“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 of Chapter 4 (September 29, 1947 - October 18, 1951)
DateDocument Title
09-29-1947 Notes of Meeting, Commission on the Reorganization of the Executive Branch, September 29, 1947, summarizing the events of the first meeting of the Commission. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files. 2 pages
09-29-1947 Statement to the Press by Herbert Hoover, September 29, 1947, outlining the purpose and goals of the Commission on the Reorganization of the Executive Branch. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Articles, Addresses, and Public Statements. 1 page
10-00-1947 Memorandum, James Webb to Harry S. Truman, c. mid-October 1947, reporting on his meeting with Hoover with regards to getting assistance from the Bureau of the Budget. Papers of James Webb-Truman Library. 4 pages
11-05-1947 Diary entry, Eben Ayers, November 5, 1947, recording Dean Acheson's and Charles Ross' impressions of Hoover. Papers of Eben Ayers-Truman Library.  2 pages
04-16-1948 Memorandum, James Rowe to Dean Acheson, April 16, 1948, discussing Hoover's possible motives for inviting Acheson to dinner. Papers of Dean Acheson-Truman Library. 2 pages
11-05-1948 Memorandum, James Webb to Harry S. Truman, November 5, 1948, emphasizing the importance of bipartisan cooperation with the Commission. Papers of James Webb-Truman Library.  2 pages
11-12-1948 Letter, Harry S. Truman to Herbert Hoover, November 12, 1948, reaffirming his support of the Commission and offering assistance as needed. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  1 page
11-20-1948 Letter, Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, November 20, 1948, acknowledging Truman's letter of the 12th. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Official Files.  1 page
11-26-1948 Letter, Harry S. Truman to Herbert Hoover, November 26, 1948, thanking Hoover for his note of the 20th and expressing a desire to meet with him to discuss the work of the Commission personally. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  1 page
12-04-1948 Diary entry, Edgar Rickard, December 4, 1948, relating Hoover's growing frustration and pessimism in dealing with Truman. Papers of Edgar Rickard-Hoover Library.  1 page
12-29-1948 Diary entry, Edgar Rickard, December 29, 1948, expressing Hoover's feelings that little would be done with the outcome of the Commission reports. Papers of Edgar Rickard-Hoover Library.  1 page
01-07-1949 Notes of Meeting between Herbert Hoover and Harry S. Truman, January 7, 1949, in which Hoover briefed Truman on some issues with which change would be necessary. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  2 pages
02-05-1949 Report, General Management of the Executive Branch, Commission on the Reorganization of the Executive Branch, February 5, 1949, in which Hoover discusses the history and purpose of the Commission. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files.  6 pages
02-06-1949 Notes of Phone Conversation, Herbert Hoover and Harry S. Truman, February 6, 1949, discussing the contents of the first Commission report and the problems reorganizing the military establishment. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  1 page
02-09-1949 Notes of Meeting between Herbert Hoover Harry S. Truman, February 9, 1949, in which they discussed the problems in getting the reorganization plans through Congress and other issues. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  2 pages
02-11-1949 Letter, Harry S. Truman to Herbert Hoover, February 11, 1949, withdrawing his support of Hoover's position on an issue they had discussed in their meeting of the 9th. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  1 page
02-14-1949 Letter, Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, February 14, 1949, acknowledging Truman's letter of the 11th and encouraging their further cooperation and communication. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Official Files. 2 pages
02-16-1949 Letter, Harry S. Truman to Herbert Hoover, February 16, 1949, thanking Hoover for his letter of the 14th and thanking him for his continued efforts. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  1 page
03-03-1949 Letter, Herbert Hoover to Arthur Vandenberg, March 3, 1949, discussing the growing problems in Congress with the reorganization legislation and encouraging Republican support. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  1 page
04-07-1949 Notes of Phone Conversation between Herbert Hoover and Harry S. Truman, April 7, 1949, in which they agreed to work on garnering Congressional support for reorganization with their respective parties. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  1 page
