For Immediate Release: October 19, 1999
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Michelle Manuel
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations

Truman Library Receives Funding to Boost Oral Histories and Collection Descriptions on Web Site

(INDEPENDENCE, Mo.) - Truman researchers from around the world now are a step closer to understanding the Truman Presidency -- without making a trip to Missouri. In an effort to make the Harry S. Truman Library's extensive collection of research documents available world-wide, the Library has digitized and placed several of the highest-priority oral history interview transcripts and descriptions of archival collections of personal papers and records on their Web site.

The new online materials are found on the updated "Research" page of the Truman Library's Web site, located at Researchers and the public are already responding to the changes - the Truman Library now records more than 3,000 visits per day on the research portion of their Web site.

"By using technology and the Internet, we can reach a broader audience of researchers who wouldn't ordinarily have access to these documents," said Larry Hackman, Director of the Truman Library.

The Library launched the Web site update in summer 1999, using funding provided in part by the Arthur Gilbert Foundation of Los Angeles. Since June, the Library has added nine newly digitized oral history interview transcripts and five online descriptions of collections.

Most of the new online materials focus on international affairs, including oral history interviews with Dean Acheson, Clark Clifford, and W. Averell Harriman. Other materials of interest concern the recognition of Israel -- oral histories of A. J. Granoff, Abraham Feinberg and Fraser Wilkins and descriptions of the papers of Granoff and Truman friend and advocate of recognition, Edward Jacobson. Issues of the immediate Post-World War II era are also documented in an interview with Commissioner for Displaced Persons Harry Rosenfield and in the papers and oral history transcript of Treasury official Bernard Bernstein. The latter materials have attracted international interest as a result of the Nazi war assets controversy.

In 2000, the Truman Library expects to add four to five oral history interviews to its online collection monthly, beginning with ambassador to Korea John Muccio, Presidential aid George Elsey and additional interviews with Clark Clifford. Online descriptions of collections that will soon be available include records of the President's Committee on Civil Rights, records of the President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Forces, and Truman's papers as presiding judge of the Jackson County, Missouri, court.

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. 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, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under.

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

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