William Hillman Papers

Dates: 1934-1962; Bulk Date Span: 1951-1962

Journalist and news commentator; editor of Mr. President (1952); assistant to Harry S. Truman in various writing projects, including Truman's Memoirs (1955-56) and Mr. Citizen (1960)

The papers of William Hillman mostly document his association with Harry S. Truman and his work as editor and assistant to Mr. Truman in the writing and publication of Mr. President (1952), Memoirs (1955-56), Mr. Citizen (1960), and a number of syndicated newspaper and magazine articles. The collection also contains materials relating to proposed publishing and television projects involving the former President, and Hillman's role as Truman's literary agent and adviser. Also documented is Truman's work, with the assistance of Hillman and David Noyes, on a history of the U.S. Presidency that was never finished. The papers include manuscript drafts in various stages of completion, interview transcripts, research materials, correspondence, handwritten notes, printed materials, press releases, and other items.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: About 11.5 linear feet (approximately 23,000 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donor retains copyright interest in the writings of William Hillman in this collection. The heirs of Harry S. Truman retain copyright interest in his writings for publication, such as the Memoirs and Mr. Citizen. Copyright interest in other writings in this collection is assumed to remain with the authors of the documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Dennis Bilger, Patrick Osborn, Randy Sowell, Cynthia Edwards, Sharie Simon,
and Janice Davis (2002).

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1895 (September 5)

 

Born, New York City

1915-1925

 

Reporter, News Services

1917

 

A.B., Columbia University

1925 (September 5)

 

Married Angela Sermolino

1926-1931

 

Correspondent, Universal Service and Hearst newspapers, Paris, Berlin, and London

1934-1939

 

Chief of staff, foreign correspondents, Hearst newspapers

1939-1940

 

Foreign editor, Collier's

1941-1945

 

Radio news commentator with NBC and the Blue Network

c. 1945-1962

 

Roving correspondent, North American Newspaper Alliance

1948 (November)

 

Death of Angela Hillman

1952

 

Editor, Mr. President, a collection of President Truman's letters, diaries, and other personal papers

1952 (August 27)

 

Married Margherita Bisconti

1953-1962

 

Assistant to Mr. Truman in the writing of his Memoirs and in other literary and television projects involving the former President

1962 (May 30)

 

Died, New York City

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of William Hillman mostly document his association with Harry S. Truman from 1951 to 1962. A veteran journalist and news commentator, as well as a longtime friend of Mr. Truman, Hillman assisted him in the preparation of his Memoirs and other published works during this period. In addition, he served as Truman's agent in dealing with those who sought the former President's involvement in various literary projects and television productions. There are also some materials in the collection relating to Hillman's career as a journalist and his other activities. The papers consist of manuscript drafts in various stages of completion, interview transcripts, research materials, correspondence, handwritten notes, printed materials, press releases, appointment calendars, financial records, and other items.

The collection is divided into seven series. The first series, the Mr. President File, documents Hillman's work as editor of Mr. President (1952), a book that was published during President Truman's last year in office. Mr. President was a selection of Truman's letters, diaries, and other personal papers, along with photographs, commentary by Hillman, and excerpts from his interviews with the President. As editor, Hillman was granted unprecedented access to the President's papers and to Truman himself, who told Hillman that he wanted Americans "to know the Presidency as I have experienced it" and to "know me as I am." This collaboration between the President and a sympathetic journalist-the first of a series of literary projects on which Hillman worked for Truman-appeared at a time when Truman was experiencing low approval ratings in the polls and harsh criticism from the press. In preparing the book, Hillman was assisted by David Noyes, an advertising executive who was Mr. Truman's close friend and unofficial adviser. The Mr. President File contains manuscript drafts, transcripts of Truman's personal papers and interviews with Hillman, research materials compiled for the book, handwritten notes, correspondence, printed materials, and other items.

The second series, the Mr. Citizen File, documents the writing of Mr. Citizen (1960), a book in which Truman presented his views on life as a former President of the United States. This project began as a series of articles, written by Truman with Hillman's assistance, that were published in the American Weekly in 1953. When it was decided to expand the articles into a book, Hillman again worked closely with David Noyes. While Hillman prepared drafts of chapters, he and Noyes conducted a series of recorded interviews with Truman to provide additional material for the book. Mr. Citizen emerged from this process as a lively account of Truman's unique experiences as a President-turned-private-citizen, accompanied by his reflections on religion, history, and politics. The Mr. Citizen File contains manuscript drafts, interview transcripts, research materials, handwritten notes, correspondence, printed materials, and other items.

