Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Joseph H. Short and Beth Campbell Short Papers

Dates: 1932-1984.

Joseph H. Short was a Washington correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, 1943-1950, and Press Secretary to the President, 1950-1952. Beth Campbell Short was Correspondence Secretary to the President, 1952-1953.

The papers of Joseph H. Short and his wife, Beth Campbell Short, relate for the most part to their work as White House officials during the Truman administration. The collection also includes information concerning Mr. Short's previous career as a White House correspondent, press coverage of the presidency during the Roosevelt and Truman years, and the presidential campaigns of 1944, 1948, and 1952. The papers consist of correspondence, press releases, printed material, appointment and telephone logs, transcripts of press briefings, handwritten notes, invitations, and other items.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 10 linear feet, 11 linear inches (approximately 20,000 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: Alexander Short donated to the United States government his copyright interest in the writings of his father and mother that are in this collection, or in any other manuscript collection in the custody of the United States government. Documents created by employees of the United States government in the course of their official duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents is assumed to belong to the creators of the documents or their heirs.
Processed by: Randy Sowell, Sharie Simon, and Janice Davis (2005, 2011).


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
Joseph H. Short

1904 (February 11)Born, Vicksburg, Mississippi
1925A.B., Virginia Military Institute
1925-1929Reporter in Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana
1929-1931Correspondent for the Associated Press, Richmond, Virginia Bureau
1931-1941Correspondent for the Associated Press, Washington, D.C. Bureau
1937 (December 27)Married Beth Campbell
1941-1943 Correspondent for the Chicago Sun, Washington, D.C.
1943-1950 Correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, Washington, D.C.
1950-1952Press Secretary to the President
1952 (September 18)Died, Washington, D.C

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
Beth Campbell Short

1908 (August 6)Born, Notawa, Oklahoma
1925-1926Attended Christian College, Columbia, Missouri
1929B.A. and Journalism Certificate, University of Oklahoma
1929-1936Reporter, Springfield, Missouri and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1936-1940Correspondent for the Associated Press, Washington, D.C. Bureau, with responsibility for covering First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
1937 (December 27)Married Joseph H. Short
1940-1952Homemaker and freelance writer; raised her three children, Alexander, Stephen, and Victoria Short
1952 (September 18)Death of Joseph H. Short
1952-1953Correspondence Secretary to the President
1953-1957Publicity Director, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
1957-1966Press Secretary to Senator A. S. Mike Monroney, Democrat from Oklahoma
1966-1978Special Assistant for Research, Development and Training to Assistant Commissioner, Social Security Administration
1988 (January 11)Died, Alexandria, Virginia

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Joseph H. Short and Beth Campbell Short at the Truman Library relate primarily to his work as Press Secretary to the President, and her work as Correspondence Secretary to the President, during the period from December 1950 to January 1953. The collection also documents Joseph H. Short's career as a Washington correspondent with the Associated Press, the Chicago Sun, and the Baltimore Sun from about 1938 to 1950. It includes material relating to press coverage of the presidency during the Roosevelt and Truman years; the 1944, 1948, and 1952 presidential campaigns; and the career of Louise Hachmeister, a longtime White House telephone operator and friend of the Shorts. The collection contains only a small amount of information relating to Mrs. Short's activities after 1953.

The papers consist of correspondence, press releases, printed material, appointment and telephone logs, transcripts of press briefings, handwritten notes, invitations, memorabilia, and other items. In 2011, six years after the papers were opened for research, a significant accretion was added to the collection. Folders containing this material are identified with the bracketed words "2011 accretion" or "includes documents added in 2011" in the list of folder titles at the conclusion of this finding aid.

The collection is comprised of nine series. The first series, the Correspondence File, consists mostly of Joseph H. Short's personal correspondence with friends and associates, many of them from the fields of journalism and government, during his tenure as President Truman's Press Secretary from December 1950 to September 1952. Included in the series are letters and telegrams received by Short, along with enclosed newspaper clippings and other items, and carbon copies of Short's outgoing correspondence. Much of this correspondence relates to Short's appointment as Press Secretary following the death of his predecessor, Charles G. Ross, in December 1950. Congratulatory messages and copies of Short's letters of acknowledgment make up a large part of the series. Also included is correspondence relating to gifts, invitations, and personal favors. There is relatively little information in the Correspondence File concerning Short's official duties as Press Secretary. The series contains only a small amount of information concerning Beth Campbell Short.

