American Memory Historical Collections
the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews
Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor
This collection presents approximately twelve hours of
opinions recorded in the days and months following the
bombing of Pearl Harbor, including a
series of interviews called "Dear
Mr. President," which
were recorded in January and February 1942.
American English Dialect Recordings: The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection
This collection contains 118 hours of recordings documenting North American English dialects. The recordings include speech samples, linguistic interviews, oral histories, conversations, and excerpts from public speeches. It includes an audio recording and a transcript of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Joint Address to Congress asking that a state of war be declared between the United States and Japan (December 8, 1941).
Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920
The Nation's Forum Collection consists of fifty-nine sound
recordings of speeches by American leaders from 1918-20.
The speeches focus on issues and events surrounding World
War I and the subsequent presidential election of 1920.
This collection contains a speech delivered
by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1920 concerning World War
I and its aftermath.
American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers'
These life histories were compiled and transcribed by
the staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers'
Project for the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects)
Administration (WPA) from 1936-40. Search
this collection to find life histories
that reference Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and
Other Printed Ephemera
The Printed Ephemera collection comprises 28,000 primary
source items dating from the seventeenth century to the
present and encompasses key events and eras in American
history. Search the
bibliographic records and the full-text option to find
items related to Franklin Delano Roosevelt such as his
State of the Union address and his
message to the American people in 1945.
Fortress: The Library of Congress, 1939-1953
This collection presents a window into the history of
the Library of Congress from 1939 to 1953. During this
time the Library underwent a myriad of changes that established
the institution as one of America's foremost citadels of
intellectual freedom. Included in this collection are thirteen
letters to or
from Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
of the American West, 1860-1920: Photographs from the Collection
of the Denver Public Library
Over 30,000 photographs, drawn from the holdings of the
Western History and Genealogy Department at Denver Public
Library, illuminate many aspects of the history of the
American West. This collection contains twenty
photographs of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations
This collection contains approximately 400 items relating
to presidential inaugurations, including Franklin Delano
inauguration in 1933, second
inauguration in 1937,
inauguration in 1941, and fourth
and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating
the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years
In honor of the Manuscript Division's centennial, its
staff selected approximately 90 representative documents
spanning from the fifteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. This collection contains
items related to Roosevelt, including his letter
to J. Robert Oppenheimer thanking the physicist and
his colleagues for their ongoing secret atomic research.
Also included is a letter
from Eleanor Roosevelt to Walter
White, the NAACP executive secretary, detailing the First
Lady's lobbying efforts for federal action against lynchings.