Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Henry A. Bundschu Papers

Dates: 1939-1956.

Friend of Harry S. Truman.

The papers of Henry A. Bundschu consist of correspondence and other materials relating to Bundschuís friendship with Harry S. Truman before, during, and after Trumanís presidency. The collection is comprised of a variety of documents relating to the two menís friendship. Included are several letters exchanged between Bundschu and Truman, mostly personal messages regarding life in Independence, or invitations to visit.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: Less than one linear foot (about sixty pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The Truman library received no donation of copyright from the donor of these papers. Documents prepared by U.S. government employees in the course of their official duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the authors of the documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Jeremy Ford (2005) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1887 (January 12)Born, Independence, Missouri
1911Degree of Juris Doctor, University of Michigan
1924-1928Attorney for Sheriff of Jackson County, Missouri
1926Created law partnership of Wilson, Bundschu & Bailey
1936-1937Election Commissioner, Jackson County, Missouri
1938-1957Federal Bankruptcy referee, Western Missouri District
1948 Wrote article for the Kansas City Star, ďHarry S. Truman, the MissourianĒ
1973 (September 15) Honored by the Jackson County Historical Society
1978 (May 4) Died, Independence, Missouri

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Henry A. Bundschu Papers mostly consist of correspondence and invitations accumulated by Bundschu during Harry S. Trumanís years as Senator, Vice President, President, and former President. The correspondence relates to Bundschuís long friendship with Truman, which began while they were boys growing up in Independence, Missouri.

The documents in the Bundschu Papers are dated from 1939-1956, with a majority dated from 1945-1951. The folders in this collection are arranged chronologically. The collection consists of less than one linear foot of material (about sixty pages).

Many invitations are filed in this collection. Truman even invited Bundschu, a Republican, to the 1945 Inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. In one letter to Bundschu, Truman humorously invited him to ďpolluteĒ his swimming pool at the White House. (Bundschu often boasted that he was the only Republican ever allowed to use the Presidentís pool.)

This collection also has many letters between Bundschu and Truman concerning Bundschuís work as a bankruptcy referee, mutual friends, politics, and life in Independence. There are two letters to Bundschu in the collection from Trumanís daughter, Margaret, and his sister Mary Jane.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1 CHRONOLOGICAL FILE, 1939-1956
Correspondence, printed material, memorabilia, and other documents mostly relating to Henry A. Bundschuís friendship with President Harry S. Truman. Arranged in chronological order.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1

  • 1939-1945
  • 1946-1948
  • 1949-1951
  • 1955-1956

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