Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Fred Wallace Papers

Dates: 1898-1954.

Brother of Bess Wallace Truman and Brother-in-Law of Harry S. Truman.

The papers of Fred Wallace include correspondence, financial records, printed materials, and memorabilia relating to Wallace’s personal affairs. The collection consists mostly of letters to Wallace from his friend Lillian Tannehill, from his mother Madge Gates Wallace, and from other friends and relatives.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 1 linear foot, 4 linear inches (about 2,400 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: No donation of copyright was received with this collection.
Processed by: Randy Sowell, Jan Davis (2009).


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1900 (January 7)Born David Frederick Wallace in Independence, Missouri
1918Graduated from William Chrisman High School, Independence, Missouri
c. 1920Attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
c. 1925-1942Resided in his mother’s house at 219 North Delaware in Independence; worked as an architect for the J. C. Nichols firm; helped design the Jackson County Hospital in Kansas City and the Frederick Apartment Hotel in Columbia
1933 (July 27)Married Christine Marian Meyer in Carmel, California
1934 (October 30)Birth of son, David Frederick Wallace Jr.
1937 (March 2)Birth of daughter, Marian Wallace
1942-1957Moved to Colorado with his wife and children; worked for the War Production Board, the architectural firm of T. H. Buell and Co., and the Colorado State Highway Department
1948 (August 12) Birth of daughter, Charlotte Margaret (Margo) Wallace
1957 (September 30)Died, Denver, Colorado

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Fred Wallace consist mostly of letters to Wallace from friends and members of his family. The collection also includes correspondence relating to Wallace’s activities as an inventor and architect, as well as financial records, printed materials, and memorabilia documenting his personal life and affairs.

The collection is composed of two series: a Subject File and a Lillian Tannehill File. The Subject File is alphabetically arranged, and contains a variety of materials relating to Wallace’s life and activities. Included in this series are many letters to Wallace from his mother, Madge Gates Wallace, written while he was attending the University of Missouri at Columbia, Missouri around 1919-1920. The series also contains a few letters to Wallace from his sister, Bess Wallace Truman, and from his brother-in-law, Harry S. Truman, dating from roughly the same period. In addition to personal correspondence from friends and family members, the Subject File includes many letters to Wallace from a firm in Washington, D.C. that was helping him in his efforts to obtain a patent for an improved internal combustion engine. This correspondence, dating from around 1917-1918 (when Wallace was less than twenty years of age), is accompanied by detailed descriptions and sketches of the young inventor’s project. A few messages in the Subject File pertain to Wallace’s career as an architect. The Subject File also contains Wallace’s bank statements and other financial records, mostly dating from the early 1920s; memorabilia such as his baptismal certificate, his high school diploma, and a collection of stamps; newspaper clippings; handwritten notes; and a program for the Inauguration of President Roosevelt and Vice President Truman in 1945.

The Lillian Tannehill File is chronologically arranged and contains letters, telegrams, and postcards to Wallace from Miss Tannehill, a California girl whom Wallace courted prior to his marriage to Christine Meyer in 1933. Tannehill’s letters date from 1926 to 1930, and discuss her relationship with Wallace, her experiences as a student at Mills College, her activities at her home in Los Angeles, and her vacation trips.

The papers of Fred Wallace include little information about Wallace’s life after the early 1930s, and few documents actually written by Wallace. The papers were found in Bess Wallace Truman’s home in Independence around the time of her death. It appears that they were left behind when Wallace moved to Colorado with his family around 1942-1943.

Related manuscript collections at the Truman Library include the papers of Harry S. Truman (especially the President’s Secretary’s Files and Post-Presidential Papers); the papers of David F. Wallace (Fred Wallace’s son); and the papers of Madge Gates Wallace.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1-2 SUBJECT FILE, 1898-1954
Correspondence, financial records, memorabilia, printed materials, handwritten notes, and other items. Arranged alphabetically.
2-3 LILLIAN TANNEHILL FILE, 1926-1930
Correspondence and other items. Arranged chronologically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Advertisements
  • Bank Statements and Checks
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Bills and Receipts
  • Cards and Tickets
  • Correspondence, General
  • Elementary School Certificate
  • Envelopes
  • Financial Records, General
  • Handwritten Notes
  • High School Diploma
  • Inauguration, 1945
  • Map
  • Montgomery, Eugene
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Patent Application
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Stamps
  • Truman, Bess Wallace
  • Truman, Harry S.
  • Wallace, Frank
  • Wallace, Madge Gates
      [1 of 2]
Box 2
      [2 of 2]
  • 1926, January-March
  • 1926, April-June
  • 1926, July-September
  • 1926, October-December
  • 1927
  • 1928, July-October
  • 1928, November
  • 1928, December
  • 1929, January
  • 1929, February
Box 3
  • 1929, March
  • 1929, April
  • 1929, May
  • 1929, June
  • 1929, July
  • 1929, August
  • 1929, September
  • 1930
  • Undated

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