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Harry S. Truman Library Institute - Research Grants

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Funding is calculated on the following basis: 1) $75 for any night spent in Independence, Missouri to cover lodging and meals; 2) airfare based on the best advance-coach fare available; 3) $100 allowance for photocopying (ground transportation, including rental car fees, will not be reimbursed).

Since it first opened its Research Room in 1959, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum has welcomed nearly 15,000 historians, writers and scholars, representing more than 40 nations. From the beginning, the Truman Library Institute has provided grants-in-aid for researchers; the total granted now stands at nearly $2.7 million. Today, research grants, awards and fellowships provide assistance to emerging and established scholars whose contributions illuminate the critical issues of Truman’s presidency and legacy.

The spring round of Research Grants includes one John K. Hulston Scholarship of up to $2,500, to be awarded to a researcher who wishes to visit multiple research facilities – including the Truman Library – for their topic. Applicants should indicate their interest in the Hulston Scholarship when submitting their Research Grant applications and include a detailed project budget outlining additional repositories to be consulted and how materials at those repositories fit into the larger project. 

Today, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum houses more than:

  • 15,000,000 pages of manuscript materials, of which approximately 6,500,000 are White House files
  • 100,000 still pictures
  • 500+ hours of disc and tape recordings
  • 400 motion pictures
  • Approximately 500 oral histories
  • 75 hours of videotape recordings
  • 30,000 books
  • 10,000 periodicals
  • 1,400 microfilm copies of printed materials

Together, these historic materials document the remarkable life and legacy of President Truman, and some of the most dramatic chapters from our American story.

Last Updated On: 2018-05-11

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