Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

The President’s Committee on Civil Rights

Documents

1945

April

B.W. Davenport to Harry Vaughan, With Attachments
       April 23, 1945    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

May

Telegram, Paul Burney to Harry S. Truman
       May 9, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Resolution by the United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW-CIO)
       May 15, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

August

Memorandum, Charles G. Ross to Matthew J. Connelly, With Attached Letter From Walter White
       August 25, 1945    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

October

Correspondence Between Harry S. Truman and Walter White
       October 6, 1945    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Harry S. Truman to Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., With Attached Telegrams and Press Releases
       October 12, 1945    View (9 pages)    |    (PDF)

November

Correspondence Between Mary McLeod Bethune, Harry S. Truman and William D. Hassett
       November 21, 1945    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

1946

Statement by Attorney General Tom Clark
       ca. 1946    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

“Memoranda of Law – Columbia Case”
       ca. 1946    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Press Release, Department of Justice
       ca. 1946    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

“An Appeal to the Governor and People of Tennessee,” by Clark Foreman
       ca. 1946    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

January

Telegram, William Allyn Hill to Harry S. Truman
       January 23, 1946    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

March

Memorandum, Malcolm Ross to Harry S. Truman
       March 1, 1946    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum for Files, With Attached Telegram to Harry S. Truman
       March 14, 1946    View (7 pages)    |    (PDF)

Albert E. Barnett to Tom Clark
       March 15, 1946    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

David K. Niles to Clark H. Forman, With Attached Telegram from Clark H. Forman to Harry S. Truman
       March 28, 1946    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

April

Press Release, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
       April 4, 1946    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, David K. Niles to Harry S. Truman
       April 11, 1946    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Eleanor Bontecou to A. B. Caldwell, With Attachments
       April 15, 1946    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

June

Address by Tom C. Clark
       June 21, 1946    View (16 pages)    |    (PDF)

Telegrams to the White House Urging Protection for African-American Voters
       June 24, 1946    View (12 pages)    |    (PDF)

August

Kathleen Potts to Mary-Jane Grunsfeld, With Attached Telegram from Mary–Jane Grunsfeld to Philleo Nash
       August 2, 1946    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Flyer Regarding a Funeral March in Washington, D. C.
       August 3, 1946    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Telegram, John H. Sengstacke to Harry S. Truman
       August 13, 1946    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

September

Edward J. Jeffries to Harry S. Truman, with Reply from Matthew Connelly
       September 9, 1946    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Telegram, Paul Robeson to David K. Niles, With Attachments
       September 19, 1946    View (7 pages)    |    (PDF)

Letter, Harry S. Truman to Attorney General Tom Clark, with attached memo to David Niles
       September 20, 1946    View (2 pages)

Press Release, Department of Justice
       September 26, 1946    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Walter White to David K. Niles
       September 26, 1946    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

October

Attorney General Tom Clark to Harry S. Truman, with Attached Proposed Executive Order
       October 11, 1946    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, G.T. Washington to Tom C. Clark, With Attached List of Names Submitted for a President’s Committee on Civil Liberties
       October 11, 1946    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, Philleo Nash to Ed Brown
       October 28, 1946    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

November

Memorandum, David K. Niles to Matthew J. Connelly
       November 12, 1946    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

December

Correspondence Between Thelma Pallette and Harry S. Truman
       December 12, 1946    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

1947

Memo, Recommendations of the President’s Committee on Civil Rights
       ca. 1947    View (7 pages)    |    (PDF)

January

Memorandum from David Niles
       January 7, 1947    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Report to President’s Committee on Civil Rights, "Federal Criminal Jurisdiction Over Violations of Civil Rights"
       January 15, 1947    View (26 pages)    |    (PDF)

Minutes of Meeting, President's Committee on Civil Rights
       January 15, 1947    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

February

Draft Press Release, President’s Committee on Civil Rights
       February 7, 1947    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

