Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations
(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 www.trumanlibrary.org. 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
"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.