Letter from John Beaulieu to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Braille, 10/1958
Item from White House Central Files (Eisenhower Administration). (1953 - 1961)
Braille allows those who are blind to read using a system of raised dots on a piece of paper. The configurations of the dots represent a letter or number and are grouped together like written letters to make words. This letter is written in Braille by 13 year old John Beaulieu. In this case, the signature is felt, not seen.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower died on March 28, 1969 at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Eisenhower was buried in his World War II uniform. It consists of trousers and the green “Ike” jacket that he made famous.
Although he was one of the most decorated military men in history, his uniform had only the following medals: Army Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.
There were four gun salutes during the Eisenhower funeral ceremonies.
President Eisenhower received this 17th century prayer book from Mary Ruth Muller of Reno, Nevada. The book was published in 1633 by Robert Baker of London and features a cover of stumpwork embroidery on silk.
The book is now in the Book Collection of the Eisenhower Presidential Library.
-from the Eisenhower Library
Major Eisenhower Enters Infantry School
It was a very clever trick that resulted in then-Major Dwight D. Eisenhower first arriving at Fort Logan as a recruiting officer. General Fox Conner, Eisenhower’s mentor and friend, knew that Eisenhower wanted to study at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia and that the Chief of Infantry (who had complete control over which infantry officers went to Infantry School) would not send him.
When Conner arranged for Major Eisenhower to go to Fort Logan on recruitment duty, he was temporarily transferred from the infantry to the Adjunct General’s Office. From there, Eisenhower was able to be detailed to Infantry School.
On February 17, 1946, Chief of Staff of the Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to the fort as part of an Army inspection tour. The itinerary for the whirlwind inspection of Fort Logan indicates that his schedule allowed just 55 minutes to meet the command, examine 11 different sections and take a post tour. Fort Logan was his last stop of the day after making similar examinations of Fitzsimmons General Hospital and Lowry Army Air Field.
PHOTO CAPTION: Quarters #17 at Fort Logan, Colorado. This was Major Eisenhower’s residence from December 15, 1924 to August 19, 1925.
-from the Eisenhower Library
The Monuments Men
Last week we were privileged to host two special advance screenings of The Monuments Men, one especially for the staff of the National Archives. Thanks to the generosity of Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, and Robert Edsel, author of The Monuments Men upon which the film is based for making this possible. The film will open in theaters around the country on February 7th.
In our East Rotunda Gallery, through the 19th of February, our featured document is an Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) album that records artwork looted by the Nazis during the Second World War – one of a series of photo albums created for Adolph Hitler’s benefit to document the Nazis’ systematic looting of cultural treasures and to serve as a pick list for his planned museum in Linz after the war. The Army’s Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program recruited the group known as the Monuments Men (although there were also Monuments Women), and they used these albums to return treasures to their rightful owners. The volume on display is one of several recently discovered albums donated to the National Archives by Robert Edsel, the president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art. The newly discovered albums supplement the 40 already in the custody of the National Archives.
Read the full post on the AOTUS blog.
I propose to use whatever authority exists in the office of the President to end segregation in the District of Columbia, including the Federal Government, and any segregation in the Armed Forces.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
February 2, 1953
Eisenhower’s “Military-Industrial Complex” Speech Origins and Significance
Given on January 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address, known for its warnings about the growing power of the “military-industrial complex,” was nearly two years in the making. This Inside the Vaults video short follows newly discovered papers revealing that Eisenhower was deeply involved in crafting the speech, which was to become one of the most famous in American history. The papers were discovered by the family of Eisenhower speechwriter Malcolm Moos and donated to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Eisenhower Library director Karl Weissenbach and presidential historian and Foundation for the National Archives board member Michael Beschloss discuss the evolution of the speech.
Today in history, President Eisenhower warns of the “military-industrial complex.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, famed for its reference to the “military-industrial complex,” is one of the most famous speeches in American history. Its meaning has been analyzed and debated by historians ever since. President Eisenhower delivered the speech today in history, on January 17, 1961.
Image: President Eisenhower’s reading copy of his Farewell Address, page 16. You can see the entire reading copy with Eisenhower’s handwritten notes, watch the speech, and more at the Eisenhower Library.