J. Kean, and Niel M. Johnson (1981); Jim Armistead and Amy Crossley (2011).
Updated by: Shannon Lausch (2011) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

c. 1900

 

Born in Emporia, Kansas

1911 (June 13)

 

Graduated from St. Thomas' School, Kansas City, Kansas

c. 1918

 

Graduated from Mt. St. Scholastica Academy, Atchison, Kansas

1935

 

Worked under J. Vivian Truman as a secretary with the Federal Housing Administration in Kansas City, Missouri

1945

 

Started work as Vice-President Truman's Secretary

1945 (April 12)

 

Continued work as President Truman's Secretary

1949 (June)

 

Awarded honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Mt. St. Scholastica

1953

 

Moved to Kansas City to continue work as former President Truman's Secretary

1975

 

Retired from work at the Harry S. Truman Library

1977

 

Made honorary member of Battery D, 129th Field Artillery

1980 (March 17)

 

Died in Kansas City, Missouri

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Papers of Rose A. Conway contain clippings, correspondence, financial records, invitations, memorabilia, memoranda, menus, photographs, postcards, programs, scrapbooks, telegrams, and travel logs relating to her personal life and role as personal secretary to Harry S. Truman. The collection consists of one series, a Subject File, arranged alphabetically.

The collection documents Conway's personal life and her work as Administrative Assistant in the President's Office (Personal Secretary to Harry S. Truman), 1945-1953; and her continued work as Truman's secretary until his death in 1972.

The Papers include correspondence addressed to Rose Conway, relating to her service as Truman's secretary. The correspondence includes autograph requests, employment inquiries, invitations to social events, letters accompanying advance book copies and gifts, letters of appreciation, questions on U.S. policies, requests for speaking engagements, and requests for career advice for secretaries. Correspondents include the National Secretaries Association, the White House, and Irving Geist.

Many of the Papers relate to Truman's terms in office, 1948 reelection campaign, and Inauguration. They include a nearly complete set of logs of presidential trips; schedules from Truman's "Whistlestop" campaign; menus used aboard the presidential train in 1948; and programs for such events as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, the Inauguration and Inaugural Gala; and the National Young Democratic Dinner. Also included in the collection are financial records (1956-1967) relating to the Harry S. Truman Library, including balance sheets, checks, check registers, and deposit slips from the Library's account at Columbia National Bank.

Also in the collection are newspaper and magazine clippings from American Weekly, Life, the Washington Post, and the Washington Star.

Most of the collection consists of the contents of scrapbooks (1945-1952) compiled by Rose Conway, containing materials mostly relating to Harry S. Truman's presidency, including newspaper clippings on his administration and current events, political cartoons, photographs, and programs. Other scrapbooks document Conway's collection of invitations and souvenirs, including tickets, programs, envelopes, and periodical clippings; William Hillman's book on Harry Truman, Mr. President (including related periodical clippings and advertisements); and Truman's 1948 Presidential campaign (including related memoranda, menus, maps, schedules, programs, postcards, train timetables, tourism pamphlets, and magazines).

Books from the collection have been transferred to the book collection, photographs have been transferred to the audiovisual collection, and memorabilia transferred to the museum collections.

Related collections at the Truman Library include the Rose A. Conway Files.

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Series Descriptions

Container Nos. Series Description
1-12 SUBJECT FILE, 1943-1980

Clippings, correspondence, financial records, invitations, memorabilia, memoranda, menus, photographs, programs, postcards, scrapbooks, telegrams, and travel logs. Arranged alphabetically.

Folder Title List

Box 1

SUBJECT FILE, 1943-1980

American Weekly
Books
The Campaign of '48 in Star Cartoons: A Publication of The Washington Star
Columbia National Bank
Correspondence--B
Correspondence--C
Correspondence--D
Correspondence--E
Correspondence--F
Correspondence--G
Correspondence--H
Correspondence--Invitations
Correspondence--J
Correspondence--K
Correspondence--L
Correspondence--M
Correspondence--Mc
Correspondence--N
Box 2

SUBJECT FILE, 1943-1980

Correspondence--National Secretaries Association
Correspondence--O
Correspondence--P
Correspondence--Q
Correspondence--R
Correspondence--S
Correspondence--T
Correspondence--U
Correspondence--V
Correspondence--W
Correspondence--X, Y, Z
Democratic Digest
Harry S. Truman Inauguration, 1949
Jefferson-Jackson Dinner
Life Magazine
Memorabilia
Menus
Mr. President Galley Proof
News Releases from Life Magazine
Box 4

SUBJECT FILE, 1943-1980

Scrapbook--Volume 2 [2 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 3 [1 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 3 [2 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 4 [1 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 4 [2 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 5 [1 of 2]
Box 5

SUBJECT FILE, 1943-1980

Scrapbook--Volume 5 [2 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 6 [1 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 6 [2 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 7 [1 of 3]
Scrapbook--Volume 7 [2 of 3]
Box 6

SUBJECT FILE, 1943-1980

Scrapbook--Volume 7 [3 of 3]
Scrapbook--Volume 8 [1 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 8 [2 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 9 [1 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 9 [2 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 10 [1 of 2]
Box 7

SUBJECT FILE, 1943-1980

Scrapbook--Volume 10 [2 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 11 [1 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 11 [2 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 12 [1 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 12 [2 of 2]
Box 8

SUBJECT FILE, 1943-1980

Scrapbook--Volume 13 [1 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 13 [2 of 2]
Scrapbook--Volume 14 [1 of 3]
Scrapbook--Volume 14 [2 of 3]
Scrapbook--Volume 14 [3 of 3]
Box 9

SUBJECT FILE, 1943-1980

Scrapbook--Volume 15 [1 of 3]
Scrapbook--Volume 15 [2 of 3]
Scrapbook--Volume 15 [3 of 3]
Scrapbook--Mr. President, 1952
Scrapbook--Harry S Truman--Mr. President, 1952 [1 of 2]
Box 10

SUBJECT FILE, 1943-1980

Scrapbook--Harry S Truman--Mr. President, 1952 [2 of 2]
Scrapbook--Campaign 1948 [1 of 3]
Scrapbook--Campaign 1948 [2 of 3]
Scrapbook--Campaign 1948 [3 of 3]
Scrapbook--Invitations--Souvenirs [1 of 4]
Box 11

SUBJECT FILE, 1943-1980

Scrapbook--Invitations--Souvenirs [2 of 4]
Scrapbook--Invitations--Souvenirs [3 of 4]
Scrapbook--Invitations--Souvenirs [4 of 4]
Scrapbook--Invitations--Souvenirs--Volume 2 [1 of 2]
Scrapbook--Invitations--Souvenirs--Volume 2 [2 of 2]
Box 12

SUBJECT FILE, 1943-1980

Scrapbook--Invitations--Souvenirs--Volume 3 [1 of 3]
Scrapbook--Invitations--Souvenirs--Volume 3 [2 of 3]
Scrapbook--Invitations--Souvenirs--Volume 3 [3 of 3]
Truman, Harry S.--Biographies
Washington Post
Washington Star