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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Harry Truman Collection, 1945-1948



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Truman, Harry, 1896-1980
Title: Harry Truman collection
Dates: 1945-1948
Abstract: The Harry Truman Collection, 1945-1948, created by secret service agent John T. Gorham, contains 15 black and white photographs of Truman, a telephone directory prepared for Truman's trip to Mexico in 1947, and a souvenir airline certificate signed by Truman.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01266
Extent: 1 inch
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

John T. Gorham was a member of President Harry S. Truman's secret service team in 1945.

Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945-1953). He succeeded Franklin Roosevelt as President in April 1945 after serving just three months as the 34th Vice President. Truman was born May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri. During World War I, he served as an artillery officer stationed in France. Following the war, Truman married Bess Wallace in 1919 and had one child, Mary Margaret. He was elected a judge of the County Court of Jackson County in 1922, before serving as a U.S. Senator for Missouri, 1935-1945. Truman's two terms as president were eventful in both foreign and domestic affairs, which included the end of World War II, the decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan, the founding of the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Korean War, the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act, and his Fair Deal Program. Truman died on December 5, 1972 after suffering complications from pneumonia.

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Scope and Contents

The Harry Truman Collection, 1945-1948, created by secret service agent John T. Gorham, contains 15 black and white photographs of Truman, a telephone directory prepared for Truman's trip to Mexico in 1947, and a souvenir airline certificate signed by Truman. The photographs show Truman smiling with Joseph Stalin at the Potsdam Conference in 1945 and Truman riding with Winston Churchill in Fulton, Missouri, on the occasion of Churchill's "Sinews of Peace" speech, 1946. Furthermore, in the photographs Truman can be seen touring Los Angeles, Fort Worth, and Chicago, as well as attending the Army-Navy Football Game in Philadelphia, December 1, 1945.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Carter, Amon Giles, 1879-1955
Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965.
Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965. Sinews of peace.
Gorham, John T.
Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
Subjects
Army-Navy Football Game
Places
Blair House
California
Chicago
Columbus
Fort Worth
Illinois
Los Angeles
Missouri
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Texas
Document Types
Photographs
Pictures

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Harry Truman Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

2009-138

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Megan Mummey, July 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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3T76 [SRH1230021823] Photographs of Harry S. Truman, 1945-1948
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3E298 [SRH1230015838] Pocket telephone directory prepared for Truman's visit to Mexico, 1947
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3So14a [SRH1230022222] Souvenir airline certificate issued to Agent John T. Gorham, signed by Truman, September 1, 1947
Print of the Capitol building, undated

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