Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


William K. Divers Papers

Dates: 1934-1994.

Chairman, Home Loan Bank Board, 1947-1953.

The William K. Divers Papers include correspondence, printed materials, photographs, articles, reports, speeches, pamphlets, brochures, maps, scrapbooks, and other items relating to Divers's life and career as a government official and corporate officer.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 1 linear foot, 4 linear inches (about 3,200 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donor gave its copyrights in this collection to the U.S. government. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their duties are in the public domain. It must be assumed that copyright interest in other documents belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Pamela Anderson (2012).


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1905 (April 12)Born William Keeveny Divers in Cincinnati, Ohio
1923-1928Attended the University of Cincinnati and earned a Bachelor of Laws degree
1928Admitted to the Ohio bar
1928-1930Attended the University of Cincinnati and earned a Master of Laws degree
1928-1933Partner in the firm Divers & Warm
1931-1932Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Hamilton County, Ohio
1933-1938Member of legal staff, Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works
1935 (August 27)Married Minna Rosenbaum
1938-1939Member of legal staff, U.S. Housing Authority
1939-1941Regional Director of the U.S. Housing Authority for fifteen Midwestern states
1941Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Housing Authority, and Special Assistant to the Director of the Defense Housing Division, Federal Works Agency
1942-1944Regional representative, National Housing Agency
1945Assistant Administrator, National Housing Agency
1946Special Assistant to the National Housing Expediter
1947Assistant Administrator, Housing and Home Finance Agency
1947Appointed by President Truman to the Home Loan Bank Board, as Chairman.
1951Appointed by President Truman for a second term on the Home Loan Bank Board, as Chairman
1953Stepped down as Chairman of the Home Loan Bank Board
1954Resigned from the Home Loan Bank Board
1955Became President of the Savings and Loan Foundation
1968Became Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Savings and Loan Foundation.
1998 (April 19)Died in Fayetteville, Arkansas

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Papers of William K. Divers contain material relating to his life and career as a government official, a corporate officer, and a private citizen. The papers include correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, articles, speeches, reports, pamphlets, brochures, photographs, maps, invitations, programs, and other items.

The Divers Papers are arranged in one series, a Subject File. This series contains correspondence with banking officials across the country congratulating him on his two Presidential appointments to the Home Loan Bank Board (HLBB), as well as their regret when he left the HLBB. Newspaper and magazine clippings chronicle not only his attendance and participation at numerous conferences, conventions, and meetings, but also various statements and decisions he made throughout his career. Also included in the series are speeches Divers gave while on the HLBB and during his tenure as President of the Savings and Loan Foundation. Outside of correspondence and speeches, the bulk of the material regarding his work with the HLBB can be found in the two scrapbooks in this series, including the report, "Home Loan Bank Board, Summary of Operations for 1951," which is in Scrapbook # 2.

A large portion of the papers pertain to the many international trips Drivers took in his work to promote savings and loan societies in developed and developing countries. Divers often traveled with his wife and one of them usually wrote a detailed summary of the trip. Accompanying these trip summaries are many brochures, pamphlets, photographs, and maps of the areas they visited. When Divers traveled alone, the letters he wrote home to his wife and children are included. Also included with these trip papers are copies of speeches Divers gave at the international conferences he attended.

These papers arrived at the Truman Library unarranged. They are now arranged in alphabetical order according to subject and thereunder in chronological order.

Related materials at the Truman Library include the William K. Divers Oral History Interview and the Papers of Raymond M. Foley, Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, 1947-1953.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.Series
1-4SUBJECT FILE, 1934-1994
Correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, other printed materials, speeches, photographs, articles, reports, pamphlets, brochures, maps, scrapbooks, and other items. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Africa - Trip, 1961
  • Africa - Trip, 1966
  • Alaska
  • Bermuda - Trip, 1956
  • Certificates and Awards
  • Clippings
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Correspondence
      [1 of 4]
      [2 of 4]
Box 2
      [3 of 4]
      [4 of 4]
  • Cosmos Club
  • Geneva - Trip
  • Guatemala - Trip, 1974
  • Hawaii, Philippines, Australia - Trip, 1968
  • Ireland - Trips
  • Lima, Peru and Santiago, Chile - Trip, 1964
  • London - Trips
  • Nicaragua - Trip, 1970
Box 3
  • Panama - Trip, 1971
  • Personal
  • Peru - Trip, 1963
  • Photographs
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Printed Materials
  • Reports
  • Rio de Janeiro - Trip, 1968
  • Santo Domingo - Trip, 1969
Box 4
  • Scrapbook # 1
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Scrapbook # 2
  • South Africa - Trips
  • Speeches
  • Travel
  • Vienna - Trip, 1976

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