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    [Harry Truman]. White House Secretary Archive, 1946-1949, consisting of numerous photographs and documents collected by Myra Lee Phillips, née Houck, who served in the White House as a secretary to Clark M. Clifford, White House counsel. Among the items is an inscribed sepia-toned photograph of a painting of President Truman that reads, "Kindest regards to Myra Lee Phillips / White House / Jan. 28, 1949 / Harry Truman" (matted to an overall size of 9.75" x 13"). Other inscribed photographs include those by Clark M. Clifford (2 inscribed photographs), Matt Connelly, and James K. Vardaman Jr.

    The archive consists mostly of official 8" x 10" photographs, many showing President Truman in casual and formal situations (at state dinners with dignitaries and politicians, giving speeches, at ceremonies, and on other presidential trips). Among these are photographs of President Franklin Roosevelt, General Dwight Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin.

    Also included are official 8" x 10" photographs of President Truman's 22,000 mile Whistle-Stop Campaign train tour during the 1948 campaign, which began on September 17. Some photographs feature the president speaking from a train car. Included from an earlier campaign trip is an original copy of details containing lists of participants, along with a thorough travelling itinerary, for the "Western Trip" dated June 3-June 13, 1948 (fourteen typed pages). This copy is marked "Restricted Circulation" with penciled notations. Also included is a four-page revision for the dates June 9-June 14 and a "Memorandum for Members of the Presidential Party Visiting Berkeley and San Francisco" for June 12 and 13, 1948 (eight pages).

    This archive additionally includes pamphlets, invitations to White House events (garden parties, receptions, inauguration ceremonies), newspaper clippings, two printed Christmas cards (dated 1945 and 1946) from "The President and Mrs. Truman," many other photographs, a ticket and program for the 1949 inauguration, a "President's House" matchbook, an ash tray embossed in the tray with "U.S.S. Williamsburg Presidential Yacht," and a Clark Clifford autograph letter signed concerning President Truman.


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