Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Charles G. Ross Papers

Dates: 1890-2010; Bulk Date Span: 1945-1950.

Correspondent and editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1918-1945; Press Secretary to the President, 1945-1950.

The papers of Charles G. Ross primarily document his service as Press Secretary to President Harry S. Truman. The collection also contains some documentation of Ross's youth and education, his personal life, and his career as a journalist. The collection includes some material relating to his sons, John B. and Walter Ross; his widow, Florence Ross; and her second husband, Roy A. Roberts, the editor of the Kansas City Star. The papers consist of correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, printed material, transcripts of press conferences, diary entries, press releases, scrapbooks, and other items.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 10 linear feet, 11 linear inches (approximately 20,000 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The late Florence Ross Roberts donated her literary property rights in any of the writings of her husband, Charles G. Ross, in this collection to the United States government, effective at the time of her death. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their official duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other writings in this collection is assumed to remain with the authors of the documents or their heirs.
Processed by: Frank L. Barkofske (1960); Dennis Bilger (1984, 1987); Randy Sowell, Sharie Simon, and Janice Davis (2000); Lucia Flaim and David Clark (2008); Randy Sowell, Amy Crossley, and Janice Davis (2012).

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1885 (November 9) Born, Independence, Missouri
1901 Graduated from Independence High School with classmates Harry S. Truman and Bess Wallace
1905 A.B., University of Missouri
1908-18 Member of the faculty of the School of Journalism, University of Missouri
1913 (August 20) Married Florence Griffin
1918-34 Chief Washington correspondent, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
1932 Received Pulitzer Prize for newspaper correspondence
1934-39 Editorial page editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
1939-45 Contributing editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
1945-50 Press Secretary to the President
1950 (December 5) Died of a heart attack at his desk in the White House

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Charles G. Ross Papers mostly document his service as President Harry S. Trumanís Press Secretary from 1945 to 1950. The collection also includes information about Rossís youth and education, his personal life, and his distinguished career as a journalist with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A significant portion of the collection documents the activities of Rossís family in the years after his death in 1950. Included is material relating to his sons, John B. and Walter Ross; his widow, Florence Griffin Ross; and her second husband, Roy A. Roberts, the long-time editor of the Kansas City Star.

The Ross Papers consist of eleven series. The first series, the Alphabetical Correspondence File, contains correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, printed material, press releases, and other items relating to Rossís service as Press Secretary to the President. For the most part, this series is a name file comprising Rossís official correspondence with various persons during his tenure as Press Secretary. Much of this correspondence is with reporters, editors, and publishers, and includes occasional protests by Ross against what he regarded as unfair or inaccurate press reports. There is also correspondence with Rossís friends and relatives, and with such prominent officials as Dean Acheson, J. Edgar Hoover, and Fred Vinson. In addition to documenting the Truman administrationís relations with the press from 1945 to 1950, the material in the Alphabetical Correspondence File also contains information on such subjects as the decision to use the atomic bomb, trips taken by the President, and Rossís personal or financial affairs.

The Papers Removed from the Scrapbooks of Charles G. Ross File contains documents that were originally included in the scrapbooks at the end of the collection. The series mostly consists of transcripts of press and radio conferences held by Ross during his years as Press Secretary. These conferences were held, usually in the morning, on most weekdays when Ross was present at the White House. At the conferences, Ross provided the assembled reporters with tidbits of information concerning the Presidentís daily schedule and other matters of interest such as new appointments, resignations, and travel plans. He also answered questions from the reporters, frequently engaging them in amusing banter that is preserved in the transcripts. Perhaps the most poignant transcript is the last one, for the press and radio conference held on the afternoon of December 5, 1950. Moments after that conference, Ross collapsed and died of a heart attack at his desk in the White House. Also included in this series are press releases, memoranda, and other items documenting Rossís service as Press Secretary and the Truman administrationís relations with the press.

Subject File I of the Ross Papers contains correspondence, printed material, newspaper clippings, diary entries, handwritten notes, and other items documenting the life and career of Charles G. Ross from high school in Independence, Missouri, through his years as a journalist in St. Louis and Washington, D.C., concluding with his service as a close aide and adviser to his boyhood friend, President Harry S. Truman. Included in this series is some Ross family correspondence, mostly consisting of letters from his sons, John and Walter. Johnís letters contain interesting descriptions of his experiences as a medical student at Johns Hopkins during the 1930s. Other documents in this series include a copy of Rossís 1901 annual (yearbook) from Independence High School; a college literary magazine featuring his poetry; diary entries by Ross for the years 1919 and 1938; his marriage certificate; correspondence concerning the Pulitzer Prize which Ross received for journalism in 1932; handwritten notes to Ross from President Truman; and newspaper clippings and letters of condolence regarding the death of Ross in 1950.

Subject File II of the Ross Papers contains materials similar to those that are found in Subject File I. Among the items in this series are a religious periodical from 1892 containing a letter written by the six-year-old Ross; school papers prepared by Ross at Noland School and at Independence High School; his high school English notebook; speeches delivered by Ross in 1933 and 1946; diary entries by Ross for the years 1939 and 1946-49; financial records; legal documents; family correspondence from Ross, his father, and his sister, Helen; and other materials pertaining to Rossís personal life and professional career.

