Truman Library to Open for Research Never-Before-Seen
OCTOBER 13, 2009 — On October 14, 2009, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum will open for research eight letters written by Bess Wallace Truman to Harry Truman in 1923 and 1925. Of the 180 known letters from Bess to Harry Truman, these are the first to be opened to the public for research. Affectionately known as the "Dear Harry" letters, this body of correspondence offers a slim counterpoint to the 1,300 letters from Harry to Bess in the library's holdings. Fifteen of the "Dear Harry" letters were displayed at the museum in 1998, in one of the most popular temporary exhibits presented by the institution in recent decades.
However, Mrs. Truman missed at least eight letters to Harry, and these came into the control of the Truman Library after the passing of Margaret Truman Daniel in 2008.
The eight letters that will be opened tomorrow are dated July 1923 and July 1925. Bess was in her late thirties at the time she corresponded with Harry, whom she had married in 1919.
The remaining "Dear Harry" letters will be opened for research at a later date that has yet to be determined.
Copies of eight “Dear Harry” letters will be available beginning tomorrow in the Research Room of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Researchers may schedule a visit to the Research Room of the Truman Library, located at 500 W. U.S. Highway 24, Independence, Mo. The public is welcome free of charge Monday – Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and is supported, in part, by its not-for-profit partner, the Harry S. Truman Library Institute. To learn more, please visit TrumanLibrary.org.
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