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Harry S. Truman: A Resource Guide

Harry S. Truman
Truman, Harry S., Pres. U.S.,
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America's Library

Designed for elementary and middle school students, America's Library provides the following stories related to Harry S. Truman:

Jump Back in Time: Truman Announced A Fair Deal, January 5, 1949

Meet Amazing Americans: George Marshall and the Marshall Plan


The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

This exhibition showcases the incomparable African American collections of the Library of Congress, including books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings. It contains information on Harry S. Truman issuing two executive orders on July 26, 1948. One instituted fair employment practices in the civilian agencies of the federal government; the other provided for "equality of treatment and opportunity in the armed forces without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin."

American Treasures of the Library of Congress

This exhibition provides unique insight into various aspects of American history and culture. Objects displayed are organized according to the three categories that Thomas Jefferson used for his library: memory, reason, and imagination. The exhibition includes the following documents pertaining to Harry S. Truman:

Churchill and the Great Republic

Presents the life of Winston Churchill, his career, and his connection with the United States, a country he called “the Great Republic.”  The sections of the exhibition Unity and Strategy and Cold War and Long Sunset contain a number of items related to Truman, including letters, telegrams, and photographs.

For European Recovery: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Marshall Plan

This exhibition marks the fiftieth anniversary of Secretary of State George C. Marshall’s speech proposing a solution to the hunger, unemployment, and housing shortages that faced Europeans in the aftermath of World War II and examines the ways his plan benefited Europe and the U.S. It includes a photograph of Truman signing the Foreign Assistance Act, the legislation establishing the Marshall Plan.

From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America

The exhibition contains more than two hundred treasures of American Judaica from the collections of the Library of Congress. It includes Truman's note recognizing the State of Israel, May 14, 1948.

Prints & Photographs Division

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading Truman, Harry S.,--1884-1972 to find hundreds of digital images related to Truman such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search all text fields in PPOC using the phrase Harry Truman to locate additional images.

A selection of highlights from PPOC includes:

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey

This collection contains surveys of more than 363,000 measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories for more than 35,000 historic structures and sites dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, including Harry S. Truman's house in Independence, Missouri.

Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress

This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of Harry Truman and Bess Truman.

Record Sound Research Center

Food for Thought: Presidents, Prime Ministers, and other National Press Club Luncheon Speakers, 1954-1989

Since 1932, the National Press Club has hosted luncheon gatherings that have allowed presidents, visiting world leaders, and other leading personages to address the press and answer questions about pressing current affairs. In 1969, the Press Club donated to the Library of Congress audiotapes of talks they had been recording since 1952, a collection that has grown to nearly 2,000 recordings. Following his presidency, Harry S. Truman visited the National Press Club on a number of occasions during return trips to Washington from his home in Independence, Missouri. This exhibit presents four post-presidential National Press Club talks by Truman:

Today in History

January 5

On January 5, 1949, President Harry Truman used his State of the Union address to recommend measures including national health insurance, raising the minimum wage, strengthening the position of organized labor, and guaranteeing the civil rights of all Americans. Referencing the popular "New Deal" programs of his predecessor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Truman styled his reform package the "Fair Deal."

June 19

On June 19, 1947, the British and French foreign ministers issued a joint communiqué inviting twenty-two European nations to send representatives to Paris to participate in designing a plan for rebuilding war-torn Europe.

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