Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Lou E. Holland Papers

Dates: 1926-1953.

Kansas City Businessman and Civic Leader; Chairman, Smaller War Plants Corporation, 1942-1943.

The papers of Lou E. Holland consist of correspondence and other materials primarily related to Holland’s acquaintance with Harry S. Truman. These papers are photocopies of original documents that are part of a much larger collection of Holland papers at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: Less than one-half of one linear foot (about 600 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donors retained their copyright interest in these papers during their lifetime, with those rights to pass to the U.S. government upon their deaths. 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: Philip D. Lagerquist (1979).
Updated by: Lauren Sumerall (2007) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1878 (June 20)Born, Parma, New York
1902Moved to Kansas City
1916Founded Holland Engraving Company
1925-1927President, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
1927-1931Worked with Harry S. Truman to encourage the approval of $10 million in bonds to finance road construction in Jackson County
1942-1943Chairman, Smaller War Plants Corporation
1945Named chairman of the safety committee of the American Automobile Association
1945-1947Chairman, Mayor’s Aviation Advisory Board
1949-1951President, American Automobile Association
1952Appointed to the Advisory Committee on Highway Safety, U.S. Department of Commerce
1960 (May 25)Died, Lake Lotawana, Missouri

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Lou E. Holland consist of correspondence and other materials primarily related to Holland’s involvement in business and civic affairs in Kansas City, Missouri, and his resulting acquaintance with Harry S. Truman. The collection is arranged in one series and consists of photocopies of original documents from a much larger collection of Holland’s papers at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Included in the collection is personal correspondence between Lou E. Holland and Harry S. Truman during Truman’s years as County Judge, Senator, and President. Also included are letters to Holland reminding him of meetings and events regarding Kansas City activities. The collection includes both typed copies and handwritten drafts of letters from Holland to Truman.

The documents are both professional and personal in nature, with the bulk of the personal documents dating from Truman’s time in Washington D.C. The professional documents are mainly focused on the work Holland and Truman did together in Kansas City, Missouri.

A few entries in Holland’s diary are included in the collection. Plans regarding Jackson County, Missouri during Truman’s time as County Judge are also included, as well as a number of Truman speech drafts from that period.

Truman’s papers as U.S. Senator and Vice President, the President's Secretary's Files, and the President's Personal File 253 also contain information on Lou E. Holland.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1 HARRY S. TRUMAN FILE, 1926-1953
Correspondence, speech drafts, and other material mostly relating to Lou E. Holland’s activities in Kansas City, Missouri and his resulting acquaintance with Harry S. Truman. Arranged chronologically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST
Box 1
  • 1926-1927: Lou Holland Diary—Selections Pertaining to Harry S. Truman
  • 1926-1938: Lou Holland—Personal Harry S. Truman Correspondence
  • 1927-1931: Personal Correspondence—Harry S. Truman, County Judge
  • 1932-1953: General
  • 1943-1944: Truman, Harry S.—Personal
  • 1944-1945: Personal Correspondence—Harry S. Truman, Senator
  • 1944-1945: Personal Correspondence—Harry S. Truman, Senator and Vice President
  • 1945-1948: Personal Correspondence—Harry S. Truman, President
  • 1949-1952: Personal Correspondence—Harry S. Truman, President

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