The second series, the Subject File, contains correspondence, invitations, appointment and telephone logs, printed material, and other items documenting the White House careers of both Joseph H. Short and Beth Campbell Short. As in the previous series, much of Mr. Short's correspondence in the Subject File is personal in nature and consists of congratulations and acknowledgments upon his appointment as Press Secretary. But the series also contains some interesting material regarding presidential press conferences and efforts to involve Cabinet officials in presenting the Truman administration's message to the public (through a so-called "Working Group") during the dark days of the Korean War.

Following the sudden death of her husband in September 1952, Beth Campbell Short was appointed Correspondence Secretary to the President, becoming the first woman in history to hold such a high-level position on the White House staff. The Subject File contains extensive documentation of her work as Correspondence Secretary during the last four months of the Truman Presidency. Included are drafts and copies of many letters prepared by Mrs. Short for the President's signature-mostly, thank-you letters to officials who were leaving office at the end of the administration. Also of interest are logs documenting Mrs. Short's appointments, telephone calls, and other activities as Correspondence Secretary. The Subject File also includes some material relating to Joseph Short's career as a journalist from 1938 to 1950, and particularly during the 1948 presidential campaign. A smaller amount of material in the series documents Mrs. Short's association with Mr. Truman and her other activities from 1953 to 1984.

The third series, the Press Release File, mostly documents the activities of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman from 1938 to 1953, with particular emphasis upon the 1948 and 1952 election campaigns. The press releases in this series contain presidential speeches, messages, statements, and executive orders, as well as itineraries and schedules for presidential trips. Some of the press releases bear handwritten notes, apparently by Joseph H. Short, indicating such things as changes in the President's speeches and crowd reactions to his remarks. Mr. Short apparently collected most of these press releases while covering the 1948 campaign and other presidential activities as a reporter. A few documents in this series relate to Mr. Short's service as president of the National Press Club in 1948-49. There are also many press releases for the 1952 campaign, apparently White House file copies collected by Mrs. Short.

The Press Telegram File is the fourth series in the collection. It mostly contains press reports and drafts of press reports written by Joseph H. Short while he was covering the travels and activities of President Truman as a Washington correspondent for the Baltimore Sun. Short sent these stories to his newspaper by telegram while on the road with the President. Included are many stories on Truman's 1948 "Whistlestop" campaign, his trips to Rio de Janeiro and Wake Island, and his vacations in Key West, Florida. This series also contains press reports by Short on the travels of President Roosevelt in 1938 and of Vice President Alben Barkley in 1950.

The fifth series, the Scrapbook File, includes the contents of scrapbooks that document Mr. Short's career as a journalist covering the President and the Washington political scene from 1942 to 1950, and his work as White House Press Secretary from 1950 to 1952. Newspaper clippings of articles written by Short for the Baltimore Sun, and transcripts of his daily press briefings at the White House, make up most of the material in this series.

The sixth series, the Newspaper Article File, mostly contains articles by Short from the Baltimore Sun and other newspaper articles concerning the Truman administration. The series also includes articles dealing with the Trumans in their retirement years and with such historic events as the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the end of World War II, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The seventh series, the Louise Hachmeister File, contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, other printed material, and memorabilia relating to Hachmeister, who worked as a telephone operator at the White House from 1933 to 1953, through the administrations of both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. Hachmeister was a friend of the Shorts and apparently gave this material to Mrs. Short at the end of the Truman administration. The series includes personal messages to "Hackie" from Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and other prominent figures, thanking her for her capable service to two Presidents. Also featured in the series are newspaper and magazine articles relating to Hachmeister and the White House telephone system, and sympathetic letters "Hackie" received after she was relieved of her duties early in the Eisenhower administration.

The eighth series, the 1944 Campaign File, relates for the most part to Senator Harry S. Truman's campaign for Vice President in 1944. It includes press telegrams from Joseph Short of the Baltimore Sun and other journalists reporting on Truman's campaign trips in behalf of the Roosevelt-Truman ticket, along with annotated speeches by the candidate, campaign publications, other printed material, and handwritten notes.

The General File is the ninth and last series in the collection. Most of the material in this series pertains to President Truman and his association with the Shorts. It includes correspondence, memorabilia, speeches, White House press releases, photographs of the President, and information concerning his trips.

More information concerning Joseph H. Short and Beth Campbell Short can be found at the Truman Library in the papers of Harry S. Truman (President's Personal File No. 5223 and the White House Office of the President's Correspondence Secretary Files), in the papers of Eben Ayers, and in oral history interviews with Mrs. Short, Robert G. Nixon, Roger Tubby, and Irving Perlmeter. Additional papers of Beth Campbell Short, covering the period from 1953 to 1968, are located at the Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives at the University of Oklahoma.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1-6 CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1948-1952
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other items relating to Joseph H. Short as Press Secretary to President Truman. Arranged in alphabetical order.
7-13 SUBJECT FILE, 1938-1984
Correspondence, invitations, appointment and telephone logs, newspaper clippings and other printed material, speeches and speech drafts, press releases, and other items relating to Joseph H. Short as journalist and Press Secretary to President Truman, and to Beth Campbell Short as Correspondence Secretary to President Truman. Arranged in alphabetical order.
14-16 PRESS RELEASE FILE, 1938-1953
Press releases consisting mostly of presidential speeches, messages, and travel itineraries and schedules, with handwritten notes and printed material, relating to presidential activities and Joseph H. Short's coverage of them as a journalist. Arranged in chronological order.
16-17 PRESS TELEGRAM FILE, 1938-1950
Telegrams consisting of newspaper stories and drafts of stories by Joseph H. Short, with press releases and other items relating to Short's coverage of presidential activities as a journalist. Arranged in alphabetical order.
18-21 SCRAPBOOK FILE, 1942-1952
Contents of scrapbooks, consisting of newspaper clippings featuring articles by Joseph H. Short, transcripts of his daily press briefings as Press Secretary, and other items. Arranged in chronological order.
21-22 NEWSPAPER ARTICLE FILE, 1938-1984
Copies of newspaper articles, mostly by Joseph H. Short or relating to the Truman presidency. Arranged in chronological order.
23 LOUISE HACHMEISTER FILE, 1932-1953
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, memorabilia, and other documents concerning Louis Hachmeister, the chief White House telephone operator during the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. Arranged in alphabetical order.
24 1944 CAMPAIGN FILE, 1944
Telegrams consisting of stories and drafts of stories by Joseph H. Short and other journalists, with speeches, printed material, and handwritten notes relating to the 1944 campaign. Arranged in alphabetical order.
25 GENERAL FILE, 1939-1984
Correspondence, printed material, photographs, handwritten notes, memorabilia, press releases, and other items mostly relating to President Truman and the Shorts. Arranged in alphabetical order.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Abell, William S.
  • Adams, Honorable A. Maitland
  • Adams, Rebecca and Jess, Sr.
  • Adell, Captain C. C.
  • Aiken, Newton
  • Akin, Major General S. B.
  • Allen, George E.
  • Allis, Barney L.
  • Anderson, Clinton P.
  • Anderson, W. T., Sr.
  • Anthony, James C.
  • Armstrong, Bess Furman
  • Armstrong, Dale
  • Austin, Louis L.
  • Austin, Sam L.
  • Baillie, Hugh
  • Barrett, Edward W.
  • Bastian, Walter M.
  • Baukhage, H. R.
  • Baxter, Mr. Norman
  • Beale, W. L.
  • Beckwith, J. H.
  • Belair, Felix, Jr.
  • Bell, Tom
  • Berding, Andrew H.
  • Biffle, Leslie L.
  • Bishop, H. O.
  • Bittler, George A.
  • Black, Harry C.
  • Blake, Thomas [includes documents added in 2011]
  • Bohannan, Willis W., Esq.
  • Boyle, William M., Jr.
  • Brannan, Charles F.
  • Bready, Mr. James
  • Brendler, Charles
  • Brennan, Pete
  • Brown, Charles
  • Burdette, Mr. and Mrs. Walter W.
  • Buscher, Joseph
  • Butler, Hilton
  • Byrd, Honorable Harry F.
  • Cameron, Stuart
  • Campbell, Charles H.
  • Canaday, Ward M.
  • Carden, Robert C., Jr.
  • Carraway, Mrs. T. L.
  • Carter, Amon
  • Carter, Richard P.
  • Cashman, Louis P.
  • Catledge, Turner
  • Chester, John F.
  • Christenson, Melbourne
  • Clark, Irene
  • Clark, James M.
  • Clark, Tom C.
  • Clemens, Cyril
  • Clifford, Clark M.
  • Clubs
  • Cobb, W. Montague, M.D.
  • Collet, J. Caskie
  • Cominsky, J. R.
  • Compton, William R.
  • Congratulation, Letters of
Box 2
  • Connelly, James M.
  • Cook, R. A.
  • Cooper, Gene
  • Cornell, Douglas
  • Covington, W. M.
  • Crouch, Orville
  • Crowther, Martha L.
  • Crowther, Rodney
  • Culkin, John H.
  • Cullinane, Leo
  • Dabney, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick
  • Daly, John L.
  • Daniel, E. C. [Clifton]
  • Daniels, Jonathan
  • Darden, Dr. Colgate W., Jr.
  • Dawson, Donald
  • De Lla Valle, Alexander
  • Denton, Robert
  • Dickson, Cecil B.
  • Dingell, John D.
  • Donaldson, Honorable Jesse
  • Donnel, Mr. Edward H., Jr.
  • Dorsey, Charles H., Jr.
  • Dowling, Allen
  • Driscoll, Joe
  • Duncan, Richard M.
  • Dunn, Joel B.
  • Dunn, Robert W. A.
  • Early, Stephen T.
  • Eben, S. N.
  • Edmondson, John P.
  • Egger, Mrs. G. B.
  • Eisenhower, General Dwight D.
  • Eller, Captain E. M.
  • Ellick, Mrs. Jack Bailey
  • Ellis, Mr. Arthur
  • Elsey, George M.
  • Ethridge, Mark
  • Evans, Frank A.
  • Evjue, William
  • Ewing, William
  • Felt, Truman T.
  • Fischer, John
  • Fitzgerald, Captain and Mrs. John A.
  • Fitzmaurice, Walter
  • Fleming, Dewey
  • Flemister, Mrs. R. C., Sr.
  • Flemister, R. C., Jr.
  • Flynn, Mr. Alfred F.
  • Foley, Edward H., Jr.
  • Fraser, Hugh Russell
  • Fried, Ernest
  • Fritchey, Clayton
  • Frost, Colonel M. M.
  • Gaines, Estelle
  • Galt, H. T.
  • Gapen, Charles E.
  • Garnett, Mr. and Mrs. Bert
  • Gifts
  • Goulding, Phil
  • Graves, Lem, Jr.
  • Gregory, Mr. Nicholas P.
  • Griffith, Clark C.
Box 3
  • Haddock, George H.
  • Hagan, Mr. John C., Jr.
  • Haggard, William
  • Haley, Jack
  • Hamilton, Charles
  • Hancock, C. W.
  • Harber, W. E.
  • Harper and Brothers
  • Hatchett, Joseph M.
  • Hauser, Bert
  • Hawkins, Thomas F.
  • Haynes, Oscar-President, Capital Press Club
  • Hazlett, Mrs. Margaret S.
  • Herzman, Joseph, M.D.
  • Hill, William S. (Leone and Bill)
  • Hillman, William
  • Hills, Lee
  • Hinckley, Robert H.
  • Hogan, William J., Jr.
  • Holmes, R. H., Jr.
  • Huston, Luther
  • Imes, Hollis L.
  • Irving, Major General F. A.
  • Jackson, Samuel C.
  • James, George F.
  • Jett, Mrs. P. C.
  • Johnson, Gerald W.
  • Johnson, L. Eugene
  • Johnson, Mr. J. M.
  • Johnston, Mrs. Joseph R.
  • Jolly, Veronica
  • Jones, C. N.
  • Juster, Gene
  • Kauffman, Mark
  • Keats, Paul A.
  • Kefauver, Estes
  • Kennon, John A.
  • Kent, Frank R.
  • Kerby, Phil
  • Kingsbury, S.
  • Kirkpatrick, Mrs. M. T.
  • Klapp, J. M.
  • Klorer, John
  • Koop, Ted
  • Kuest, Frank
  • Kurt, Harold J.
  • Kyser, John
  • Land, Frank S.
  • Lane, William Preston, Jr.
  • Lapin, Mr. Adam
  • Larr, George L., Jr.
  • Laybourne, Larry
  • Leahy, Fleet Admiral William D.
  • LeMay, Francis M.
  • Levin, Carl
  • Liles, Mr. Junius Edward
  • Lindley, Ernest
  • Lowenthal, J. G.
  • Lucas, Honorable Scott W.
  • Luckman, Charles
  • Lyman, Carson F.
  • McAndrew, William R.
  • McCasland, Mr. Carl W.
  • McClellan, Ammon
  • McCormick, Ken
  • McEachern, Dan
  • McEvoy, Mr. William
  • McGinnis, Curtis C.
  • McManus, Mrs. James Kenneth
  • McNeill, Warren A.
  • MacIntyre, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm
  • MacPherson, J. C.
  • Magee, Rex B.
Box 4
  • Maher, Daniel B.
  • Manchester, Mr. Charles
  • Marchant, Mrs. W. W.
  • Margolin, Leo J.
  • Marks, Arthur C.
  • Marks, Callison
  • Marshall, Major General R. J.
  • Marx, Sal
  • Mathews, Clyde H.
  • Matthews, Francis P.
  • Mead, Honorable James M.
  • Meade, E. K., Jr.
  • Meakin, Hardie
  • Meighan, Howard S.
  • Miller, Edward G., Jr.
  • Miller, Joseph L.
  • Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde B. and Ruth
  • Miller, Sherman
  • Mitchell, A. K.
  • Mize, Sidney C.
  • Mobley, Radford
  • Molony, Charles
  • Montfort, James B.
  • Montgomery, A. J.
  • Morgan, Edwin F. A.
  • Morris, John L.
  • Morris, Lewis Ward
  • Mueller, Harold
  • Munroe, Pat
  • Murphy, Charles S.
  • Murray, Robert V.
  • Myers, Mr. Debs
  • Nagelsmith, Joe
  • Navratil, Mary
  • Neeson, Vincent C.
  • Niles, Honorable David K.
  • O'Dwyer, Mrs. William
  • O'Neal, Sam
  • Osgood, Warren
  • Papy, Honorable and Mrs. B. C.
  • Pasley, Mrs. Virginia
  • Patterson, MacLean
  • Patterson, Mrs. C. B.
  • Pearson, Lester
  • Pearson, Wade
  • Pender, Aidan J.
  • Penick, Roy
  • Perlmeter, Irving
  • Peterson, Honorable Val
  • Pierce, Morris J.
  • Pinkerton, Mr. and Mrs. William M.
  • Prettyman, Judge E. Barrett
  • Rambaldi, Elio and Joan
  • Ramsey, Mr. D. C.
  • Rayburn, Sam
  • Reed, Phil
  • Regan, Phil
  • Relin, Bernard
  • Remon, John A.
  • Reston, James B.
  • Reynolds, J. Lacey
  • Richards, Robert
  • Richardson, Margaret
  • Ridgely, Ruxton M.
  • Riley, S. F.
  • Roberts, Mr. Roy
  • Rogers, George W.
  • Romulo, Carlos P.
  • Rosenman, Judge Samuel I.
  • Ross, Mrs. Charles G.
  • Ross, Mrs. John B.
  • Rudellat, Jeannette
  • Ruffner, Major General Clark L.
  • Rusk, Dean
Box 5
  • Sale, Mr. E. A.
  • Salmon, Mr. Clarke
  • Samples, Robert
  • Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
  • Sanders, Walter M.
  • Sands, John M.
  • Sargeant, Honorable Howland
  • Sargent, Henry B.
  • Sargent, John T.
  • Schoenbach, Meno
  • Schooley, C. Herschel
  • Schwab, Mrs. Hope Myers
  • Seavey, Hollis
  • Self, Mrs. Florence
  • Serra, C. J.
  • Sevey, Robert
  • Shadel, Bill
  • Sharp, Charles F.
  • Sher, Mr.
  • Sherrod, Mr. Robert
  • Short, Lee
  • Short, Ruby Lee
  • Shriver, Mrs. E. S.
  • Singleton, Alex H.
  • Smith, Arthur Clarendon
  • Smith, Captain O. A.
  • Smith, Carleton D.
  • Smith, Howard W.
  • Smith, Kenneth R.
  • Smith, [Mr.] Frank E.
  • Smith, Mrs. Frank
  • Smith, Rex
  • Smith, Rundle
  • Snyder, John W.
  • Somerset, Janetta
  • Spargo, Mary
  • Spottswood, John M.
  • Spry, Jay
  • Stanton, Frank
  • Steelman, John R.
  • Stennis, John C.
  • Stokes, Major General W. M., Jr.
  • Storm, Fred
  • Stouffer, [Mrs.] R. B.
  • Straus, Roger W., Jr.
  • Sugg, George Lemon
  • Sullivan, John L.
  • Sullivan, Mark, Jr.
  • Symington, Honorable Stuart
  • Test, Robert J.
  • Thomas, Francis D.
  • Thompson, Dr. Emory C.
  • Thompson, H. O.
  • Thornburg, Dick
  • Tobey, Senator Charles W.
  • Tondra, John
  • Tosti, Louis, Jr.
  • Truitt, Jim
  • Trussell, Charles P.
  • Tucker, Robert W.
  • Tully, Grace G.
  • Turan, Dorothy Amis
Box 6
  • Van Devander, Charles
  • Vinson, Honorable Fred M.
  • V.M.I. [Virginia Military Institute]
  • Voorhis, Jerry
  • Waithman, Robert
  • Waldecker, Mrs. Carl R.
  • Wann, Mrs. Katie Smith
  • Ward, Charles
  • Ward, James J.
  • Ward, Paul W.
  • Warne, William E.
  • Watkins, Everett C.
  • Weatherford, Connie
  • Wechsler, James
  • Werner, Mr. Charles G.
  • Whiteley, Richard P.
  • Wilkes, Lib Liles
  • Willcoxon, F. C.
  • Willis, Nelson
  • Willoner, Mr. Andrew
  • Wilson, Hobson
  • Wilson, Lyle C.
  • Wise, Henry A.
  • Woelfl, Mrs. W. A.
  • Wood, Lewis
  • Woodward, Mrs. Ellen S.
  • Woodward, Stanley
  • Wooton, Paul
  • Wright, James L.
  • Yap, Dr. Diosdado M.
  • Young, Dwight
  • Young, Mr. and Mrs. Merl
Box 7
  • A
  • Appointment Lists, Sept. 26, 1952-Jan. 17, 1953 [2011 accretion]
  • B [includes documents added in 2011]
  • Biennial Report of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, to the Secretary of War, July 1, 1941 to June 30, 1943 [2011 accretion]
  • Bills
  • Books
  • Campaign Trip, Sept. 17-Oct. 12, 1952 [2011 accretion]
  • Christmas Cards, 1952 [2011 accretion]
  • Civil Rights
  • Clippings on Messages [prepared by Beth Campbell Short as Correspondence Secretary]
  • Condolences [on the death of Joseph H. Short]
  • Congratulations on the Appointment of Joseph H. Short as Press Secretary
      [1 of 5]
      [2 of 5, A-D]
      [3 of 5, E-K]
      [4 of 5, L-R]
Box 8
      [5 of 5, S-Z]
  • Congress-List of Senators and Representatives After the 1952 Election [2011 accretion]
  • Consumer Expenditures in 1950 [2011 accretion]
  • Courage Quotation [2011 accretion]
  • D
  • Davis, Elmer [2011 accretion]
  • Days-Proclamations Requested [2011 accretion]
  • Dennison, Robert L. [2011 accretion]
  • Drafts of Letters [by Beth Campbell Short as Correspondence Secretary]
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • E
  • Edwards, India
  • Eisenhower Administration-Newspaper Clippings [2011 accretion]
  • Election of 1948
  • F
  • FEPC [2011 accretion]
  • Gifts
  • Gillett, Corinne F. [2011 accretion]
  • H
  • Hart, Hornell [2011 accretion]
  • Housekeeper [2011 accretion]
  • Hull, Mrs. Cordell [2011 accretion]
  • Humorous Memos
  • Interviews, Requests for [2011 accretion]
  • Invitations [includes documents added in 2011]
      [1 of 5]
Box 9
      [2 of 5]
      [3 of 5]
      [4 of 5]
      [5 of 5]
  • J
  • K
  • Key West, Florida-Telegrams to Joseph Short, November 1948 [2011 accretion]
  • L
  • Log-Beth Campbell Short
  • Logs of White House Trips
  • M
  • Record [October 1952-January 1953]
  • Mail, Truman [2011 accretion]
  • Medinger, Mrs. Thomas A. [2011 accretion]
Box 10
  • Memberships
  • Mutual Security Act of 1951
  • N
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Notes by Joe Short
  • Notes on Mrs. Eisenhower's Mail [2011 accretion]
  • O
  • P
  • Photographs and Recordings
  • Presidential Messages-Copies of Letters Drafted by Beth Short
  • Press Conference Transcript [January 15, 1953]
  • Press Questions-Material Relating to Press Conferences
      [1 of 3]
      [2 of 3]
      [3 of 3]
  • Proofs-Mr. President by William Hillman
  • Proofs-New Yorker Profile by John Hersey
Box 11
  • Publications-Book, Mr. President by William Hillman
  • Publications-Government Reports
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Publications-Magazine Articles
  • Publications-Miscellaneous
  • R
  • Releases, Special
  • Roosevelt [Pacific fishing trip, 1938]
  • S
  • Sample Letters [to the President and from staff]
  • Short, Beth Campbell-Letter Forwarded by Rose Conway, November 1, 1954
  • Short, Beth Campbell-Meeting with Mr. Truman at Blair House, May 9, 1964
Box 12
  • Short, Joseph-Biographical Information
  • Snollygoster [2011 accretion]
  • Stevenson, Adlai
  • Styles, Leila [and Joseph Perry Kerr]
  • T [2011 accretion]
  • Tariff Act of 1930 [2011 accretion]
  • Tavel, David Z. [2011 accretion]
  • Telephone Calls-Beth Campbell Short, September 24, 1952 to January 19, 1953
  • Toledo, Ohio-1948 Campaign Information [2011 accretion]
  • Truman, Bess W. [2011 accretion]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Centennial, 1984
  • Truman, Harry S.-Correspondence Pouch, July 30, 1952 [2011 accretion]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Letter from Beth Campbell Short, June 15, 1953
  • Truman, Harry S.-Letter to the President of the American Federation of Government Employees, January 19, 1953 [2011 accretion]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Thank-You Letters Drafted by Beth Campbell Short at the End of His Presidency
      [1 of 5]
      [2 of 5]
      [3 of 5]
Box 13
      [4 of 5]
      [5 of 5]
  • Virginia Military Institute-George C. Marshall Research Library
  • Voting Records of the 81st and 82nd Congresses and Statements by General Eisenhower on National Issues
  • W
  • House Mail, 1952-1953
  • White House, Truman-1977 Conference
  • White House-Beth Short Correspondence
  • Women Candidates, 1938
  • Working Group-Joseph H. Short and Representatives of Cabinet Departments [regarding speeches by Cabinet officials and government information programs]
Box 14
  • 1938-1947
  • 1948 [includes documents added in 2011]
      [1 of 5, April-July]
      [2 of 5, September 17-26]
      [3 of 5, September 27-30]
      [4 of 5, October 1-13]
      [5 of 5, October 14-November]
Box 15
  • 1949
  • 1950-1951
  • 1952
      [1 of 7, June-August]
      [2 of 7, September]
      [3 of 7, October 1-11]
      [4 of 7, October 15-20]
      [5 of 7, October 21-31]
Box 16
      [6 of 7, November]
      [7 of 7, December]
  • 1953 [includes documents added in 2011]
  • Barkley, Alben W., 1950
  • Key West, 1948 [2011 accretion]
  • Key West, 1949-1950
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Miscellaneous
  • Rio de Janeiro Trip, 1947
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D.
Box 17
  • Roosevelt, John-Wedding [2011 accretion]
  • Truman, Harry S., 1945-1950
  • Wake Island Conference, 1950
  • Whistlestop Campaign, 1948 [includes documents added in 2011]
      [1 of 4]
      [2 of 4]
      [3 of 4]
      [4 of 4]
Box 18
  • 1942-1944
  • 1943-1944
  • 1945
  • 1945-1946
  • 1947
  • 1948
  • 1949-1950
Box 19
  • Joseph Short-December 18, 1950-June 30, 1951, Volume I
      [1 of 6]
      [2 of 6]
      [3 of 6]
      [4 of 6]
      [5 of 6]
      [6 of 6]
  • Joseph Short-July 1, 1951-December 31, 1951, Volume II
      [1 of 6]
      [2 of 6]
      [3 of 6]
      [4 of 6]
      [5 of 6]
      [6 of 6]
Box 20
  • Joseph Short-January 1, 1952-June 30, 1952, Volume III
      [1 of 7]
      [2 of 7]
      [3 of 7]
      [4 of 7]
      [5 of 7]
      [6 of 7]
      [7 of 7]
  • Joseph Short-July 1, 1952-September 18, 1952, Volume IV
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
Box 21
  • Mr. President by William Hillman, Published March 18, 1952
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • President's Tour of the White House, May 3, 1952
  • 1938
  • 1939
  • 1941
  • 1942 [includes documents added in 2011]
  • 1943 [includes documents added in 2011]
  • 1944
  • 1945
  • 1946
  • 1947
  • 1948 [includes documents added in 2011]
  • 1949 [includes documents added in 2011]
Box 22
  • 1950
  • 1950, June 8-Mexico, Mo. Evening Ledger
  • 1951
  • 1952
  • 1953
  • 1954
  • 1956 [includes documents added in 2011]
  • 1957-1960 [2011 accretion]
  • 1963
  • 1964
  • 1965
  • 1972
  • 1984
  • Undated [includes documents added in [2011]
Box 23
  • Correspondence, 1936-1944
  • Correspondence, 1945-1952
  • Correspondence, 1953
  • Correspondence, Undated
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Library-Contents of Cornerstone Receptacle
  • Handwritten Notes
  • Invitations
  • Lists and Schedules
  • Memorabilia
  • Newspaper and Magazine Articles, 1932-1937
  • Newspaper and Magazine Articles, 1938-1945
  • Newspaper and Magazine Articles, 1946-1952
  • Newspaper and Magazine Articles, 1953
  • Newspaper and Magazine Articles, Undated
  • Photographs
  • Press Release-"Hi Ya Neighbor"-Intimate Glimpses of Franklin D. Roosevelt at Warm Springs, Georgia, 1924-1945
  • Printed Material
  • Programs
  • Quebec Conference-Proposed Communications Set-Up, September 8, 1944
  • Recollections of Louise Hachmeister
  • Telephone Conversation of the President-One Millionth Rural Telephone, December 16, 1948
  • Wake Island Conference
  • Woollcott, Alexander-Pro-Roosevelt Radio Broadcast, 1936
Box 24
  • Campaign Material
  • Handwritten Notes-1944 Campaign
  • Press Telegrams-Baltimore Sun
  • Press Telegrams-New York Herald-Tribune
  • Press Telegrams-Time
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Printed Material
  • Truman Campaign Itineraries, 1944
  • Truman Speeches, 1944
Box 25
  • Handwritten Notes [includes documents added in 2011]
  • Hersey, John-New Yorker Articles on President Truman, 1951
  • Lubin, Isador-Letter from Moscow, July 8, 1945
  • Marshall, George C.-Papers
  • McClendon, Sarah-"The Value of the Presidential Press Conference"
  • "Mr. Dewey Assumes the Burden": Premature Editorial [2011 accretion]
  • Pearson, Osborne-Assistant Postmaster General
  • Photographs [includes documents added in 2011]
  • Printed Materials [2011 accretion]
  • Short, Joseph H.-Article on Truman as Vice President-Elect
  • Short, Joseph H.-Newspaper Articles
  • Short, Joseph H.-Speech on Covering the White House, 1949
  • Short, Joseph H. and Beth Campbell-Correspondence
  • Short, Joseph H. and Beth Campbell-Presidential Memorabilia
  • Smithsonian Institution Seminar-"Harry S. Truman: The Man and His Years," May 5, 1984
  • Standard Oil Company (New Jersey)-Luncheon, June 3, 1948
  • Studebaker Corporation-Termination of M-29 and M-29C Army Contract, September 1944
  • Time-Expenses of Correspondent Ed Lockett
  • Truman Administration Reunion, Washington, D.C., June 23, 1953: Notes by Beth Short [2011 accretion]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Birthday Celebration, May 8, 1970
  • Truman, Harry S.-Correspondence with Mr. and Mrs. Short
  • Truman, Harry S.-Drafts of Documents From the End of His Presidency
  • Truman, Harry S.-Log of the President's Trip, Feb. 20 to March 5, 1948
  • Truman, Harry S.-Personal Information, 1944-1948 [2011 accretion]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Shriners' Dinner, Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 1, 1948 [2011 accretion]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Speeches, 1951-1952
  • Truman, Harry S.-Tribute to the President
  • Truman, Harry S.-Trips of the President, 1947-1950
  • White House Press Releases, 1951-1953

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