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Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover
[Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover in convertible automobile on way to U.S. Capitol for Roosevelt's inauguration, March 4, 1933]
Prints and Photographs Division

National Archives
The National Archives has custody of the Federal administrative files of most New Deal related agencies, including:

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum was the first of the presidential libraries to be administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

The Presidential Library system formally began in 1939, when President Franklin Roosevelt donated his personal and presidential papers to the Federal Government. At the same time, Roosevelt pledged part of his estate at Hyde Park to the United States, and friends of the president formed a non-profit corporation to raise funds for the construction of the library and museum building. See also: The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project at George Washington University.

The New Deal
Bibliographies and links to information from the National Archives relating to New Deal-era agriculture, labor, and arts programs.

New Deal for the Arts
This online exhibition features selected materials---prints, posters, paintings, photographs, ephemera--produced by New Deal arts projects found in the collections of the National Archives.

Other Organizations

Archives Of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
The Archives has collected extensive documentation relating to the Federal Art Project and other New Deal art and photography programs, including the papers of Holger Cahill, Director of the Federal Art Project, and the papers of many administrators, artists and photographers who participated in these programs. The Archives of American Art has also compiled an extensive collection of oral history interviews, including interviews with a number of New Deal artists and photographers--including figures such as Cahill, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, and Anthony Velonis. The Archives also holds microfilm copies of original Federal Art Project records from the National Archives.

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Legacy
An organization created to "...promote awareness of the CCC program and the men who served so communities can recognize the value of the enduring strength of America’s youth during the Great Depression and visualize the tremendous resulting social and cultural benefits." See also the CCC Legacy History Center.

H-US1918-45, The New Deal era and its Origins
A discussion list for research and teaching the history of the United States, from 1918 to 1945.

National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art has custody of materials from the Federal Art Project's Index of American Design,
a compilation of nearly 18,000 watercolor renderings that depict traditional American arts and crafts made before about 1890. The renderings were created under the auspices of the Index of American Design project, one of several Fine Arts Divisions in the Federal Art Project (FAP).

National New Deal Preservation Association
A group of individuals, agencies, facilities and programs that promotes the identification, documentation, preservation and education of people about the New Deal visual and performing arts, literature, crafts, structures and environmental projects.

New Deal Network
A research and teaching Web site devoted to the public works and arts projects of the New Deal.

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