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Franklin Delano Roosevelt: A Resource Guide

President Roosevelt signing the declaration of war against Germany, Dec. 11, 1941
President Roosevelt signing the declaration of war against Germany, Dec. 11, 1941.
1 photographic print. 1941 Dec.
Prints & Photographs Division.
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After 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).

American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I

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' Project, 1936 to 1940

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.

Printed Ephemera: 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 collection to find items related to Franklin Delano Roosevelt such as his 1940 State of the Union address and his last message to the American people in 1945.

Freedom’s Fortress: The Library of Congress, 1939 to 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.

U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: "I Do Solemnly Swear..." A Resource Guide

This collection contains approximately 400 items relating to presidential inaugurations, including Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first inauguration in 1933, second inauguration in 1937, third inauguration in 1941, and fourth inauguration in 1945.

Words 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 four 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.

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