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M-560 Truman, President Harry S. Campaign Photograph Collection

ABSTRACT: Photographs of President Harry S. Truman campaigning for the presidency of Adlai Stevenson.

SCOPE: This collection of photographs covers President Harry S. Truman’s visit to New England to campaign in support of Adlai Stevenson’s 1952 presidential candidacy. The photographs depict Truman himself as well as Connecticut politicians like Abraham Ribicoff, John Dempsey, and John Dempsey. Many of the photographs include descriptions, dates, and photographer credits.

EXTENT: Twenty-nine photographs.

HISTORY: Harry S. Truman was born and raised in Missouri. He served in the military and as a county judge before being elected as a Missouri senator in 1934. He was sworn in as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vice president in 1945 and assumed the presidency after Roosevelt’s death. Truman was re-elected for a second term in 1948.

Adlai Stevenson II was a Democratic politician from the state of Illinois. He served as governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953. When President Truman determined he would not seek re-election, he encouraged Stevenson to enter the presidential race and openly campaigned for him. Stevenson would ultimately lose the election to Republican candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower.

ACCESS: This collection can be viewed on-site in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room.  Some of the material may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition and other access restrictions. Information on conducting research with the archival collections of the Library, including current building hours and reading room policies, can be found on our Research page. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building on the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ north campus.

Preferred Citation note: The preferred citation for this collection is “From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis."