Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


John B. Dunlap Papers

Dates: 1935-1964.

Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 1951-1952.

The John B. Dunlap Papers include correspondence, daily diaries and appointment books, newspaper clippings, financial records, photographs, and other items mostly relating to Dunlap's career as an official with the Internal Revenue Bureau and his subsequent activities as a banker.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 10 linear inches (about 1,200 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donor gave her copyrights in this collection to the U.S. government. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their duties are also public domain. Copyrights in documents that do not fall into these two categories presumably belong to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Laura Heller (1969).
Updated by: Joshua Ragon (2011) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1903 (August 22) Born, Dallas, Texas
1925 B.S., Southern Methodist University
1926 (January 15) Married Mrs. John B. Dunlap
1933-1940 Official, Internal Revenue Bureau
1940-1945 U.S. Army Officer, rising from rank of Major to Colonel
1943 Graduated from Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
1944 Graduated from Army and Navy Staff College
1945 Returned to Internal Revenue Bureau
1947-1950 Acting Collector and Collector of Internal Revenue, Second District of Texas, Dallas
1950-1951 Internal Revenue Agent in Charge. Dallas Division
1951-1952 Commissioner of Internal Revenue
1952-1953 District Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service, Dallas
1953-1964 Senior Vice President, First National Bank, Dallas
1964 (December 6) Died, Dallas

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of John B. Dunlap consist of correspondence, daily diaries and appointment books, newspaper clippings, financial and personnel records, and photographs relating to Dunlap's life, military service, career as an official with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, and subsequent career as a banker. The collection is organized into one series, a Subject File, which is arranged alphabetically.

The daily diaries and appointment books from before 1951 consist primarily of financial records of Dunlap's day to day expenses and travel, with related tax forms. Occasional references to his military service and vacations also appear. After 1951, the diaries and appointment books deal primarily with Dunlap's daily appointments.

The correspondence and newspaper clippings primarily deal with Dunlap's service as Commissioner of Internal Revenue from 1951-1952. During this time, Dunlap worked to clear the agency of corruption and favoritism. The articles detail Dunlap's removal of more than 160 agents from the Internal Revenue Bureau. Other articles describe the reorganization of the agency and its change of name from the Internal Revenue Bureau to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The photographs include portraits of Dunlap, photos of his swearing-in ceremony as Commissioner of Internal Revenue, and photos of him with other individuals.

More information on the Internal Revenue Bureau and Internal Revenue Service during the Truman administration can be found in the papers of Harry S Truman (Official File 21-D and President's Secretary's Files) and the papers of John W. Snyder.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1-2 SUBJECT FILE, 1935-1964
Correspondence, daily diaries and appointment books, newspaper clippings, financial records, and other items. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Correspondence, 1950-1952
  • Correspondence, 1956-1964
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1935
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1936
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1937
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1938
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1939
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1940
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1951 [May-July]
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1955
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1956
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1957
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1958
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1961
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1962
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1963
  • Daily Diary and Appointment Book, 1964
Box 2
  • Expense Book
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1951
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1952
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1953-1958
  • Personnel Records: John B. Dunlap
  • Photographs

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