Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Joseph M. Jones Papers

Dates: 1928-1987.

Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, 1946-1948.

The Papers of Joseph M. Jones primarily document his service as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. His papers include correspondence, speech drafts, speeches, newspaper clippings, and other printed materials.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 2 linear feet, 7 linear inches (about 4,800 pages)
Access: Open.
Copyright: Clarissa Leonard gave to the U.S. government her copyrights in this material and in any other material received by the U.S. government and maintained in a depository administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their official duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Jerry N. Hess (1962); David Clark, Jim Armistead (2011).


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1908 (October 29)Born Joseph Marion Jones, Jr., Lockhart, Texas
1928A.B., Baylor University
1929A.M., University of Pennsylvania
1932-1933Graduate Work, London School of Economics
1933-1937Economist, U.S. Tariff Commission
1935Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
1937-1943Divisional Assistant, U.S. State Department
1943-1946Assistant Editor, Fortune Magazine
1946-1948Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
1948Special Assistant to Director, Far East Programs
1949-1952Special Assistant to Administrator, Economic Cooperation Administration (ECA)
1952-1953Special Assistant to United States Representative in Europe
1954Fellowship, Yale University
1955Author, The Fifteen Weeks
1955-1959Special Assistant to Governor of New York
1959-1963Consultant to Research and Education Committee, Lasker Foundation
1990 (August 9)Died, Arlington, Virginia

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Joseph M. Jones consist of documents primarily relating to his career as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs from 1946 to 1948. The collection consists of a single series, arranged alphabetically, and contains correspondence, speeches and speech drafts, newspaper clippings and other printed materials, and unpublished manuscripts.

The collection contains correspondence between Jones and President Truman, family correspondence, and correspondence with such persons as Dean Acheson, Averell Harriman, Mary Lasker, David Lloyd, Adlai Stevenson, and Stuart Symington. Some of the correspondence pertains to Jones's book about the development of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan, The Fifteen Weeks (1955). The collection also includes memorandums relating to Jones's work in the State Department, and letters concerning his work for Harriman and Lasker during the 1950s and early 1960s.

The printed materials in the collection mostly relate to Jones's career in government. Some of the articles were written by Jones for such publications as Harper's and Fortune magazines. There are also unpublished manuscripts in the collection. Both his published and unpublished writings pertain to such subjects as the reconstruction of Europe following World War II, aid to Turkey, the Truman Doctrine, the League of Nations, and the United Nations. Most of the newspaper clippings in the collection pertain to the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan.

Speeches and speech drafts make up a significant part of the collection. Jones worked with other officials in drafting the "Truman Doctrine" speech of March 12, 1947. The collection includes a number of drafts of that speech, as well as copies of other speeches relating to the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan, some of which Jones also helped write.

Related collections at the Truman Library include the papers of Clark Clifford, George Elsey, and David Lloyd.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.Series
1-6 SUBJECT FILE, 1928-1987
Correspondence, speeches and speech drafts, newspaper clippings and other printed materials, unpublished manuscripts, handwritten notes, and other items. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Acheson, Dean
  • Articles
  • Austin, Warren
  • Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1827-1929
  • Biographical Information
  • Braden, Spruille
  • Byrnes, James
  • Cleveland-Moore-Kindleberger Memorandum, June 12, 1947
  • Clippings
      [1 of 2]
Box 2
      [2 of 2]
  • Conferences
  • Cohen, Benjamin
  • Correspondence, 1943
  • Correspondence, 1944
  • Correspondence, 1945
  • Correspondence, 1947
  • Correspondence, 1948
  • Correspondence, 1950
  • Correspondence, 1951
  • Correspondence, 1954
  • Correspondence, 1955
  • Correspondence, 1956
  • Correspondence, 1957
  • Correspondence, 1959
  • Correspondence, 1960
  • Correspondence, 1961
  • Correspondence, 1962
  • Correspondence, 1963
  • Correspondence, 1964
  • Correspondence, 1966
  • Correspondence, 1968
  • Correspondence, 1970
  • Correspondence, 1975
  • Correspondence, 1976
  • Correspondence, Undated
  • Department of State, 1941
Box 3
  • Department of State, 1942
  • Department of State, 1943
  • Department of State Daily Summary of Opinion Developments
  • Department of State News Digests
  • Department of State Wireless Bulletins
  • Douglas, Lewis
  • "Fifteen Weeks"
  • Gardiner, Arthur
  • Handwritten Notes
  • Harriman, Averell
  • Harry S. Truman Library Institute
  • Henderson, Loy
  • Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, 1948
Box 4
  • Lasker, Mary
  • Lippmann, Walter
  • Lloyd, David
  • Marshall Plan
  • McGhee, George
  • McGovern, George
  • New York Central Railroad, 1853-1929
  • "Our Foreign Policy"
  • "Outstanding Magazine Articles Relating to International Affairs"
  • Pennsylvania Railroad Company, 1846-1929
Box 5
  • Population
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Porter, Paul A.
  • Printed Materials
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Saline Water Program
  • San Francisco Conference, 1945
Box 6
  • Speeches
  • Stalin, Joseph
  • State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee
  • Stevenson, Adlai
  • Symington, Stuart
  • Thorp, Willard
  • Trip
  • Truman Doctrine
  • Truman Doctrine- Speech Drafts
  • Truman, Harry S.-Correspondence
  • Truman, Harry S.-Speech, March 6, 1947
  • Truman, Harry S.-Speech, April 5, 1947
  • Truman, Harry S.-Speech, June 11, 1947
  • Truman, Harry S.-Speech, June 22, 1947
  • Truman, Harry S.-Speech, July 4, 1947
  • Truman, Harry S.-Speech, April 30, 1959
  • "United Nations at Work: Developing Land, Forests, Oceans…and People"
  • Vandenberg, Arthur

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