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Harry S. Truman Papers White House Central Files: Public Opinion Mail File

1945-1953

The Public Opinion Mail File consists of bulk letters, telegrams, petitions, form postcards, and correspondence from the public on a variety of issues and policies during the Truman Administration.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 8 linear feet, 9 linear 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: Harry Clark (1964); Tammy K. Williams (2019).

 

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The White House Central Files staff would sometimes remove public opinion mail from the Official File and President's Personal File and retire it to a segregated location. Most commonly, this material was voluminous and composed of very strong statements for or against certain policies or points of view. The staff of the White House Central Files disposed of most of this material, but they retained the sample that constitutes this collection.

The material in the collection includes telegrams, printed petitions, form postcards, and also some correspondence. About half the material relates to Palestine and Israel. The rest concerns such topics as the Taft-Hartley law, a proposed national day of prayer, the execution of the “Martinsville Seven,” the Fair Employment Practices Committee, civil rights, the 1951 railroad strike, and the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

The “Ingram Family” file unit pertains to the case of Rosa Lee Ingram, an African American widowed mother of twelve children, imprisoned and sentenced to death for killing a white sharecropper who attacked her. The “Puerto Rican Pledges of Support” file unit pertains to support given to President Harry S. Truman in the wake of an assassination attempt by two Puerto Rican nationalists in 1950. The “Regulation ‘W’” file unit pertains to down payments and consumer credit used to purchase items restricted during the war effort, such as automobiles, small appliances, and furniture. The “Waltham Watch Company” file unit contains letters and petitions related to the importation of Swiss-manufactured watch movements, which caused problems for the American watch industry.

 

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.

 

Series

1-20

  PUBLIC OPINION MAIL FILES, 1945-1953
This series consists of telegrams, printed petitions, form postcards, correspondence, and newspapers clippings related to Palestine, Israel, the Taft-Hartley law, a proposed national day of prayer, the execution of the "Martinsville Seven," the Fair Employment Practices Committee, civil rights, the 1951 railroad strike, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and other subjects. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

PUBLIC OPINION MAIL, 1945-1953

Box 1

  • Background Data Re Sampling of White House Public Opinion Mail
  • Bethlehem Steel Shipyard – Wage Stabilization Board
  • Birmingham Veterans Hospital Van Nuys, California, Closing of
  • Cardinal Mindszenty
  • Civil Rights [1 of 3]
  • Civil Rights [2 of 3]
  • Civil Rights [3 of 3]
  • Conscientious Objectors

Box 2

  • Fair Employment Practices [1 of 3]
  • Fair Employment Practices [2 of 3]
  • Fair Employment Practices [3 of 3]
  • Freight Absorption Bill – Con
  • Freight Absorption Bill – Pro
  • Hoarding Pledge
  • Hoover Commission on Reorganization of Executive Branch of Government
  • House Un-American Activities Committee
  • Houston, Charles H., Petition Endorsing for D. C. Commissioner
  • Immigration

Box 3

  • Ingram Family
  • Kerr Natural Gas Bill
  • Korea – Telegrams
  • MacArthur, General Douglas – Dismissal – Con [Numbers 1776-1800]
  • Martinsville Seven
  • National Day of Prayer, Requests For [1 of 3]
  • National Day of Prayer, Requests For [2 of 3]
  • National Day of Prayer, Requests For [3 of 3]

Box 4

  • Palestine - Miscellaneous Correspondence, January-March 1947
  • Palestine - Miscellaneous Correspondence, April-June 1947
  • Palestine - Miscellaneous Correspondence, June-August 1947
  • Palestine - Miscellaneous Correspondence, September-November 1947
  • Palestine - Miscellaneous Correspondence, January-June 1948 [1 of 2]

Box 5

  • Palestine - Miscellaneous Correspondence, January-June 1948 [2 of 2]
  • Palestine - Miscellaneous Correspondence, July-September 1948
  • Palestine - Miscellaneous Correspondence, October-December 1948
  • Palestine - Miscellaneous Correspondence, January-March 1949
  • Palestine - Miscellaneous Correspondence, September-December, 1949

