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Harold D. Smith Papers, 1939-1946 | Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

Collection Overview

Title: Harold D. Smith Papers, 1939-1946Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Smith, Harold D. (1898-1947)

Extent: 2.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: This collection is arranged in four series: Daily Memoranda, 1939-1940, Daily Record, 1940-1946, Conferences with the President, 1939-1946, Ehite House Memoranda, 1939-1946.

Date Acquired: 06/00/1965. More info below under Accruals.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Harold D. Smith papers include diaries, lists of appointments, memoranda, correspondence, and newspaper clippings from the period when he served as Budget Director. Under Reorganization Plan No.1, effective July 1, 1939 the Bureau of the Budget was transferred to the Executive Office of the President and was responsible for preparing and administering the budget, developing plans for more efficient administrative management of Federal activities, recommending Presidential action on legislation approved by Congress, and assisting in the preparation of Executive Orders and Proclamations.

During World War II, the Bureau also was involved in organizing and liquidating emergency agencies and in making recommendations on personnel and economical utilization of supplies. The papers, which detail these activities of the Budget Bureau, are arranged in four series.

Collection Historical Note

Harold Dewey Smith was born on June 6, 1898 in Haven, Kansas. After receiving degrees in engineering and public administration from the Universities of Kansas and Michigan, he worked for several municipal and state·research organizations. In 1937 he was appointed Budget Director for the state of Michigan by Governor Frank Murphy and served in that capacity until April, 1939 when his fiscal reforms in Michigan attracted the attention of President Roosevelt who named him Director of the Bureau of the Budget.

This appointment coincided with the transfer of the Bureau to the Executive Office of the President, authorized by the President's Reorganization Plan No. 1, effective July 1, 1939.

After Roosevelt's death, Smith remained at his post until June, 1946 when he resigned to become vice-president of the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (World Bank). He was serving as acting president of that institution at the time of his death in Culpepper, Virginia on January 23, 1947.

Administrative Information

Repository: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

Accruals: Additional materials were acquired in July 1965.

Acquisition Source: Mrs. Lillian M. Riley

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials:

Related material may be found in PSF - Subject File - Bureau of the Budget

PPF 8024 Harold D. Smith

OF 79 Bureau of the Budget

OF 5708 Bureau of the Budget - Enrolled Public Bills

Papers of Wayne Coy.

Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Daily Memoranda, 1939-1940],
[Series 2: Daily Record, 1940-1946],
[Series 3: Conferences with the President, 1939-1946],
[Series 4: White House Memoranda, 1939-1945],
[Series 5: Miscellaneous],
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Series 1: Daily Memoranda, 1939-1940Add to your cart.
test Box 1: accounts of appointments, meetings, telephone conversations with various government officials and other individuals, arranged chronologically. Also included are descriptions of conferences with Franklin Roosevelt. Descriptions of the these conferences were also assembled in "Conferneces with the President" (see Series 3). After these these memoranda were discontinued at the end of 1940, accounts of conferences with the President were entered in the "Daily Record" (see Series 2).

Box 1Add to your cart.

Daily Memoranda, Apr.-Jun. 1939Add to your cart.

Daily Memoranda, Jul.-Sept. 1939Add to your cart.

Daily Memoranda, Oct.-Dec. 1939Add to your cart.

Daily Memoranda, 1940Add to your cart.

Series 2: Daily Record, 1940-1946Add to your cart.
test Boxes 2-3: listings of appointments and meetings scheduled for Smith. often with a brief description of the topic of discussion. The Record also includes notations of telephone conversations held by the Budget Director and some description of their content. One volume of newspaper clippings concerning Bureau of the Budget activities, 1941-1943. Arranged chronologically.

Box 2Add to your cart.

Daily Record - Clippings, 1941-1943Add to your cart.

Daily Record, 1940Add to your cart.

Daily Record, 1941Add to your cart.

Daily Record, 1942Add to your cart.

Daily Record, 1943Add to your cart.

Daily Record, 1944Add to your cart.

Daily Record, 1945Add to your cart.

Daily Record, 1946Add to your cart.

Series 3: Conferences with the President, 1939-1946Add to your cart.
test Boxes 3-4: diaries recounting conferences held by Smith, often in the company of other Federal officials, with Presidents Roosevelt and Truman. Most entries were dictated by Smith with occasional items by John Blandford, Wayne Coy, and Paul Appleby, Assisstant Directors of the Budget. Arranged chronolically.

Box 3Add to your cart.

Conferences with President Roosevelt, 1939Add to your cart.

Conferences with President Roosevelt, 1940Add to your cart.

Conferences with President Roosevelt, 1941Add to your cart.

Conferences with President Roosevelt, 1942Add to your cart.

Conferences with President Roosevelt, 1943-1945Add to your cart.

Conferences with President Roosevelt, 1945Add to your cart.

Conferences with President Truman, 1946Add to your cart.

Series 4: White House Memoranda, 1939-1945Add to your cart.
test Box 4: file copies of Smith's memoranda to Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt, and various members of the White House staff, arranged chronologically. Table of contents in each folder indicates subjects of memoranda. Also included is one folder of miscellaneous material, including a biography of Smith and copies of correspondence to and from Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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White House Memoranda, 1946Add to your cart.

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White House Memoranda, 1939-1940Add to your cart.

White House Memoranda, 1941Add to your cart.

White House Memoranda, 1942Add to your cart.

White House Memoranda, 1943Add to your cart.

White House Memoranda, 1944Add to your cart.

White House Memoranda, Jan.-Apr. 1945Add to your cart.

White House Memoranda, Apr.-Dec. 1945Add to your cart.

Series 5: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.

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Daily Memoranda Duplicates, 1940Add to your cart.

Conferences with the President DuplicatesAdd to your cart.

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