The next two series, Mrs. Charles G. Ross (Mrs. Roy A. Roberts) Files I and II, contain materials documenting some aspects of the life of Florence Griffin Ross. File I includes a substantial amount of information concerning Mrs. Rossís second marriage, in 1955, to Roy A. Roberts of the Kansas City Star. In addition to congratulatory correspondence, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia, the series contains diaries of cruises and trips taken by Mr. and Mrs. Roberts. File I also contains Griffin family correspondence and printed material relating to the life of Mrs. Ross. The documents in File II consist of various pieces of correspondence, among them messages of condolence received by Mrs. Ross after the death of Charles G. Ross, from such persons as Harry S. Truman, Bess Truman, Clark Clifford, Perle Mesta, and Mrs. Oliver Franks (the wife of the British ambassador to the U.S.).

The Roy A. Roberts File contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed material, speeches, and other items concerning Robertsís career as editor, president, and chairman of the board of the Kansas City Star. Of particular note are letters and other materials relating to the involvement of Roberts in politics (particularly, his role in promoting the presidential candidacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952); his marriage to Mrs. Ross in 1955; his retirement from the Star; and his death in 1967. A fairly large portion of the series consists of newspaper or magazine articles by or about Roberts.

The Dr. and Mrs. John B. Ross File contains documentation of the activities of Rossís son and daughter-in-law and their extended family. Some references to the lives and careers of Charles Ross and Harry Truman can be found in the correspondence, printed material, memorabilia, and other items that make up this series. A number of items were added to the Dr. and Mrs. John B. Ross File in 2012. Most of these items relate to Dr. Rossís military service during World War II.

The Cross Reference Sheets File consists of cross reference sheets describing artifacts, books, and photographs that have been transferred from the Ross Papers to the museum, book, and audiovisual sections of the Truman Library. Photocopies of many of the transferred photographs are included in the series. The Scrapbooks File consists of twelve scrapbooks covering the period from April of 1945 to December of 1950. Contained in the scrapbooks are newspaper and magazine clippings documenting the Truman administration and Rossís role in it during those years.

The Louise Ross Holmquist File, which was added to the collection in 2012, contains correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, and memorabilia concerning Charles G. Ross and his younger sister, Louise Ross Holmquist. The series includes letters and telegrams to Louise from her brother Charles and from Bess and Margaret Truman; articles about Charles Ross and President Truman from various newspapers and magazines; and photographs of Charles, Louise, and other members of the Ross family. Also included are exams written by Ross as a student in the public schools of Independence, Missouri, report cards documenting his academic progress; a copy of the Independence High School yearbook, The Gleam, from 1909 (the year Louise graduated); the transcript of a 1948 radio broadcast concerning Louise and her brother; and a copy of the handwritten memoirs of Virginia Ross Weston, a sister of Charles and Louise, containing her recollections of their father.

