Date Published: 1947 to 1949
Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president of the United States (1945-53), who led his country through the final stages of World War II and through the early years of the Cold War. It was his decision to drop the atomic bomb to end World War II, the daunting task of re-building both Europe and Japan and creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Council (NSC).
The collection consists of two parts. Part 1 is a collection of ephemera from the American President’s official visit to Canada on 10-12 June 1947. Part 2. Ephemera from the 1949 inauguration of President Harry S. Truman and Vice-President Alben W. Barkley.
Part 1. A collection of ephemera from the American President’s official visit to Canada on 10-12 June 1947, belonging to his personal secretary, Matthew Connelly.
During his state visit Truman met with the Governor General, the Viscount Alexander of Tunis, and the Prime Minister, and addressed Parliament.
Part 1 includes 13 items;
• the menu for a Parliamentary luncheon,
• a booklet containing the table seating plan and list of guests,
• telephone directory containing the participants phone numbers (even Truman),
• 2 invitations for dinner from the American Ambassador, and one each from Prime Minister W. L. Mackenzie King and the Governor General.
• 7 b&w photos of Truman during his state visit to Canada.
• 1 b&w photo of Connelly seated as his desk at the time of his appointment as Truman’s secretary, 22 April 1945, International News Photo. Matthew J. Connelly (1907-1976) was an American civil servant. He was Harry S. Truman’s Appointments Secretary from April 1945 to 1953. He was indicted for bribery in 1955, convicted in 1956, served six months in prison in 1960, and was granted a full pardon by President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
Part 2. Ephemera from the 1949 inauguration of President Harry S. Truman and Vice-President Alben W. Barkley as originally received and preserved by Thomas Kirk, Ohio Electoral College member of Coshocton, Ohio.
Part 2 contains approximately 30 items:
• Official Inaugural Program magazine (72 pp.);
• Inaugural Ball Program (gold cover with blue tassel, 12 pp.);
• Inaugural Dinner Program (red, white and blue Tassel, 8 pp.);
• Inauguration Ceremonies Program (bound with red, white and blue ribbon, 8 pp.);
• Inaugural Dinner listing of guests given alphabetically as well as by table numbers book, 38 pp.);
• Inaugural Dinner Invitation (held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C.);
• Inauguration Ceremonies invitation (includes facsimile signed photos of both Truman and Barkley);
• Inaugural Ball invitation; 4 Inaugural Ball tickets (each measures 3¾ × 5 1/2", ticket numbers 7718, 7719, 7720 and 7721);
• 2 Inauguration tickets (each is for stand 9, Section 0, Row 4, and seats 7 and 8;
• Inauguration Ceremonies section C-1 admission ticket with envelope;
• 2 Inaugural dinner tickets (numbered PE331 & PE332 with ticket PE332 having several names written or being signed by people including Ohio Senator Howard Metzenbaum and another Ohio Senator Margaret ?, someone with the last name of Kennedy from Cleveland, both the curator and custodian of Independence Hall, and more);
• Presidential Elections - Provisions of the Constitution and of the United States Code, 12 pp. booklet;
• Hon. Tom Kirk 1948 Electoral Colleges of the United States Presidential Elector certification card;
• Presidential Electors Inauguration automobile windshield police pass / hang tag;
• Inaugural Ball dried flower on card flown from Mexico compliments of American Airlines;
• Inaugural Day "Peace - Prosperity - Happiness" hat band / arm band or hat which can be folded in the opposite direction to be used as a postcard;
• Inaugural Dinner invitation in its original envelope from the Electoral Colleges of the United States - The Mayflower - Washington D.C. postmarked Jan. 6, 1949;
• 2 Inaugural Ball Committee envelopes with 1 postmarked January 13, 1949 and the other not being postmarked but being stamped with "Registered 22648";
• 4 Inaugural Dinner book of matches with 3 of the 4 books having some matches removed from them (lots of people smoked back then);
• A "Congress of the United States - No. 166 - Inaugural Platform C-1" 7" by 10" envelope;
• A Inaugural Dinner reminder note about the dinner tickets;
• Large 10× 39 inches photograph of the Inaugural Dinner held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. on January 19, 1949. Both Truman and his Vice-President can clearly be seen seated at the head table in the center of the room along with hundreds of other people who attended the dinner.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB