Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Harry S. Truman Papers:
White House Central Files:
Permanent File

Dates: 1936-1955.

This collection consists primarily of documents providing precedents for the operation of the White House Office. It contains correspondence with the White House staff, printed materials, press releases, renovation plans, and other information relating to White House matters. The topics covered range from the powers of the President to the White House telephone service.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 3 linear feet, 11 linear inches (about 7,200 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: President Truman donated his copyright interest in his writings in this collection to the people of the United States. In addition, documents prepared by government employees of the United States in the course of their official duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interest in documents that do not fall into the aforementioned categories is presumed to remain with the writers of the documents or their heirs.
Processed by: Erwin Mueller (1972); Kamera Moore (2009).


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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Permanent File was maintained by the White House staff as a component of the White House Central Files. It contains documents that in the judgment of the staff related to the operation of the White House Office, and furnished precedents for the day-to-day operations of the White House. The collection contains travel logs, movie scripts, sheet music, printed materials, architectural floor plans, renovation plans, legislative proposals, and itineraries for foreign dignitaries. The collection also includes correspondence relating to the White House Office with members of the White House staff, the Congress, the Cabinet, the Armed Services, and the American public.

Topics covered in the Permanent File range from the powers of the President to the functions of the White House telephone service, garage, swimming pool, and library. Many of the precedents concern such ceremonial matters as awards, seals, funerals, and wreath-layings.

Related collections at the Truman Library include Record Group 130: Records of the White House Office: Records Relating to Accounts, Purchases and Personnel.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1 SUBJECT FILE, 1936-1955
Correspondence between members of the White House staff and others; renovation plans; press releases; travel logs; and other items. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Appointments—Confirmation
  • Appointments—Recess
  • Appointments—Secretary of War
  • Awards—Medals, Decorations
  • Cathedral of the Pines
  • Certifications
  • Civil Service—Retirement Regulations
  • Congress of the United States—Close of Session
  • Death and Funerals
  • Flags for Government Departments and Offices
  • Foreign Policy
  • General, 1945-1955
  • Gifts to the Government, 1945-49
      [1 of 2]
Box 2
      [2 of 2]
  • Gifts to the Government, 1950-51
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Gifts to the Government, 1952
  • Government Departments—Access to Files
  • Government Departments—Microfilming of Records
  • Government Employees—Leave
  • Inauguration
  • Medals and Awards—Vice President
  • Powers of the President
Box 3
  • Powers of the President—Defense Production Act, 1950-52
  • Powers of the President, War, 1945-46
  • Powers of the President, War, January-March 25, 1947
  • Powers of the President, War, March 26-December 31, 1947
  • Powers of the President, War, 1948-1951
  • Precedence
  • President, The
Box 4
  • Presidential Trip Log—Caribbean, August 16- September 2, 1946
  • Presidential Trip Log—Key West, November 17-23, 1946
  • Presidential Trip Log—Key West, March 12-19, 1947
  • Presidential Trip Log—Brazil, August 31- September 20, 1947
  • Presidential Trip Log—Key West, December 3-8, 1947
  • Presidential Trip Log—Caribbean, February 20- March 5, 1948
  • Presidential Trip Log—Chesapeake Bay, August 20-29, 1948
  • Presidential Trip Log—Key West, November 7-21, 1948
  • Presidential Trip Log—Key West, March 6-19, 1949
  • Presidential Trip Log—Key West, November 28-December 20, 1949
  • Presidential Trip Log—Key West, March 12-April 10, 1950
  • Presidential Trip Log—Wake Island, October 11-18, 1950
  • Presidential Trip Log—Key West, March 2-22, 1951
Box 5
  • Presidential Trip Log—Key West, November 8- December 9, 1951
  • Presidential Trip Log—Key West, March 7-27, 1952
  • President’s Papers, Disposition of
  • Public Buildings
  • Resignations, Courtesy
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D.
  • Roosevelt, Papers of Franklin D.
  • Seal and Flag, Presidential
  • Seal of Government Departments
  • Seal of the United States
  • Seal—Vice President
  • Special Days
  • Speech Clearance
  • Supreme Court—Appointments
  • Telegraph Key,1949
  • Television
  • Transition—Truman to Eisenhower in 1953
  • U—Miscellaneous [2012 accretion]
  • United Nations
  • Vereide, Abraham
  • Visits of Foreign Dignitaries
  • Voting—States
Box 6
  • Water [2012 accretion]
  • White House Architect
  • White House Automobiles
  • White House Balcony
  • White House Commission on Renovation
  • White House Committee on Furnishings
  • White House Estimate
  • White House Expansion
  • White House Files
  • White House Files, Disposition of
  • White House Garage
  • White House Library
  • White House Loyalty Review Board
  • White House Mail
Box 7
  • White House Matters, April-December, 1945
  • White House Matters, 1946
  • White House Matters, 1947
  • White House Matters, 1948
  • White House Matters, 1949
  • White House Matters, 1950
  • White House Matters, 1951
  • White House Matters, 1952
  • White House News Digest
  • White House Office, April-December, 1945
  • White House Office, 1946
  • White House Office, 1947
Box 8
  • White House Office, 194
  • White House Office, 1949
  • White House Office, 1950
  • White House Office, 1951
  • White House Office, 1952
  • White House Parking
  • White House Police
  • White House Renovation
  • White House Security Fund
  • White House Signal Corps
  • White House Stationery
Box 9
  • White House Swimming Pool
  • White House Telephone Service
  • Wreaths, Placement of
  • Wreaths, Placement of—February 3, Woodrow Wilson
  • Wreaths, Placement of—February 15, U.S.S. Maine
  • Wreaths, Placement of—April 12, Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Wreaths, Placement of—June, Confederate Monument
  • Wreaths, Placement of—November 11, Unknown Soldier

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