The third and largest series, the Memoirs File, comprises nearly one-half of the collection. Most of the series consists of drafts of Truman's Memoirs in various stages of completion, drafts of portions of the Memoirs that were serialized in Life magazine, and transcripts of interviews with Truman and others. The Memoirs File also contains correspondence, handwritten notes, press releases, printed materials, and other items. The contents of this series document the preparation of the Memoirs, a task that consumed much of the former President's time and energy from 1953 to 1956. While Hillman and Noyes provided research and editorial assistance, a team of hired scholars and wordsmiths did much of the actual writing. An important source of information for the project was a series of interviews that Hillman and Noyes conducted with Mr. Truman and with Dean Acheson, John Steelman, and other former administration officials. Truman's Memoirs were ultimately published in two volumes: Year of Decisions (1955) and Years of Trial and Hope (1956). In his acknowledgments, Truman paid particular tribute to the contributions of Hillman and Noyes, who "were constantly at my side, helping me to assemble and edit this work. With their collaboration this book has been made possible."

The next series, the History of the Presidency Project File, consists almost entirely of transcripts of recorded interviews with Mr. Truman, conducted by Hillman and Noyes in 1960 and early 1961. These interviews were intended to provide material for a projected history of the U.S. Presidency, to be written by Truman for an intended audience of young people. The project was never completed, but the transcripts preserve Truman's forthright views on the history of the United States and the qualities of his presidential predecessors. The series also contains some correspondence with prospective publishers of the book.

The Television Project File contains correspondence, printed materials, script drafts, research materials, and other items relating to efforts by prospective producers to obtain the participation of former President Truman in a variety of television projects, mostly historical or educational in nature. Hillman acted as Truman's agent, liaison, and adviser in connection with these proposals. Although most of the ideas never came to fruition, the series contains information on one major television project in which Truman did agree to participate: a planned series of documentaries on his life and Presidency, to be produced by David Susskind's company, Talent Associates-Paramount, Ltd., with the novelist Merle Miller serving as writer and "general organizer." This project was launched in 1961, but soon foundered in the face of massive indifference on the part of the television networks, and was in limbo at the time of Hillman's death in 1962. (Another producer, Screen Gems, subsequently took over the project and completed it in 1964, as a series of films for television entitled Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman.)

The sixth series, the General File, contains a variety of materials documenting Hillman's association with Mr. Truman and his career as a journalist and editor, including many copies and drafts of newspaper articles that appeared under Truman's name. The articles for the King Features Syndicate described Truman's trip to Europe in 1956; in subsequent articles for the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA), the former President commented extensively on national and international affairs. (Not coincidentally, Hillman himself was a roving correspondent for NANA.) The General File also contains Hillman's daily appointment calendars and financial records, which reflect the work that he performed for Truman over a number of years. Hillman also provided assistance to Alonzo Fields, a White House butler during the Truman years, in writing and publishing his recollections. The General File contains several drafts of Fields's memoir, which was published as My 21 Years in the White House in 1961. The series also includes correspondence, handwritten notes, printed materials, press releases, and other items relating to Hillman's work for NANA, his association with Truman, and his other activities.

The last series, the Galley Proofs File, contains galley proofs for Mr. President (under its original title, The Statesman), along with handwritten notes.

More information about William Hillman and his association with Mr. Truman can be found in the papers of Harry S. Truman, particularly in the President's Secretary's Files (Mr. President File and Personal File) and the Post-Presidential Papers (Mr. Citizen File, Television File, William Hillman File, Transcripts of Recordings for Proposed History of the American Presidency File, Memoirs File, and North American Newspaper Alliance, Inc. File). The transcripts of interviews with Truman for Mr. Citizen and for the proposed history of the Presidency, which appear in the Hillman Papers, can also be found in the Post-Presidential Papers. Substantial portions of these interviews have been published in two books: the presidential history interviews in David Gallen, ed., The Quotable Truman (New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1994), and the Mr. Citizen interviews in Ralph E. Weber, ed., Talking with Harry (Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 2001). Other relevant manuscript collections at the Truman Library include the papers of David Noyes, Alonzo Fields, and Merle Miller.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.