More information about Charles G. Ross can be found in other manuscript collections at the Truman Library, most notably in the Personal File of the Presidentís Secretaryís Files, Harry S. Truman Papers, which includes a diary that was kept by Ross in 1946 (a typed draft of this diary is also in Subject File II of the Ross Papers). Other material concerning Ross is located in the White House Central Files (Official File 253 and Presidentís Personal File 4247) of the Truman Papers, and in the papers of Eben A. Ayers and Mary Paxton Keeley. Relevant information can also be found in the Libraryís collection of oral history interviews, particularly in the interviews with Ayers, Keeley, Robert G. Nixon, and Matthew J. Connelly. A microfilm copy of the scrapbooks in the Ross Papers, reproduced on five reels of microfilm, is included in the Truman Libraryís Scrapbook Collection.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1-8 ALPHABETICAL CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1916-1950 (Bulk Date Span, 1945-1950)
Correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, printed material, press releases, and other items documenting the service of Charles G. Ross as Press Secretary to the President from 1945 to 1950; the Truman administration and its relations with the press; and Ross's personal and financial affairs. Arranged in alphabetical order.
8-14 PAPERS REMOVED FROM THE SCRAPBOOKS OF CHARLES G. ROSS FILE, 1945-1950
Transcripts of press and radio conferences, press releases, memoranda, and other items pertaining to the Truman administration and Ross's service as Press Secretary to the President. Transcripts of conferences and press releases arranged in chronological order; rest of series arranged in no particular order.
14-17 SUBJECT FILE I, 1900-1970
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed material, diary entries, handwritten notes, and other items documenting the personal life and professional career of Charles G. Ross. Arranged in alphabetical order.
17-18 SUBJECT FILE II, 1892-1987
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed material, diary entries, school papers, speeches, financial records, legal documents, and other items documenting the personal life and professional career of Charles G. Ross. Arranged in alphabetical order.
19 MRS. CHARLES G. ROSS (MRS. ROY A. ROBERTS) FILE I, 1904-1972
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed material, memorabilia, diary entries, and other items relating to the life of Mrs. Florence Ross and her marriage to Roy A. Roberts in 1955. Arranged in alphabetical order.
19 MRS. CHARLES G. ROSS (MRS. ROY A. ROBERTS) FILE II, 1949-1954
Correspondence received by Mrs. Florence Ross, mostly messages of condolence upon the death of Charles G. Ross. Arranged in alphabetical order.
19-20 ROY A. ROBERTS FILE, 1927-1967
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed material, speeches, and other items relating to the life and career of Roy A. Roberts, editor of the Kansas City Star and second husband of Mrs. Florence Ross. Arranged in alphabetical order.
21 DR. AND MRS. JOHN B. ROSS FILE, 1935-1987
Correspondence, printed material, memorabilia, and other items concerning Dr. and Mrs. John B. Ross; their extended family; and the lives of Harry S. Truman and Charles G. Ross. Arranged in alphabetical order.
21 CROSS REFERENCE SHEETS FILE, No Date Span
Cross reference sheets for items transferred from the collection to the museum, book, and audiovisual collections of the Truman Library, with photocopies of transferred photographs. One folder.
22-25 SCRAPBOOKS FILE, 1945-1950
Twelve bound, unfolderized scrapbooks, mostly containing newspaper and magazine clippings documenting this period of the Truman administration and Ross's role in it. Arranged in chronological order.
25 LOUISE ROSS HOLMQUIST FILE, 1890-2010
Correspondence, printed materials, photographs, memorabilia, and other items concerning Louise Ross Holmquist; her brother, Charles G. Ross; and the Ross family. Arranged in alphabetical order.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Abell, William S.
  • Acheson, Dean
  • Ackerman, Carl W.
  • Adamic, Louis
  • Adkins, Earl O.
  • Ahlfeldt, Ernie
  • Aldrich, Winthrop W.
  • Alexander, Judge Geo. F.
  • Alexander, Roy
  • Allan, Rupert
  • Allen, Arch M.
  • Allen, George E.
  • Allis, Barney L.
  • Army-Navy Merger
  • Ashurst, Sen. Henry F.
  • Atkins, Ollie
  • Atomic Bomb
  • Axtell, Enos A.
  • Ayers, Eben A.
  • Babb, Glenn
  • Badger, Brig. Gen. George M.
  • Baker, Art
  • Barclay, Thomas S.
  • Barner, Captain J. D.
  • Barron, Carter T.
  • Barry, Robert
  • Baruch, Bernard
  • Baxter, Cadet Norman, Jr.
  • Baxter, Norman W.
  • Baylor University Speech
  • Beale, William
  • Beebe, Dr. James
  • Beginning Or the End [motion picture]
  • Bell, Daniel W.
  • Belyea, Ralph
  • Bent, Silas
  • Benton, William
  • Beteta, Ramon
  • Bez, Nick
  • Biffle, Leslie L.
  • Black, Josephine [Mrs. Hugo]
  • Bland, Oscar
  • Bliven, Bruce
  • Bonnet, Henri
  • Bourgholtzer, Frank
