Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

For Immediate Release

Contact Information:
Stacy McCullough, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 913-927-0128
Bill Musgrave, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 816-215-4658
Edeen Martin, Truman Library & Museum, 816-268-8218


INDEPENDENCE, MO, - July 30, 2001 - The Truman Presidential Museum & Library will open for research 15 audio recordings, totaling approximately 14 hours of private interviews between former President Harry S. Truman and his advisors William Hillman and David Noyes which were recorded from September 8 to November 17, 1959. All but one of these recordings was used to help the former President in preparing his book, "Mr. Citizen." One recorded interview was used to assist the former President in writing a series of articles for the North American Newspaper Alliance.

These original reel-to-reel tapes cover a variety of topics, such as: Russian Premier, Nikita Khruschev, the cold war, the firing of MacArthur, President Truman's daily life and work at the Harry S. Truman Library, the elections of 1952 and 1956, former presidents of the United States and other prominent individuals (such as George C. Marshall and Sam Rayburn), labor unions and their participation in politics, big business and the stock market, the importance of military power, weather, farms, the atomic bomb, the hydrogen bomb, religion and its place in politics, South America and its importance to the United States, the presidency, the year 2000 and what it will bring, President Truman's grandchildren, the Federal Reserve Bank, and income tax. Transcripts of the recordings formed the basis for a new book edited by Ralph E. Webber, "Talking with Harry: Candid Conversations with Harry S. Truman" (Scholarly Resources Inc.: 2001).

William Hillman was a veteran writer and radio news correspondent and the author of "Mr. President," a semi-biographical account of President Truman's career. Mr. Hillman also assisted in the preparation of Mr. Truman's Memoirs. David Noyes was a retired advertising executive who had been an unofficial advisor to President Truman during his White House years and served occasionally in the same capacity after President Truman's departure from office. Transcripts for 14 of these recordings are in the Post Presidential Files of Harry S. Truman. Copies of these transcripts are also available in the audiovisual area.

The recordings are available for purchase in cassette, CD, or reel-to-reel formats, for a fee of $12.75 per recording. Please contact the audiovisual area at 816-268-8200 , extension 281, for further information.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of 10 Presidential libraries operated by NARA. It houses the official records of the Truman Presidency, including more than 15 million pages of materials, 106,000 photographs, and some 26,000 gifts presented to President and Mrs. Truman. The facility serves as both a major research institution and a museum, showcasing the collections and numerous traveling exhibitions.

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.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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