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    Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed and Original Top Secret Telegram. Two items created by 33rd President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), both with excellent content. TLS: one page, 7.5" x 10", White House letterhead, January 15, 1949, to Assistant to the President (now called Chief of Staff) John R. Steelman (1900-1999) involving atomic energy. Truman writes in full: "I am concerned at the possible effect upon our national security of the continued deadlock in the United Nations over the international control of atomic energy. In particular, I would be interested in knowing the present status regarding exchange of atomic energy information with other nations-whether such information has been exchanged, the type of information or atomic materials involved and to what countries. It is my understanding that such exchanges have taken place with Great Britain, Canada and possibly other nations. Will you look into this situation and give me an informal report. You and the Atomic Energy Commission will understand, of course, that this entire matter is highly confidential. [signed] Harry Truman" Telegram: 5" x 8", includes "Special" sticker attached to top right corner, also to John R. Steelman, marked "Top Secret" in four places, reading in full: "EYES ONLY FOR JOHN R. STEELMAN / JUST RECEIVED CIA RPT CIA REPORT ON CHINA PD DO NOT ALLOW ECA RPT ECA TO TAKE ANY ACTION ON THIS MATTER WITHOUT DIRECT INSTRUCTIONS FROM ME PD / SIGNED HARRY S. TRUMAN" The bottom right corner includes information on the declassification of the item in 1995. The letter is in fine condition, with a paper clip mark in the top left corner; the telegram is in fine condition. Both are beautifully double matted with a fine 8" x 10" portrait of Truman as President and a 3.5" x 5" plaque engraved with information about his terms as Senator from Missouri (1935-1945) and President (1945-1953). The overall size as framed is 34" x 19.5" (the plexiglass includes two small scratches).

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