  • Bowles, Chester
  • Boyle, William, Jr.
  • Brandeis, Louis D.
  • Brandt, Raymond P.
  • Bridges, J. G.
  • Brooks, Overton
  • Brown, J. M.
  • Brown, Matilda D.
  • Brushes [military hair brushes]
  • Buck, Eugene E.
  • Budget
Box 2
  • Bundschu, Henry L.
  • Burbach, George M.
  • Burton, Harold H.
  • Butler, Robert
  • Carson, John
  • Carter, Amon
  • Carter, Marshall S.
  • Chambers, Stuart M.
  • Chicago Sun
  • Childs, Marquis
  • Chiles, Janie
  • Chiles, Susan C.
  • Chrysler, Walter P.
  • Clayton, W. L.
  • Cleveland, Chester W.
  • Collet, Judge John Caskie
  • Compton, Karl T.
  • Comstock, C. N. [Aunt Della]
  • Conzelman, Jim
  • Cox, Oscar
  • Crook, George W.
  • Croy, Homer
  • Cummings, Nathan
  • Curtis, Wm. J.
  • Daniels, Jonathan
  • Davies, Joseph E.
  • Davis, Elmer
  • Dennison, Robert L.
  • Dorsey, George M.
  • Douglas, James M.
  • Douglas, Lewis W.
  • Douglas, W. A. S.
  • Driscoll, Dave
  • Drummond, Roscoe
  • Dye, Captain Homer A.
  • Eads, George W.
  • Earle, Edward
  • Early, Stephen T.
  • Edgerton, Henry W.
  • Edmundson, Charles
  • Ellwood, Charles
  • English, W. Francis
  • Erwin, John D.
  • Evans, Tom L.
  • Ewing, Oscar R.
  • Falcao, J. Harold [Harold Falcon]
  • Falcao, Paulo Waldemar
  • Farley, James A.
  • Ferguson, [Miss] Wayne
  • Finch, Fanny L.
  • Fisher, Ben S.
  • FitzGerald, J. V.
  • Fitzpatrick, D. R.
  • FitzPatrick, George
Box 3
  • Fleishman, Maj. Alfred
  • Forbes, Daniel R.
  • Forbes, Mrs. Daniel R.
  • Forrestal, James
  • Frankfurter, Justice Felix
  • Frye, Jack
  • Goldberg, Harry
  • Goldstein, Al
  • Golub, Barney
  • Gordon, John B.
  • Gossett, Josie
  • Grady, Mrs. Henry F.
  • Graham, Dr. Evarts A.
  • Graham, Dr. Frank
  • Graham, General Wallace
  • Gregg, Isaac
  • Greig, Peter
  • Gridiron Club, The
  • Griffin, John J.
  • Griffis, Stanton
  • Gunther, John
  • Halifax. Lord
  • Hallinan, Hazel H.
  • Hamilton, Ralph S.
  • Handwriting of the President
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Hanna, John
  • Hannegan, Robert
  • Hanson, Marie
  • Harriman, Mrs. J. Borden
  • Harris, Ed
  • Hawes, Harry B.
  • Hayden, Jay G.
  • Haydon, Stuart
  • Hearst, Austine
  • Hennings, Thomas C., Jr.
  • Herrick, Mrs. John
  • Hersey, John
Box 4
  • Heymanson, Randal
  • Higgins Industries, Inc.
  • Hoben, Lindsay
  • Holland, Joseph F.
  • Hoover, J. Edgar
  • Horowitz, Marion
  • Hudson, Manley O.
  • Hull, Cordell
  • Hurd, Carlos F.
  • Income Tax Return
  • Independence, Missouri [booklet, Historic Independence]
  • Innes, Guy
  • International Military Tribunal [pamphlet on Nuremberg trial, 1945-1946]
  • Isserman, Rabbi F.
  • Jackson (Andrew) Statue
  • Jacobs, Dr. J. Bay
  • James, Marquis
  • Johnson, Louis
  • Johnson, Walter
  • Jones, Robert W.
  • Keeley, Mary Paxton
  • Key West [correspondence with Capt. C. C. Adell]
  • King, Admiral Ernest J.
  • Kirschten, Ernest
  • Klotz, Lt. Commander Ben
  • Korea
  • Krock, Arthur
  • Last Notes Made on the Day of the Death of Charles G. Ross, December 5, 1950
  • Lawrence, David
  • Leahy, Admiral Wm. D.
  • Leva, Marx
  • Leviero, Anthony
  • Liebling, A. J.
  • Lincoln, A.G.
  • Lindsay, Malvina
  • Lipscomb, Lisle
  • Lockhart, Major J. G.
  • Look Magazine
  • Lubin, Isador
  • Luckman, Charles
  • Lyon, Harris Merton [correspondence with Zoe Lyon]
  • Lyon, Zoe
  • Lyons, Leonard
  • Lyons, Louis M.
  • McCollum, L. A. (Margaret and Mac)
  • McCormack, John W.
  • McGuinness, James K.
  • McKellar, Kenneth
  • McKelway, B. M.
  • Mackenzie, A. R. K.
  • McLaughlin, J. B.
  • MacLean, Msgr. D. A.
  • McNamara, Greta Kempton
  • Madden, James L.
  • Magnuson, Warren G.
  • Mann, William S.
  • Martins, Senhora Carlos
  • Martins, Miss Nora
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
Box 5
  • Mathews, Wm. R.
  • Matthews, Frank
  • Maw, Governor Herbert B.
  • May, Arthur J.
  • May, Leo
  • Mayer, Siegel
  • Mearns, David
  • Mearns, Wm. A.
  • Meissner, Edwin B.
  • Mencken, H. L.
  • Mercantile-Commerce Bank & Trust Co.
  • Mesta, Perle S.
  • Middlebush, Dr. [Frederick A.]
  • Mili, Gjon
  • Miller, Paul
  • Milton, George Fort
  • Monteros, Antonio Espinosa de los
  • Morgan, Dr. Bill
  • Mott, Frank L.
  • Mott, Jim E.
  • Mulholland, Grace
  • Murdoch, Keith
  • Myers, Col. Henry T.
  • National Metropolitan Bank
  • Neuberger, Captain Richard L.
  • New York Magazine [The New Yorker]
  • New York Times
  • Nicholas, H. G.
  • Noland, Nelle Tilford
  • Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
  • Notes Regarding Palestine, Resignation of Johnson, Etc.
  • O'Conor, Herbert R.
  • O'Donnell, John A.
  • Painter, L. G.
  • Parker, G. B.
  • Parmer, Charles
  • Patterson, Don D.
  • Patterson, Robert P.
  • Pearson, Drew
  • Perkins, Frances
  • Polk, Julius, Jr.
  • Povich, Shirley
  • Powell, Benjamin A.
  • Powell, John B.
  • Powers, S/Sgt. J. D.
  • President, The - Articles on and Copies of Memoranda to
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Price, Byron
Box 6
  • Pulitzer, Joseph
  • Pusey, Merlo J.
  • Quain, Rev. Edwin A.
  • Railroad Strike [memorandum by Charles G. Ross]
  • Ray, E. Lansing, Jr.
  • Reese, Ben H., Jr. [and B. H. Reese, St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
  • Reeves, Algernon P.
  • Riggs, Robert L.
  • Roberts, Roy A.
  • Romulo, General Carlos
  • Roosevelt, Eleanor B.
  • Ross, Charles G. [biographical data]
  • Ross, Miss Ella
  • Ross, Harold W.
  • Ross, Miss Helen
  • Ross, Hugh G.
  • Ross, Miss J. B.
  • Ross, Mr. and Mrs. John B.
  • Ross, Louise (Mrs. Fred Holmquist)
  • Ross, Mr. and Mrs. Walter W.
  • Ruhl, Margaret Allen
  • Rusk, Dr. Howard A.
  • Russell, Bruce
  • Rutledge, Wiley
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • San Francisco Conference [empty]
  • Santelmann, Captain Wm. F.
  • Saud, Amir
  • Saunders, R. L.
  • Scarlett, William
  • Schindler, Alfred
  • Schooley, C. Herschel
  • Security Regulations, Memos in Regard to
  • Sermon, Mayor Roger T.
  • Sheffield, T. C.
  • Shepardson, Whitney
  • Sigma Chi Fraternity
  • Sigma Chi Fraternity of Missouri, Inc.
  • Sigma Chi Magazine
  • Simmons, Norwood
  • Souers, Sidney
Box 7
  • Stalin, 1949 [Kingsbury Smith Story]
  • Stafford, Dell B.
  • Taft-Hartley Law
  • Terry, Lt. R. C.
  • Thirty-Fifth Division
  • Time [magazine]
  • Todd, Dr. Tomlinson
  • Trips of the President - Berlin Trip, July 6-August 7, 1945
  • Trips of the President - Bermuda Trip, August 16- September 2, 1946
  • Trips of the President - Campaign Trips, 1948
  • Trips of the President - Caribbean Trip, March 8-23, 1947
  • Trips of the President - Mexico Trip, March 3-5, 1947
  • Trips of the President - 1945-48
  • Trips of the President - 1949-50
Box 8
  • Trips of the President - Rio de Janeiro Trip, August 31-Sept. 20, 1947
  • Trips of the President - Trip Expenses of Charles G. Ross
  • Truman Administration
  • Truman-Attlee Meetings, 1950
  • Truman, Miss Margaret
  • Truman, Mrs. Harry S.
  • Truman, Mrs. Martha
  • Union Trust Company
  • Vinson, Fred M.
  • Wallace, Henry A.
  • Wallgren, Gov. Mon G.
  • War Criminals
  • WBCC [radio station]
  • Webb, James E.
  • Wechsler, James A.
  • Wedemeyer Report
  • White House Extension
  • Williams, Lt. Col. Francis W.
  • Wilson, Lyle C.
  • Wilson, Woodrow [letter regarding nomination of Louis D. Brandeis for Supreme Court, dated May 5, 1916]
  • Winchell, Walter
  • Wood, Lewis
  • Wood, Dr. V. V.
  • Woodring, Harry H.
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, May 15-June 30, 1945
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, July 2-Aug. 31, 1945
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Sept. 1-Sept. 29, 1945
Box 9
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Oct. 1-Dec. 29, 1945
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, January 2-January 31, 1946
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, February 1-February 28, 1946
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, March 1-March 29, 1946
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, April 1-April 30, 1946
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, May 1-May 29, 1946
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, June 3-June 29, 1946
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, July 1-August 16, 1946
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Sept. 3-Sept. 30, 1946
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Oct. 1-Nov. 29, 1946
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Dec. 2-Dec. 30, 1946
Box 10
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Jan. 2-Jan. 31, 1947
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Feb. 3-March 31, 1947
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, April 2-May 30, 1947
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, June 2-July 31, 1947
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Aug. 1-Oct. 7, 1947
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Oct. 8-Nov. 28, 1947
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Dec. 1, 1947-Jan. 15, 1948
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Jan. 16-Feb. 26, 1948
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, March 1-April 30, 1948
Box 11
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, May 3-May 21, 1948
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, May 24-June 30, 1948
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, July 2-July 29, 1948
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Aug. 4-Aug. 31, 1948
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 1948
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Jan. 3-March 30, 1949
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Apr. 1-May 13, 1949
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, May 16-June 30, 1949
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, July 1-Aug. 15, 1949
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Aug. 16-Sept. 28, 1949
Box 12
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Oct. 3-Oct. 31, 1949
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 1949
