Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Taylor Atha Papers

Dates: 1927-2000.

Autograph Collector.

The Taylor Atha papers are comprised of legal documents signed by Harry S. Truman and personal correspondence between Truman, Rufus Burrus, and others. The collection also contains letters, telegrams, newspaper clippings, checks, and Christmas cards signed by Presidents of the United States.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 10 linear inches (about 1600 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: Taylor Atha has donated to the U.S. government his copyright interest in all writings in this collection. Documents created by U.S. government employees in the course of their official duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Elizabeth Carrington (2005) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program; David Clark (2013).
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Taylor Atha, a document collector from the Kansas City, Missouri area, accumulated these documents and donated them to the Harry S. Truman Library in 1997. It appears that some of the papers originally belonged to Rufus Burrus, a longtime friend and attorney of Harry S. Truman who served as Assistant County Counselor in Jackson County from 1927 to 1941.

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Taylor Atha papers are comprised of legal documents signed by Harry S. Truman and personal correspondence between Truman, Rufus Burrus, and others. The collection also contains letters, telegrams, newspaper clippings, checks, and Christmas cards signed by Presidents of the United States. The collection is comprised of one series, a Chronological File, which is arranged chronologically.

Harry S. Truman became the Presiding Judge of the Jackson County Court in 1927, serving two terms before pursuing other political aspirations. One of Truman's main accomplishments as County Judge was the improvement of Jackson County roads. As such, part of the collection consists of various land declarations as well as numerous road surveys and orders for improvements. Another item included is a set of blueprints for a foot bridge over a set of Missouri Pacific Railroad tracks. By the time Truman left office, Jackson County had more than 200 miles of new concrete roads.

In the 1920s, Truman was a partner in the Truman-Barr Insurance Agency. Among the legal documents are depositions from a lawsuit brought by Truman and his partner Robert W. Barr against a previous manager of the insurance company named Emir C. Henthorn.

Additional documents in the collection include personal correspondence between Burrus, Truman, family members and friends, and a few prominent people such as Vice President Walter Mondale. Among the documents are letters from acquaintances, newspaper clippings, telegrams, invitations to government functions, thank-you notes from Margaret Truman, and holiday greetings from Bess Truman to Burrus and his wife Ila. Also included are Christmas cards signed by Presidents of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter and William J. Clinton.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1-2 CHRONOLOGICAL FILE, 1927-2000
Legal documents, correspondence, and other items pertaining to Harry S. Truman and Christmas cards signed by Presidents of the United States. Arranged chronologically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST
    CHRONOLOGICAL FILE, 1927-2000

