“I feel that I am one of his closest friends and he is one of my closest friends.”
Harry S. Truman on Herbert Hoover
“Yours has been a friendship which has reached deeper into my life than you know.”
Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman








Viewing list of documents for Chapter 1 (April 12, 1945 - December 27, 1945)
DateDocument Title
04-12-1945 Telegram, Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, April 12, 1945, extending best wishes and support to Truman upon Franklin Roosevelt's death. Papers of Harry S. Truman: President's Personal File.  1 page
04-14-1945 Diary entry, Edgar Rickard, April 14, 1945, relating Hoover's thoughts on Truman and Hoover's wish that Truman might appoint him to be Secretary of War. Papers of Edgar Rickard-Hoover Library.  1 page
04-19-1945 Note, Harry S. Truman to Herbert Hoover, April 19, 1945, thanking him for the telegram of the 12th and accepting Hoover's offer of assistance in the future. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  1 page
05-02-1945 Diary entry, Henry Stimson, May 2, 1945, recording Stimson's conversation with Truman about seeking Hoover's help with the European food situation. Papers of Henry Lewis Stimson. Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. 1 page
05-06-1945 Meeting Notes between Herbert Hoover and Bernard Baruch, May 6, 1945, in which Baruch urged Hoover to call on Truman and Hoover explaining why he would not unless explicitly asked. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual. 4 pages
05-08-1945 Diary entry, Edgar Rickard, May 8, 1945, relating Hoover's refusal to see Truman unless asked specifically by him. Papers of Edgar Rickard-Hoover Library. 1 page
05-13-1945 Diary entry, Edgar Rickard, May 13-14, 1945, relating the events of Hoover's meeting with Secretary of War Henry Stimson. Papers of Edgar Rickard-Hoover Library. 2 pages
05-13-1945 Diary entry, Henry Stimson, May 13, 1945, regarding his meeting with Hoover on the European food situation. Papers of Henry Lewis Stimson. Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. 1 page
05-17-1945 Memo of Phone Conversation, Herbert Hoover and Henry Stimson, May 17, 1945, during which Stimson asked Hoover to come to Washington, and Hoover refused unless specifically invited by Truman. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual. 2 pages
05-24-1945 Letter, Harry S. Truman to Herbert Hoover, May 24, 1945, formally inviting Hoover to the White House to meet Truman and discuss the food situation in Europe. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual. 1 page
05-24-1945 Diary entry, Eben Ayers, May 24, 1945, recording the negative reaction of Truman's staff in response to Truman's personal invitation to Hoover to visit the White House. Papers of Eben Ayers-Truman Library 2 pages
05-26-1945 Note, Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, May 26, 1945, accepting Truman's invitation of the 24th to meet with him at the White House. Papers of Harry S. Truman: President's Secretary's File. 1 page
05-26-1945 Diary entry, Edgar Rickard, May 26-27, 1945, recording impressions of Hoover's visit with Truman. Papers of Edgar Rickard-Hoover Library. 1 page
05-28-1945 Personal memo of Herbert Hoover, May 28, 1945, reflecting on his meeting with Truman and relating the issues they discussed. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual. 9 pages
05-30-1945 Diary entry, Edgar Rickard, May 30, 1945, relating Hoover's assertion that Truman's invitation was purely "political" and that Hoover's suggestions would not be heeded. Papers of Edgar Rickard-Hoover Library. 1 page
05-30-1945 Note, Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, May 30, 1945, listing the titles of the enclosed memoranda he wrote at Truman's request. Papers of Harry S. Truman: President's Secretary's File.  1 page
05-30-1945 Memorandum, Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, May 30, 1945, concerning Hoover's thoughts on how the war with Japan should be ended. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  4 pages
05-30-1945 Memorandum, Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, May 30, 1945, presenting Hoover's thoughts and ideas on how to organize foreign food relief. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual 4 pages
05-30-1945 Memorandum, Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, May 30, 1945, relating Hoover's thoughts on the possible reorganization of the war food agencies. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  4 pages
05-30-1945 Memorandum, Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, May 30, 1945, communicating his ideas on war economic policies and the mechanism with which they might be solved. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  2 pages
06-01-1945 Note, Harry S. Truman to Herbert Hoover, June 1, 1945, acknowledging Hoover's memoranda and thanking Hoover for his recent visit. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual. 1 page
06-01-1945 Diary entry, Harry S. Truman, June 1, 1945, recording his impressions of Hoover after their first meeting. Papers of Harry S. Truman: President's Secretary's File. 12 pages
06-13-1945 Memorandum, Joseph Grew to Harry S. Truman, June 13, 1945, analyzing Hoover's memorandum on Japan. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Confidential File. 5 pages
08-22-1945 Telegram, Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, August 22, 1945, asking Truman to consider draft exemptions for men under twenty-one who wanted to go to college. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Official File.  3 pages
08-24-1945 Letter, Harry S. Truman to Herbert Hoover, August 24, 1945, responding to Hoover's telegram of the 22nd in a non-committal manner. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual. 1 page
08-30-1945 Letter, Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, August 30, 1945, restating the importance of the issue of draft exemptions for college-bound men. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Official File.  2 pages
09-06-1945 Letter, Harry S. Truman to Herbert Hoover, September 6, 1945, responding to Hoover's letter of the 30th and encouraging Hoover to continue to express his opinion to Truman. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual. 1 page
10-11-1945 Letter, Harry S. Truman to Herbert Hoover, October 11, 1945, thanking Hoover for his support of the measure to give the President the power to reorganize the executive branch. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual. 1 page
12-27-1945 Letter, Herbert Hoover to John C. O'Laughlin, December 27, 1945, expressing his opinion on Truman's political abilities in terms of dealing with Congress. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual. 1 page

 Chapter 2 (February 25, 1946 - December 6, 1946)
 Chapter 3 (January 18, 1947 - March 24, 1948)
 Chapter 4 (September 29, 1947 - October 18, 1951)
 Chapter 5 (April 29, 1947 - October 18, 1952)
 Chapter 6 (March 27, 1954 - October 20, 1964)


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