Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


M. R. Evans Papers

Dates: 1917-1976.

Friend of Harry S. Truman; Vice President, Citizens Fidelity Bank and Trust Company of Louisville, Kentucky

The M. R. Evans Papers contain correspondence between Harry S. Truman and M. R. Evans after their service together in the First World War. Also included are photographs, programs, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks from Evans's years as a prominent member of the Democratic Party and as an important employee of the Citizens Fidelity Bank and Trust Company of Louisville, Kentucky.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 10 linear inches (about 1,200 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donors gave to the U.S. government their copyrights in this material. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their 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 Mueller (1978).
Updated by: Aaron Davis (2014) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Milton R. "Bob" Evans was born in 1900 in Kansas City, where he lived until serving in the First World War as a private in Battery D of the 129th Field Artillery, under Captain Harry S. Truman. After the war, Evans moved to Louisville, Kentucky and remained friends with Truman throughout the president's political career and retirement. He was one of five trustees of the campaign committee for Truman's successful 1948 presidential campaign. Evans was employed at the Citizens Fidelity Bank and Trust Company of Louisville for forty years, and eventually was promoted to vice-president of the bank. Evans was also the commanding general of the Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels and a president of the World Boxing Association. Evans died in Louisville in 1976 at the age of 76.

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The M. R. Evans Papers contain correspondence between Harry S. Truman and M. R. Evans in the years after their service in World War I. Also included are photographs, programs, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks from Evans's years in Louisville, Kentucky as a prominent member of the Democratic Party there and as an important employee of the Citizens Fidelity Bank and Trust Company of Louisville. The collection is composed of one series.

The series, the Subject File, contains a variety of items but is mostly composed of correspondence between Harry S. Truman and M. R. Evans, newspaper clippings, and programs for various events and organizations. The letters are either from Truman's time in the White House or from his retirement years in Independence, and often are just notes of thanks or responses to requests to attend events such as the annual Battery D reunions. Also included is correspondence with Rose Conway, Mr. Truman's secretary, and with Bess Wallace Truman. The programs and pamphlets mainly come from Democratic Party events, the Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels, and other occasions or organizations. Invitations to events are included in the papers as well as tickets and other memorabilia. The photographs are mainly comprised of scenes with Harry S. Truman and M. R. Evans. Newspaper clippings in the collection concern important events of Evans's life, such as his promotion to vice-president of the bank, or the activities of Harry S. Truman. The contents of the scrapbooks consist of additional photographs, pamphlets, newspaper clippings and memorabilia from Evans's life, ranging from 1917 to 1960.

This collection is useful in understanding the life of a relatively close friend of Harry S. Truman as well as the workings of the Democratic Party around the middle of the twentieth century, especially in Kentucky.

Other collections at the Truman library that relate to personal friends of Truman from his World War I days include the papers of Vic H. Housholder, Edward V. Condon, and Verne E. Chaney. More correspondence with M. R. Evans can be found in the papers of Harry S. Truman, especially in President's Personal File 2185 and in the Name File of the Post-Presidential papers.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.Series
1-2SUBJECT FILE, 1917-1976
Correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and other items relating to the life of M. R. Evans and his friendship with Harry S. Truman. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Correspondence--Conway, Rose
  • Correspondence--Truman, Bess
  • Correspondence--Truman, Harry S.
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Personal
  • Photographs
  • Programs
  • Scrapbook, 1917-1947
  • Scrapbook, 1948-1949
  • Scrapbook, 1949-1951
Box 2
  • Scrapbook, 1952-1954
  • Scrapbook, 1955-1956
  • Scrapbook, 1956-1960
  • Stamps--First Day Issue

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