Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


David E. Bell Papers

Dates: 1945 - 1979. Bulk Date Span: 1945-1962.

Budget Examiner, Bureau of the Budget, 1945-1947; Special Assistant in the White House, 1947-1948, 1949-1951; Assistant to the Chief, Fiscal Division, Bureau of the Budget, 1948-1949; Administrative Assistant to the President, 1951-1953.

The papers of David E. Bell consist of speeches by former President Harry S. Truman, press releases, Congressional voting records and Presidential messages to Congress. These papers primarily span the years when Mr. Bell served in the Bureau of the Budget and the White House from 1945 - 1953. Also included are papers obtained during his service as Director of the Bureau of the Budget from 1961 - 1962. Further miscellaneous materials included are correspondence, a map of Independence, Missouri, and a chart of the organization of federal executive departments and agencies.

See also David E. Bell Files and Oral History.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 1.2 linear feet (about 2,400 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: David Bell did not donate his copyright interest in these papers to the U.S. government. Documents created by U.S. government employees in the course of their official duties are in the public domain.
Processed by: Erwin J. Mueller (1973)
Updated by: Sondra Pena (2004) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and Amy Williams.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1919 (January 20) Born, Jamestown, North Dakota
1939 1939 B.A., Pomona College, Claremont, California
1940 1940 M.A., (Economics) Harvard University
1941 1941 Administrative Analyst, War Organization Section, Administrative Management Division, Bureau of the Budget
1942-1945 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
1943 Married Mary Louise Barry
1945-1947 Budget Examiner, Bureau of the Budget
1947-1948 Special Assistant in the White House
1949-1951
1948-1949 Assistant to the Chief, Fiscal Division, Bureau of the Budget
1951-1953 Administrative Assistant to President Truman
1954-1957 Adviser on General Economics, Planning Board, Government of Pakistan, and Project Field Supervisor, Harvard Advisory Group
1957-1961 Lecturer on Economics, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
1961-1962 Director, Bureau of the Budget
1962-1966 Administrator, Agency for International Development
1966 Vice President, International Division
1969 Executive Vice President, The Ford Foundation
2000 Died

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of David E. Bell are organized into one series which is arranged alphabetically. The date span is 1945 - 1979 although there is a considerable gap in the time span of the materials. The bulk of the documents are from the years 1945 - 1952 with only two folders representing the years 1961 and 1962 and only a couple of documents dated 1979. The papers of David E. Bell consist primarily of Presidential Messages to Congress and speech drafts for the 1952 Presidential campaign. These speeches were delivered by Harry S. Truman in his support for Democratic nominee Adlai Stevenson. The messages to Congress include those of the 79th (first and second sessions), the 80th (first and second sessions), the 81st (first and second sessions), the 82nd (first and second sessions, and the 87th (first and second sessions). The messages all contain remarks on a wide variety of policy areas delivered by President Truman and then later by President John F. Kennedy. Also included in this file is a comprehensive voting record analysis. This summary of voting records of Committee Chairmen and other senior members of the Congress on issues of importance to the Truman administration was compiled at the request of President Truman himself. A memorandum from Kenneth Hechler to Mr. Bell with a copy of a letter from President Truman is attached to this document outlining the specifics of his request. Various other documents found in this collection include trip itineraries and press releases for the 1952 campaign as well as correspondence with the donor, David E. Bell, a governmental organizational chart, and a map of Independence, Missouri.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1-3 SUBJECT FILE, 1945-1979
Messages to Congress, speeches, press releases, itineraries, correspondence, map, chart. Arranged alphabetically.

 

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

SUBJECT FILE, 1945-1979

Box 1

  • Papers [correspondence, map, and chart]
  • Campaign Speeches of Harry S. Truman, (1952) September 1 - October 1
  • Campaign Speeches of Harry S. Truman, (1952) October 1 - 10
  • Campaign Speeches of Harry S. Truman, (1952) October 10-22
  • Campaign Speeches of Harry S. Truman, (1952) October 22 - November 3
Box 2
  • Presidential Messages to Congress, 79th Congress, First and Second Sessions
  • Presidential Messages to Congress, 80th Congress, First Session
  • Presidential Messages to Congress, 80th Congress, Second Session
  • Presidential Messages to Congress, 81st Congress, First Session
  • Presidential Messages to Congress, 81st Congress, Second Session
  • Presidential Messages to Congress, 82nd Congress, First Session
Box 3
  • Presidential Messages to Congress, 82nd Congress, Second Session
  • Presidential Messages to Congress, 87th Congress, First Session
  • Presidential Messages to Congress, 87th Congress, Second Session
  • Voting Records of Democratic and Republican Party Committee Chairmen, 80th - 82nd U. S. Congress

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