Box 1

  • 1927, January 7 - Harry S. Truman Court Correspondence
  • 1927, January 21 - Order
  • 1927, October 26 - Bridge Blueprints
  • 1927, October 26 - Notice to Contractors
  • 1928, April 9 - Court Depositions
  • 1928, October 25 - Harry S. Truman Court Release
  • 1929, January 1 - Store Lease
  • 1929, May 8 - Order
  • 1929, September 16 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence
  • 1929, November 4 - Order
  • 1929, November 4 - Order
  • 1929, December 2 - Court Agreement
  • 1929, December 10 - Order
  • 1930, March 6 - Order
  • 1930, March 26 - Order
  • 1930, March 28 - Report of County Surveyor
  • 1930, March 28 - Notice of Condemnation
  • 1930, March 28 - Order
  • 1930, March 28 - Report of County Surveyor
  • 1930, April 14 - Leo Koehler Correspondence
  • 1930, April 14 - Order
  • 1930, April 15 - Report of County Surveyor
  • 1930, April 22 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence with Edward Porterfield
  • 1930, August 25 - Order
  • 1931, January 26 through December 28 - Checks Paid to J. M. Steinhauser
  • 1931, May 4 - Harry S. Truman Assignment
  • 1931, May 11 - Order
  • 1931, May 29 - Court Agreement
  • 1931, May 29 - Court Agreement
  • 1931, June 27 - Power of Attorney
  • 1931, November 25 - Notice of Condemnation
  • 1931, December 28 - Order
  • 1931, December 29 - Report of County Surveyor
  • 1932, January 18 - Order
  • 1932, January 20 through 1933, January 11 - Checks Paid to John Steinhauser
  • 1932, February 13 - Quit Claim Deed
  • 1932, March 4 - Order
  • 1932, March 4 - Order
  • 1932, March 15 - Order
  • 1932, March 16 - Report of County Surveyor
  • 1932, March 16 - Order
  • 1932, March 16 - Order
  • 1932, June 3 - Order
  • 1932, June 23 - Power of Attorney
  • 1932, August 8 - Order
  • 1932, August 11 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence
  • 1932, September 10 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1932, September 15 - Order
  • 1932, October 17 - Order
  • 1932, October 31 - Notice of Condemnation
  • 1932, December 7 - C. W. Terry Correspondence
  • 1932, December 21 and 24 - Harry S. Truman and Rufus Burrus Correspondence
  • 1933, Results of County Planning
  • 1933, January 23 - Court Agreement
  • 1933, January 23 - Court Agreement
  • 1933, January 23 - Order
  • 1933, January 26 through April 24 - Check Paid to J. M. Steinhauser
  • 1933, March 22 - Notice of Condemnation
  • 1933, March 22 - Notice of Condemnation
  • 1933, April 26 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1933, October 19 - Highway Agreement
  • 1934, May 14 - Order
  • 1934, August 20 - Harry S. Truman Candidate's Affidavit
  • 1934, September 5 - Order and Notice of Condemnation
  • 1934, September 5 - Order
  • 1934, September 5 - Order
  • 1934, September 5 - Report of County Surveyor
  • 1934, November 19 - Harry S. Truman Oath, Report of Expenditures
  • 1934, November 30 - Report of County Surveyor
  • 1935, May 31 - Rufus Burrus Correspondence
  • 1935, December 2 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence
  • 1935, December 17 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence
  • 1936, September 15 and 16 - Rufus Burrus Correspondence with Paul Dillon
  • 1936, November 25 - Court Deposition
  • 1937, October 17 - Order
  • 1938, March 9 and 10 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1939, February 10 and 19 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence
  • 1940, April 19 - Truman-Stark-Milligan Article from The Missouri Herald
  • 1940, June 21 - Harry S. Truman and Rufus Burrus Correspondence
  • 1940, October 29 and 30 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence
  • 1941, January 4 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1941, February 27 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1941, March 14 - Telegram
  • 1941, March 18 - Telegram
  • 1941, September 27 - Telegram
  • 1942, May 18 - Interoffice Reference Sheet
  • 1943, June 29 - Rufus Burrus Correspondence
  • 1943, September 21 - Application for Supplemental Mileage Ration
Box 2
  • 1945, April 9 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence
  • 1947, March 7 - L. T. Dryden Correspondence
  • 1947, August 25 - Rufus Burrus Correspondence
  • 1947, August 27 through December 30 - Rufus Burrus Correspondence
  • 1948, February 26 and 27 - Rufus Burrus Correspondence
  • 1948, December 11, 14, and 18 - Rufus Burrus Correspondence
  • 1948, December 21 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1950, June 20 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1950, June 27 - Press Release
  • 1950, July 3 - Rose Conway Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1951, October 20 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence
  • 1951 - Harry S. Truman and Bess Truman Christmas Card
  • 1952, - February 11 - Harry S. Truman Real Estate Contract
  • 1952 - Harry S. Truman and Bess Truman Christmas Card
  • 1953 - Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas Card
  • 1954 - Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas Card
  • 1955, March 24 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence
  • 1955 - Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas Card
  • 1956 - Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie Eisenhower Christmas Card
  • 1957 - Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie Eisenhower Christmas Card
  • 1958 - Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas Card
  • 1959, January 2 - Harry S. Truman and Bess Truman Real Estate Notice
  • 1959 - Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas Card
  • 1960 - Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas Card
  • 1961 - John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Christmas Card
  • 1961, September 7 - Harry S. Truman and Rufus Burrus Draft of Correspondence
  • 1962, January 10 and 15 - Rufus Burrus Correspondence
  • 1962, March 31 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence
  • 1962 - John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Christmas Card
  • 1963 - Harry S. Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1963, March 20 - Rufus Burrus Correspondence
  • 1963, May 2 - Rufus Burrus Correspondence
  • 1963, October 19 - History of Grandview Chapter #365, O.E.S.
  • 1963 - John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Christmas Card
  • 1964 - Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson Christmas Card
  • 1965 - Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson Christmas Card
  • 1966 - Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson Christmas Card
  • 1967 - Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson Christmas Card
  • 1968 - Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson Christmas Card
  • 1968, Febraury 16 - Bess Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1973, February 20 - Margaret Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1974, November 26 - Harry S. Truman Probate, Receipt of Distributee
  • 1976, October 29 - Margaret Truman Daniel Envelope
  • 1976, November 1 - Harry S. Truman Probate, Application for Allowance of Compensation
  • 1977, July 5 - Walter Mondale Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1977 - Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter Christmas Card
  • 1978 - Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter Christmas Card
  • 1979, February 28 - Bess Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1979, November - Bess Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1979 - Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter Christmas Card
  • 1980, February 8 - Margaret Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1980 - Bess Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • 1980 - Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter Christmas Card
  • 1993, January 20 - William J. Clinton Inaugural Address
  • 1993 - William J. Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton Christmas Card
  • 1994 - William J. Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton Christmas Card
  • 1995 - William J. Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton Christmas Card
  • 1996 - William J. Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton Christmas Card
  • 1997, January 20 - William J. Clinton Inauguration
  • 1997 - William J. Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton Christmas Card
  • 1998 - William J. Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton Christmas Card
  • 1999 - William J. Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton Christmas Card
  • 2000 - William J. Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton Christmas Card
  • Undated - Bess Truman Correspondence with Rufus Burrus
  • Undated - By-Laws, Community Savings and Loan Association
  • Undated - Harry S. Truman Correspondence
  • Undated - Harry S. Truman Correspondence with Dexter Perry
  • Undated - Harry S. Truman Envelope
  • Undated - Ila and Rufus Burrus, Cards from Truman Family
  • Undated - "The Independence" Playing Cards
  • Undated - White House Envelope to Howard Travers

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