Wallace H. Graham Papers

Dates: 1918-1996

White House Physician, 1945-1953; Personal Physician to Harry S. Truman, 1945-1972

The papers of Wallace H. Graham consist of clippings, correspondence, financial records, handwritten notes, invitations, medical records, memorabilia, memoranda, photographs, printed materials, reports, scrapbooks, speeches, telegrams, sound recordings, motion pictures, handwritten notes and drafts of his memoirs related to his personal life, military career, medical career and role as a physician to Harry S. Truman.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 12 linear feet, 8 linear inches (about 23,200 pages).
Access: Open, with the exception of documents that are closed for reasons of national security.
Copyright: Velma Graham and Heather Foote donated to the U.S. government their copyright interest in all unpublished writings in this collection. Documents created by U.S. government employees in the course of their official duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Jan Davis, Sharie Simon, Kamera Moore, Amy Crossley, and David Clark (2010).


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1910 (October 9)

 

Born, Highland, Kansas

1928-1930

 

Attended University of Missouri

1932

 

A.B., Central Missouri State College

1936

 

Graduated, Creighton University School of Medicine

1936 (June 4)

 

Appointed First Lieutenant, Army Medical Reserve Corps

1937-1938

 

University of Vienna General Hospital

1938-1939

 

Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland

1939

 

University of Budapest, Hungary

1940

 

Cook County General Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

1941

 

Chief Pathologist & Ward Surgeon, Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri

1941 (December 24)

 

Promoted to Captain

1942-1945

 

Chief of Surgical Service, 24th Evacuation Hospital

1943 (January 30)

 

Promoted to Major

1944 (January 10)

 

Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

1945 (August 14)

 

Promoted to Colonel

1945-1953

 

White House Physician; Chief of Surgical Section, Walter Reed Army Hospital

1945-1972

 

Personal Physician to Harry S. Truman

1951

 

Promoted to Major General

1953

 

Returned to private practice

1972-1982

 

Personal Physician to Bess W. Truman

1996 (January 4)

 

Died, Kansas City, Missouri

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Wallace H. Graham consist of clippings, correspondence, financial records, handwritten notes, invitations, medical records, memorabilia, memoranda, photographs, printed materials, reports, scrapbooks, speeches, telegrams, sound recordings, motion pictures, handwritten notes and drafts of his memoirs related to his personal life, military career, medical career and role as a physician to Harry S. Truman. The collection is arranged in two series, a Subject File, arranged alphabetically, and a Memoirs File, arranged chronologically.

The Subject File contains clippings, correspondence, financial records, invitations, medical records, memorabilia, memoranda, photographs, printed materials, reports, scrapbooks, speeches, telegrams, sound recordings, and motion pictures, which primarily relate to Wallace Graham’s work as the White House Physician and as Harry S. Truman and Bess Truman’s personal physician. The series also contains correspondence, clippings and photographs related to Wallace Graham’s family.

In addition to materials relating to Wallace Graham’s service as Harry S. Truman’s physician, the series contains clippings, correspondence, memoranda, printed materials and reports pertaining to various individuals and organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Richard Bolling, Clark Clifford, Central Missouri State, Creighton University, Thomas Eagleton, Robert Ferrell, Alonzo Hamby, Harry S. Truman Birthday Celebration, Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, Harry S. Truman Library, William Hassett, Herbert May, Missouri State Medical Association, Charles Murphy, New York Academy of Sciences, Monte Poen, Harry Vaughan, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and Westminster College.

The series also includes medical records that consist of correspondence, operation reports, physical examination reports, patient histories, electrocardiograms, lab reports, insurance claims, hospitalization records and a prescription log book. Most of the medical records relate to Harry and Bess Truman from 1945 until their deaths. Harry Truman's medical records have been digitized. Other medical records relate to Truman administration members, their families and other individuals treated by Dr. Graham during his service as the White House Physician or as a private practice doctor. Additional materials include medical records related to Heads of State or individuals from foreign countries. At the request of President Truman, Wallace Graham treated individuals in other countries, such as King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia. The series also includes documents relating to medical trips Wallace Graham took to Antigua, Mexico, and Peru.

The Memoirs File contains handwritten notes, handwritten and typed drafts with annotations and a final draft. The memoirs relate experiences during Wallace Graham’s youth, college and medical school days, and service in World War II and the Truman administration. There is little information in the memoirs after 1953, when Wallace Graham returned to Missouri and worked as a private practice physician.

Books have been transferred to the book collection; photos, audio recordings and motion pictures have been transferred to the audiovisual collection; and memorabilia transferred to the museum collections. The museum collection also has Wallace Graham’s medical bag, which contains medical instruments and medication.

Related collections at the Truman Library include the President’s Secretary’s Files, Official File and Post-Presidential Papers. The Truman Library also has an oral history with Wallace Graham.

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Series Descriptions

Container Nos. Series Description
1-22 SUBJECT FILE, 1918-1996

Clippings, correspondence, financial records, handwritten notes, invitations, medical records, memorabilia, memoranda, photographs, printed materials, reports, scrapbooks, speeches, telegrams, sound recordings, and motion pictures. Arranged alphabetically.

23-29 MEMOIRS FILE, ca. 1980-1996

Handwritten notes and drafts, typed drafts with annotations, and final drafts. Arranged chronologically.

Folder Title List

Box 1

SUBJECT FILE, 1918-1996

Air Force
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
Antiqua Medical Mission
Army
Audio Recordings
Battle Report, Washington
Belgium
Biographical Information
Bolling, Richard
Books
Brazil
Canada
Cancer Research
Cards (Business, Place, Membership...)
Central Missouri State College
Certificates
Clifford, Clark
Box 2

SUBJECT FILE, 1918-1996

Clippings, 1931
Clippings, 1936
Clippings, 1938
Clippings, 1941
Clippings, 1943
Clippings, 1945
Clippings, 1946
Clippings, 1947
Clippings, 1948
Clippings, 1949
Clippings, 1950
Clippings, 1951
Clippings, 1952
Clippings, 1953
Clippings, 1954
Clippings, 1955
Clippings, 1957
Clippings, 1958
Clippings, 1959
Clippings, 1960
Clippings, 1961
Clippings, 1963
Clippings, 1964
Clippings, 1965
Clippings, 1966
Clippings, 1967
Clippings, 1968
Clippings, 1969
Clippings, 1970
Clippings, 1971
Clippings, 1972 [1 of 6]
Clippings, 1972 [2 of 6]
Box 3

SUBJECT FILE, 1918-1996

Clippings, 1972 [3 of 6]
Clippings, 1972 [4 of 6]
Clippings, 1972 [5 of 6]
Clippings, 1972 [6 of 6]
Clippings, 1973 [1 of 3]
Clippings, 1973 [2 of 3]
Clippings, 1973 [3 of 3]
Clippings, 1974
Clippings, 1975
Box 4

SUBJECT FILE, 1918-1996

Clippings, 1976
Clippings, 1977
Clippings, 1978
Clippings, 1979
Clippings, 1980
Clippings, 1981
Clippings, 1982
Clippings, 1983
Clippings, 1984 [1 of 2]
Clippings, 1984 [2 of 2]
Clippings, 1985 [1 of 2]
Box 5

SUBJECT FILE, 1918-1996

Clippings, 1985 [2 of 2]
Clippings, 1986
Clippings, 1987
Clippings, 1988
Clippings, 1989
Clippings, 1990
Clippings, 1991
Clippings, 1992
Clippings, 1993
Clippings, 1994
Clippings, Undated [1 of 2]
Clippings, Undated [2 of 2]
Community Chest
Correspondence-A
Correspondence-B
Correspondence-C
Correspondence-D
Correspondence-E
Correspondence-F
Correspondence-G
Box 6

SUBJECT FILE, 1918-1996

Correspondence-H
Correspondence-I
Correspondence-J
Correspondence-K
Correspondence-L
Correspondence-M
Correspondence-N
Correspondence-O
Correspondence-P
Correspondence-R
Correspondence-S
Correspondence-T
Box 7

SUBJECT FILE, 1918-1996

Correspondence-U
Correspondence-V
Correspondence-W
Correspondence-X, Y, Z
Correspondence-Unknown
Creighton University
Dominican Republic
Eagleton, Thomas
Ferrell, Robert
Financial
Germany
Golden Gloves
Graham Family
Graham Family Correspondence
Graham, James
Box 8

SUBJECT FILE, 1918-1996

Graham, Velma
Greeting Cards
Gridiron Club
Hamby, Alonzo
Harry S. Truman Birthday Celebration, 1957
Harry S. Truman Birthday Celebration, 1958
Harry S. Truman Birthday Celebration, 1960
Harry S. Truman Birthday Celebration, 1964
Harry S. Truman Birthday Celebration, 1970
Harry S. Truman Birthday Celebration, 1971
Harry S. Truman Birthday Celebration, 1984
Harry S. Truman Centennial
Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, 1974
Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, 1978
Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, 1980
Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, 1981
Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, 1982
Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, 1984
Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, 1986
Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, 1987
Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, 1988
Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, 1989
Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, 1992
Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation
Harry S. Truman Inauguration, 1949
Box 9

SUBJECT FILE, 1918-1996

Harry S. Truman Library Copies [1 of 2]
Harry S. Truman Library Copies [2 of 2]
Harry S. Truman Library Correspondence
Harry S. Truman Library Institute
Harry S. Truman Public Service Award
Hassett, William
Health Resources Advisory Committee
Heroes Are Made Not Born by Dorothy C. Augustin
Honduras
Insurance
International College of Surgeons
Box 10

SUBJECT FILE, 1918-1996

Invitations, 1945
Invitations, 1946
Invitations, 1947
Invitations, 1948
Invitations, 1949
Invitations, 1950
Invitations, 1951
Invitations, 1952
Invitations, 1953
Invitations, 1954
Invitations, 1955
Invitations, 1957
Invitations, 1958
Invitations, 1966
Invitations, 1982
Invitations, 1984
Invitations, undated
Malaxa, Nicholaus
Masonic Papers
May, Herbert