Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Milton P. Kayle Papers

Dates: 1951-1953.

Special Assistant to the President, 1951-1953.

The papers of Milton P. Kayle include speeches, press releases, travel itineraries, correspondence, press clippings, handwritten notes, and other items concerning Kayle's experiences as Special Assistant to the President during the administration of President Harry S. Truman.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 5 linear inches (about 600 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donor gave to the U.S. government his 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: Erwin J. Mueller (1979).
Updated by: Rose Anderson (2016) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1922 (July 17)Born Milton P. Kayle in Utica, New York
1943B.A., Hamilton College
1943Executive Secretary of the Appeals Committee, War Labor Board
1943 (June 13)Married Dorothy Phyllis Slater
1944-1946Infantryman, U.S. Army, serving on the European Front
1948Graduated from Harvard Law School
1948Writer, Public Affairs Institute
1949-1951Budget Analyst, Legislative Reference Division, Bureau of the Budget
1951Assistant General Counsel, Office of Defense Mobilization
1951-1953Special Assistant to the President during the administration of President Harry S. Truman
1953-1969Served as corporate legal counsel for various television and motion picture corporations in New York, including the Kagran Corporation and Whitney Communications Corporation
1969Became counsel to law firm of Gilbert, Segall, and Young
2012 (February 19)Died, Glenview, Illinois

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Milton P. Kayle include correspondence, press clippings, typewritten and handwritten notes, and travel itineraries concerning Kayle's experiences as Special Assistant to the President during the administration of President Harry S. Truman, as well as drafts, transcripts, and press releases of speeches and statements made by President Truman. The collection is arranged in one series, a Subject File.

The Subject File contains correspondence with government officials regarding matters such as the promotion of Lieutenant Colonel John H. Awtry and the resignation of William O'Dwyer as the United States Ambassador to Mexico, as well as press clippings and statements regarding these events. The majority of the collection consists of drafts and transcripts of speeches and statements by President Truman. These include statements to Congress concerning legislation such as the Supplemental Appropriation Acts and Defense Production Act Amendments as well as addresses to groups such as the Association of Military Surgeons and the Democratic National Convention. The collection also includes a large number of drafts and press releases of campaign speeches given by President Truman preceding the 1952 election, as well as travel itineraries from this campaign. Several of the speeches include typewritten and handwritten notes from Kayle concerning his contributions to the speeches and remarking on President Truman's speaking style.

The Truman Library also has an oral history interview with Milton P. Kayle.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.Series
1SUBJECT FILE, 1951-1953
Correspondence, press clippings, typewritten and handwritten notes, and travel itineraries; and drafts, transcripts, and press releases of speeches concerning Milton P. Kayle and his experiences and contributions as a Special Assistant to the President during the administration of President Harry S. Truman. Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1

  • Awtry, John H.
  • Correspondence
  • President's Commission on the Health Needs of the Nation
  • Taft-Hartley Act
  • Truman, Harry S. - Itineraries
  • Truman, Harry S. - Speeches and Statements
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]

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