Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Martin L. Friedman Papers

Dates: 1948-1977.

Special Assistant to President Harry S. Truman, 1949-1953.

The papers of Martin L. Friedman consist of speeches, itineraries and schedules, press clippings, photographs, memorabilia and other items related to his work as a special assistant to President Truman. Also included are biographical sketches, correspondence, invitations, newspaper clippings, White House stationery, and programs and materials related to the 1961 inauguration of John F. Kennedy.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: Less than one linear foot (about 400 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donor gave the United States all her copyrights in the unpublished materials in this or any other collection of papers received by the United States and deposited in any depository administered by an agency of the United States. Documents created by U. S. Government officials in the course of their duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Rochelle Caruthers, David Clark (2008).


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1918 ( December 22)Born, Omaha, Nebraska
1939A.B., in Political Science and Public Administration, Rutgers University
1939-1940Professorial Assistant and graduate student in Political Science, Rutgers University
1940-1941Research Analyst, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor Department
1941-1943Management Specialist, War Department
1942-1946U.S. Army and Army Air Force, rising to rank of Captain
1946-1949Chief, Technical Staff, Army Air Force Wage Board
1949-1953Special Assistant to President Harry S. Truman
1952-1968Active as aide and advance man for Democratic Candidates for President
1953-1970Engaged in private practice of law as partner of Oscar Chapman
1970-1977Sole practitioner, counsel to Phillips Petroleum Company
1968-1970President, National Democratic Club, Washington, D.C.
1977 (March 23)Died, Washington, D.C.

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Martin L. Friedman consist of memorabilia, speeches, itineraries and schedules, press clippings, photographs, correspondence, biographical sketches, invitations, materials from the 1961 Inauguration, newspaper clippings, and White House stationery and other items related to his work as a special assistant to President Truman. Part of the collection was originally opened for research in 1977 as part of the Truman Libraryís Miscellaneous Historical Documents Collection (MHDC 285).

The memorabilia in the Subject File includes tickets, programs, and invitations for many events, such as the 1948 Democratic National Convention; the 1949 Inaugural; the Army- Navy football game in Philadelphia on December 2, 1950; the 1951 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner; and the showing of the Army Signal Corps film "Midwest Flood Disaster of 1951.Ē The collection also includes press clippings concerning the 1952 Democratic National Convention and scandals in the Reconstruction Finance Corporation.

Other materials include four speeches, two of which were given by President Truman, and itineraries for several trips taken by the President. There are also several documents that show Friedman's involvement with the Democratic Presidential campaign of Governor Adlai Stevenson. There is a detailed memo and itinerary for Governor Stevenson's first trip west in September 1952 as well as information concerning Governor Stevenson's visit to the White House in August of 1952.

The series also contains correspondence related to the donation of Friedmanís papers to the Truman Library, a conference on President Trumanís administration, and Friedmanís membership as a Harry S. Truman Library Institute Honorary Fellow. Also included are biographical sketches, invitations to White House events, materials from the 1961 John F. Kennedy Inauguration, newspaper clippings, and White House stationery.

The Truman Library also has the Martin L. Friedman Files, which are part of the Harry S. Truman Papers, and an oral history interview with Martin L. Friedman.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1 SUBJECT FILE, 1948-1977
Speeches, itineraries and schedules, press clippings, photographs, memorabilia, correspondence, biographical sketches, invitations, materials from the 1961 Inauguration, newspaper clippings, and White House stationery. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Correspondence
  • Invitations
  • John F. Kennedy Inauguration, 1961
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • White House Souvenirs Scrapbook
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • White House Stationery

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