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Harry S. Truman Papers Staff Member and Office Files White House Social Office Files

1945-1953

This collection contains letters, telegrams, newspaper clippings, invitations, guest lists, notes, memoranda, and other materials regarding social events at the White House involving the First Family.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 48 linear feet, 11 inches.
Access: Open.
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: Philip Lagerquist (1956); Erwin Mueller (1982); Randy Sowell (2004); John Shay and David Clark (2016); Tammy K. Williams (2020).

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ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY NOTE

The White House Social Office planned all White House social functions. This includes events that were held at the Blair House and at Washington, D. C. hotels while the White House renovation took place from 1949 to 1952. The Social Office managed guest lists, created and did calligraphy for invitations and invitation enclosures, and planned seating arrangements for events.

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection contains letters, telegrams, newspaper clippings, invitations, guest lists, notes, memoranda, and other materials regarding social events at the White House involving the First Family.

The first series is the Correspondence File. This series contains letters, telegrams, newspaper clippings, invitations, and notes regarding social events. Included in the correspondence are letters from entertainers offering their services for White House social events. Also included are invitations to Bess W. Truman and Margaret Truman, and thank you notes sent by Mrs. Truman and Miss Truman for gifts received. Similar material can be found in the White House Office of Social Correspondence Files.

The second series is the Social Functions File. This series contains guest lists, letters, notes, memoranda, telegrams, press releases, and drafts of invitations and enclosures for invitees. The vast majority of the material in each folder consists of preliminary, intermediate, and final versions of guest lists, and notes of acceptance or regret from the invitees.

The third series is the Card File. This series consists of 8 inch by 5 inch index cards with blanks for the card giver’s name, address, and occupation typed at the top. On the lower portion of the card are printed several rows and columns for the date called and what type of event the person attended: a call by appointment, a tea, breakfast, luncheon, dinner, reception, musicale, or if the person was a house guest. Dates are either typed or handwritten in the spaces on the card. At the bottom is a space for additional guests who may have attended with the person and not left a card. Cards for married couples specify whether the husband or wife or both attended a particular event.

The fourth series is the Inaugural Card File. This series consists of cards with the names and addresses of invitees to various Inaugural Events. Invitees were grouped into several categories, with a code typed in the upper right corner of each card: Contributors and Friends; Democratic National Committee; Individual Establishments; the “Little Cabinet” (lower level Cabinet officers); and Party Workers. If the invitee was a personal friend of the Truman family, that information would be typed in the upper right corner as well. The color of card indicates which events invitees received invitations and tickets for: white cards for ceremonies at the Capitol; blue cards for the Inaugural parade; pink cards for the 5:00 reception at the National Gallery of Art; and yellow cards for the 5:15 reception at the National Gallery of Art. If an invitee received invitations to several different events, they would have a card of each color with their name.

Related materials can be found in the Bess W. Truman Papers; the Margaret Truman Daniel and E. Clifton Daniel Papers; Harry S. Truman Papers (Office of Social Correspondence Files, Matthew J. Connelly Files, President’s Secretary’s Files, Permanent File); RG 274: Records of Presidential Inaugural Committees; Melvin Hildreth Papers; and the Alonzo Fields Papers.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.

 

Series

1-24

  CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1945-1953
Letters, telegrams, newspaper clippings, invitations, and notes regarding social events. Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.

25-77

  SOCIAL FUNCTIONS FILE, 1945-1953
Guest lists, letters, notes, memoranda, telegrams, press releases, and drafts of invitations for White House social events. Arranged chronologically by date of event.

78-94

  CARD FILE, 1945-1953
Index cards of guests of guests to the White House who left calling cards. Arranged alphabetically by last name.

95-101

  INAUGURAL CARD FILE, 1949
Index cards of invitees to 1949 Inaugural events. Arranged alphabetically by last name.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1

CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1945-1953

  • A-Af
  • Ag-Al
  • Ama-American K
  • American L-American M
  • American N-American Z
  • Ames-Amz
  • Am-Ap

Box 2

  • Ar
  • Artists
  • As-Az
  • Ba-Bl
  • Bam-Bas
  • Bat-Baz
  • Bea-Ben

Box 3

  • Beo-Bez
  • Bf-Bm
  • Bna-Bol
  • Bon-Boy
  • Bra
  • Bre-Brz
  • Buc-Buq

Box 4

  • Bur
  • Bus
  • But-Bz
  • Ca-Cam
  • Calling Card Lists (1945-1952)
  • Can-Cap
  • Car-Ce
  • Cha-Che

Box 5

  • Chi-Chu
  • Ci-Cl
  • Coa-Cok
  • Coln-Colz
  • Com-Conf
  • Condolence Lists - Family Cards, 1947 [1 of 2]
  • Condolence Lists - Family Cards, 1947 [2 of 2]
  • Condolence Lists - White House Cards, 1947
  • Cong
  • Conk-Conz
  • Coo-Cop
  • Cor-Coz
  • Cr

Box 6

  • Cua-Cul
  • Cum
  • Cun-Cz
  • Da-Dat
  • Dau
  • Dav-Day
  • Dea-Del
  • Dem-Dep
  • Der-Dez
  • Di

Box 7

  • Do
  • Dr-Dz
  • Ea-Ec
  • Ed
  • Ef-Em
  • En-Er
  • Es-Ez
  • Fa-Fe
  • Fi-Fl

