Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Truman Material

The Truman Library opened a TON more family materials today:
On June 28, 2011, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum will open for research approximately 22,000 pages of financial records of Harry and Bess Truman; approximately 5,600 pages of correspondence of Bess W. Truman before and during her service as First Lady; approximately 15,200 pages of post-presidential papers of Harry S. Truman; and approximately 2,400 pages of papers of Harry S. Truman relating to his family, business, and personal affairs.

This includes some correspondence from Bess Truman, who burned much of her own correspondence:
This correspondence is dated from early in Bess W. Truman’s life (1889-1935) through her years as wife of Senator and Vice President Harry S. Truman (1935-1945) and then First Lady (1945-1953). The earliest items are two letters from her uncle, Frank Gates, from around 1890. There is an abundance of letters from several of Bess Truman's closest friends, including members of her Independence Bridge Club, detailing what was happening in Independence while she was away in Washington, D. C. There is also a great deal of correspondence from average citizens in the series that span the years of Truman's Senate and Presidential terms. During Truman's presidential terms, Mrs. Truman also received letters from former First Ladies and the wives of men in her husband's administration, as well as the occasional letter from a movie star, such as Olivia de Havilland.

If you are a researcher, check out this page for the finding aids.

No comments: