Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

President Truman's Desk

Background Information for the Teacher:

To the greatest extent possible, the Oval Office Replica at the Truman Presidential Library is furnished to appear the way it did in August 1950, when National Park Service photographer Abbie Rowe shot a series of photographs of the unoccupied office. The Library staff and exhibit designers have tried to locate as many original or reproduction items as possible to duplicate the look of the office at that moment in time.

Truman's Desk

The 7-foot desk has been described as "time-worn, fire-scarred, and repainted." It was used by every President with the exception of Franklin D. Roosevelt since the days of Teddy Roosevelt. The original and reproduction items on the desk and the console table behind it create an atmosphere reflecting the personality of President Truman and a flavor of the Fifties.