Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Mary Shaw Branton Papers

Dates: 1907-2001. Bulk Date Span: 1945-1988

Friend of Margaret Truman Daniel.

The papers of Mary Shaw Branton consist of correspondence, memorabilia, invitations, newspaper clippings, photographs, printed material, scrapbooks, and other items mostly pertaining to Branton's friendship with Margaret Truman Daniel and the Truman family. The collection documents Harry S. Truman's Inauguration, post-presidency, death, and funeral; the dedication and re-dedication of the Harry S. Truman Library; Margaret Truman Daniel's music career, marriage, children, and grandchildren; the death of Bess Truman; and commemorative events and ceremonies honoring the memory and legacy of Harry S. Truman.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 2.1 linear feet (about 4,200 pages).
Access: Open
Copyright: Mary Shaw Branton has donated to the U.S. government her copyright interest in all writings in this collection, or in any other collection of papers in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration. 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: Sharie Simon, Jan Davis, and Richard Yon (2004).


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1920 (November 15) Born, Kansas City, Missouri
1942 Received B.A. degree, University of Missouri-Columbia
1942-1943 Jackson County Juvenile Court Probation Officer.
1943-1945 Director of Girls Department-Elliot Park Neighborhood House, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1947 (April 12) Married William Coleman Branton
1947-Present Active member, Independence Square Redevelopment, Truman Library Institute, Truman Medical Center Foundation, Hope House, Jackson County Historical Society, Children's Mercy Hospital, and other organizations.
1972 Community Service Award
1985 William Coleman Branton Died
1985 Spirit Award
1988 Yates Medallion for Distinguished Service
1993 Patriot of the Year Award
1996 Volunteer of the Year Award

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Mary Shaw Branton consist of newspaper clippings, printed material, correspondence, memorabilia, invitations, photographs, scrapbooks, and other items mostly pertaining to Branton's friendship with Margaret Truman Daniel and the Truman family. The collection documents Harry S. Truman's Inauguration, post-presidential years, and death; the dedication and re-dedication of the Harry S. Truman Library; Margaret Truman Daniel's music career, marriage, children, and grandchildren; the death of Bess Truman; and commemorative events and ceremonies honoring the memory and legacy of Harry S. Truman.

The collection consists of five series. The first series, the Harry S. Truman File, comprises approximately two-thirds of the collection. It includes information concerning Truman's Inauguration, retirement years, death, and funeral, as well as material documenting the celebration of the Truman birthday centennial in 1984, other memorial tributes to the late President, and the activities of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs. The Bess Wallace Truman File and the Margaret Truman Daniel File contain some personal correspondence with Mrs. Truman and Margaret. The last two series, the Edna Hutchison File and the Mary Gentry Shaw File, include scrapbooks documenting the trip made by members of Mrs. Truman's Independence bridge club to visit their friend in the White House in 1946. Mrs. Hutchison and Mrs. Shaw (Mary Shaw Branton's mother) were among the bridge club members who went on this trip.

Mary Shaw Branton and Margaret Truman Daniel have been lifelong friends. Each served as the other's maid of honor at their respective weddings. Their correspondence consists mostly of letters updating Branton on events occurring within Margaret's immediate family, as well as holiday cards. Also included is a letter from Clifton Truman Daniel, Margaret's oldest child, to Branton regarding his work as a journalist. Bess Truman and Mary Gentry Shaw were also friends. The collection provides an account of their relationships and interactions over the years. Correspondence from Bess Truman to Shaw focuses on the wonderful times they had visiting together. There is also correspondence in the collection with Madge Gates Wallace, Bess Truman's mother.

Most of the collection consists of newspaper clippings and other printed material chronicling the life, times, and legacy of Harry S. Truman, his presidency, and the post-presidential years. Included in the memorabilia are invitations and programs that Branton received for events such as Margaret's wedding, Harry S. Truman's Inauguration, the dedication of the Harry S. Truman Library, the funerals of Harry S. Truman and Bess Truman, the unveiling and dedication of the Truman statue in front of the Jackson County Courthouse in Independence, and other events and ceremonies honoring President Truman.

