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May 12, 2013, 11:05pm Top

I was working through my spam filter and found a response from Truman's Presidential Library. They sent a list of books that he kept in his working office with location info in the office. Would this be of interest. I am still trying to get a source for the books in his home.

May 12, 2013, 11:33pm Top

Sounds interesting to me!

May 12, 2013, 11:35pm Top

I missed the fact that the home library has already been started. Can waitingtoderail and I have a copy of the password? Thanks, Keith

May 13, 2013, 11:54am Top


May 13, 2013, 12:00pm Top

Just fyi, this is next on my list after Eisenhower. Looks like some cleanup may need to happen on what's in there now, too, so I'll take a look and see how to get it moving again. kcgordon, if you want to send me the list you got I'll get that uploaded as well.

Jul 4, 2013, 6:11pm Top

Oh, goodness, I totally forgot that I had done the wiki for this weeks ago. It's at:


I cleaned up and finished the section of books from Truman's home study, and made that into a separate collection, so now we can start on the Working Office collection (as you'll see on the wiki, these new books should all be added to that collection, as well as to the Your library collection).

I've done something a bit different here, adding the tags right with each section, so they can just be copy/pasted in as you go, hopefully saving lots of time! Let me know if this works for you/is annoying/etc. Just an experiment.

Some of these shelves/sections have more books than others, so feel free to look through the PDF (http://www.librarything.com/staticfiles/TrumanWorkingOfficeBooks.pdf) and find one that looks good. Let's use this thread for comments/questions/etc.

Have at it!

Jul 6, 2013, 12:45pm Top

I would like to help with the Truman library but I need a "Working on Legacy Libraries for Dummies" book. :- (

Jul 6, 2013, 1:07pm Top

For a single volume from a multi-volume set, should I use a library record for the entire set and note which volume is in Truman's library, or should I manually create a record for just that volume?

Edited: Jul 6, 2013, 1:27pm Top

> 8. I'd enter a record for the specific volume. If you enter the entire set, on the author's page it will give the impression that Truman owned the complete set and only the person who takes the trouble to drill more deeply into the book details for Truman's entry and scrutinize the notes field will realize he had just a single title.

Jul 6, 2013, 8:02pm Top

>8 cbl_tn: - Can you be specific about what you mean? Which entry from the list, &c. That will help sort out what the best route to take is for that particular case.

Jul 6, 2013, 9:46pm Top

>10 jbd1: It's the Forrest Pogue biography of George C. Marshall on p. 1. It's a 4 volume set, and all the library records I could find have it cataloged as a set. I went ahead and created a manual record for the single volume, but if we need to use a library record the one I created can be deleted.

Jul 6, 2013, 10:05pm Top

>11 cbl_tn: - Ah, yeah, for something like that a manual entry makes sense. If it were something like volume two only of a four-volume set of Don Quixote, for example, it would be slightly different ... in that case I'd probably add the work and then just say something like "Volume II only" or something in Comments. But yes, for this particular case, this works perfectly.

Jul 9, 2013, 12:27pm Top

>7 shesinplainview: go to Jeremy's (>6 jbd1:) post above yours and click on his first link. It will tell you what needs to be done. I too want to help and that looks like the place to start.

Edited: Jul 9, 2013, 1:14pm Top

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Jul 9, 2013, 1:15pm Top

This is my first time doing this and I hate to say I am already stuck. I have taken Sec. 3, Shelf 4 and the first one is several volumes of the DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY. When I try to search on add books it only comes up with the library of congress and there are many books with this title or like titles and a wide range of dates. While one looks correct, it was written in 1996, which I know wouldn't be correct. So, what do I do? I have no dates or anything to clue me in to what books to add and if working manually I do not have much information at all to input.

Sorry about the post above, I forgot I was still signed in as Mr. Truman.

Jul 9, 2013, 2:50pm Top

>15 WillowOne: Volumes 1-6 are listed on p. 8, in section 2, shelf 4. I'd suggest adding the tags for this section to the record already in his library and add a comment identifying the volumes in each section.

Jul 21, 2013, 1:04pm Top

Aside from the problems, the list is complete. Two notes: East wall, Section 5; there is no shelf 5, it goes from shelf 4 to shelf 6. West wall Section 5 there is no shelf 6, it ends at shelf 5.

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