Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Harry Easley Papers

Dates: 1916-2002. Bulk Date Span: 1935-1953.

Friend and Missouri Political Associate of Harry S. Truman.

The papers of Harry Easley include correspondence, printed materials, scrapbooks, handwritten notes, and other items that document his friendship and working relationship with Harry S. Truman.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 1 linear foot, 9 linear inches (about 3,200 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donors gave to the U.S. government their copyrights in this material and in any other material received by the U.S. government and maintained in the Harry S. Truman Library. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their official duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Erwin J. Mueller (1967); Randy Sowell (2004, 2008).
Updated by: Annali Cler (2016) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1901 (October 22)Born Harry E. Easley
1928 (June 16)Married Geneva Hatten
1931Resigned from Atlas Powder Company
1932Met Harry S. Truman
1935-1937Deputy State Administrator, Works Progress Administration
1937-1945Vice President, Webb City (Missouri) Bank
1942-1944Treasurer, Democratic Central District Committee
1945Became Kansas City Regional Director, Office of Surplus Property
1983 (March 28)Died

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Harry Easley include correspondence, printed materials, scrapbooks, handwritten notes, and other items that document his friendship and working relationship with Harry S. Truman. The collection is arranged in a single series, the Subject File. With few exceptions, the materials in the collection date from Truman's years as U.S. Senator, Vice President, and President, from 1935 to 1953.

The Subject File contains a wide variety of documents, but consists mostly of correspondence and the contents of six personal scrapbooks. Many of the letters are about events for Harry S. Truman's political campaigns, especially the 1940 Senate campaign and the 1944 Vice Presidential bid. As an adviser to Truman and organizer of Democratic political affairs in Southwestern Missouri, Easley would often contact Truman or his aides Fred Canfil and Victor Messall about local issues, jobs, and favors. Letters from Easley's time as a public employee, including positions as the Deputy State Administrator of the Works Progress Administration and Kansas City Regional Director of the Office of Surplus Property, detail the concerns of Missouri citizens and their need for Easley's assistance.

Easley was deeply involved in community affairs, in such roles as President of the Webb City Rotary Club, Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club, President of the Webb City Chamber of Commerce, and Board President of KFSB Radio. His personal scrapbooks feature newspaper clippings and letters about these achievements and many more.

Related papers at the Truman Library include the papers of Harry S. Truman (Papers as U.S. Senator and Vice President), Fred Canfil, and Victor Messall. The transcript of an oral history interview with Harry Easley is available on the Library's web site.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.Series
1-4SUBJECT FILE, 1916-2002
Correspondence, printed materials, scrapbooks, handwritten notes, and other items that document Harry Easley's friendship and working relationship with Harry S. Truman. Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Autobiography of Amos Davis Hatten
  • Briggs, Frank-Correspondence
  • Canfil, Fred-Correspondence
  • Charts and Maps
  • Correspondence, 1938
  • Correspondence, 1939
  • Correspondence, 1940
  • Correspondence, 1941
  • Correspondence, 1942
Box 2
  • Correspondence, 1943
  • Correspondence, 1944
  • Correspondence, 1945
  • Correspondence, 1946
  • Correspondence, 1947
  • Correspondence, 1948
  • Correspondence, 1949
  • Correspondence, 1950
  • Correspondence, 1951
  • Correspondence, 1953
  • Correspondence, 1955
  • Correspondence, 1956
  • Correspondence, 1957
  • Correspondence, 1958
  • Correspondence, 1973
  • Correspondence, Undated
  • Democratic Central District Committee
  • Lamar Notification Ceremony, Harry S. Truman Vice-President Nomination
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Personal
Box 3
  • Photographs
  • Printed Materials
  • Scrapbook I
  • Scrapbook II
  • Scrapbook III
  • Scrapbook IV
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
Box 4
  • Scrapbook V
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Scrapbook VI
  • Surplus Property
  • Tri-State Defense Projects
  • Truman Presidential Inauguration
  • Truman Senate Campaign
  • Truman Vice-Presidential Inauguration
  • Washington D.C. Trip

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