 

Series

1-4

  MR. PRESIDENT FILE, 1934-1952 (Bulk Date Span: 1951-1952)
Manuscript drafts, interview transcripts, research materials, handwritten notes, correspondence, printed materials, and other items. Arranged in alphabetical order.

5-7

  MR. CITIZEN FILE, 1944-1960 (Bulk Date Span: 1959-1960)
Manuscript drafts, interview transcripts, research materials, handwritten notes, correspondence, printed materials, and other items. Arranged in alphabetical order.

8-20

  MEMOIRS FILE, 1944-1956 (Bulk Date Span: 1954-1956)
Manuscript drafts, interview transcripts, correspondence, handwritten notes, press releases, printed materials, and other items. Arranged in alphabetical order.

21

  HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENCY PROJECT FILE, 1958-1961.
Interview transcripts, correspondence, and handwritten notes. Arranged in alphabetical order.

22-23

  TELEVISION PROJECT FILE, 1938-1962
Correspondence, printed materials, script drafts, research materials, and other items. Arranged in alphabetical order.

24-29

  GENERAL FILE, 1940-1961
Printed materials, drafts of articles, appointment calendars, financial records, correspondence, handwritten notes, press releases, and other items. Arranged in alphabetical order.

29

  GALLEY PROOFS FILE, 1951-1952
Galley proofs with handwritten notes. Arranged in alphabetical order.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1

MR. PRESIDENT FILE, 1934-1952 (Bulk Date Span, 1951-1952)

  • Brier, Royce-"Truman's Pilgrim's Progress," San Francisco Chronicle, August 17, 1951
  • Cabinet-Changes Under Truman, July 1945
  • Clippings
  • Condensed Version of Mr. President
  • Condensed Version of Mr. President-Annotated
  • Drafts [1 of 10; dust jacket]
  • Drafts [2 of 10; Foreword, etc.]
  • Drafts [3 of 10; Part One]
  • Drafts [4 of 10; Part Two]
  • Drafts [5 of 10; Part Three]
  • Drafts [6 of 10; Part Four]
  • Drafts [7 of 10; Part Five]
  • Drafts [8 of 10; Part Six]
  • Drafts [9 of 10; Afterword]
  • Drafts [10 of 10; section on presidential primaries]
  • Drafts Reviewed by David Noyes, January 1952

Box 2

  • Dummy, Blank
  • Dummy, Loose [sample black and white photos]
  • Early Notes for Book
  • Farrar, John-Letter to William Hillman, January 21, 1952 [Farrar, Straus and Young, Inc., publishers]
  • Galley Proof-Late Bound Version
  • German Text of Mr. Presdent
  • Handwritten Notes
  • Handwritten Notes Regarding Conversations, July 5 and 16 [c. 1950]
  • Historical Fact Checking [questions about various historical facts]
  • Japanese Surrender-August 1945
  • Kaltenborn, H. V.-Excerpts from NBC Broadcast, January 16, 1952
  • King, George H. S.-Articles on the Virginia Ancestry of Harry S. Truman
  • Leviero, Anthony-"Wake Talks Bared," New York Times, April 21, 1951
  • Manuscript Draft [frontispiece, introduction, text] [1 of 2]
  • Manuscript Draft [frontispiece, introduction, text] [2 of 2]

Box 3

  • Manuscript Draft-Early Version with Assorted Notes and Source Material [1 of 2]
  • Manuscript Draft-Early Version with Assorted Notes and Source Material [2 of 2]
  • Manuscript Fragments
  • Newspaper Article Excerpts, April 1945
  • Note on Marshall Plan and Thomas Jefferson Quotation
  • Notes at the Little White House, Key West, Florida, December 8, 1951, Etc.
  • Notes for Bill Hillman [correspondence, drafts, etc.]
  • Noyes, David M.
  • Offset Printing-Late Unbound Version with Corrections
  • Page Proofs [1 of 5]
  • Page Proofs [2 of 5]
  • Page Proofs [3 of 5]
  • Page Proofs [4 of 5]
  • Page Proofs [5 of 5]
  • Photographic Reproductions of Truman's Handwritten Documents [1 of 2]
  • Photographic Reproductions of Truman's Handwritten Documents [2 of 2]

Box 4

  • Photographs, Illustrations and Page Proofs
  • Point Four
  • Pollard, James E.-"President Truman and the Press," Journalism Quarterly (Fall 1951)
  • Potsdam Conference-July and August 1945
  • President's Message to Congress, September 6, 1945
  • Press Releases, December 1951 Publicity [surrounding publication of Mr. President]
  • Publishers Weekly [draft of press release announcing publication of Mr. President]
  • Questions Posed to Miss Rose Conway, February 3, 1952
  • Questions Posed to Mr. Hillman
  • Truman Family Genealogy
  • Truman, Harry S.-As 32nd President [includes interview of January 25, 1952, meeting 22]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Excerpts Not to be Used
  • Truman, Harry S.-Extracts from Longhand Notes, Letters and Memoranda, 1945-51 [1 of 6]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Extracts from Longhand Notes, Letters and Memoranda, 1945-51 [2 of 6]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Extracts from Longhand Notes, Letters and Memoranda, 1945-51 [3 of 6]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Extracts from Longhand Notes, Letters and Memoranda, 1945-51 [4 of 6]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Extracts from Longhand Notes, Letters and Memoranda, 1945-51 [5 of 6]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Extracts from Longhand Notes, Letters and Memoranda, 1945-51 [6 of 6]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interviews [1 of 2; meetings 1-10, October 1, 1951 to November 10, 1951]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interviews [2 of 2; meetings 11-20, December 10, 1951 to January 15, 1952, etc.]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Letter to William Hillman Making His Private Papers Available for Publication, October 1, 1951
  • Truman, Harry S.-Letters to J. Vivian Truman and Mary Ethel Noland Requesting Their Cooperation in the Writing of Mr. President, November 7, 1951
  • Truman, Harry S.-Longhand Notes, May 14, 1934 [autobiographical sketch]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Longhand Notes, December 2, 1950 [Army-Navy game and MacArthur]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Longhand Notes, December 26, 1951 [Internal Revenue scandals]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Longhand Notes, January 1-2, 1952 [thoughts on history]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Notes on Diary
  • Truman, Harry S.-Schedule for Trip to Kansas City Area, June 27-29, 1945
  • Vest, Senator George Graham-"A Tribute to the Dog"

MR. CITIZEN FILE, 1944-1960 (Bulk Date Span, 1959-1960)

Box 5

  • American Weekly [1 of 4]
  • American Weekly [2 of 4]
  • American Weekly [3 of 4]
  • American Weekly [4 of 4]
  • American Weekly-Article No. 1, "Independence Day," 1959
  • American Weekly-Article No. 3, "Undeclared Wars," 1959 [Warren Hall material]
  • American Weekly-Correspondence, 1952-1953
  • American Weekly-Correspondence, 1958
  • American Weekly-Page Proofs
  • American Weekly-Publicity [newspaper and radio announcements]
  • Bernard Geis Associates
  • Captions for Pictures
  • Corrected Page Proofs and Notes
  • Drafts-Chapter I, "From 'Mr. President' to 'Mr. Citizen'"
  • Drafts-Chapter II, "Back Home in Independence"
  • Drafts-Chapter III, "Washington Revisited"
  • Drafts-Chapter IV, "Concerning Adlai Stevenson"
  • Drafts-Chapter V, "At Home with People"
  • Drafts-Chapter VI, "I Survive Major Surgery"
  • Drafts-Chapter VII, "Should a Former President Speak His Mind?"
  • Drafts-Chapter VIII, "What to Do With Former Presidents"
  • Drafts-Chapter IX, "My Views on Religion"
  • Drafts-Chapters X-XI, "H.S.T.: Roving Teacher"
  • Drafts-Chapter XII, "What Happens to a President's Family"
  • Drafts-Chapter XIII, "Reflections of a Grandfather"
  • Drafts-Chapter XIV, "Six Great Decisions in Our History"
  • Drafts-Chapter XV, "Some Thoughts on the Presidency"
  • Drafts-Chapter XVI, "Battle of the Generals"
  • Drafts-Chapter XVII, "No Monuments to the Living"
  • Drafts-Chapter XVIII, "Spot Decisions"

Box 6

  • Drafts-Chapter XIX, "The Atom and War" [with correspondence from Fletcher Knebel on his book, No High Ground]
  • Drafts-"I Write What I Think"
  • Miscellaneous Material [correspondence, printed material, handwritten notes, articles, etc.]
  • Montgomery, Bernard Law-An Approach to Sanity
  • "Primer for Presidents"-Handwritten Notes
  • Topic Suggestions [Radio Free Europe reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, etc.]
  • Topical Chapter Inserts [excerpts from Truman interviews]
  • Truman Dictation Regarding George Marshall and John Foster Dulles, March 21, 1960
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 1, September 8, 1959
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 2, September 8-9, 1959
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 3, September 9, 1959
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 4, September 9, 1959
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 5, September 10, 1959
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 6, September 10, 1959
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 7, September 10, 1959
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 8, September 11, 1959
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 9, October 21, 1959

Box 7

  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 10, October 21, 1959
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 11, October 22, 1959
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 12, October 22, 1959
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 13, October 23, 1959
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 14, October 23, 1959
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 15, November 16, 1959
  • Truman Interview Transcript-Tape No. 16, November 17, 1959

Box 8

MEMOIRS FILE, 1944-1956 (Bulk Date Span, 1954-1956)

  • Acheson, Dean-Interviews, February 16-18, 1955
  • Assorted Handwritten Notes
  • Book Outline
  • Corrected Draft-Volume I, Chapters 1 through 10
  • Corrected Draft-Volume I, Chapters 11 through 16
  • Corrected Draft-Volume I, Chapters 17 through 24
  • Corrected Draft-Volume I, Chapters 25 through 36
  • Corrected Draft-Volume I, Duplicates of Chapters 17, 18, and 20

Box 9

  • Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapters 1 through 13
  • Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapters 14 through 21
  • Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapters 22 through 32
  • Draft Appendix 1-Memorandum for the President from General Marshall
  • Draft Appendix 2-The Military Situation on the Eve of the Potsdam Conference
  • Draft Appendix 3-Memorandum on Occupation of Japan, August 13, 1945
  • Draft Appendix 5-Memoranda on Atomic Energy Secrecy, September 1945
  • Drafts and Notes-Volume II, Chapters 19 and 27
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 1
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 2
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 3
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 4
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 5
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 6
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 7
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 8
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 9
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 10
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 11
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 12

Box 10

  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 13
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 14
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 15
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 16
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 17
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 18
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 19
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 20
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 21
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 22
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 23
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 24
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 25
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 26
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 27
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 28
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 29
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 30
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 31
  • Early Corrected Draft-Volume II, Chapter 32
  • Harriman, W. Averell-Interview, December 8, 1954
  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 1 [1 of 5; cover-page 99]
  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 1 [2 of 5; pages 100-192]
  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 1 [3 of 5; pages 193-312]
  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 1 [4 of 5; pages 313-420]

Box 11

  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 1 [5 of 5; pages 421-568]
  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 1-Volume I, Chapters 1 through 18, Pages 1-568

Box 12

  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 2-Volume I, Chapters 19 through 36, Pages 569-1088 [1 of 2]
  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 2-Volume I, Chapters 19 through 36, Pages 569-1088 [2 of 2; duplicate]

Box 13

  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 3-Volume II, Chapters 1 through 17, Pages 1-504

Box 14

  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 3, Revised-Volume II, Chapters 1 through 17, Pages 1-501 [1 of 2]
  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 3, Revised-Volume II, Chapters 1 through 17, Pages 1-501 [2 of 2; duplicate]

Box 15

  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 4-Volume II, Chapters 18 through 32, Pages 505-1007 [1 of 2]
  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 4-Volume II, Chapters 18 through 32, Pages 505-1007 [2 of 2; duplicate]

Box 16

  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 4, Revised-Volume II, Chapters 18 through 32, Pages 502-1003 [1 of 2]
  • Harry S. Truman's Memoirs, Book 4, Revised-Volume II, Chapters 18 through 32, Pages 502-1003 [2 of 2; duplicate]

