[Washington, DC: The White House, 1945-1946]. A collection of typed notes, 20 cm., on White House letterhead, nine signed by Sanderson, one unsigned, all dated September 24, 1945, directed to different department heads. Sanderson requests their recommendations "as to the detailed personnel under your supervision who should be transferred to the White House Office in event such transfer meets with the approval of the President." The notes are accompanied by typed lists of names, 26 cm., approx. 7 pp., some of which include the employees' Civil Service grades and/or salaries. Several of the notes have been appended with the responses, either typed or in ink, of the supervisors, and signed by them. These signatures include Ralph Magee, Chief of Social Correspondence; William D. Simmons, Receptionist; H[erbert] Miller, Chief of Records; H[owell] G. Crim, Chief Usher; C.E. Ingling, Chief of Files; and I.R.T. Smith, Chief of Mails. A two page typed compilation of the names, 26 cm., "Employees Detailed to the White House Since Jan. 1 1946," is also present. The list of 28 names, plus one struck through, is annotated in pencil, and further dated June 12/46. At this time Frank Sanderson was Chief of Accounts, Purchases, and Personnel. Sanderson served five different Presidents over the course of his 30 years at the White House.
A second group of papers includes a typed note signed by M[aurice] C. Latta, Executive Clerk, on White House letterhead, dated June 28, 1946. [Latta began his career at the White House in the McKinley administration]. A "Memorandum for the President," states that the attached list of names (approx. 10 typed pages) had been "prepared pursuant to your approval of the transfer to this office of certain employees now on detail from various Departments and agencies... and the promotion of some of these as well as regular White House Office employees to grades approved by the Civil Service Commission." Pres. Truman has signed his name to this memorandum: "Approved / Harry Truman." Item #68348
Harry S. Truman took the office of President of the United States on April 12, 1945, following the death of Franklin Roosevelt. With the end of the war in August, Truman turned his attention to domestic issues. Although he initially retained many of Roosevelt's advisers, he began to replace them with his own people. He operated primarily as his own chief of staff, and in the process of reorganizing the executive branch, the number of people employed in the White House continued to grow.