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Harry S. Truman: A Resource Guide

Harry S. Truman served as the thirty-third President of the United States (1945-53), assuming the presidency upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This guide provides access to digital materials, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.


The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a variety of material associated with Harry S. Truman. Born in Lamar, Missouri, in 1884, Truman served as a judge in the Jackson County (Missouri) Court (1922-24, 1926-34) before being elected to the U.S. Senate (1935-45). In 1944, he was elected Vice President of the United States on the ticket with Franklin D. Roosevelt. On April 12, 1945, Truman assumed the presidency upon the death of Roosevelt. He was re-elected president in 1948.

This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Truman such as manuscripts, government documents, newspaper articles, films, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Truman and a bibliography containing selected works for both a general audience and younger readers.