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Truman Presidential Museum & Library
INDEPENDENCE, MO - February 1, 2002 - The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is pleased to announce the availability of the "Daily Presidential Appointments Calendar," on its web site, www.trumanlibrary.org. Visit and search the daily schedules created for President Harry S. Truman during his term of office.
The calendar contains the appointments of President Truman from April 12, 1945 to December 31, 1952. The appointments took place while the President was in Washington D. C. and on trips within the United States - appointments and meetings while on semi-vacation and in foreign countries were not usually included.
A typical daily schedule of appointments, coinciding with the actual current date, appears on the web site as an initial introduction for users who are then invited to view other features. The Daily Presidential Appointments Calendar is searchable both by month and year as well as by keyword (typically the name of an individual).
President Truman's appointments secretary, Matthew J. Connelly, maintained the calendar. The calendar acts as a record of who saw the President on a daily basis. President Truman visited with numerous people, from Senators and Congressman, to Cabinet members and advisors, to interest group representatives, and anyone else who could convince Mr. Connelly that they had a good reason to meet with the President. Mr. Connelly compiled each day's calendar, and often annotated it to reflect what the visitors discussed, the reason for their appointment and whether the discussion was off the record. When President Truman left office, he took Connelly's files home with him to Kansas City, and in 1957, he donated them to the Harry S. Truman Library. The calendar was opened for research in 1963.
The calendar should prove useful for scholarly researchers, the general public interested in the President's daily activities and even individuals or their relatives who actually had appointments with the President. For instance, a search on 1946, a year of considerable labor strife, shows 10 Presidential appointments with John L. Lewis, President of the United Mine Workers. The Truman-Lewis meetings in May of 1946 include eight appointments, sometimes two in a day, culminating with the May 29 settlement of a bitter coal strike.
The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware Street in Independence, Missouri. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and $3 for children 6-18 years old. For more information, call the 1-800-833-1225 or the web site at www.trumanlibrary.org.