American Memory Historical Collections
Fortress: The Library of Congress, 1939-1953
This collection presents a window into the history of
the Library of Congress from 1939 to 1953. During this
time the Library underwent a myriad of changes that established
the institution as one of America's foremost citadels of
intellectual freedom. This collection contains a photograph of Truman and General George C. Marshall, May 22, 1950, and a letter of congratulations from Truman to Luther Harris Evans, April 13, 1950, on the occasion of the Library of Congress sesquicentennial.
Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations
This collection contains approximately 400 items relating
to presidential inaugurations, including a photograph of Truman taking the oath of office on April 12, 1945, and photographs from Truman's 1949 inauguration.
and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating
the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years
In honor of the Manuscript Division's centennial, its
staff selected approximately 90 representative documents
spanning from the fifteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. On April 10, 1951, Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur for insubordination after the general publicly criticized Truman's commitment to a limited war in Korea. This collection contains MacArthur's "Old Soldiers Never Die" address to Congress from April 19, 1951.