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Harry S. Truman Papers Post-Presidential Papers

Dates: 1860, 1953-1978. Bulk Date Span: 1953-1973

Most of this collection is composed of correspondence arranged in a number of different series, including the Secretary’s Office File, which contains material that Truman's personal secretary felt was especially sensitive and decided to keep in her own office; the Name File, which includes most of Mr. Truman's exchanges of correspondence with prominent persons; and the very large General Correspondence File, which contains public mail and other correspondence deemed by Truman’s staff to be less important. The collection also contains many other series, including a Speech File, a Trip File, an Invitations File, a series containing the documents found in Truman's desk after his death, a series containing materials created during the writing of Truman's Memoirs, and a series relating to the construction and early history of the Harry S. Truman Library.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 364 linear feet.
Access: Open, with the exception of some material closed due to donor restrictions.
Copyright: The donor gave to the U.S. government the copyrights in this material and in any other material received by the U.S. government and maintained in a depository administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Documents created by U.S. government officials 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: Jan Davis, John Miller, Stephanie Rohr, Martina Smith, Randy Sowell, and others (2010-2015).

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1884 (May 8)

 

Born, Lamar, Missouri

1887

 

Moved with family to farm near Grandview, Missouri

1890

 

Moved with family to Independence, Missouri

1901

 

Graduated form Independence High School

1901-1906

 

Lived in Independence and Kansas City, Missouri; held various jobs, including clerk at two Kansas City banks

1905-1911

 

Served in Missouri National Guard

1906-1917

 

Worked on family farm near Grandview, Missouri

1917-1919

 

Served in 129th Field Artillery; commanded Battery D during World War I; promoted to rank of Captain

1919 (June 28)

 

Married Bess Wallace at Trinity Episcopal Church, Independence, Missouri

1919-1922

 

Partner with Eddie Jacobson in Kansas City haberdashery

1923-1925

 

Eastern District Judge, Jackson County (Missouri) Court

1924 (February 17)

 

Daughter Mary Margaret born

1927-1935

 

Presiding Judge of the Jackson County (Missouri) Court

1935-1945

 

United States Senator from Missouri

1945 (January 20-April 12)

 

Vice President of the United States

1945 (April 12)-1953 (January 20)

 

President of the United States

1953 (January)

 

Left Presidency and retired to Independence, Missouri

1957 (July 6)

 

Helped dedicate the Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Missouri

1972 (December 26)

 

Died, Research Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri

     

A more detailed timeline of Harry S. Truman's life and Presidency is available on the Truman Trivia Page.

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Post-Presidential Papers of Harry S. Truman consist of correspondence and other documents created or compiled by Mr. Truman from the end of his Presidency in 1953 until his death in 1972. The paper are arranged in forty-three series, but four large series of correspondence make up more than half of the collection. The collection is currently being reprocessed and further information will be added to this finding aid as reprocessing continues.

The first series, the Daily Engagements File, contains appointment calendars, daily and monthly agendas, correspondence, newsprint clippings, and programs from various meetings, events, and dinners. The calendars and agendas contain the handwriting of Harry S. Truman, Rose Conway (Truman’s personal secretary), and Truman’s other secretaries. The monthly agendas include appointments and appearances, both attended and declined. The correspondence is mostly from Harry S. Truman, either accepting or declining various invitations. The programs and pamphlets are sometimes inscribed with Truman’s handwriting with directives on handling or replies to those who sent the programs and pamphlets. The engagements include everything from dinner with Margaret Truman Daniel to sporting events and political commitments.

The second series, the Family Correspondence File, contains correspondence, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and photographs. The correspondence between relatives includes information about health and greetings exchanged at holidays and birthdays. Correspondence with close relatives such as Truman’s brother, J. Vivian Truman, and Margaret Truman Daniel are mostly routine in nature. Commemorative stamps and first day covers given to Harry S. Truman for his grandchildren and other memorabilia are included. Photographs of relatives and photographs associated with Margaret Truman Daniel’s television career are also included in this series.

The third series, the Secretary's Office File, contains correspondence, handwritten notes, greeting cards, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, memoranda, cables, speeches and speech drafts, itineraries and schedules, articles, books, and legislation. The contents of this series were segregated by Rose Conway, Truman’s personal secretary, due to their perceived importance. The series includes correspondence from such prominent figures as Dean Acheson, H. Roe Bartle, John F. Kennedy, Richard J. Daley, Herbert Hoover, Hubert H. Humphrey, Lyndon B. Johnson, George McGovern, Pope Pius XII, Bob Hope, and Jackie Robinson. There are also notes, annotated drafts, and lists concerning the various books written by Harry S. Truman after his Presidency.

The fourth series, the Name File, contains correspondence, handwritten notes, greeting cards, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, memoranda, cables, speeches and speech drafts, itineraries and schedules, articles, books, and legislation. The Name File contains correspondence with prominent figures in the Democratic Party, leaders of other countries, and such notable persons as Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Bob Hope, J. Edgar Hoover, Tallulah Bankhead, Jack Benny, and Edward R. Murrow.

