Harry S. Truman Papers

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President Truman donated his papers to the United States government through a letter of gift dated February 12, 1957, and his will of January 14, 1959. The entire collection totals over seven million pages. The documents available on FRASER represent only a portion of the complete collection available at the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum. Specific items have been selected to further research activities related to the Federal Reserve. A guide to the contents of the complete collection is available at http://www.trumanlibrary.org/hst-pape.htm.

The documents available in this collection have been digitized by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, in partnership with FRASER.

Of Special Interest...

Jul 29 1949 memorandum describing a case for the removal of Marriner S. Eccles from the Board of Governors. http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/truman/record.php?id=17427

Jul 29 Statement by President Truman on the joint announcement from the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department. http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/truman/record.php?id=17415


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White House Central Files, 1945-53: Official File, 1945-53
The White House Central Files include documents sent to the White House Central Files Unit by President Truman and the White House staff. The Official File (OF) is one of the four principal series within the White House Central Files, the other three being the President's Personal File, the General File, and the Confidential File. The Official File contains materials interpreted by the White House Central Files unit as being primarily official or semi-official in nature. These materials were sent to the White House Central Files unit by the various White House offices when they were considered to be no longer necessary for the day to day conduct of business. President's Secretary's Files: Subject File (Series 10), 1940-1953: Agencies File (Subseries 1), 1945-1953
President Truman instructed his personal secretary, Rose Conway, to keep several categories of documents, including the most sensitive ones that came to his desk, in special files located near the Oval Office. Following his death in 1972, these files were donated to the Truman Library under the provisions of Mr. Truman's will, and designated the President's Secretary's Files. The Subject File is the largest series in the President's Secretary's Files. The Agencies subseries of the Subject File contains information concerning Congress and various agencies of the Executive Branch, as well as information pertaining to government advisory boards and commissions, the military, and the United Nations.