Harry S. Truman Papers
|1884 (May 8)||Born, Lamar, Missouri|
|1887||Moved with family to farm near Grandview, Missouri|
|1890||Moved with family to Independence, Missouri|
|1901||Graduated from Independence High School|
|1901-1906||Lived in Independence and Kansas City, Missouri; held various jobs, including clerk at two Kansas City banks|
|1905-1911||Served in Missouri National Guard|
|1906-1917||Worked on family farm near Grandview, Missouri|
|1917-1919||Served in 129th Field Artillery; commanded Battery D during World War I; promoted to rank of Captain|
|1919 (June 28)||Married Bess Wallace at Trinity Episcopal Church, Independence, Missouri|
|1919-1922||Partner with Eddie Jacobson in Kansas City haberdashery|
|1923-1925||Eastern District Judge, Jackson County (Missouri) Court|
|1924 (February 17)||Daughter, Mary Margaret born|
|1927-1935||Presiding Judge of the Jackson County (Missouri) Court|
|1935-1945||United States Senator from Missouri|
|1945 (January 20-April 12)||Vice President of the United States|
|1945 (April 12)-1953 (January 20)||President of the United States|
|1953 (January)||Left presidency and retired to Independence, Missouri|
|1957 (July 6)||Helped dedicate the Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Missouri|
|1972 (December 26)||Died, Research Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri|
A more detailed timeline of Harry S. Truman's life and Presidency is available on the Truman Trivia Page.
The papers of Harry S. Truman as Presiding Judge of the Jackson County (Missouri) Court date from his initial term as Eastern District Judge (1923-1925) through his ascension to the office of President of the United States, with the bulk of the material arising from his years as Presiding Judge and his race for United States Senator in 1934.
The Jackson County (Missouri) Court, as constituted in the mid-1920s-1930s, was comprised of three elected members, a Presiding Judge (four-year term of office) an Eastern District Judge (two-year term of office) and a Western District Judge (two-year term of office), who exercised the corporate powers of the county. These powers included: the management and control of county property, both real and personal; the authority to purchase, receive, lease, sell or convey county property, both real and personal; the appropriation of county funds for use in administering county needs; and the ability to audit and settle all demands made against the county.
Among the significant documents in this collection are copies of county financial records (such as budgets, drafts of budgets, and revenue projections), county department payroll lists, maps and printed materials on highway programs, copies of financial records regarding courthouse construction funding, photographs of Charles Keck’s Andrew Jackson statue, legal opinion letters prepared by the county counselor, outlines of conferences, copies of legislative material, correspondence, speeches and handwritten drafts of speeches, all prepared or utilized by Mr. Truman during his tenure as Presiding Judge. In addition, there are memoranda regarding county employee allotments for, and rules and regulations of, federal programs dealing with public and civil works, utilized during his stint as Missouri State Director of Reemployment. Also of interest in this collection are documents, including speeches and handwritten drafts of speeches, correspondence, business cards, newspaper clippings, adding machine tapes, auto servicing records, printed campaign literature and other items relating, primarily, to Mr. Truman’s 1934 senatorial race. Of particular interest is a copy of his transcribed notes, known as the “Pickwick Papers” because they were written on hotel stationery while he was staying at the Pickwick Hotel, in Kansas City, Missouri. These notes include his reminiscences of his life, both personal and political, on the night before the announcement of his decision to enter the 1934 senatorial race.
Other materials at the Truman Library which relate to this collection include the personal papers of James Aylward, Rufus Burrus, Fred Canfil, H. H. Halvorson, Bryce Smith, and N.T. Veatch; and the Library’s oral history interviews with Harry Abbott, James Aylward, Rufus Burrus, H. H. Halvorson, John Hulston, and N.T. Veatch.
|1-3||SUBJECT FILE, 1920-1968|
|Financial records, maps, printed materials, photocopies of photographs, correspondence, memoranda, legislation, speeches and speech drafts, and other items primarily relating to Harry S. Truman’s tenure as Presiding Judge of the Jackson County (Missouri) Court and his 1934 senatorial race. Arranged alphabetically.|
|3||DIARY AND APPOINTMENT BOOK FILE, 1926-1937|
|Diary and appointment books, outlining appointments and automobile, lodging and meal expenses. Arranged chronologically.|