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SERIES AND SUBSERIES DESCRIPTIONS
Container Nos.   SERIES (Subseries)
1-4   DAILY ENGAGEMENTS FILE, 1953-1966
Appointment calendars, agendas, correspondence, new clippings, and programs from dinners, meetings and the theatre. Arranged chronologically.
4-10   FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1953-1973
Appointment calendars, agendas, correspondence, new clippings, and programs from dinners, meetings and the theatre. Arranged chronologically.
11-42   SECRETARY'S OFFICE FILE, 1953-1973
Correspondence, handwritten notes, greeting cards, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, memoranda, cables, speeches and speech drafts, itineraries and schedules, articles, books, and legislation. Arranged alphabetically.
43-128   NAME FILE, 1953-1973
Correspondence, handwritten notes, greeting cards, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, memoranda, cables, speeches and speech drafts, itineraries and schedules, articles, books, and legislation. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

DAILY ENGAGEMENTS, 1953-1966

Box 1

  • Calendar Commitments, 1953
  • Calendar Commitments, 1954
  • Calendar Commitments, 1955
  • Calendar Commitments, 1956
  • Calendar Commitments, 1957
  • Calendar Commitments, 1958 [1 of 2]
  • Calendar Commitments, 1958 [2 of 2]

Box 2

  • Calendar Commitments, 1959 [1 of 2]
  • Calendar Commitments, 1959 [2 of 2]
  • Calendar Commitments, 1960 [1 of 2]
  • Calendar Commitments, 1960 [2 of 2]
  • Calendar Commitments, 1961 [1 of 2]
  • Calendar Commitments, 1961 [2 of 2]
  • Calendar Commitments, 1962 [1 of 2]

Box 3

  • Calendar Commitments, 1962 [2 of 2]
  • Calendar Commitments, 1963
  • Calendar Commitments, 1964
  • Calendar Commitments, 1965-1966
  • Daily Appointments, 1958-1959
  • Daily Engagements, 1960
  • Daily Engagements, 1961

Box 4

  • Daily Engagements, 1962
  • Daily Engagements, 1963
  • Daily Engagements, 1964
  • Daily Engagements, 1965

FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1953-1972

  • Clippings from President Truman's Desk
  • Daniel, E. Clifton, Jr.: 1956-1963
  • Daniel, E. Clifton, Jr.: 1964-1973 [1 of 2]
  • Daniel, E. Clifton, Jr.: 1964-1973 [2 of 2]

Box 5

  • Daniel, Margaret Truman: 1958-1965
  • Daniel, Margaret Truman: 1966-1969
  • Daniel, Margaret Truman: 1970-1975
  • Daniel, Margaret Truman: Autographs of Her Book, Harry S. Truman
  • Daniel, Margaret Truman: Correspondence Regarding Her Book, Harry S. Truman
  • Daniel, Margaret Truman: Letters Forwarded to Her
  • Daniel, Margaret Truman: Letters Not Answered
  • Daniel, Margaret Truman: Letters Signed
  • Daniel, Margaret Truman: Photographs
  • Daniel, Margaret Truman: Television Shows
  • Daniel, Margaret Truman: Thomas Fleming
  • Daniel, Margaret Truman: Wedding Guest List

Box 6

  • Daniel, Margaret Truman and E. Clifton, Jr.
  • Daniel, Mr. and Mrs. E. Clifton, Sr.
  • Daniel, William Wallace
  • Davidson, Henrietta
  • Hornbuckle, Mrs. Roy [includes documents added in 2011] [1 of 2]
  • Hornbuckle, Mrs. Roy [includes documents added in 2011] [2 of 2]
  • Noland, Ethel and Nellie [1 of 2]
  • Noland, Ethel and Nellie [2 of 2]

Box 7

  • Personal - Miscellaneous Family File
  • Personal Notes
  • Romine, Roy and Mary [2011 accretion]
  • Swoyer, Martha Ann Truman
  • Truman, Bess [2011 accretion]
  • Truman, Corbie
  • Truman, Fred
  • Truman, Gilbert
  • Truman, Harry
  • Truman, Harry S. – Initial “S”
  • Truman, J.C.
  • Truman, J. Vivian, and Family [1 of 2]
  • Truman, J. Vivian, and Family [2 of 2]
  • Truman, J. Vivian, Death of [A-G]

Box 8

  • Truman, J. Vivian, Death of [H-M]
  • Truman, J. Vivian, Death of [N-Z]
  • Truman, J. Vivian, Death of – General
  • Truman, Louis W. [1 of 2]
  • Truman, Louis W. [2 of 2]
  • Truman, Margaret - Autobiography
  • Truman, Margaret - Personal [1 of 2]

Box 9

  • Truman, Margaret - Personal [2 of 2]
  • Truman, Margaret - Shows, TV, and Radio Programs
  • Truman, Mary Jane [includes documents added in 2011] [1 of 3]
  • Truman, Mary Jane [includes documents added in 2011] [2 of 3]
  • Truman, Mary Jane [includes documents added in 2011] [3 of 3]
  • Truman, Mary Jane - Letters to Answer
  • Truman, Ralph, and Family [includes documents added in 2011] [1 of 2]

Box 10

  • Truman, Ralph, and Family [includes documents added in 2011] [2 of 2]
  • Truman, Ralph - Armory and Funeral Data
  • Truman Relatives - General
  • Wallace, David
  • Wallace Family
  • Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. Frank
  • Wallace, Mrs. Fred
  • Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. George

SECRETARY'S OFFICE FILES, 1953-1973

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Box 11

  • A