Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


John R. Steelman Papers

Dates: 1905-1996.

Special Assistant to the President, 1945-1946; Director, Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, 1946; Chairman, President's Scientific Research Board, 1946-1947; The Assistant to the President, 1946-1953; Acting Chairman, National Security Resources Board, 1948-1950; Acting Director, Office of Defense Mobilization, 1952.

The papers of John R. Steelman contain information about his career as a labor-management conciliator and government official. Most of his papers relate to his service as Assistant to the President and in several other important posts during the Truman administration. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, and appointment calendars documenting Steelman's government service during the Truman years, along with scrapbooks, printed material, and other items. Reflecting Steelman's background as a mediator of labor disputes, his papers are especially informative concerning strikes and other labor-management issues. Also included is material relating to a wide variety of matters that crossed the desk of Steelman in his capacity as President Truman's chief assistant in the White House, and during his temporary assignments as head of the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, the President's Scientific Research Board, the National Security Resources Board, and the Office of Defense Mobilization.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 32 linear feet, 5 linear inches (about 59,000 pages).
Access: Open, except for a small amount of material that is closed because of donor restrictions or security classification.
Copyright: The donor has given to the United States all of his copyrights in this collection, and all of his copyrights in the writings of John R. Steelman that may be in other collections of papers in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their duties are in the public domain. Copyrights in other documents not covered by the forgoing provisions are assumed to remain with the authors of the documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Dennis E. Bilger, Raymond H. Geselbracht, Sam Rushay, Sharie K. Simon, and Randy Sowell (2002); Jan Davis and David Clark (2014).


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH


1900 (June 23)Born, Thornton, Arkansas
1922A.B., Henderson Brown College, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
1924M.A., Vanderbilt University
1928Ph.D., University of North Carolina
1928-1934Professor of Sociology and Economics, Alabama College, Montevallo, Alabama
1934-1936Commissioner of Conciliation, U.S. Conciliation Service, Department of Labor
1936-1937Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor
1937-1944Director, U.S. Conciliation Service, Department of Labor
1944-1945Public Relations Consultant, New York City
1945-1946Special Assistant to the President
1946 Director, Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion
1946-1953 The Assistant to the President
1946-1947 Chairman, President's Scientific Research Board
1948-1950 Acting Chairman, National Security Resources Board
1952 Acting Director, Office of Defense Mobilization
1953 Served briefly as Special Assistant to the President, helping the Eisenhower administration get underway
1953-c.1968 Industrial Relations Consultant, Washington, D.C.
1955-1969 Served at various times as president of the Montgomery Publishing Company and chairman of the board of the Record Publishing Company, and as publisher of newspapers in Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Rockville, Maryland
1999 (July 14) Died, Naples, Florida

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of John R. Steelman document his entire career as a scholar, college professor, labor-management conciliator, government official, consultant, and publisher. They mostly consist of materials that Steelman accumulated during his years of service with the federal government, beginning in 1934 and ending in 1953.

The papers of John R. Steelman are comprised of ten series. The first series, the Harry S. Truman File, contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed material, memoranda, and other items relating to President Truman. Included in this series are copies of many congratulatory letters (apparently drafted by Steelman and his staff) from the President to labor unions that were holding conventions or celebrating anniversaries, and copies of some post-presidential letters from Steelman to Truman. The series also contains information about such topics as the renovation of the White House during the Truman administration and the activities of the Truman Centennial Committee in 1984.

The second series, the Appointment File, contains Steelman's daily appointment schedules, both typed and handwritten, for the period from 1944 to 1987 (although there are only a few intermittent schedules for the years after 1953). Included are desk calendars, appointment diaries, and notes regarding telephone calls, business to be transacted, and requests for appointments, as well as drafts of some related letters and memoranda. The material in the Appointment File is especially informative concerning Steelman's activities during the Truman administration; his meetings with labor and business leaders as well as reporters and government officials; and his involvement in the major strikes of the period. However, the schedules usually do not provide detailed information about what went on at Steelman's meetings.>/p>

The third series, Christmas Gifts, contains lists of Christmas presents given and received by Steelman, along with lists of names and addresses, and related correspondence. Included in this series is information about Steelman's gifts to various staff members and other employees at the White House.

The next series, the Chronological Copies File, is the largest series in the collection. It contains copies of Steelman's outgoing correspondence from October 1945 (when he became a Special Assistant in the Truman White House) to June 1952. Also included are some letters from others, memoranda, and copies of speeches and public statements. Beginning in 1947, the series is divided into official and personal correspondence. Although most of the official correspondence relates to Steelman's work as Assistant to the President, there are separate subject headings for material pertaining to his temporary assignments as acting head of the National Security Resources Board and the Office of Defense Mobilization, and as coordinator of federal efforts to relieve unemployment during the 1949 recession. Not surprisingly, the series contains a great deal of information about strikes and labor-management mediation. It also includes a small amount of material documenting Steelman's post-Truman administration activities, from 1954 to 1964.

The fifth series, Coal and Railroad Strikes, contains teletyped news reports on developments in the coal and railroad strikes of 1946. The sixth series, Congratulatory Letters on Retirement from the Department of Labor, consists of letters Steelman received, upon his resignation as Director of the U.S. Conciliation Service in 1944, from acquaintances and admirers in business, labor, government, and academia.

The seventh series, the Scrapbook File, is the second largest in the collection. It contains documentation of Steelman's activities from 1933 to 1985 (although most of the material dates from 1945 to 1953). Included are newspaper clippings, other printed material, correspondence, memoranda, speeches, programs, news teletypes, and other items. The material in this series provides considerable information concerning Steelman's career as a labor-management mediator, from his early years with the U.S. Conciliation Service during the New Deal to his involvement in the major strikes that disrupted the coal, railroad, and steel industries during the Truman administration. Included are many articles written by Steelman on labor and economic issues. Also included are scripts for "Battle Report-Washington," a televised news program on which Steelman frequently appeared during the early 1950s. The contents of the Scrapbook File were assembled for preservation in numerically arranged scrapbooks; it appears, however, that the materials were never actually placed in scrapbooks.

The Subject File, the eighth series in the collection, contains a variety of materials documenting Steelman's life and career, ranging from school papers that he wrote in the early 1920s to the transcript of a 1990 oral history interview with Steelman. The series includes declassified letters and memoranda from his years in the White House, congratulatory letters received after the 1948 campaign, notes on a few Cabinet meetings, published articles by and about Steelman, and an outline of a book that he planned to write about his public career. Also included are photographs, newspaper clippings on a variety of topics, and Christmas cards that Steelman received from such prominent persons as Averell Harriman, Hubert Humphrey, and Bob Hope.

The ninth series, the Speech and Press Release File, contains copies of speeches made by Steelman from 1938 to 1963. For Steelman's White House years, the speeches are in the form of press releases as well as typed reading copies. Many of the speeches were delivered to labor unions and business groups. Also included in the series are lists of Steelman's speaking engagements and materials that Steelman apparently accumulated while preparing his speeches: notes, outlines, published items, and assorted quotes, quips, and anecdotes. The series also contains White House press releases on a variety of topics, and copies of speeches delivered by President Truman and other public figures.

The Personal File is the tenth series in the collection, and includes material relating to many aspects of Steelman's life, including his early academic career and his work as a consultant and newspaper publisher after he left the White House. The items of interest in this series include a thesis submitted by Steelman to satisfy the requirements for a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University in 1925; the 1934 Alabama College yearbook; congratulatory letters received by Steelman when he established his consulting business in Washington in 1953; transcripts of several oral history interviews with Steelman; and a long article by Steelman entitled, "So You Want To Be President." Also included are Steelman's letters of resignation from various government posts, and some information on his family history.

More information about Dr. John R. Steelman can be found at the Truman Library in the Staff Member and Office Files of the Harry S. Truman Papers, specifically in the files of John R. Steelman and his assistants, Fleur Fenton, James V. Fitzgerald, John T. Gibson, Dallas C. Halverstadt, Charles W. Jackson, and Spencer R. Quick. The Library also has two transcribed oral history interviews with Steelman. Other relevant manuscript collections include the papers of George Elsey, Charles Murphy, and James Webb.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS


Container Nos. Series
1 HARRY S. TRUMAN FILE, 1943-1991
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed material, memoranda, and other items. Arranged in alphabetical order, and thereunder chronologically.
2-14 APPOINTMENT FILE, 1944-1987 (Bulk Date Span: 1944-1953)
Appointment calendars, correspondence, memoranda, and other items. Arranged by type of material (desk calendars and appointment diaries), and thereunder chronologically.
15 CHRISTMAS GIFTS, 1948-1953
Lists with related correspondence and memoranda. Arranged roughly in chronological order.
16-40 CHRONOLOGICAL COPIES FILE, 1945-1964 (Bulk Date Span: 1945-1952)
Correspondence, memoranda, and other items. Arranged in chronological order,and thereunder by subject matter of material (official, personal, etc.)
41 COAL AND RAILROAD STRIKES, 1946
News teletypes. Arranged in alphabetical order, and thereunder chronologically.
41 CONGRATULATORY LETTERS ON RETIREMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, 1944
Correspondence. Arranged in alphabetical order.
42-61 SCRAPBOOK FILE, 1933-1985 (Bulk Date Span: 1945-1953)
Newspaper clippings, other printed material, correspondence, memoranda, speeches, programs, scripts, news teletypes, and other items. Arranged in chronological order.
62-66 SUBJECT FILE, 1922-1990
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, other printed material, photographs, and other items. Arranged in alphabetical order.
67-70 SPEECH AND PRESS RELEASE FILE, 1919-1971
Speeches and speech drafts, press releases, printed material, handwritten notes, and other items. Arranged in chronological order.
71-74 PERSONAL FILE, 1918-1996
Correspondence, printed material, transcripts of oral history interviews, and other items. Arranged in alphabetical order.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