Related materials at the Truman Library include an oral history interview with Mary Shaw Branton (No. 504) and the papers of Clifton and Margaret Truman Daniel.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1-4 HARRY S. TRUMAN FILE, 1932-2001
Correspondence, memorabilia, invitations, newspaper clippings, photographs, and printed material relating to Mr. Truman. Arranged alphabetically.
5 BESS WALLACE TRUMAN FILE, 1949-1988
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, invitations to events, and printed material concerning Mrs. Truman. Arranged alphabetically.
5 MARGARET TRUMAN DANIEL FILE, 1946-1988
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, invitations, memorabilia, photographs, and printed material pertaining to Margaret Truman Daniel. Arranged alphabetically.
6 EDNA HUTCHISON FILE, 1907-1975
Correspondence, scrapbooks, and printed material concerning Edna Hutchison, a friend of Mrs. Truman. Arranged alphabetically.
6 MARY GENTRY SHAW FILE, 1945-1999
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and printed material concerning Mrs. Shaw, the mother of Mary Shaw Branton. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Cathedral Age, 1973 - "Harry's Lovely Farewell"
  • Centennial, 1984--Memorabilia
  • Death of Harry S. Truman, 1972 [newspaper clippings]
  • Dedication of Harry S. Truman Library, 1957
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Election, November 1948 [newspaper clippings]
  • 50th Anniversary of Truman's Presidency, 1995
  • Funeral
  • "Give 'em Hell, Harry" with James Whitmore, 1975
  • Hamlet [performance in Denmark, June 17-27, 1949]
  • Harry S. Truman Library
Box 2
  • Harry S. Truman Library Institute - Twenty First Century Fund Capital Campaign
  • Harry S. Truman Library Rededication, December 2001
  • Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
  • Home [Independence, MO]
  • Homecoming Dinner, February 5, 1953
  • Inauguration, January 1949 - Newspaper Clippings
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Invitation - Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture Series at Avila College, October 21, 1971
  • Jackson County, Missouri
  • Jose Iturbi Concert, March 30, 1963
  • Kempton, Greta [Truman Library exhibit of her work, April 11-October 12, 1987]
  • Memorial Concert
  • Miscellaneous
Box 3
  • Newspaper Clippings and Other Printed Material
  • Public Service Award, May 8, 1976
  • Recognition of Israel - Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration, 1996
  • Truman Anniversary Concerts, 1985-1987
  • Truman Centennial Celebration, 1984
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Truman Centennial Celebration, 1984 - Newspaper Clippings
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
Box 4
  • Truman Centennial Commission
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Truman Era Political Cartoons
  • Truman Statue Dedication, Independence, Missouri, 1976
  • Truman Trunk -- Speeches, St. Paul's Episcopal Day School, October 1999 [videotape]
  • Truman with Gary Sinise, 1995
Box 5
  • Correspondence
  • Death of, October 1982
  • Miscellaneous
  • Newspaper Clippings and Other Printed Matter
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Children and Grandchildren
  • Hollywood Bowl, August 23, 1947 - Concert Debut
  • Miscellaneous
  • Music Career
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • New York and Washington Trip, August 1950
  • The Saturday Evening Post - Story by Elise Morrow, 1946
  • Trinity Church in Independence, Missouri
  • Wedding of Margaret Truman and Clifton Daniel, April 1956 [newspaper clippings]
  • Wedding Memorabilia [photos, invitations, postcards, etc.]
  • Writing Career
Box 6
  • Bess Wallace Truman
  • Harry S. Truman
  • Madge Wallace
  • Margaret Truman--Correspondence
  • Miscellaneous [Perle Mesta, Truman Library, etc.]
  • Scrapbook
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Perle Mesta
  • Scrapbook
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Scrapbook, April 1946
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