David K. Niles to Matthew J. Connelly
       February 19, 1947    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Form Letter from Robert K. Carr, President's Committee on Civil Rights
       February 20, 1947    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, Robert K. Carr to the President’s Committee on Civil Rights
       February 21, 1947    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, Robert K. Carr to Subcommittee No. 2
       February 28, 1947    View (13 pages)    |    (PDF)

April

Correspondence Between Oscar Chapman and Joseph D. Lohman, With Attachments
       April 1, 1947    View (10 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, Robert K. Carr to the President’s Committee on Civil Rights
       April 3, 1947    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Robert K. Carr to Victor C. Gasper
       April 4, 1947    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, James B. Carey to David K. Niles
       April 9, 1947    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, Robert K. Carr to David K. Niles
       April 30, 1947    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

May

Memorandum, Robert K. Carr to David K. Niles, With Attached Copy of Resolutions to the President’s Committee on Civil Rights
       ca. May, 1947    View (5 pages)    |    (PDF)

Clarence Mitchell to John R. Steelman
       May 9, 1947    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Helen Gahagan Douglas to David Niles
       May 14, 1947    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, Philleo Nash to David K. Niles
       May 19, 1947    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, Robert K. Carr to the President’s Committee on Civil Rights
       May 29, 1947    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

June

Memorandum, John L. Thurston to John R. Steelman
       June 23, 1947    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Address Given by Walter White at the Lincoln Memorial
       June 29, 1947    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

July

Correspondence Between Rabbi Isaac E. Marcuson and Matthew J. Connelly, With Attached Resolution
       July 11, 1947    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Robert K. Carr to Charles G. Ross
       July 16, 1947    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, Matthew J. Connelly to David K. Niles, with Attached Letter from Raymond Pace Alexander
       July 17, 1947    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

August

Douglas W. McGregor to Alexander Wiley
       August 6, 1947    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

September

Memorandum, Robert K. Carr to David K, Niles
       September 19, 1947    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

November

Walter White to David K. Niles
       November 5, 1947    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Correspondence Between Charles J. Durham and Jack B. Brooks
       November 10, 1947    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Mike M. Masaoka to Robert K. Carr
       November 13, 1947    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Address by C. Girard Davidson
       November 15, 1947    View (8 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, Frank S. Horne to Philleo Nash, With Attached Statement to the President's Committee on Civil Rights
       November 24, 1947    View (32 pages)    |    (PDF)

December

Correspondence Between Lottie Anderson and Matthew J. Connelly, With Attachment
       December 2, 1947    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

C. Girard Davidson to J. Howard McGrath, with Attachments
       December 6, 1947    View (9 pages)    |    (PDF)

Correspondence Between Walter White, Harry S. Truman and Jesse Donaldson
       December 9, 1947    View (5 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, Summary of Letter Protesting Committee on Civil Rights and the Committee on Higher Education
       December 29, 1947    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

1948

January

First Draft of Civil Rights Speech
       ca. January, 1948    View (6 pages)    |    (PDF)

Oscar R. Ewing to Charles Murphy, With Attached "Charter of Negro Rights"
       January 2, 1948    View (7 pages)    |    (PDF)

Press Release, “Will Henry Wallace Get the Negro Vote,” by Walter White
       January 8, 1948    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Philleo Nash to Florence M. Dixon, With Attachments
       January 19, 1948    View (7 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum from Elmer B. Staats and C. B. Stauffacher
       January 29, 1948    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Comments on Draft of President’s Message on Civil Rights
       January 30, 1948    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

February

Correspondence Between Matthew J. Connelly and Bishop R. R. Wright, Jr. With Attached Letters from White House Staff
       ca. February, 1948    View (7 pages)    |    (PDF)

Revised Draft of Omnibus Civil Rights Bill
       February 3, 1948    View (35 pages)    |    (PDF)

May

Correspondence Between David K. Niles, Samuel Unger, and Harry S. Truman, With Attached Note
       May 16, 1948    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

September

Correspondence Between Harry S. Truman and Ernie Roberts
       September 2, 1948    View (6 pages)    |    (PDF)

October

Telegram, J. Strom Thurmond to Harry S. Truman
       October 11, 1948    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)