    HARRY S. TRUMAN FILE, 1943-1991
Box 1
  • Correspondence, 1946-1951 [includes 2014 accretion]
  • Correspondence, 1952-1953 [includes 2014 accretion]
  • Correspondence, 1954-1972 [2014 accretion]
  • Truman Centennial Committee
  • Truman Letters ["Dear Bess" letters edited by Robert H. Ferrell and published in Time, March 28, 1983]
  • Truman Newspaper Clippings, Etc.
  • Truman's Life-Articles
  • White House Renovation
Box 2
  • Desk Calendars-1944
  • Desk Calendars-1945-46
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Desk Calendars-1946
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Desk Calendars-1947
      [1 of 12, January]
      [2 of 12, February]
      [3 of 12, March]
Box 3
      [4 of 12, April]
      [5 of 12, May]
      [6 of 12, June]
      [7 of 12, July]
      [8 of 12, August]
      [9 of 12, September]
      [10 of 12, October]
Box 4
      [11 of 12, November]
      [12 of 12, December]
  • Desk Calendars-1948
      [1 of 12, January]
      [2 of 12, February]
      [3 of 12, March]
      [4 of 12, April]
      [5 of 12, May]
Box 5
      [6 of 12, June]
      [7 of 12, July]
      [8 of 12, August]
      [9 of 12, September]
      [10 of 12, October]
      [11 of 12, November]
      [12 of 12, December]
Box 6
  • Desk Calendars-1949
      [1 of 12, January]
      [2 of 12, February]
      [3 of 12, March]
      [4 of 12, April]
      [5 of 12, May]
Box 7
      [6 of 12, June]
      [7 of 12, July]
      [8 of 12, August]
      [9 of 12, September]
      [10 of 12, October]
      [11 of 12, November]
      [12 of 12, December]
Box 8
  • Desk Calendars-1950
      [1 of 13, January]
      [2 of 13, February]
      [3 of 13, March]
      [4 of 13, April]
      [5 of 13, May]
      [6 of 13, June]
      [7 of 13, July]
Box 9
      [8 of 13, August]
      [9 of 13, September]
      [10 of 13, October]
      [11 of 13, November 1-16]
      [12 of 13, November 17-30]
      [13 of 13, December]
Box 10
  • Desk Calendars-1951
      [1 of 12, January]
      [2 of 12, February]
      [3 of 12, March]
      [4 of 12, April]
      [5 of 12, May]
      [6 of 12, June]
Box 11
      [7 of 12, June]
      [8 of 12, July]
      [9 of 12, August]
      [10 of 12, September]
      [11 of 12, October]
      [12 of 12, November and December]
Box 12
  • Desk Calendars-1952
      [1 of 12, January]
      [2 of 12, February]
      [3 of 12, March]
      [4 of 12, April]
      [5 of 12, May]
      [6 of 12, June]
Box 13
      [7 of 12, July]
      [8 of 12, August]
      [9 of 12, September]
      [10 of 12, October]
      [11 of 12, November]
      [12 of 12, December]
Box 14
  • Desk Calendars-1953
      [1 of 2, January]
      [2 of 2, February]
  • Desk Calendars-1955 [February]
  • Desk Calendars-1956
      [1 of 2, April-May]
      [2 of 2, June-July]
  • Desk Calendars-1957 [task list, May 10, 1957]
  • Desk Calendars-Undated [draft correspondence]
  • Appointment Diary-1947
  • Appointment Diary-1948
  • Appointment Diary-1949
  • Appointment Diary-1952
  • Appointment Diary-1984
  • Appointment Diary-1985
  • Appointment Diary-1986
  • Appointment Diary-1987
Box 15
  • 1949-List
  • 1950-List
  • Correspondence-1948-50
  • Christmas Gifts Given by Dr. Steelman - 1950
  • Christmas Gifts Received by Dr. Steelman-1950
      [1 of 3, alphabetical listing of all and A-C]
      [2 of 3, D-K]
      [3 of 3, L-Y]
  • Christmas Gifts Given and Received by Dr. Steelman-1951
  • Christmas Gifts Given by Dr. Steelman-1952
  • Christmas Gifts Received by Dr. Steelman-1952 and Undated
Box 16
  • October-November 1945
  • November 1945
  • December 1945
      [1 of 2, Dec. 1-21]
      [2 of 2, Dec. 22-29]
  • January 1946
      [1 of 2, Jan. 1-13]
      [2 of 2, Jan. 14-31]
  • February 1946
  • March 1946
Box 17
  • April 1946
  • May 1946
      [1 of 2, May 1-14]
      [2 of 2, May 15-31]
  • June 1946
      [1 of 3, June 1-15]
      [2 of 3, June 17-24]
      [3 of 3. June 25-30]
  • July 1946
      [1 of 2, July 1-16]
      [2 of 2, July 17-31]
Box 18
  • August 1946
  • September 1946
  • October 1946
  • November 1946
  • December 1946
  • January 1947 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Jan. 1-16]
      [2 of 2, Jan. 17-31]
Box 19
  • January 1947 (Personal)
  • February 1947 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Feb. 1-14]
      [2 of 2, Feb. 15-28]
  • February 1947 (Personal)
  • March 1947 (Official)
      [1 of 2, March 1-20]
      [2 of 2, March 21-31]
  • March 1947 (Personal)
  • April 1947 (Official)
      [1 of 3, April 1-14]
      [2 of 3, April 15-23]
Box 20
      [3 of 3, April 24-30]
  • April 1947 (Personal)
  • May 1947 (Official)
      [1 of 2, May 1-13]
      [2 of 2, May 14-31]
  • May 1947 (Personal)
  • June 1947 (Official)
      [1 of 2, June 1-12]
      [2 of 2, June 13-30]
Box 21
  • June 1947 (Personal)
  • July 1947 (Official)
      [1 of 3, July 1-17]
      [2 of 3, July 18-27]
      [3 of 3, July 28-31]
  • July 1947 (Personal)
  • August 1947 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Aug. 1-15]
      [2 of 2, Aug. 16-30]