Box 17

  • Inserts for Chapters [early life and election of 1948]
  • Landry, Major General Robert B.-Interview, January 7, 1955
  • Life-Correspondence, February 26, 1953
  • Life-Press Release, September 21, 1955
  • Life-Press Release, February 15, 1956
  • Life-Serialization, 1955-1956
  • Life-Truman Corrections
  • Life-Truman Proofs
  • Life-Volume 1, Installment 1, July 20, 1955 [Chapters 1-8]
  • Life-Volume 1, Installment 2, July 22, 1955 [Chapters 9-11]
  • Life-Volume 1, Installment 3, July 27, 1955 [Chapters 12-20]
  • Life-Volume 1, Installment 4, July 27, 1955 [Chapters 20-25]
  • Life-Volume 1, Installment 5, August 2, 1955 [Chapters 26-36]
  • Life-Volume 2, Installment 1, October 20, 1955 [Chapters 1-7]
  • Life-Volume 2, Installment 2, November 3, 1955 [Chapters 8-16]
  • Life-Volume 2, Installment 3, November 10, 1955 [Chapters 17- 23]
  • Life-Volume 2, Installment 3, Undated [section on loyalty and security]

Box 18

  • Life-Volume 2, Installment 4, November 14, 1955 [Chapters 24- 28]
  • Life-Volume 2, Installment 4, Undated [section on Chinese intervention in Korea]
  • Life-Volume 2, Installment 5, November 4, 1955 [Chapters 29- 32]
  • Life, September 26, 1955-"The Truman Memoirs: Part One"
  • Life, October 3, 1955-"The Truman Memoirs: Part Two"
  • Life, October 10, 1955-"The Truman Memoirs: Part Three"
  • Life, October 17, 1955-"The Truman Memoirs: Part Four"
  • Life, October 24, 1955-"The Truman Memoirs: Part Five"
  • Life, January 23, 1956-"The Truman Memoirs: Volume Two"
  • Longhand Notes, Copies of
  • Materials for Appendix, Volume I [military situation on eve of Potsdam Conference]
  • McGrath, J. Howard, and Charles Sawyer-Interviews, February 24, 1955 and March 24, 1955
  • Memoirs-Drafts, Correspondence, Notes, Etc.

Box 19

  • Miscellaneous [correspondence, notes, newspaper clippings]
  • Miscellaneous-Truman [Life correspondence, clippings, notes, etc.]
  • Notes [by Acheson, Rosenman, Perlman and others on drafts of Memoirs, printed material, etc.]
  • Notes on Book Writing Procedures and Chapter Outline
  • Perlman, Philip-Interviews, December 15-16, 1954
  • Perlman, Philip-Interviews, January 20-21, 1955
  • Personality Sketches for Herbert Lee Williams, August 25, 1954
  • Profiles by HST [draft of the log of the President's trip to the Berlin Conference, by Lt. W. M. Rigdon]
  • Proposed Chapter Arrangement for Second Draft
  • Sample Pages from Early Printing of Year of Decisions
  • Snyder, John-Corrected Draft of Volume II, Chapter 3
  • Snyder, John-Interview, October 8, 1954
  • Snyder, John-Interview, October 9, 1954
  • Steelman, John-Interview, December 8, 1954
  • Suggestions [1 of 2]
  • Suggestions [2 of 2]
  • Table of Contents-First Draft
  • Timeline, 1945-1953
  • Topics to be Completed-Suggestions [1 of 2]
  • Topics to be Completed-Suggestions [2 of 2]

Box 20

  • Truman, Harry S. [correspondence regarding Memoirs, etc.]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Business with Hillman
  • Truman, Harry S.-Clippings of Book Reviews
  • Truman, Harry S.-Correspondence [1 of 3]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Correspondence [2 of 3]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Correspondence [3 of 3]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Correspondence with Edward K. Thompson, 1954-1956 [on MacArthur, etc.]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview, May 9, 1953
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview, September 1, 1953
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview, November 8, 1954
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview, November 10, 1954
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview, November 11, 1954
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview, November 12, 1954
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview, November 13, 1954
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview, November 15, 1954
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview, November 16, 1954
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview, November 19, 1954
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview, November 20, 1954
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview, November 22, 1954
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview, December 6, 1954
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview, February 7, 1955
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview Excerpts
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interview with John R. Steelman and Caskie Collett, December 9, 1954
  • Truman, Harry S.-Interviews with Robert Harris
  • Truman, Harry S.-Memoirs
  • Truman, Harry S.-Miscellaneous
  • Truman, Harry S.-Notes
  • Truman, Harry S.-Notes to be Sorted
  • Truman, Harry S.-Remarks on Return to Independence, February 5, 1953
  • Truman, Harry S.-Remarks to Overseas Press Club, April 3, 1956 [newspaper clippings]
  • White House Notes
  • Woodward, Stanley-Interviews, February 7-8, 1955

