The Papers of Harry S. Truman
|1922 (July 4)||Born, Chicago, Illinois|
|1940||Entered University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana|
|1942-1945||Served in the U.S. Army Air Forces|
|1948||Graduated from University of Illinois with B.A. in Journalism and Advertising|
|1948-1949||Sales Promotion Staff Member, Sears Roebuck and Co.|
|1949-1950||Assistant Sales Promotion Manager, Borden Company|
|1950-1951||Assistant Advertising Manager, Orange Crush Company|
|1952-1953||Special Assistant to the Assistant to the President, Dr. John R. Steelman; Program Coordinator under Charles W. Jackson, Advertising Council Liaison, The White House|
|1953||Entered Virginia Theological Seminary|
|1956||Graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary with Bachelor of Divinity Degree, ordained as an Episcopal priest|
|1957-1961||Rector of Grace Church, Goochland, Virginia|
|1961-1966||Rector, St. Petere's Church, Smyrna, Delaware|
|1966||Became Vicar, St. Alban's Church, Hagerstown, Maryland|
|1971-1986||Worked with the Bishop of Kentucky|
The Spencer R. Quick Files document his work as Special Assistant to the Assistant to the President, Dr. John Steelman. The Quick Files are part of the Staff Member and Office Files of the Harry S. Truman Papers. Quick did not take the material in these files with him at the conclusion of his government service. These records remained in Washington, D.C., until the end of the Eisenhower Administration, when they were removed from the Executive Office Building along with other records. In February 1961, the records were transferred from the Eisenhower Library to the Truman Library. The collection is approximately 4.4 linear feet in volume, arranged chronologically by year, and thereunder alphabetically by folder title in two correspondence series.
In his position, Quick's chief role was as a liaison between the government and the Advertising Council, a non-profit group comprised of representatives from the American advertising industry. The Advertising Council's mission was to provide federal agencies, as well as private groups, with free facilities and assistance in developing advertising for "non-controversial" causes and public service announcements. Quick's files include reference to advertising campaigns for federal agencies as well as private groups that sponsored messages deemed important to the national welfare.
Regarding federal agencies, the Quick Files document work done by the Advertising Council on behalf of the Armed Forces in general, as well as the Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. Much of this material relates to recruitment campaigns. The Advertising Council also worked with the Department of Commerce, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Labor, the Department of the Interior, the U. S. Public Health Service, the Veterans Administration, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the Department of the Treasury. Some private advertising campaigns affecting the national welfare were on behalf of nursing, better schools, and health, reflecting, problems associated with the "baby boom" of the 1940s and 1950s.
The first correspondence series contains correspondence, radio announcements, advertising copy, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, memoranda, press releases, reports, and printed materials pertaining to Quick's work with the Advertising Council and its campaigns, from 1950-1951. The Advertising Council's campaigns related to the armed forces prestige, better schools, careers in nursing, civil defense program, National Association of Broadcasters, physically handicapped program, savings bonds, social security program, and public health. A majority of the material from 1950-1951 was addressed to Quick's predecessor, John T. Gibson.
The second correspondence series contains correspondence, memoranda, press releases, clippings, print and radio advertising copy, agendas, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, drafts of legislation, charts and graphs, handwritten notes, telegrams, reports, and other printed material relating to the Advertising Council and its campaigns, from 1951-1953. The campaigns pertain to armed forces, Atomic Energy Commission, better schools, careers in nursing, civil defense, Ground Observers Corps, physically handicapped program, public health, savings bonds, and federal agencies.
Some notable types of documents in the Quick Files include samples of print advertising ( posters, billboards, newspapers, magazines), radio advertising copy, and "Radio Fact Sheets", which were distributed to radio stations. These sheets summarized the goals of the ad campaign and provided suggestions for radio ads. Also included is material from the Army complaining about the way its female soldiers, were portrayed in the media and appealing to the Advertising Council for assistance in combating the problem. The Quick Files also contain biological warfare pamphlets, propaganda booklets, "Duck & Cover" comic book, and a draft of a speech. One of the pamphlets, is entitled "Potentialities of Biological Warfare Against Man" which was reprinted by the Federal Civil Defense. Also included is a small amount of material related to advertising on television, which was just emerging as a major information medium.
Related collections in the Truman Library are the files of Charles W. Jackson and John T. Gibson. Their files, like Quick's, are part of the Staff Member and Office Files of the Harry S. Truman Papers.
|Correspondence, memoranda, press releases, clippings, print and radio advertising copy, agendas, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, drafts of legislation, charts and graphs, reports, and other printed material documenting Quick's work as Special Assistant to the Assistant to the President, Dr. John Steelman. Arranged alphabetically by subject.|
|Correspondence, memoranda, press releases, clippings, print and radio advertising copy, agendas, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, drafts of legislation, charts and graphs, handwritten notes, telegrams, reports, and other printed material documenting Quick's work as Special Assistant to the Assistant to the President, Dr. John Steelman. Arranged alphabetically by subject.|
The creation of this online resource was made possible in part by funding from the William T. Kemper Foundation - Commerce Bank, Trustee.