By Chad King
During the past few weeks, I have been doing ongoing work with the Truman Map Room collection. This is a collection of great significance, since it encompasses critical correspondence between the allied leaders and their aides. During WWII, this information was top secret and it was not declassified for researchers until 1976. The collection is extensive – over 8 linear feet – and details Truman’s plans to end the war in Japan, along with working with Stalin and Churchill to end the war in the East. This portion of the collection deals with the personal communication of the “big three” leaders. Communication ranged from serious issues dealing with the war, to personal notes of kindness. Once online, researchers will have a vast amount of material to examine dealing with the end of World War II.