Box 6

  • Palestine - Postcards, May 1946
  • Palestine - Postcards, August 1946
  • Palestine - Postcards, September 1946
  • Palestine - Postcards, January-February 1947
  • Palestine - Postcards, March 1947 [1 of 2]
  • Palestine - Postcards, March 1947 [2 of 2]
  • Palestine - Postcards, April-May 1947 [1 of 2]

Box 7

  • Palestine - Postcards, April-May 1947 [2 of 2]
  • Palestine - Postcards, February 1948
  • Palestine - Postcards, June 1949
  • Palestine - Postcards, September 1949 [1 of 2]
  • Palestine - Postcards, September 1949 [2 of 2]
  • Palestine - Postcards, October 1949
  • Palestine - Telegrams, April-June 1946 [1 of 4]

Box 8

  • Palestine - Telegrams, April-June 1946 [2 of 4]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, April-June 1946 [3 of 4]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, April-June 1946 [4 of 4]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, July-September 1946 [1 of 4]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, July-September 1946 [2 of 4]

Box 9

  • Palestine - Telegrams, July-September 1946 [3 of 4]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, July-September 1946 [4 of 4]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, October-November 1946
  • Palestine - Telegrams, January-March 1947 [1 of 2]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, January-March 1947 [2 of 2]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, April-May, 1947 [1 of 3]

Box 10

  • Palestine - Telegrams, April-May, 1947 [2 of 3]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, April-May, 1947 [3 of 3]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, July-September 1947
  • Palestine - Telegrams, October-December 1947 [1 of 3]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, October-December 1947 [2 of 3]

Box 11

  • Palestine - Telegrams, October-December 1947 [3 of 3]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, January-March 1948 [1 of 2]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, January-March 1948 [2 of 2]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, April-June 1948 [1 of 2]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, April-June 1948 [2 of 2]

Box 12

  • Palestine - Telegrams, July-September 1948 [1 of 3]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, July-September 1948 [2 of 3]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, July-September 1948 [3 of 3]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, October-December 1948 [1 of 3]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, October-December 1948 [2 of 3]

Box 13

  • Palestine - Telegrams, October-December 1948 [3 of 3]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, January-March 1949 [1 of 2]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, January-March 1949 [2 of 2]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, July-September 1949 [1 of 4]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, July-September 1949 [2 of 4]

Box 14

  • Palestine - Telegrams, July-September 1949 [3 of 4]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, July-September 1949 [4 of 4]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, October-November 1949 [1 of 3]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, October-November 1949 [2 of 3]
  • Palestine - Telegrams, October-November 1949 [3 of 3]

Box 15

  • Price Control Bill [Office of Price Administration]
  • Puerto Rican Pledges of Support
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "A"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "B"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "C"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "D"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "E"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "F"

Box 16

  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "G"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "H"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "I"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "J"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "K"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "L"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "Mc"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "M"

Box 17

  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "N"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "O"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "P"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "Q"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "R"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "S"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "T"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "U"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "V"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "W"
  • Railroad Strike - 1951 - "X-Y-Z"
  • Regulation "W"

Box 18

  • Rosenberg Case - "A"
  • Rosenberg Case - "B"
  • Rosenberg Case - "C"
  • Rosenberg Case - "D"
  • Rosenberg Case - "E"
  • Rosenberg Case - "F"
  • Rosenberg Case - "G"
  • Rosenberg Case - "H"
  • Rosenberg Case - "I"
  • Rosenberg Case - "J"

Box 19

  • Rosenberg Case - "K"
  • Rosenberg Case - "L"
  • Rosenberg Case - "M"
  • Rosenberg Case - "N"
  • Rosenberg Case - "O"
  • Rosenberg Case - "P"
  • Rosenberg Case - "Q"
  • Rosenberg Case - "R"
  • Rosenberg Case - "S"

Box 20

  • Rosenberg Case - "T"
  • Rosenberg Case - "U"
  • Rosenberg Case - "V"
  • Rosenberg Case - "W"
  • Rosenberg Case - "X-Y-Z"
  • Taft-Hartley Law
  • Waltham Watch Company
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