Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Bernard L. Gladieux Papers

Dates: 1945-1950.

Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce, 1945-1950.

The papers of Bernard L. Gladieux consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes and other items related to the work of the Department of Commerce.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: Less than one-half of one linear foot (about 350 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: Bernard L. Gladieux has donated to the United States of America his copyright interest in all writings in this collection. Documents created by U.S. government employees in the course of their official 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: Erwin J. Mueller (1973).
Updated by: Cassie Mundt (2007) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1907 (April 12)Born, Toledo, Ohio
1930A.B., Oberlin College
1935Executive Secretary, City Manager League, Toledo, Ohio
1936-1939 Administrative Consultant, Public Administration Service, Chicago
1939-1942Management Consultant; Chief, War Organization Section, U.S. Bureau of the Budget, Executive Office of the President
1943M.S. in Public Administration, Syracuse University
1943-1944Administrative Assistant to Chairman, War Production Board
1944Deputy Chief of Operations and Administration, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration
1945-1950Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce
1950-1954Assistant to the President, Ford Foundation
1957-1967Partner, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Management Consultant Firm
1967-1974Co-founder and partner, Knight & Gladieux (later Knight, Gladieux & Smith), Management Consulting Firm
1997 (May 18)Died, Oberlin, Ohio

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Bernard L. Gladieux Papers are comprised of correspondence, agendas, memoranda, reports, notes, and other items compiled during Gladieux's service as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce. The collection is comprised of one series, a Chronological File.

Bernard L. Gladieux was Executive Assistant to the Secretary from 1945 to 1950 and served three Secretaries during this period: Henry Wallace, W. Averell Harriman, and Charles Sawyer. The collection includes information on Wallace’s forced resignation from the Cabinet in 1946.

The reports mostly concern employee security: security clearances, summaries of loyalty cases, appeals of loyalty board decisions, and the security program at the National Bureau of Standards. Included in the papers are the transcripts of several hearings involving Commerce Department employees who appealed the decisions in their cases to the Department’s Loyalty Review Board.

The letters and memoranda are mostly between Gladieux and others, and concern appointments and other personnel matters.

Also included are notes for the Secretary of Commerce's meetings with President Truman, notes from meetings between Gladieux and the Secretary, and notes on a conference concerning the Federal Barge Line Strike.

Much of the remaining correspondence involves the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, the Civil Aeronautics Administration, the Council of Economic Advisers, preparation of the budget and appropriations, and the replacement of temporary employees after the war.

The Truman Library has the papers of Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer. The Oberlin College Archives has a small collection of Bernard L. Gladieux Papers relating to his personal life and other aspects of his career.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1 CHRONOLOGICAL FILE, 1945-1950
Agendas, correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, and other items relating to the Department of Commerce. Arranged chronologically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST
Box 1
  • 1945
  • 1946
  • 1947
  • 1948
  • 1949
  • 1950

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