Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Dear Bess:
Love Letters from the President

These letters highlight the personal relationship between Harry and Bess Truman as illustrated in almost 50 years of handwritten personal letters. This online exhibition includes scans of original letters from the Library's collections. The letters not only show the personal loving relationship between Harry and Bess, but the President's efforts to use his wife as a sounding board for the issues of state.

Click on the links below to view a scanned image for each page of the letters listed. Some pages are accompanied by a transcription of their contents for your convenience.


December 31, 1910 April 1, 1911 May 17, 1911 June 16, 1911 December 21, 1911 November 10, 1913 April, 1914 January, 1915   March 15, 1916 April 24, 1919 May 1, 1933 May 7, 1933 July 12, 1935 September 4, 1940 August 5, 1942 June 12, 1945 July 29, 1945 June 28, 1957