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Jan. 3-Feb. 10, 1950
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Feb. 14-April 28, 1950
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, May 1-July 18, 1950
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, July 20-Aug. 31, 1950
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Sept. 1-Oct. 30, 1950
  • Press and Radio Conferences Held by Charles G. Ross, Nov. 1-Dec. 5, 1950
Box 13
  • White House Press Releases, Apr. 23, 1945-Jan. 29, 1947
  • White House Press Releases, Feb. 9, 1947-Dec. 8, 1947
  • White House Press Releases, Jan. 7, 1948-Dec. 28, 1949
  • White House Press Releases, Jan. 3, 1950-Nov. 7, 1950
  • Teletype News Reports, Aug. 10, 1945-Dec. 5, 1950
  • Lists of White House Dinner Guests [1945-1950]
  • Memos From the Potsdam Conference [reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings]
  • Lists of Photographs and Other Materials Transferred to the Audiovisual Collection and to the Museum, Harry S. Truman Library
  • Souvenir Programs - Trips of the President
      [1 of 2]
Box 14
      [2 of 2]
  • Asterisk, The - Literary Publication, University of Missouri, 1905
  • Attlee, Prime Minister Clement R. - Visit of December, 1950
  • Christmas Cards Received by Mr. and Mrs. Ross, 1945-50
  • Christmas Lists, 1937-70
  • Democratic National Convention, 1948 - Tickets
  • Diary, 1919
  • Diary, 1938
  • Gleam, The - Independence, Missouri High School, 1901
  • Gridiron Club, The - 1933-42
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Inaugural Pass, 1925
  • Inaugural Pass, 1945
  • Inaugural Program, 1929 (Charles G. Ross)
  • Inaugural Program, 1949 (Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Ross)
  • Inaugural Program, 1949 (Estelle Welsh)
  • Invitations and Honors - White House (Harding- Hoover) [1922-32]
  • Invitations and Honors - White House (Roosevelt) [1933-45]
  • Invitations and Honors - White House (Truman) [1945-50]
Box 15
  • Invitations and Honors - White House (Truman) [Mrs. Charles Ross, 1951-53]
  • Invitations and Honors, General
      [1 of 5]
      [2 of 5]
      [3 of 5]
      [4 of 5]
      [5 of 5]
  • Italy, Certificate from President of, Honoring Charles G. Ross, 1950
  • Log of President Truman's Vacation Cruise, August 16-September 2, 1946
  • MacArthur, Douglas - View of Professor Dennis W. Brogan, Cambridge University
  • Marriage Certificate - Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Ross, St. Louis, Missouri, August 20, 1913
  • Mencken, H. L., Editor, American Mercury - Letter, March 30, 1929
  • Notes - Miscellaneous (Unidentified)
  • Passports - Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Ross [and notes regarding trips, etc.]
  • Portrait of Charles G. Ross - Memorial Gift to University of Missouri, 1952 [given by St. Louis Post-Dispatch staff]
  • Presidential Press Secretaries - Notes Regarding, July 10, 1931 [and Nov. 20, 1931]
  • Press Conference - Notes Regarding
  • [Pulitzer Prize, 1932 - Columbia University commencement program]
  • Pulitzer Prize, 1932 - Correspondence
  • Ross, Charles G. - Condolence Letter to Mrs. Ross from Herbert Hoover, Dec. 6, 1950
  • Ross, Charles G. - Condolence Letters from Foreign Countries
  • Ross, Charles G. - Copies of Condolence Letters Received by President Truman
  • Ross, Charles G. - General (Newspaper Clippings)
  • Ross, Charles G., Death of - Letters from President Truman to Mrs. Ross, 1950-51 (Condolence)
  • Ross, Charles G., Death of - Magazine Articles
  • Ross, Charles G., Death of - Newspaper Clippings and Teletypes
  • Ross, Mrs. Charles G. (Florence) - Genealogy Notes (nee Florence Griffin)
  • Ross, Mrs. Charles G. (Florence) - General (Newspaper Clippings)
Box 16
  • Ross Family Correspondence - 1913-1929
  • Ross Family Correspondence - 1930
  • Ross Family Correspondence - 1931-1932
  • Ross Family Correspondence - 1933-1934
  • Ross Family Correspondence - 1935
  • Ross Family Correspondence - 1936-1937
  • Ross Family Correspondence - 1938 (January- April)
  • Ross Family Correspondence - 1938 (May- December)
  • Ross Family Correspondence - 1939-1947 (Some Undated)
  • Ross Family School Records
  • Ross, John Bruce - Regarding Birth, Infancy, 1914 [son of Charles G. Ross]
  • Ross, Virginia Celestia - Sunday School Certificate [sister of Charles G. Ross, born 1897]
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Staff (Article in Time Magazine, August, 1934)
Box 17
  • St. Louis Republic - Report, 1913 [letter, Nov. 3, 1913, regarding report]
  • Sigma Chi, The Magazine of [1926, 1951, 1952]
  • Speech at University of Missouri, School of Journalism, May 3, 1933
  • [Supreme Court of U.S. and U.S. Congress - letters and pass to press gallery]
  • The Missourian, Magazine of the U.S.S. Missouri, Oct. 27, 1945
  • Trips of President Truman, 1945-50
  • Truman, Harry S. - Handwritten Notes to Charles G. Ross (Personal)
  • Truman, Margaret - Program for Concert, Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C., December 22, 1947