Box 8

  • Fo
  • Fra-Fre
  • Frz-Fz
  • Ga-Gap
  • Gas-Gay
  • Gea-Gen
  • Geo-Geq
  • Ger-Gez

Box 9

  • Gi
  • Girl Scouts
  • Gl-Gooc
  • Good
  • Gor-Goy
  • Gra
  • Gre
  • Greiner, A.W.
  • Grz-Gz

Box 10

  • Ha-Hap
  • Har-Hay
  • He
  • Hi
  • Hoa-Hot

Box 11

  • Hou-Hoy
  • Hu-Hz
  • I
  • Inaugural Reception
  • Inauguration [1 of 2]
  • Inauguration [2 of 2]
  • Ja-Ji

Box 12

  • Joa-Joh
  • Joi-Joz
  • Ju-Jz
  • Ka-Kek
  • Ke-Kh
  • Ki-Kn
  • Ko-Ky
  • La
  • Lea-Lef
  • Leg-Lez

Box 13

  • Li
  • Ll-Lon
  • Loo-Lz
  • Ma-Mak
  • Mal-Maq
  • Mar
  • Mas-Maz
  • McA-McC
  • McD-McK

Box 14

  • McL
  • McM-McZ
  • Mea-Mer
  • Mes-Mez
  • Mia-Mil
  • Mim-Miz
  • Moa-Mop
  • Mor
  • Mos-Moz

Box 15

  • Mu-Mz
  • Na-Nz
  • National A-National D
  • National E-National K
  • National L
  • National M-National Z
  • Nea-Nel
  • Nem-Nez
  • Nia-Nic

Box 16

  • Nid-Niz
  • No
  • Nu-Nz
  • Oa-Og
  • Oh-Ol
  • Om-Oz
  • Pa-Pam
  • Pan-Paq
  • Par
  • Pas-Paz
  • Pea-Peq
  • Per-Pf

Box 17

  • Pha-Phz
  • Pi-Pl
  • Po
  • -Prz
  • Press Meetings (Mrs. Truman), 1949-1952
  • Programs
  • Protocol

Box 18

  • Ps-Pz
  • Q
  • Ra
  • Rea-Red
  • Ree-Rez
  • Rh-Ri
  • Roa-Rom
  • Ron-Ros
  • Rot-Roz
  • Rua-Rur
  • Ruz-Ruz
  • Sa-Sah
  • Sai

Box 19

  • Sak-San
  • Sao-Sav
  • Saw-Saz
  • Sca-Sch
  • Schp-Scz
  • Sea-Sen
  • Seo-Sez
  • Sha
  • She
  • Shi-Shz
  • Si-Sl

Box 20

  • Sma-Sma
  • Sn
  • Soa-Sol
  • Som-Soz
  • Sp-Sq
  • Sta-Sto
  • Stap-Staz
  • Ste
  • Sti-Sto
  • Str-Sty
  • Sua-Sum
  • Sun-Sz
  • Symphony, 1945-1946
  • Symphony, 1946-1947
  • Symphony, 1947-1948
  • Symphony, 1948-1949

Box 21

  • Symphony, 1949-1950
  • Symphony, 1950-1951
  • Symphony, 1951-1952
  • Ta-Tao
  • Tap-Taz
  • Te
  • Tha-Thom
  • Thon-Thoz
  • Thr
  • Ti
  • To
  • Tra-Ts
  • Truman, Margaret
  • Truman, Mary Jane
  • Tu-Tz

Box 22

  • Ua-United (L)
  • United (M-R)
  • United (S-Z)
  • Univ-Uz
  • V
  • Veterans, 1945-1946
  • Veterans Group
  • Wa-Wak
  • Wal
  • Wam-War
  • Washington (A-C)

Box 23

  • Washington (D-Z)
  • Wat-Waz
  • We
  • Wh
  • Wia-Wille
  • Willi
  • Willj-Willz
  • Wim-Wiz
  • Woa-Wol

Box 24

  • Woma
  • Womb-Womd
  • Women-Women's (D)
  • Women's (E-Z)
  • Won-Wz
  • XYZ

Box 25

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS FILE

  • 1945, May 21 - Tea (Small-Miscellaneous)
  • 1945, May 24 - Reception and Tea (Wives of Chiefs of Mission)
  • 1945, May 28 - Dinner (Regent of Iraq)
  • 1945, May 29 - Tea (Newspaper Women)
  • 1945, June 4 - Play (Olson and Johnson)
  • 1945, June 18 - Dinner (General Eisenhower and Party)
  • 1945, July 6 - Band Concert (Army Air Force)
  • 1945, August 17 - Dinner (Joint Chiefs of Staff)
  • 1945, August 19 - Religious Services

Box 26

  • 1945, August 22 - Dinner (Charles De Gaulle)
  • 1945, August 23 - Group Presentation (Congressional Medal of Honor)
  • 1945, August 26 - Musical (Hildegarde)
  • 1945, September 5 - Meeting (Roosevelt Memorial Committee)
  • 1945, October 4 - Party (Senate Ladies for Veterans)
  • 1945, October 5 - Medal of Honor Presentation
  • 1945, October 11 - Dinner (President of Chile)
  • 1945, October 12 - Play at the National, "The Rugged Path" [1 of 2]

Box 27

  • 1945, October 12 - Play at the National, "The Rugged Path" [2 of 2]
  • 1945, October 12 - Tea (Cast of "The Rugged Path")
  • 1945, October 12 - Medal Presentation
  • 1945, October 13 - Tea (Democratic Women's National Co