  • August 1947 (Personal)
  • August 1947-Letters to Congressmen at Close of Congressional Session
Box 22
  • September 1947 (Official)
  • September 1947 (Personal)
  • October 1947 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Oct. 1-16]
      [2 of 2, Oct. 17-31]
  • October 1947 (Personal)
  • November 1947 (Official)
  • November 1947 (Personal)
Box 23
  • December 1947 (Official)
  • December 1947 (Personal)
  • January 1948 (Official)
  • January 1948 (Personal)
  • February 1948 (Official)
  • February 1948 (Personal)
  • March 1948 (Official)
Box 24
  • March 1948 (Personal)
  • April 1948 (Official)
  • April 1948 (Personal)
  • May 1948 (Official)
  • May 1948 (Personal)
  • June 1948 (Official)
  • June 1948 (Personal)
  • July 1948 (Official)
Box 25
  • July 1948 (Personal)
  • August 1948 (Official)
  • August 1948 (Personal)
  • September 1948 (Official)
  • September 1948 (Personal)
  • October 1948 (Official)
  • October 1948 (Personal)
      [1 of 2, Oct. 1-12]
      [2 of 2, Oct. 13-31]
  • November 1948 (Official)
Box 26
  • November 1948 (Personal)
  • December 1948 (Official)
  • December 1948 (Personal)
  • December 1948 (Christmas Letters)
  • December 1948 (National Security Resources Board)
  • January 1949 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Jan. 1-18]
      [2 of 2, Jan. 19-31]
  • January-February 1949 (Southern Governors Conference) [December 1948 to February 1949]
  • January 1949 (National Security Resources Board)
Box 27
  • February 1949 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Feb. 1-11]
      [2 of 2, Feb. 12-28]
  • February 1949 (Personal)
  • March 1949 (Official)
  • March 1949 (Personal)
  • March 1949 (National Security Resources Board)
  • April 1949 (Official)
  • April 1949 (Personal)
      [1 of 2, Apr. 1-21]
Box 28
      [2 of 2, Apr. 22-30]
  • April 1949 (National Security Resources Board)
  • May 1949 (Official)
  • May 1949 (Personal)
      [1 of 2, May 1-13]
      [2 of 2, May 14-31]
  • May 1949 (National Security Resources Board)
  • June 1949 (Official)
  • June 1949 (Personal)
      [1 of 2, June 1-16]
      [2 of 2, June 17-30]
  • June 1949 (National Security Resources Board)
  • July 1949 (Official)
      [1 of 2, July 1-14]
      [2 of 2, July 15-30]
Box 29
  • July 1949 (Personal)
      [1 of 2, July 1-15]
      [2 of 2, July 16-30]
  • July 1949 (National Security Resources Board)
  • August 1949 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Aug. 1-15]
      [2 of 2, Aug. 16-31]
  • August 1949 (Personal)
      [1 of 2, Aug. 1-15]
      [2 of 2, Aug. 16-29]
  • August 1949 (National Security Resources Board)
  • August 1949 (Unemployment)
      [1 of 2, Aug. 1-16]
      [2 of 2, Aug. 17-31]
Box 30
  • September 1949 (Official)
  • September 1949 (Personal)
      [1 of 2, Sept.1-19]
      [2 of 2, Sept. 20-30]
  • September 1949 (National Security Resources Board)
  • September 1949 (Unemployment)
      [1 of 2, Sept. 1-12]
      [2 of 2, Sept. 13-30]
  • October 1949 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Oct. 1-16]
      [2 of 2, Oct. 17-31]
  • October 1949 (Personal)
      [1 of 2, Oct. 1-20]
      [2 of 2, Oct. 21-31]
Box 31
  • October 1949 (National Security Resources Board)
  • November 1949 (Official)
  • November 1949 (Personal)
      [1 of 2, Nov. 1-15]
      [2 of 2, Nov. 16-30]
  • November 1949 (National Security Resources Board)
  • November 1949 (Unemployment)
  • December 1949 (Official)
  • December 1949 (Personal)
  • December 1949 (National Security Resources Board)
  • December 1949 (Christmas)
Box 32
  • January 1950 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Jan. 2-12]
      [2 of 2, Jan. 13-31]
  • January 1950 (Personal)
      [1 of 2, Jan. 2-14]
      [2 of 2, Jan. 16-31]
  • January 1950 (National Security Resources Board)
  • January 1950 (Unemployment)
  • February 1950 (Official)
  • February 1950 (Personal)
  • February 1950 (National Security Resources Board)
  • February 1950 (Unemployment)
Box 33
  • March 1950 (Official)
  • March 1950 (Personal)
  • March 1950 (National Security Resources Board)
      [1 of 3, Mar. 1-18]
      [2 of 3, Mar. 20-23]
      [3 of 3, Mar. 24-31]
  • April 1950 (Official)
  • April 1950 (Personal)
  • April 1950 (National Security Resources Board)
Box 34
  • May 1950 (Official)
      [1 of 2, May 1-11]
      [2 of 2, May 12-30]
  • May 1950 (Personal)
      [1 of 2, May 1-15]
      [2 of 2, May 16-30]
  • May 1950 (National Security Council Resources Board)
  • June 1950 (Official)
      [1 of 2, June 1-12]
      [2 of 2, June 13-30]
  • June 1950 (Personal)
      [1 of 2, June 1-7]
      [2 of 2, June 8-30]
  • July 1950 (Official)
  • July 1950 (Personal)
Box 35
  • August 1950 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Aug. 1-16]
      [2 of 2, Aug. 17-31]
  • August 1950 (Personal)
  • September 1950 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Sept, 1-15]
      [2 of 2, Sept. 16-30]
  • September 1950 (Personal)
  • October 1950 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Oct. 1-16]
