Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


William R. Auman Papers

Dates: 1942-1953.

Information Specialist, Chief of the News Branch, and Director of the Editorial Division, Office of Price Administration, 1942-1947.

The papers of William R. Auman consist primarily of materials concerning Auman’s work with the Information Department of the Office of Price Administration (OPA). The materials include official correspondence, publicity materials, press releases, memoranda, newspaper articles, and quarterly reports.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 1 linear foot, 9 linear inches (about 3,000 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: William R. Auman donated his copyright interest in all unpublished writings in this collection to the U.S. government. 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: Charles W. Orhvall (1980).
Updated by: Louise Hilton (2009) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1902 (22 August)Born, Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
1923B.A., Pennsylvania State College.
1925B.Lit., Columbia University.
1926-1936Reporter and Editor, Pearsall’s News Bureau, New York.
1936-1942Editor, Russell-Pearsall News, Inc., New York.
1942-1947Information Specialist, Chief of the News Branch and Director of the Editorial Division, Office of Price Administration, Washington, D.C.
1948-1950Chief of the Editorial Section, Office of Special Representative, Economic Cooperation Administration, Paris, France.
1951-1953Director, Scandinavian Information Service Center, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1954-1958Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Information Agency, Oslo, Norway.
1958-1961Program Officer for Europe, U.S. Information Agency, Washington, D.C.
1961-1964Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Information Agency.
1964-1967Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Information Agency, Washington, D.C.
1991 (10 September)Died, Cambridge, Maryland.

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of William R. Auman cover the years from 1942 to 1953, but mostly date from 1942 to 1947, when Auman served as an official with the Office of Price Administration (OPA) in Washington, D.C. Most of the collection consists of press releases, official correspondence, newspaper articles, promotional pamphlets and brochures, quarterly reports, and other documents relating to the OPA’s activities (and especially to Auman’s work in the OPA’s Information Department). The collection also contains materials from Auman’s tenure as director of the Scandinavian Information Service Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 1951 to 1953, as well as a digest of newspaper editorials and columns prepared by the Office of War Information in 1945.

The collection contains three series: an Office of Price Administration File, a Subject File, and a Printed Material File. Subjects covered in the collection include the wartime and postwar economic situation in the United States, inflation, and special programs administered by the OPA, such as the Maximum Average Price Program. Also included is information on OPA Administrators Chester Bowles and Paul A. Porter, and wartime commodities, such as clothing, cotton, and meat. The primary focus of the collection is on the public information efforts of the OPA during World War II, as reflected in drafts of an official history of the OPA’s Information Department and in a variety of OPA publications.

Further information on the OPA and the wartime and postwar economic situation may be found at the Truman Library in Record Group 188 (Records of the Office of Price Administration), available on microfilm, and in Record Group 250 (Records of the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion).

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1-3 OFFICE OF PRICE ADMINISTRATION FILE, 1942-1947
Press releases, correspondence, printed materials, and other items. Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically.
3 SUBJECT FILE, 1945-1953
Printed materials, handwritten notes, and other items. Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically.
3-4 PRINTED MATERIAL FILE, 1942-1951
Booklets, brochures, pamphlets, reports, and other published items. Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Bowles, Chester
  • Clothing
  • Correspondence
  • Cotton
  • Fuel and Consumer Goods Enforcement Division: Weekly Letter, January- February 1945
  • Grocer-Consumer Anti-Inflation Campaign
  • Information Department History, Drafts
      [1 of 3]
      [2 of 3]
      [3 of 3]
  • Information Department History, General
  • Information Fact Sheets
  • Letters to Editors, 1945-1946
  • Liquidation
Box 2
  • Mailing List
  • Maximum Average Price Program
  • Meat
  • Miscellaneous Publicity Material
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • National War Agencies Telephone Directory, September 1945
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • O
  • Porter, Paul A.
  • Presentations Before the House Banking and Currency Committee, 1944- 1946
  • Press Conference, Friday, September 15, 1944
  • Press Releases, 1942-1944
  • Press Releases, 1945
  • Press Releases, 1946
  • Press Releases, Miscellaneous
  • Press Releases, U.S. Labor Press Service – January 1945
  • Radio Kits, 1942, 1945
Box 3
  • Report to the President…Relationship of Wages to the Cost of Living…, February 12, 1945
  • Scanlon, Alice
  • Stanford, Alfred
  • Statements
  • Trivia
  • Economic Cooperation Administration – Scandinavian Information Service Center, 1950-1953
  • Office of War Information – Digest of Editorials, February 1945
  • Office of War Information – Summary of Press Releases, January- February 1945
  • Photographs
  • War Ration Books
  • Chronology of the Office of Price Administration: January 1941- November 1946
  • Consumers’ Guide, January 1945
  • Landsberg: A Documentary Report
  • OPA First Quarterly Report, April 30, 1942
  • OPA Second Quarterly Report, July 31, 1942
  • OPA Tenth Quarterly Report, June 30, 1944
  • OPA Seventeenth Quarterly Report, March 31, 1946
Box 4
  • OPA Eighteenth Quarterly Report, June 30, 1946
  • OPA Nineteenth Quarterly Report, September 30, 1946
  • OPA Brochures
  • Postwar Employment and the Removal of Wartime Controls
  • Price Control Legislation, Regulations, Congressional Reports, and Executive Orders, 1942-1946
  • War Progress, January 20, 1945

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