Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Presidential Travel Logs
About the Documents: Presidents like to get away for a while and take a little vacation. However, they rarely escape the constant grind of government, and often accomplish some work while away from Washington. Harry, Bess,
and Margaret in Key West, Florida, November 25, 1951. President Truman often escaped to Key West, Florida for a few weeks during each year of his administration, except 1945. While in Florida, the President stayed on the Key West Naval Air Station in a home that was once the residence of the base commandant. Because of President Truman's frequent visits, the location came to be called the Little White House. The First Lady and Margaret often accompanied the President, as well as various secretaries and advisors, Cabinet members, military personnel, Secret Service agents, and a full retinue of members of the press.

Trips to Key West were not all rest and relaxation. While President Truman and his guests enjoyed swimming, volleyball, fishing, and sunning on the beach, work was an ever-present demand. President Truman responded to mail, conducted press conferences, met with advisors, and attended various ceremonial functions.

In addition to visiting Key West, President Truman also took trips that were more work than vacation. Examples include a visit to Wake Island to confer with General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean Conflict, his trip to Potsdam after the end of the war in Europe to attend a meeting of the World War II allies, and his visit to Rio de Janeiro for an Official State visit.

Lieutenant Commander William Rigdon, an Assistant Naval Aide to the President, compiled the logs during these trips, combining a narrative of the daily events with photographs of Truman and his fellow vacationers. A complete set of these trip logs is located in the Rose Conway Papers. In order to view a particular trip log, please click one of the covers, or its title, below.


Log of the President's Trip to the Berlin Conference, 6
July to 7 August 1945

Log of the President's Trip to the Berlin Conference, 6 July to 7 August 1945
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Log of President's Vacation Cruise, August 16-September 2, 1946

Log of President's Vacation Cruise, August 16-September 2, 1946
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Log of the President's [First] Vacation Trip to Key West, Florida,November 17-23, 1946

Log of the President's [First] Vacation Trip to Key West, Florida, November 17-23, 1946
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Log of the President's Second Visit to Key West, March 12-19, 1947.

Log of the President's Second Visit to Key West, March 12-19, 1947.
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Log of the President's Trip to Rio de Janeiro, 31 August-20 September 1947.
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Log of the President's Third Visit to Key West, Florida, December 3-8, 1947.

Log of the President's Third Visit to Key West, Florida, December 3-8, 1947
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Log of President Truman's Trip to Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, and [Fourth] Key West, Florida, 20 February-5 March 1948

Log of President Truman's Trip to Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and [Fourth] Key West, Florida, 20 February-5 March 1948
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President Truman's vacation cruise in the Chesapeake and
Delaware Bays, August 20-29, 1948.

President Truman's Vacation Cruise in the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, August 20-29, 1948
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Log of President Truman's Fifth Trip to Key West, Florida, November 7-21, 1948

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Log of President Truman's [Sixth] Trip to Key West and
Orlando, Florida, 6-19 March 1949.

Log of President Truman's [Sixth] Trip to Key West and Orlando, Florida, 6-19 March 1949
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Log of President Truman's [Seventh]
Trip to Key West, Florida, 28 November-20 December 1949

Log of President Truman's [Seventh] Trip to Key West, Florida, 28 November-20 December 1949.
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Log of President
Truman's Eighth Visit to Key West, Florida,
12 March-10 April 1950.

Log of President Truman's Eighth Visit to Key West, Florida, 12 March-10 April 1950.
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Log of President Truman's Trip to Wake Island, October 11-18, 
1950

Log of President Truman's Trip to Wake Island, October 11-18, 1950
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Log of 
President Truman's Ninth Visit to Key West, Florida,
and Ft. Jefferson National Monument, 2-22 March 1951.

Log of President Truman's Ninth Visit to Key West, Florida, and Ft. Jefferson National Monument, 2-22 March 1951.
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Log of President Truman's Tenth Visit to Key West, Florida, 8 November-9 December 1951.

Log of President Truman's Tenth Visit to Key West, Florida, 8 November-9 December 1951.
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Log of 
President Truman's Eleventh Trip to Key West, Florida,
7-27 March 1952.

Log of President Truman's Eleventh Trip to Key West, Florida, 7-27 March 1952.
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