Harry S. Truman Papers
|1901 (April 13)||Born, Warren, Pennsylvania|
|1923||BS, United States Naval Academy|
|1930||M.S., Pennsylvania State College|
|1935||D. Eng., Johns Hopkins University|
|1935||Commander, USS Ortolan (submarine rescue vessel)|
|1937 (May 10)||Married Mildred Fenton Mooney Neely|
|1937-1938||Commander, USS Cuttlefish (submarine)|
|1940-1941||Commander, USS John D. Ford (destroyer)|
|1944-1945||Member, Joint War Plans Committee, Joint Chiefs of Staff|
|1945-1947||Assistant Chief of Naval Operations|
|1947-1948||Commander, USS Missouri (battleship)|
|1948-1953||Naval Aide to President Truman|
|1956-1958||Commander, First Fleet, U.S. Pacific Fleet|
|1959||Promoted to rank of Admiral|
|1959-1960||Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean|
|1960-1963||Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic|
|1963-1973||Executive, Copley Newspapers|
|1980 (March 14)||Died, Bethesda Naval Hospital, Washington, D.C.|
The Robert L. Dennison Files, part of the Staff Member and Office Files of the Harry S. Truman Papers, document some of his service as Naval Aide to President Harry S. Truman. Dennison left the material in these files at the conclusion of his government service and when the administration ended in 1953, his files were shipped to Kansas City as part of Mr. Truman's presidential papers, which Truman subsequently donated to the United States government. The collection consists of one series, a Subject File.
The Subject File consists of documents pertaining to the American President Lines dispute, proposed amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the Merchant Marine, the administrative jurisdiction over the islands of Saipan and Tinian, segregation at the Charleston and Norfolk Navy Yards, and veterans' hospitals. The American President Lines documents consist of correspondence, memorandums and reports pertaining to litigation over disputed stock in the company. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 materials include correspondence and drafts of legislation relating to proposed amendments to the Wage-Hour Law in order to clarify the geographical coverage of the act, pertaining particularly to Guam. The Fair Labor Standards Act correspondents include Frederick Lawton of the Bureau of the Budget and Charles A. Coolidge of the Department of Defense.
The largest part of the series pertains to the Merchant Marine. These records consist of telegrams, correspondence, drafts of legislation, legal documents, memorandums, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, printed materials, hearings, audit reports, and transcripts pertaining to budget requests, long range shipping, shipping policies, selling and purchasing of ships, shipbuilding, ship repair industries, blue collar employees, the Maritime Commission, employment, expenditures, lists of vessels, appointments to positions, subsidies, personnel matters, the United States Lines Company and cases decided by the Federal Maritime Board from 1950 to 1953. Dennison's correspondents included Frank Pace, Charles Sawyer, unions, and shipping companies.
The Saipan and Tinian documents include correspondence and an executive order pertaining to the potential transfer of administrative jurisdiction over the islands from the Department of the Interior to the Department of the Navy. The Charleston and Norfolk Navy Yards records include correspondence and memorandums pertaining to segregation of facilities at these Navy Yards.
The Veterans' Hospital records include telegrams, correspondence, memorandums, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, and legislation pertaining to operating budgets, hospitalization of veterans, construction of hospitals, closing of hospitals, transfer of military hospitals to the Veterans Administration, bed shortages, conditions in hospitals, disabled veterans, benefits, hospital facilities and costs, shortage of medical specialists and the reorganization of the Veterans Administration from 1946 to1952.
Related holdings at the Truman Library include the Robert L. Dennison Papers, the Robert L. Dennison oral history interview, the Naval Aide to the President Files, and the White House Central Files: President's Personal File 4574.
|1-6||SUBJECT FILE, 1946-1953.|
|Correspondence, executive orders, hearings, legislation, legal documents, memorandums, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, printed materials, reports, and telegrams. Arranged alphabetically by subject, thereunder chronologically.|