      [2 of 2, Oct. 17-31]
  • October 1950 (Personal)
Box 36
  • November 1950 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Nov. 1-15]
      [2 of 2, Nov. 16-30]
  • November 1950 (Personal)
  • December 1950 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Dec. 1-15]
      [2 of 2, Dec. 18-31]
  • December 1950 (Personal)
  • December 1950 (Christmas)
  • January 1951 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Jan.1-16]
      [2 of 2, Jan., 17-31]
  • January 1951 (Personal)
Box 37
  • February 1951 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Feb. 1-13]
      [2 of 2, Feb. 14-28]
  • February 1951 (Personal)
  • March 1951 (Official)
  • March.1951 (Personal)
  • April 1951 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Apr. 1-16]
      [2 of 2, Apr. 17-30]
  • April 1951 (Personal)
  • May 1951 (Official)
Box 38
  • May 1951 (Personal)
  • June 1951 (Official)
  • June 1951 (Personal)
  • July 1951 (Official)
  • July 1951 (Personal)
  • August 1951 (Official)
  • August 1951 (Personal)
  • September 1951 (Official)
  • September 1951 (Personal)
Box 39
  • October 1951 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Oct. 1-14]
      [2 of 2, Oct. 15-31]
  • October 1951 (Personal)
  • November 1951 (Official)
  • November 1951 (Personal)
  • December 1951 (Official)
  • December 1951 (Personal)
      [1 of 2, Dec.1-25]
      [2 of 2, Dec. 26-29]
  • January 1952 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Jan. 1-15]
      [2 of 2, Jan. 16-31]
  • January 1952 (Personal)
  • February 1952 (Official)
      [1 of 2, Feb. 1-17]
      [2 of 2, Feb. 18-29]
Box 40
  • February 1952 (Personal)
  • March 1952 (Official)
  • March 1952 (Personal)
  • April 1952 (Official)
  • April 1952 (Personal)
  • April 1952 (Office of Defense Mobilization)
  • May 1952 (Official)
  • May 1952 (Personal)
  • May 1952 (Office of Defense Mobilization)
      [1 of 2, May. 1-14]
      [2 of 2, May 15-29]
  • June 1952 (Official)
  • June 1952 (Personal)
  • June 1952 (Office of Defense Mobilization)
      [1 of 2, June 3-15]
      [2 of 2, June 16-30]
  • 1954-55, 1964
Box 41
  • Coal Strike Chronology, May 15-21, 1946
  • Coal Strike Chronology, November 20-26, 1946
  • Coal Strike Chronology, November 27-30, 1946
  • Coal Strike Chronology, December 2-4, 1946
  • Coal Strike Chronology, December 5-9, 1946
  • Railroad Strike Chronology, May 15-23, 1946, Vol. I
  • Railroad Strike Chronology, May 24-August 5, 1946, Vol. II
  • A-E
  • F-J
  • K-Q
  • R-Z
Box 42
  • 1933-34-Montevallo (Alabama) Times [and Shelby County (Alabama) Democrat]
  • 1934-Labor Situation [Birmingham, Alabama]
  • [1934] 1935-1936-Conciliation, General-Cases Handled Personally
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • 1934-1937-Correspondence [Department of Labor]
  • 1934-35, Book No. 1
  • 1936-1937, Book No. 2
  • 1938, January-July, Book No. 3
  • 1938, August-December, Book No. 3a
  • 1939, January-April, Book No. 4
  • 1939, May-December, Book No. 5
  • 1939-Coal Strike
      [1 of 3]
      [2 of 3]
Box 43
      [3 of 3]
  • 1940, January-June, Book No. 6
  • 1940, July-December, Book No. 7
  • 1941, January-March, Book No. 8
  • 1941, March 30-New York Times Magazine
  • 1941, April-Bituminous Coal Dispute
  • 1941, April-September, Book No. 9
  • 1941-Brief Submitted by United States Steel Corporation and Its Coal Mining Subsidiaries
  • 1941, November-December-Coal Dispute
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
Box 44
  • 1941, October-December, Book No. 10
  • 1941, November, Book No. I-Captive Coal Dispute
  • 1941, November, Book No. II-Captive Coal Dispute
  • 1942, January-July, Book No. 11
  • 1942, August-December, Book No. 12
  • 1942-Newspaper Clippings, Etc.
  • 1943-Newspaper Clippings, Etc.
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • 1944-Newspaper Clippings, Etc.
Box 45
  • 1944, March-May-Letters to Dr. Steelman
  • 1944, November-December, No. 16
  • 1945, January-October, No. 17
  • 1945, November-December, No. 18
  • 1945-The President's National Labor-Management Conference
      [1 of 3, Volume I, Executive Committee Reports and Rules Committee Reports]
      [2 of 3, Volume V, Press Conferences]
      [3 of 3, Volume VI, Miscellaneous Documents]
  • 1945-Newspaper Clippings, Etc.
  • 1946, January, No. 19
  • 1946-Newspaper Clippings, Etc.
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
Box 46
  • 1946, [April]-May-Coal Case, No. 22
  • 1946, May 22-August 9-Coal Strike Chronology
  • 1946, May-Railroad Case, No. 20, Volume #1
  • 1946, May-Railroad Case, No. 21, Volume #2
  • 1946, May-Railroad and Coal Clippings, No. 23
  • 1946, February-May
  • 1946, June, No. 25
  • 1946, July-JRS Seventh Annual Report, OWMR [Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion], "At the Crossroads"
  • 1946, July
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
Box 47
  • 1946, August 1-8, No. 27
  • 1946, August 9-15, No. 28
  • 1946, August 16-23, No. 29
  • 1946, August 24-31, No. 30
  • 1946, September 1-12, No. 31
  • 1946, September 13-14, No. 32
  • 1946, September 15-30, No. 33
  • 1946, October 1-3, No. 34
  • 1946, October 4, No. 35
Box 48
  • 1946, October 5-8, No.36
  • 1946, October 9-12, No. 37
  • 1946, October 13-l8, No. 38
  • 1946, October 19-25, No. 39
  • 1946, October 26-31, No. 40
  • 1946, November 1-8, No. 41
  • 1946, November 9-20, No. 42
  • 1946, November 21-25, No. 43
  • 1946, November 26-30, No. 44
  • 1946, December 1-11, No. 45
  • 1946, December 12-15, No. 46
  • 1946, December 16-31, No. 47
Box 49
  • 1947, January 1-18, No. 48
  • 1947, January 19-31, No. 49
  • 1947, February 1-15, No. 50
  • 1947, February 16-28, No. 51
  • 1947, March 1-16, No. 52
  • 1947, March 17-31, No. 53
  • 1947, April 1-15, No. 54
  • 1947, April 16-21, No. 55
  • 1947, April 22-30, No. 56
  • 1947, May 1-17, No. 57
  • 1947, May 17-31, No. 58
  • 1947, June 1-16, No. 59
  • 1947 June 17-30, No. 60
  • 1947, July 1-17, No. 61
  • 1947, July 18-31, No. 62
  • 1947, August 1-[31], No. 63
  • 1947, September, No. 64-Rio Conference
  • 1947, September, No. 65
  • 1947, October, No. 66
  • 1947, November, No. 67
  • 1947, December 1-15, No. 68
  • 1947, December 16-31, No. 69
Box 50
  • 1948, January 1-15, No. 70
  • 1948, January 16-31, No. 71
  • 1948, February 1-15, No. 72
  • 1948, February 16-29, No. 73
  • 1948, March 1-15, No. 74
  • 1948, March 16-31, No. 75
  • 1948, April 1-15, No. 76
  • 1948, April 16-30, No. 77
  • 1948, May 1-31
  • 1948, May 5-7-Railroad Strike
  • 1948, May 8-9-Railroad Strike
  • 1948, May 10-Railroad Strike
  • 1948, May 11-15-Railroad Strike
  • 1948, May 16-31-Railroad Strike
  • 1948, June 1-15, No. 79
  • 1948, June 13-"Fifteen Exciting Years", Washington Post
  • 1948, June 1-15-Railroad Strike
  • 1948, June 16-30, No. 80
  • 1948, June 16-30-Railroad Strike
  • 1948, July 1-15-Railroad Strike
  • 1948, July 1-31
  • 1948, July-"Steelman Declines Labor Chief Post"
  • 1948, August 1-15, No. 82
  • 1948, August 16-31, No. 83
Box 51
  • 1948, September 1-30, No. 84
  • 1948, October 1-31, No. 85
  • 1948, November 1-30, No.86
  • 1948, December 1-31, No. 87
  • 1949, January 1-31, No. 88
  • 1949, February 1-28, No. 89
  • 1949, March 1-31, No. 90
  • 1949, April 1-30, No. 91
  • 1949, May 1-30, No. 92
  • 1949, June 1-30, No. 93
  • 1949, July 1-31, No. 94
Box 52
  • 1949, July-September-Steel Strike
  • 1949, August, No. 95
  • 1949, September, No. 96
  • 1949, September-October-Steel Strike
  • 1949, October, No. 97
  • 1949, October-November-Steel Strike
  • 1949, November, No. 98
  • 1949, November-Steel Strike
  • 1949, December, No. 99
  • 1950, January, No. 100
  • 1950, February, No. 101
Box 53
  • 1950, February 4-11-Coal Strike
  • 1950, February 12-28-Coal Strike
  • 1950, March 1-31, No. 102
  • 1950, April 1-30, No. 103
  • 1950, May, No. 104
  • 1950, June, No. 105
  • 1950, July, No. 106
  • 1950, August, No. 107
  • 1950, August, No. 107-A-Railroad Case
  • 1950, September, No. 108
  • 1950, September, No. 108-A-Railroad Case
  • 1950, October, No. 109
Box 54
  • 1950, November, No. 110
  • 1950, November, No. 110-A-Railroad Case
  • 1950, December, No. 111
  • 1950, December, No. 111-A-Railroad Case
  • 1951, January, No. 112
  • 1951, January, No. 112-A-Railroad Case
  • 1951, February, No. 113
  • 1951, February, No. 113-A-Railroad Case
  • 1951, March, No. 114
  • 1951, March, No. 114-A-Railroad Case
  • 1951, April, No. 115
  • 1951, April, No. 115-A-Railroad Case
Box 55
  • 1951, May, No. 116
  • 1951, June, No. 117
  • 1951, July, No. 118
  • 1951, August, No. 119
  • 1951, August 23-Wrapping Paper from Pictures from [Sid] McMath, Depicting Arkansas
  • 1951, September, No. 120
  • 1951, October, No. 121
  • 1951, November, No. 122
Box 56
  • 1951, December, No. 123
  • 1952, January, No. 124
  • 1952, February, No. 125
  • 1952, March, No. 126
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • 1952, April-Steel Strike
  • 1952, April 1-11, No. 127
  • 1952, April 12-30, No. 128
Box 57
  • 1952, May, No. 130-Railroad Dispute
  • 1952, May, No. 131-Steel Dispute
  • 1952, May, No. 132
  • 1952, May-Railroad Strike Letters
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • 1952, June, No. 134
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • 1952, July, No. 135
  • 1952, July, No. 136
Box 58
  • 1952, August, No. 137
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • 1952, September, No. 138
  • 1952, October, No. 139
  • 1952, November, No. 140
  • 1952, December, No. 141
  • 1953, January, No. 142
  • 1953, February, No. 143
  • 1953, March, No. 144
  • 1953, April
Box 59
  • 1953, May
  • 1953, June
  • 1953, July
  • 1953, August
  • 1953, September
  • 1953, October
  • 1953, November
  • 1953, December
  • 1953-1958-Sherman Adams
  • 1953-1984-Harry S. Truman
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • 1954, January
  • 1954, February
  • 1954, March-May
  • 1954, June-July
  • 1954, September-December
  • 1955, January-June
  • 1955, July-December
Box 60
  • 1956, January-April
  • 1956, May-December
  • 1957, January-May
  • 1957, June-December
  • 1958