  • U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt - Aircraft Carrier, Commissioning of, October 27, 1945
  • University of Missouri Alumni Association - Luncheon, May, 1950
  • Wilson Administration - White House Reporters
  • Account Book, 1921-1950
  • Appointment as Presidential Press Secretary, 1945 - Newspaper Clippings
  • Appointment as Presidential Press Secretary, 1945 - Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News, Etc.
  • Biographical Data and Truman Library Memoranda Regarding Ross Papers
  • Death of Charles G. Ross - Legal Papers
  • Death of Charles G. Ross - Newspaper Clippings
  • Death of Charles G. Ross - Taxes on Estate
  • Diary - 1939 (Daily Record Book, January 2- June 1, 1939)
  • Diary - 1946 (Typed Draft, February 12-Oct. 31, 1946)
  • Diary - 1946-48 (Handwritten Notes, Oct. 31, 1946-July 9, 1948)
  • Diary - 1948 (Handwritten Notes Regarding White House Staff Written on Back of Boatmen's Bank Drafts, June 25, 1948)
  • Diary - 1949 (Daily Record Book, December 31, 1948-January 11, 1949)
  • Family Correspondence - 1893-1945
Box 18
  • Family Correspondence - Postage Stamps Saved by Mrs. Ross
  • Gleam, The (Ross's Copy of 1901 Independence High School Yearbook)
  • Letters of Acquisition - Library of Congress and Georgetown University Regarding Ross Papers
  • Mark Twain's Motto: "Always Do Right. This Will Gratify Some People, and Astonish the Rest."
  • Memorial to Charles G. Ross - New Yorker Magazine, December 16, 1950
  • Miscellaneous Cards and Notes Regarding Charles G. Ross
  • National Press Club Luncheon, 1948
  • 1948 Election - Collier's, December 25, 1948, "How Truman Did It" by Charles G. Ross
  • 1949 Inaugural - Washington Evening Star
  • 1949 Inaugural - Washington Post
  • Notes Regarding Harry S. Truman - Notes Typed From Harry S. Truman's Longhand Notes, September 26, 1918
  • Notes Regarding Harry S. Truman - Subjects to Be Discussed by the President (Undated)
  • Report on Series of Interviews Done by Charles G. Ross, 1935
  • Ross School Papers - Noland School and Independence High School
  • Speech - Congressional Club, Washington, D.C., March 22, 1946
  • Speech - League of Women Voters, St. Louis, May 3, 1933
  • Stars and Stripes, April 19, 1945
  • Sunday School Evangelist, St. Louis, 1892 (Letter from Ross Published)
  • [Teletypes Regarding State Department]
  • Truman, Harry S. - Handwritten Notes on Military Service
  • Truman, Harry S. - Letter to Ross, April 28, 1945
  • Truman, Harry S. - Visit to Yonkers, New York, 1948 Campaign
  • University of Missouri Commencement Program, 1936
Box 19
  • Birthday Book - Florence Griffin, 1906
  • Correspondence - Griffin Family Correspondence, 1904-1928
  • Correspondence - Harry S. Truman, 1969-1970
  • Correspondence - Roy A. Roberts, 1957-68, Undated
  • Correspondence - Wedding Congratulations, 1955, On Marriage to Roy A. Roberts
  • Invitations, Greetings, and Other Cards - Miscellaneous
  • Newspaper Clippings - Regarding Marriage to Roy A. Roberts, 1955
  • Newspaper Clippings - Washington, D.C., The Evening Star, Regarding World War I, 1914
  • Passports - Issued November 25, 1959 and January 14, 1965
  • Travel - Diary of Trips, 1956-1960
  • Travel - Diary of Trips, 1963-1965
  • Travel - Passenger List, M.S. Gripsholm, From New York, June 28, 1958, Swedish American Line
  • Yearbook - High School News, Central High School, St. Louis, Missouri, May-June 1909
  • Letter from Clark M. Clifford, April 20, 1951
  • Letter from Marcellus C. Sheild, July 10, 1951
  • Letter from Mrs. Luis (Altagracia) de Thomen, Wife of Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, September 5, 1953
  • Letters from Bess W. Truman, 1952-1954
  • Letters from Harry S. Truman, 1949-1954, Undated
  • Letters from Mrs. Oliver (Barbara) Franks, British Embassy, 1950-1952
  • Letters from Perle Mesta, Legation in Luxembourg, 1952
  • Thank-You Note from Mrs. Robert P. (Margaret) Patterson for Sympathy Card on Death of Robert P. Patterson, Postmarked February 18, 1952
  • Walter Ross Note Regarding Photographs [no photos included]
  • Address by Roy A. Roberts - School of Journalism, Kansas University, February 10, 1956
  • Address by Roy A. Roberts - School of Journalism, University of Missouri, May 3, 1957
  • Articles by Roy A. Roberts - "In the Far East: A Dragon Grows"
  • Articles by Roy A. Roberts - "It's Peace or Else!"
  • Articles by Roy A. Roberts - "John F. Kennedy: A Living Legend"
  • Articles by Roy A. Roberts - "The Kansas City Star Story"
  • Choate, Robert - Correspondence with Roy A. Roberts, 1951
  • Citation - Honorary Degree, Rockhurst College, May 1959
  • Citation - Honorary Degree, University of Missouri, June 1960
  • Citation - House Resolution Number 183
  • Citation - King of Belgium, the Order of Leopold II, May 9, 1959
  • Correspondence - Birthday of Roy A. Roberts, November 1964
  • Correspondence - Marriage to Mrs. Charles G. Ross, 1955
Box 20
  • Correspondence - Retirement of Roy A. Roberts, 1964-1965
  • Correspondence, General - 1953-1954
  • Court Case - U.S.A. vs. Kansas City Star Co., Roy A. Roberts and Emil A. Sees, 1955
