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TITLE: New Deal Resources: Preserving the Legacy, Part 1
EVENT DATE: 2008/03/13
RUNNING TIME: 115 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
The "New Deal" Franklin Delano Roosevelt had promised the American people began to take shape immediately after his inauguration on March 4, 1933. The multi-faceted social, cultural and fiscal recovery program aimed to reform and reinvigorate national life, and to end the Great Depression. Many New Deal administrators believed that art could be a part of the daily lives of all Americans, not just the elite, and could enrich the lives of all who came in contact with it.
Leading scholars from throughout the United States joined experts from the Library of Congress in the program, "Art, Culture, and Government: The New Deal at 75." The program began with an afternoon presentation titled "New Deal Resources: Preserving the Legacy." Representatives from the National Archives and Records Administration and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum joined staff from several Library divisions to discuss and display a selection of materials from their New Deal holdings.