The Harry S. Truman Library & Museum was established to preserve the papers, artifacts, and other historical materials relating to former President Harry S. Truman and to make them available to the people in a place suitable for exhibit and research. The building and Mr. Truman's Presidential papers were transferred to the Government at a dedication ceremony held on July 6, 1957.
The core of the Library's research holdings and the principal reason for its existence is its collection of the papers of Harry S. Truman. These papers consist principally of the White House files for the Truman administration, 1945-53. They also include papers that document Mr. Truman's life and careers as farmer, soldier, businessman, local politician, U.S. Senator, Vice President and former President. In addition to the Truman papers, the Library has in its custody over five hundred manuscript collections of individuals who were associated with Mr. Truman. The Library also has over five hundred oral history interview transcripts and a small quantity of Truman-related Federal records. The audiovisual collection consists of about 125,000 photos, 1,000 hours of audio disc and tape recordings, 400 motion pictures and 75 hours of video tape recordings. The Library also has about 28,000 objects in its museum collection.
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