  • 1959
  • 1960
  • 1961
  • 1962
Box 61
  • 1963
  • 1964-1968
  • 1969-1985
  • Undated
Box 62
  • Acme Newspictures
  • Advertising Council-Program for the 11th White House Conference, 1955
  • American Arbitration Association
  • American Political Institutions
  • American Society of Travel Agents-Flyer for 20th Annual Convention
  • Argosy Magazine-Article, "America's Defense Team," May 1951
  • Articles
  • Atlanta, Georgia-John R. Steelman's Trip [newspaper Clippings]
  • Bakers' and Confectioners' Journal, July 1951
  • Boeing Bomber-New York Times Magazine Articles, March 30, 1941
  • Book
  • Cabinet Meetings-Sample
  • Cartoons, Pictures, Etc.
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2, 1948 campaign]
  • Certificate-Given to John Roy Steelman by the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, December 18, 1950
  • Chiang Kai-shek
  • Clifford, Clark M.
  • [Conciliation]
  • Congressional Record, June 18, 1951
  • Correspondence, Preparation of
  • Day In Life of the Assistant to the President
  • Declassified Documents
      [1 of 3]
      [2 of 3]
Box 63
      [3 of 3]
  • Democratic Congressional Dinner, April 30, 1960
  • Duties of the President-Committee Report, "Relief to the Unnecessary Burdens on the President," January 16, 1956
  • Epicurean Chest of Washington, D.C., The
  • Executive Office, Duties of
  • "The Executive Office as Administrative Coordinator" by John R. Steelman and H. Dewayne Kreager
  • FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] Report [form letter]
  • Fertilizer Review, March-April 1947
  • Ford, President Gerald R.-Christmas Cards
  • Harriman, Averell-Christmas Cards
  • Hendrix College-Commencement Exercises Program
  • Higher Education [Federal Security Agency publication], 1949
  • Hoover Commission Reports, Senate Action On, January 9, 1953
  • Hoover, Herbert C.
  • Hope, Bob-Christmas Cards
  • Humphrey, Hubert H. [letter, May 31, 1962 and Christmas card]
  • Issues [Alaskan housing, European rearmament, etc.]
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. [correspondence regarding rubber situation Of 1950]
  • Kennedy, [Ted] Edward M.-[Chappaquiddick case]
  • Kennedy, John F. [Inaugural activities, newspaper clippings]
  • Labor Notes [undated]
  • [Lewis, Fulton, Jr.-reprints of broadcasts, August 9 and 12, 1943]
  • Lewis, John L. [correspondence, newspaper clipping, speech]
  • Manuscripts, Unpublished ["Poultry Racket" in New York City]
  • Maritime War Emergency Board [blank stationery]
  • Meeting at White House, Sample [October 22, 1951 agenda]
  • Men of Science and Industry Dinner, June 15, 1951-Program
  • Military Management [handwritten notes]
  • Mills, Wilbur [letter, May 7, 1973]
  • Miscellaneous Notes, Speeches, and Letters
  • Naples Daily News, November 10, 1974 [article regarding MacArthur's dismissal]
  • National War Labor Board [executive order for establishment of, January 12, 1942]
  • 1948 Campaign-Congratulatory Letters
      [1 of 2, Abbott-Jones]
Box 64
      [2 of 2, Kaiser-Young]
  • Newspaper Clippings [and printed matter-miscellaneous]
  • Nixon, Richard M.
  • Panels-[Appointment File]
  • "Papers I Have Written," by John R. Steelman, 1923
  • Perkins, Frances [John R. Steelman's resignation, July 1, 1944]
  • Photographs-Averell Harriman
  • Photographs-"Battle Report," Dr. Steelman's TV show, 1951
  • Photographs-Chicago Arbitration Association
  • Photographs-Early Picture of Dr. Steelman Writing at Desk
  • Photographs-Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Photographs-General
      [1 of 2, group photos, autographed, etc.]
      [2 of 2, Key West, Dallas Halverstadt, etc.]
  • Photographs-Harry S. Truman, Key West, White House, Etc.
Box 65
  • Photographs-John R. Steelman (Alone)
  • Photographs-John R. Steelman, 1936-1946
  • Photographs-Various People [Gerald Ford, etc.]
  • Photographs-War Industry Training Course, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, May 15-August 12, 1944
  • Poems
  • Presidency [newspaper clippings]
  • President, The American
  • President's Scientific Research Board, Report to the President, August 27, 1947 [booklet in Chinese]
  • Productivity Case-Sample
  • Progress [of inventions]
  • Prosperity, Case of
  • Quotations and Nonsense [newspaper clippings, articles, etc.]
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Radio Scripts
  • Rayburn, Sam [Frank Boykin's Testimonial Dinner, August 2, 1949]
  • Reagan [Ronald]-[invitations, birthday greetings]
  • Report to the President [December 1952]
  • Retail Clerks Union-Transcript of Political Broadcast, November 1, 1948
  • Stevenson, Adlai E. [draft speech, September 11, 1952]
Box 66
  • Stories, Personal-Speech Material
  • Survey Graphic-Article, "Manning the Arsenal for Democracy," November 1941
  • Television with [David] Brinkley
  • Transient Bureau, 1933
  • Travel [reservations, schedules, etc.]
  • Truman, Bess [and Truman Centennial, 1984]
  • Truman, Harry S.-Letters, Etc.
  • Truman, Harry S.-Life Magazine Article, April 9, 1951
  • Truman, Harry S.-Thank You Notes
