Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Papers of Harry S. Truman
Staff Member and Office Files:

Matthew J. Connelly Files

Dates: 1945-52

Appointments Secretary to the President, 1945-53
 
The Matthew J. Connelly Files include record of President Harry S. Truman's daily appointments for almost the entire period of his presidency. The individual appointment listings are selectively annotated to describe the circumstance of the appointments or the contents of the conversations. The collection also contains small correspondence and subject files.

See also: Matthew J. Connelly Oral History

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 5.7 linear feet (about 11,400 pages)
Access: Open.
Copyright: President Truman donated his copyright interest in any of his writings in this collection to the people of the United States. In addition, documents prepared by United States government employees in the course of their official duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interest in documents which do not fall into these two categories is presumed to remain with the authors of the documents.
Processed by: Jerry N. Hess (1963); revised by Dennis E. Bilger (1977); reprocessed by Anita M. Smith (1992)

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1907, Nov. 19Born, Clinton, Massachusetts
1930Graduated from Fordham University
1930-33Worked as a stock broker in New York City
1933-38Worked with federal relief agencies in Boston and Washington, D.C.
1939 Member of the staff of the Appropriations Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
1940Member of the staff of the Special Committee to Investigate Campaign Expenditures, U.S. Senate
1941-44Member of the staff of the Senate Special Committee to Investigate National Defense Program, (Truman Committee)
1945, January-AprilExecutive Secretary to the Vice President
1945-53Appointments secretary to the President
1955Indicted for accepting a bribe and conspiring to defraud the government. He was convicted in 1956 and served six months in prison in 1960.
1962Granted a full and unconditional pardon by President John F. Kennedy.
1976, July 10Died, Oak Park, Illinois

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The file consists of four series: the Matthew J. Connelly Appointment Diaries File, the Presidential Appointments File, the Correspondence File, and the Subject File. The Matthew J. Connelly Appointment Diaries File contains bound "diary" volumes that list Connelly's appointments. The Presidential Appointments file has two subseries. They contain the originals and one set of copies of the list that Connelly made during his tenure as appointments secretary of apparently all of President Truman's daily appointments from 1945 through the end of 1952. The appointment lists, which were apparently made after the day's events were over, are selectively annotated to describe the circumstances of the appointments or the contents of the conversations.

The material in the Correspondence File relates primarily to requests for autographed photographs of President Truman and of Connelly, and congratulatory and other personal correspondence sent to Connelly. The Subject File includes such disparate materials as a list of State Department documents relating to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a Secret Service report on White House activities for the second half of 1948, clippings from the Houston Chronicle concerning Jesse Jones, and a briefing book relating to President Truman's 1948 trip to the West Indies.

Copies of the lists of daily presidential appointments are included in the President's Secretary's Files. Connelly's collection of personal papers contains his notes of Cabinet meetings, 1945-53.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.Series
1MATTHEW J. CONNELLY APPOINTMENTS DIARIES, 1946-52 and Undated.
Bound appointment books listing Connelly's appointments.
2-13PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS FILE, 1945-52
consisting of two subseries, as follows:
2-7
    DAILY PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS FILE (Original Set), 1945-52: Lists including almost all of President Truman's appointments from 1945 through the end of 1952. They are selectively annotated to describe the circumstances of the appointments or the contents of the conversations. This entire series is digitized.
8-13
14-15CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1945-52
Correspondence and cross reference sheets relating to requests for autographed photographs, Connelly's personal memberships, and the death of his mother, and congratulating him on his appointment as presidential assistant.
16SUBJECT FILE, 1946-52
Correspondence, a report, a briefing book, a notebook, newspaper clippings and cross reference sheets relating to such unrelated subjects as Jesse Jones, Truman's 1948 trip to the Virgin Islands, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, people living in Missouri, and Connelly's expenses incurred while traveling with the President.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1 Box 2 Box 3 Box 4 Box 5 Box 6 Box 7 Box 8 Box 9 Box 10 Box 11 Box 12 Box 13 Box 14 Box 15 Box 16

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