Manuscripts for: Bess Truman

Harry S Truman Presidential Library , Independence, Missouri
--Various Collections: President's Secretary's Files, President's Personal Files, Miscellaneous Historical Document Collection, Independence, Missouri: There are no specifically designated Bess Truman papers, personal or public. Material related to her or generated by her office is scattered through various papers at the Truman Library, including most notably: Papers of Reathel Odum (personal secretary to Mrs. Truman), Papers of Alonzo Fields (White House butler), Wallace family Papers (Mrs. Truman's family), Wallgren Papers, Daniels Papers (Daniels Notes [Independence interviews]), President's Secretary's Files (Longhand Notes, Personal-Truman, Bess, "Desk" file, letter to Bess Truman from Harry Truman, December, 1945), Memoirs-Copies of Family Letters, President's Personal File, Papers of Harry S. Truman, correspondence regarding family, business and personal affairs.

--White House Office of Social Correspondence, 100 feet: The bulk of public correspondence related to Mrs. Truman's activities and issues as First Lady are in Office of Social Correspondence File. Includes material on 1948 campaign, General MacArthur firing, requests for interviews, publicity.
--White House Social Office, 42 feet: Consists of formal social correspondence of Mrs. Truman, and memoranda, programs, sample guest lists, gift acknowledgements, menus, invitation lists at White House and Blair House events.
--Mary Ethel Noland Papers, 3 feet: Teacher, genealogist and cousin of President Truman, includes correspondence with Mrs. Truman on genealogy.
--Mary Paxton Keeley Papers, 1 foot: Includes revealing correspondence with lifelong friend of Mrs. Truman, from 1944 on.
--Katie Louchheim Oral History


Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Washington, D.C
--Bess Furman Papers: File of correspondence with Mrs. Truman, 1945-1963, in Container 34, and files of chapter drafts and notes on Mrs. Truman for Furman's two books, Washington By-Line and White House Profile. Container 54 contains 6 folders of articles about Mrs. Truman. Excellent resource.
--Katie Louchheim Papers: Louchheim was active in the National Democratic Party. There is a file of excellent information on Mrs. Truman, consisting of drafts for unpublished article on "Mrs. T," and correspondence with Mrs. Truman on mostly personal and Democratic party matters. About 50 items, in container B3, covering 1954-1972. Excellent resource. Restricted Use.
--James Patrick McGranery Papers: Container 30 contains about 30 items, generally informal correspondence between Mrs. Truman and Mrs. McGranery, covering 1951 to 1961.
--Louis B. Schwallenbach Papers: 1 note from Mrs. Truman to Mrs. Schwallenbach.
--Harold L. Ickes Papers: 2 letters from Mrs. Truman to Jane Ickes, 1946 and 1947.
--Henry A. Arnold Papers: 1 thank you note in container 280, 1945.


University of Missouri Library, Western Historical Manuscripts Collection, Columbia, Missouri
--Mary Paxton Keeley Papers, about 7.5 feet: Keeley was a journalist, poet, playwright and novelist who grew up as childhood friend of Mrs. Truman. Papers contain diaries, articles, photos, clippings, memorabilia.
North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina
--May Thompson Evans Papers: Evans was a member of American Newspaper Women's Club and Democratic National Committee women's division, among other achievements, and was correspondent with Mrs. Truman.
--W. Kerr Scott Papers: Scott was governor of North Carolina, 1949-1953. His wife Mary White Scott was a correspondent with Mrs. Truman.


American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
--Mary Hornaday Papers, 1921-65, 13 in., Open, Accession list: Hornaday (1906-) did volunteer work in Europe during World War II. Includes invitations from Mrs. Truman.


Penrose Library,University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
--Harry Huffman Papers, 1909-1960, ca. 2 ft.: Movie theater and radio and television station owner. Personal correspondence with Bess Truman; programs, invitation, and tickets (1949) for Truman inauguration. Finding aid in the repository.


Columbia University, Oral History Project, New York City
--Frances Perkins Oral History