  • United Mine Workers of America Agreement
  • United States Steel Corporation-Transcript of Speech by Roger M. Blough, Man in Management Award Dinner, January 21, 1964
  • Vanderbilt Alumnus (March 1951) [with article by John R. Steelman]
  • Washington Post, June 13, 1948, "Fifteen Exciting Years"
  • [White, William F.]-Letter/See Contents [correspondence]
  • White House, Sight Seeing [memorandum about limiting tours]
  • Women's National Press Club [program for luncheon, April 30, 1959]
  • Worry [articles relating to worry]
Box 67
  • [1919-1971] Speech Material
      [1 of 5]
      [2 of 5]
      [3 of 5]
      [4 of 5]
      [5 of 5]
  • [1938-1944] Speaking Engagements
  • 1938
  • 1939
  • 1940
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
Box 68
  • 1941
  • 1941-Newspaper Clippings
  • 1942
  • 1942, June-Chicago Speech Notes, "Legally Expressed"
  • 1943
  • 1944
  • 1946, July 3-August-OWMR [Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion]
  • 1946
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • 1946, September-June 1947
  • 1947
  • 1948
Box 69
  • 1948-1949
  • 1949
  • 1950
  • 1951
      [1 of 3]
      [2 of 3]
      [3 of 3]
  • 1952
      [1 of 2]
Box 70
      [2 of 2]
  • 1953 and 1955
  • 1956-1963
  • Undated
Box 71
  • Alabama College
  • Alabama College Yearbook, 1934
  • American Arbitration Association Dinner Honoring John R. Steelman [2014 Accretion]
  • Announcement-Letters from Congressmen and Others Regarding John R.John R. Steelman's Establishment of Private Business, March-April, April, 1945
  • Appointments-[Board of Arbitration for the Captive Coal Mine Dispute and for the Maritime War Emergency Board, 1941]
  • Arkansas State Society of Washington, D.C. Reception, June 23, 1946 [2014 Accretion]
  • Automobile [Steelman's White House Lincoln]
  • Awards
  • Bible Pages
  • Biography [also includes newspaper clippings]
  • Bust [by Felix de Weldon, photo of a bust of John R. Steelman]
  • Certificates [Includes 2014 Accretion]
  • Columbia Historical Society [White House Restoration Project, 1949]
  • Congratulatory Letters-Opening Office in Washington, 1953
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Consultant, 1944 [announcement of new office in New York]
  • Consultant, 1953 [announcement of new office in Washington]
  • Correspondence [2014 Accretion]
Box 72
  • Defense Mobilization, Acting Director of, 1952 [address before United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, June 26, 1952]
  • "Dr. John Roy Steelman: An Interesting Experience I Had!" December 1990
  • Early Photos
  • Family-Special [includes "Last Letter from Mother"]
  • "The Future Function of the Church in Education," by John R. Steelman
  • Graduation Address [undated]
  • Henderson-Brown College, 1922
  • Letters to Keep
  • Marriage [to Ellen Brown Hart, newspaper clipping on marriage licenses issued, July 9, 1965]
  • Miscellaneous Correspondence, Printed Materials, Etc. 1937-1988
  • Montgomery County [newspaper clippings regarding Steelman's purchase of three county newspapers]
  • Montgomery County Civic Federation (November 1, 1956)
  • Mother-Martha Ann Steelman
  • National Defense and Labor-Fortune Articles on Steelman, October 1952 and March 1953
  • Newspaper Clippings-John R. Steelman
  • Newspaper Clippings-Miscellaneous [Includes 2014 Accretion]
  • 1965 Inaugural Registration Certificate
  • Oath of Office, 1946
  • Oral History Interview, 1956 [with John R. Steelman]
  • Oral History Interview, March 20, 1968 [with John R. Steelman]
  • Oral History Interview, 1996 [with John R. Steelman]
  • OWMR [Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion] Biographical Sketches of John R. Steelman
Box 73
  • Personal [2014 accretion]
  • Petition to the President of the United States of America, August 28, 1955
  • Photo Album—Arkansas Honors Dr. John R. Steelman, June 29-30, 1951 [2014 Accretion]
  • Presentation of John R. Steelman Bust to the State of Arkansas, June 1951 [2014 Accretion]
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Printed Materials [includes 2014 accretion]
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Resignation-Letters from Congressmen and Senators Regarding Steelman's Resignation from the U.S. Conciliation Service, November 1944
Box 74
  • Resignation, 1944
  • Resignation, 1953 [as Special Assistant to the President]
  • Resignation (List of Letters Received) [addresses of]
  • Retirement, 1969
  • Ronald Reagan Trust-John R. Steelman as Charter Member [certificate]
  • Scholarship
  • "So You Want To Be President," by John R. Steelman
  • Special Assistant to the President
  • Statement of Daniel P. Loomis [2014 accretion]
  • Steelman, Alan-Congressman of Texas (nephew)
  • Steelman Family-Early History
  • Stout Family in Arkansas
  • Teacher's License (March 22, 1918)
  • Truman's Boat [letter and article regarding The Williamsburg]
  • Vanderbilt University [correspondence, 1922-1926]
  • Webb, Mrs. V. L.-Correspondence, 1945-1946

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