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[Harry Truman]. Dewitt Greer Archive with Truman Endorsement Signed  "Harry Truman". A group of papers and confidential documents belonging to or relating to Dewitt Greer, including a Harry Truman Endorsed Letter, along with Greer's honorable discharge emblem, newspaper clippings, a printed FDR Presidential Communication & Route Map from the White House Signal Department, Truman's Presidential Inauguration invitation (January 20, 1945), and multiple confidential reports and documents.

Dewitt Carlock Greer (1902–1986) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He became a state highway engineer, and served as chief engineer all throughout World War II. After the war, he turned his focus to Texas, and was known as "the father of the Texas highway system" after his contribution towards 50,000 miles of paved highways in Texas. He later served as chairman of the Texas Highways and Public Transportation Commission, and the state highway department headquarters in Austin was named after him. Greer passed away on November 17, 1986.

The bulk of the archive consists of important letters and reports dating from October 15, 1942 to August 27, 1946. In a letter dated July 4, 1945 Major Dewitt Greer, as Commander of the White House Signal Detachment, was "charged with providing communications for the President of the United States." Signed by Major General Frank E. Stone, Chief of the Army Communications Service.

Truman's endorsement is present on an August 13, 1945 report, two pages, 8" x 10.5", in which President Truman signed off on a "Proposed Plan for Consolidating White House Communications Agencies", signed "8/13/45 Approved Harry Truman". Greer was responding to Truman, "in compliance with your verbal instructions", and put forward a scheme to more effectively run White House communications. This included converting the White House's Map Room into a joint communications room that would house the War Department, Naval Department, Presidential train and yacht, and Truman's Missouri officers. Truman's endorsement is bold in black ink.

Condition: Papers have light creases from flattened folds, with two hole punches along the top margin where pages are held within the folder. Some pages have light toning. Overall good.

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47125: [Harry Truman]. Dewitt Greer Archive with Truman

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800Oct 25, 2018
Auction Curated By:
Sandra Palomino
Director Historical Manuscripts
3500 Maple Avenue
17th Floor
Dallas, TX 75219
United States
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