For Immediate Release
Stacy McCullough, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile:
Bill Musgrave, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 816-215-4658
Edeen Martin, Truman Library & Museum, 816-268-8218
PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM & LIBRARY RELEASES PRIVATE TAPES CONTAINING CONVERSATIONS
BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMAN AND HIS ADVISORS
- 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.
S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered
by the National Archives and Records Administration.