“This Library will belong to the people of the United States,” observed Harry S. Truman in 1954, reflecting on his future presidential library in Independence, MO [https://trumanlibrary.org/libhist.htm]. “The papers of the Presidents are among the most valuable sources of material for history. They ought to be preserved, and they ought to be used.”
The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum was dedicated in 1957. For over 60 years, a team of curators, archivists, and conservators has worked to preserve President Truman’s material legacy. Recently, a team of engineers and contractors designed and installed a new central chilled water plant and dehumidification system that is creating the optimal indoor environment to preserve and display the collections.