Box 21

HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENCY PROJECT FILE, 1958-1961

  • New York Times Book Review, April 30, 1961
  • Publisher Correspondence, 1958-1959
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 1 through 3, June 29, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 4 through 8, July 26, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 9 through 12, July 27, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 13 through 17, July 28, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 18 through 23, July 30, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 24 through 30, August 11, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 31 through 39, August 12, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 40 through 45, August 21-22, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 46 through 48, September 14, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 49 through 52, September 16, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 53 through 56, September 17, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 57 through 61, October 5, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 62 through 65, October 6, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 66 through 72, October 7, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 73 through 78, November 11, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 79 through 83, December 7, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 84 through 88, December 8, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, No. 88A, December 26, 1960
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 89 through 98, January 5, 1961
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 99 through 109, January 6, 1961
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 110 through 119, January 7, 1961
  • Truman Interviews-Transcripts of Recordings, Nos. 120 through 126, January 8, 1961

Box 22

TELEVISION PROJECT FILE, 1938-1962

  • ARTNA Meeting [undated memo regarding Pay TV]
  • Background Material on the Atomic Bomb
  • Background Materials on the Soviet Union and the Korean War [1 of 4]
  • Background Materials on the Soviet Union and the Korean War [2 of 4; printed material, newspaper clippings]
  • Background Materials on the Soviet Union and the Korean War [3 of 4; notes and documents from the Armed Forces Information School]
  • Background Materials on the Soviet Union and the Korean War [4 of 4]
  • Proposed Subjects, Nos. 1 through 21
  • Proposed Television and Radio Projects for Harry S. Truman [1 of 12; "Harry S. Truman's America," undated]
  • Proposed Television and Radio Projects for Harry S. Truman [2 of 12; "This is My Country," March 1953]
  • Proposed Television and Radio Projects for Harry S. Truman [3 of 12; "Harry Truman Presiding," The Town Hall, Inc., 1953]
  • Proposed Television and Radio Projects for Harry S. Truman [4 of 12; "The Day FDR Died," CBS Television, 1957]
  • Proposed Television and Radio Projects for Harry S. Truman [5 of 12; Television Programs of America, Inc., 1957]
  • Proposed Television and Radio Projects for Harry S. Truman [6 of 12; "Front Page Challenge," Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 1957-59]
  • Proposed Television and Radio Projects for Harry S. Truman [7 of 12; "Viewpoint," The National Council, Protestant Episcopal Church, 1957-58]
  • Proposed Television and Radio Projects for Harry S. Truman [8 of 12; "Frontiers of Faith," National Council of the Churches of Christ, 1957-58]
  • Proposed Television and Radio Projects for Harry S. Truman [9 of 12; "Youth Wants to Know," National Broadcasting Company, 1958]
  • Proposed Television and Radio Projects for Harry S. Truman [10 of 12; "An Evening with Harry S. Truman," Henry Hillman letter, 1958]
  • Proposed Television and Radio Projects for Harry S. Truman [11 of 12; Historical Productions, American Broadcasting Company, 1959]
  • Proposed Television and Radio Projects for Harry S. Truman [12 of 12; Center for Mass Communications of Columbia University Press, 1959]

Box 23

  • Talent Associates-Paramount, Ltd.-Filming Schedule, Draft Scripts for First Two Episodes, Etc., 1961
  • Talent Associates-Paramount, Ltd.-Press Release, June 5, 1961
  • Talent Associates-Paramount, Ltd.-"The Korean Decision," First Draft, February 16, 1962
  • Talent Associates-Paramount, Ltd.-"The Korean Decision," Source Materials, 1961
  • Talent Associates-Paramount, Ltd.-"Time for Decision," Correspondence, July 1961
  • Talent Associates-Paramount, Ltd.-"Time for Decision," Draft of First Episode
  • Talent Associates-Paramount, Ltd.-"Time for Decision," Drafts of Atomic Sequences for Five or More Episodes
  • "The Second Highest Honor," Years of Decision, Show No. 1
  • "Why Japan Surren