It describes some of the work of the HSTP, including the process of locating and obtaining documents and the ways in which interviews were organised.
Prior to searching for primary documents and finding suitable interviewees, the HSTP explored secondary material for issues, context and the names of potential interviewees.
The clipping collection proved valuable to the HSTP as a starting point for searching in government files, giving relevant dates, names and places for particular developments.
The HSTP's efforts in accessing official information were made much easier by the work of two independent policy researchers who had previously negotiated access to Ministry of Health archives.
The HSTP targeted nearly all agencies with an interest in health policy and sector change operating at a national level, including, for example, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Ministry of Health, Treasury, the State Services Commission, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, and the New Zealand Public Service Association.
Of the 25 public and private bodies approached by the HSTP, 17 provided some form of file catalogue.
Connelly, secretary to the president, 17 March 1948, HSTP, OF 233 misc., folder "January-August 1948"; Connelly to Trotta, 22 March 1948, ibid.; Vincent J.
Truman, 19 March 1948, HSTP, OF 233 misc., folder "January-August 1948."
(24) Federal Bureau of Investigations, "Communist Party: Organizational Apparatus" 1 April 1949, HSTP, President's Secretary's Files, box 167, folder "Communist party"; L'Adunata dei Refrattari, 10, 17 April 1948.
Connelly, memorandum, 30 May 1945, HSTP, OF 233 misc., folder "1945-July 1946"; Gaetano Salvemini, undated memorandum for the Office of War Information, Philleo Nash Papers, box 24, folder "Pope, Generoso," Truman Library; Salvemini, Italian Fascist Activities in the United States, ed.
Truman, 10 March 1948, HSTP, Confidential File, box 39, folder "State Department, 1948-49, 1"; Unione, 12 March 1948.
Truman, 26 July 1946, HSTP, OF 85-S; Luigi DePasquale to John E.