  • Death of Roy A. Roberts - Editorials and Congressional Record, 1967
  • Eisenhower, Dwight D. - Correspondence Regarding Support in 1952 Election
  • Greta Kempton Portrait of Harry S. Truman
  • Harris & Ewing, Photographers, Washington, D.C. - Proofs of Wedding Pictures, 1955
  • Harry S. Truman Library - Certificate of Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Roberts for Contribution to Building Fund
  • Kansas, University of - Alumni Magazine, 1951
  • Kansas City Star - Articles by Roy A. Roberts, October-November, 1965
  • Kansas City Star - Articles by Roy A. Roberts, Trip to Washington, D.C., May 1965
  • Kansas City Star - Correspondence Regarding Retirement of Roy A. Roberts as President of the Kansas City Star, Etc., 1960-64
  • Kansas City Star - Editorial Regarding Adlai E. Stevenson by Roy A. Roberts, July 18, 1965
  • Kansas City Star - 85th Anniversary, 1965
  • Kansas City Star - Newspaper Clippings Regarding Retirement of Roy A. Roberts as President of the Kansas City Star, 1963
  • Memorial Service for Roy A. Roberts, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, Missouri [February 27, 1967]
  • Newspaper Clippings Regarding 1955 Wedding to Mrs. Charles G. Ross
  • Newspaper Clippings Regarding Retirement, 1964
  • Passport - Roy A. Roberts, 1927
  • Photocopy of Letter from Lyndon B. Johnson Regarding Support in 1964 Election
  • Prevost, Jean-Louis, "Flowers and Fruits"
  • Time Magazine Cover - "Kansas City's Roy Roberts," April 12, 1948
Box 21
  • Article on Harry S. Truman by David McCullough in Parade Magazine, "When Truman Surprised the World" (1984)
  • Georgetown University (25th Anniversary of the Class of 1936)
  • Gridiron Club, The, Washington, D.C., 1967
  • Harry S. Truman - Truman Centennial, First Day Cover, Etc.
  • Harry S. Truman Library Institute - Membership Roster of Honorary Fellows, 1974
  • Jackson County (Missouri) Historical Society - Articles on the Ross Family and the 1859 Jail [1978]
  • Letters from Mrs. Roy A. Roberts (Mrs. Charles G. Ross) and Mary Anne Cleaveland (Granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. John B. Ross)
  • Maps and Other Printed Materials, World War II [2012 accretion]
  • Maps, Travel Guides, Etc.
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Miscellaneous [newspaper clippings, printed material, etc.]
  • National Press Club Luncheon Honoring Walter Williams, University of Missouri School of Journalism, January 26, 1959
  • Nazi Germany: Medals and Memorabilia [2012 accretion]
  • 1949 Inaugural Invitations to Dr. and Mrs. John B. Ross
  • Photographs of Berlin, c. 1945 [2012 accretion]
  • Ross, John B.: Military Service, World War II [2012 accretion]
  • Roy A. Roberts - Night Letter, October 24, 1966
  • School Report - "The Making of a Press Secretary: Charles G. Ross" by Mary Anne Cleaveland, and Letter, 1987
  • Truman, Harry S.: Handwritten Letter to Charles G. Ross About James F. Byrnes, January 22, 1950 [2012 accretion]
  • Cross Reference Sheets
Box 22
  • Charles G. Ross, April 20, 1945-August 31, 1945 - Volume I
      [1 of 5]
      [2 of 5]
      [3 of 5]
      [4 of 5]
      [5 of 5]
  • Charles G. Ross, September 1, 1945-December 31, 1945 - Volume II
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
Box 23
  • Charles G. Ross, January 1, 1946-June 30, 1946 - Volume III
      [1 of 3]
      [2 of 3]
      [3 of 3]
  • Charles G. Ross, July 1, 1946-December 31, 1946 - Volume IV
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Charles G. Ross, January 1, 1947-June 30, 1947 - Volume V
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
Box 24
  • Charles G. Ross, July 1, 1947-December 31, 1947 - Volume VI
  • Charles G. Ross, January 1, 1948-June 30, 1948 - Volume VII
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Charles G. Ross, July 1, 1948-December 31, 1948 - Volume VIII
      [1 of 3]
      [2 of 3]
      [3 of 3]
  • Charles G. Ross, January 1, 1949-June 30, 1949 - Volume IX
Box 25
  • Charles G. Ross, July 1, 1949-December 31, 1949 - Volume X
  • Charles G. Ross, January 1, 1950-June 30, 1950 - Volume XI
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Charles G. Ross, July 1, 1950-December 5, 1950 - Volume XII
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Book: The Gridiron Sporting Guide 1926
  • Genealogy: Page From Family Bible and Pedigree Chart
  • Holmquist, Louise Ross: Correspondence
  • Inaugural, 1949
  • Independence High School: 1901 Commencement
  • Independence High School: 1909 Yearbook
  • Magazine Articles
  • Memorabilia
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Ross, Charles: Correspondence
  • Ross, Charles: Report Cards
  • Ross, Charles: School Exams
  • Ross, Charles: Sigma Chi Certificate
  • Transcript of Radio Broadcast, June 14, 1948
  • Truman, Bess: Correspondence
  • Truman, Bess: Unveiling of White House Portrait, 1968
  • Truman, Margaret: Correspondence
  • Weston, Virginia Ross: Handwritten Memoirs

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