04-10-1949 Letter, Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, April 10, 1949, urging Truman to act on recommendations they Commission had recently made. Papers of Harry S. Truman: President's Secretary's File.  2 pages
04-12-1949 Letter, Harry S. Truman to Herbert Hoover, April 12, 1949, thanking Hoover for his letter of the 10th and stating that he was working on Hoover's suggestions from his letter. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  1 page
04-13-1949 Memoir, Herbert Hoover on the Commission on the Reorganization of the Executive Branch, April 13, 1949, expressing Hoover's frustration in dealing with some "New Dealers" on the Commission. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files.  4 pages
05-09-1949 Message to Congress, Harry S. Truman, May 9, 1949, emphasizing the importance of the Commission and seeking Congressional application of the Commission's suggestions. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Press Release File. 2 pages
05-23-1949 Telegram, Herbert Hoover to Arthur Vandenberg, May 23, 1949, conveying support for compromise measures in order to gain Republican support for the reorganization plans. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files.  1 page
05-26-1949 Statement, Harry S. Truman, May 26, 1949, accepting the Commission's final report and praising the work they did and demonstrating the action being taken on those suggestions. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Press Release File.  2 pages
06-19-1949 Letter, Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, June 19, 1949, offering Truman specific suggestions for reorganization actions that could be pursued either by him, or through Congress in the current session. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files--Individual.  6 pages
06-20-1949 Message to Congress, Harry S. Truman, June 20, 1949, outlining plans for additional reorganization legislation. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Press Release File.  3 pages
06-21-1949 Statement, Herbert Hoover, June 21, 1949, expressing his general support for Truman's additional reorganization plans. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Articles, Addresses, and Public Statements.  2 pages
07-04-1949 Letter, Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, July 4, 1949, discussing his plan for moving various transportation agencies to the Department of Commerce. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Official File.  4 pages
07-06-1949 Letter, Harry S. Truman to Herbert Hoover, July 6, 1949, thanking Hoover for his letter of the 4th and continued suggestions for reorganization and other assistance. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  1 page
07-14-1949 Letter, Harry S. Truman to Herbert Hoover, July 14, 1949, replying in further detail to Hoover's suggestions of the 4th. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Post-Presidential Files-Individual.  1 page
08-12-1949 Letter, Harry S. Truman to Alben Barkley, August 12, 1949, regarding the upcoming Senate action on the first two reorganization plans. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Press Release File.  3 pages
08-16-1949 Statement by Herbert Hoover, August 16, 1949, reacting to the Senate's rejection of the first two reorganization plans. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Articles, Addresses, and Public Statements.  1 page
12-14-1949 Diary entry, Edgar Rickard, December 14, 1949, relating Hoover's irritation with Truman's lack of action on the Commission recommendations, and praise for this Citizen's Committee work. Papers of Edgar Rickard-Hoover Library.  1 page
03-13-1950 Message to Congress, Harry S. Truman, March 13, 1950, transmitting a complete set of 21 different reorganization plans to Congress after the defeat of his previous plans. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Press Release File.  4 pages
03-16-1950 Diary entry, Edgar Rickard, March 16, 1950, recording Hoover's unhappiness with Truman's own version of the reorganization plans. Papers of Edgar Rickard-Hoover Library.  1 page
05-23-1950 Statement by Herbert Hoover, May 23, 1950, commenting on the progress of reorganization and comparing the accomplishments to his committee's recommendations. Papers of Herbert Hoover: Articles, Addresses, and Public Statements. 1 page
10-18-1951 Memorandum, Elmer Staats to John Steelman, October 18, 1951, regarding coordinating lobbying for reorganization with the Citizens' Committee for the Hoover Reports. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Official Files.  1 page

 Chapter 1 (April 12, 1945 - December 27, 1945)
 Chapter 2 (February 25, 1946 - December 6, 1946)
 Chapter 3 (January 18, 1947 - March 24, 1948)
 Chapter 5 (April 29, 1947 - October 18, 1952)
 Chapter 6 (March 27, 1954 - October 20, 1964)


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