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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Tully, Grace (1900-1984)

Other Creators: LeHand, Marguerite A. ("Missy"), Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)

Extent: 6.55 Cubic Feet

Arrangement:

When the Tully Collection, aslo know as the Grace Tully Archive, was acquired, there was no discernable original order because the collection had passed through several dealers, auction houses, and private owners prior to its donation to the Library. The materials had been rearranged and repackaged to enhance salability, not preserve original archival order. Archivists at the Roosevelt Library who organized the materials for research imposed a reasonable and accessible order to each sub-collection consistent with standard archival practices. In arranging the collection into its component sub-collections, if original ownership could not be clearly determined, the materials were deemed to belong in the Tully Papers.

The Tully Archive is arranged into three series:

Abstract

This collection is composed of three smaller collections: the Grace Tully Papers, the Marguerite A. ("Missy") LeHand Papers, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is composed of three smaller collections: the Grace Tully Papers, the Marguerite A. ("Missy") LeHand Papers, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers.

The collection is titled the "Tully Archive" because, while there are three distinct collections within it, all of the materials were in the sole custody of Grace Tully from at least 1941 until her death in 1984, at which time the collection was transferred through numerous dealers and private owners until its ultimate donation to the Roosevelt Library. The title accurately reflects its unique provenance.

Biographical Note

Grace Tully Biographical Timeline

Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, August 9, 1900. Father died when young, and she and two sisters and brother were raised by devout Catholic mother. Attended parochial and convent schools before enrolling in secretarial school. Worked for Bishop (then later) Cardinal Patrick Hayes as secretary for ten years. Sought new employment with Democratic National Committee in 1928. Assigned to assist Eleanor Roosevelt who was organizing support for presidential nominee Al Smith. When FDR was nominated for Governor later that year, Grace went to work on Roosevelt's staff. Grace performed the dictation and typing duties that FDR's principal personal secretary Missy LeHand disliked. Grace served with FDR in Albany during his four years as Governor of New York. Moved to Washington in 1933 when FDR elected President. Roles of Tully and LeHand were by this time well defined and accepted. Grace performed dictation and typing, managed the President's mail, and served as primary files manager for the White House. After Missy LeHand suffered a stroke in 1941, Grace became FDR's primary personal secretary. Grace was in Warm Springs with FDR when he died on April 12, 1945. Grace thereafter became executive secretary of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Foundation. Prior to his death, FDR appointed Grace to a three person committee to serve as a steward of FDR's papers in preparation for their opening to researchers. The other members of the committee were Harry L. Hopkins and Samuel Rosenman. The papers committee was disbanded in the late 1940s after ownership of the FDR papers was confirmed in the United States government following the administration of Roosevelt's estate. The establishment of the committee was deemed a non-testamentary request by the President not binding on the Archivist of the United States. In 1955, Tully joined the staff of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, working closely with then-Senate Majority leader Lyndon B. Johnson. She remained as an aide there until 1965. Grace Tully died on June 15, 1984 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC. She never married and had no children.

Administrative Information

Repository: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

Access Restrictions: None

Use Restrictions: The writings of Franklin D. Roosevelt within this collection are in the public domain. The official writings of United States government officials within this collection are in the public domain. The writings of Eleanor Roosevelt within this collection are subject to Mrs. Roosevelt's literary estate. All other materials are subject to the United States Copyright law, 17 U.S.C. 101, et seq.

Separated Materials: Framed items, memorabilia, books and photographs have been removed from the Tully Archive and transferred to the appropriate collection within the FDR Library.

Box and Folder Listing


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Series 3: Franklin D. Roosevelt PapersAdd to your cart.
test Boxes 11-13:This collection can truly be described as a "first draft of history." As FDR's personal secretaries, both Missy LeHand and Grace Tully took dictation, drafted correspondence, and worked on the President's speech drafts. As a result, the two women handled drafts of correspondence, handwritten notes or chits from FDR that would have been typed into memorandum form, and first and intermediate drafts of speeches and messages. This collection contains all of this variety of material and is primarily composed of documents that normally would have been filed in FDR's own papers in the White House that came to the Library after his death. For reasons lost to history, this material remained in the custody of his secretaries and became part of the Tully Archive instead of being filed within FDR's own papers.

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Bevill-Champion, F.G., 1937Add to your cart.
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Brown, Elliot C., 1933Add to your cart.
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Brown, Wilson, 1944Add to your cart.
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Byoir, Carl, 1936Add to your cart.
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Byrns, Joseph Wellington, 1935Add to your cart.
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Corcoran, Thomas G., 1935Add to your cart.
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Couzens, James, 1936Add to your cart.
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Cushing, Mrs. Harvey, 1937Add to your cart.
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Day, Joseph P., 1934Add to your cart.
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Delano, Frederic A., 1936 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Drabble, R. K., 1937Add to your cart.
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Edison, Charles, 1940Add to your cart.
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Epstein, Henry, 1935Add to your cart.
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Fahey, John H., 1933Add to your cart.
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Farley, James A., 1932Add to your cart.
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Flynn, Edward, 1942Add to your cart.
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Frankfurter, Felix, 1935-1939Add to your cart.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, 1943Add to your cart.
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Friederich, Prince of Prussia, 1933Add to your cart.
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Garner, John Nance, 1933-1937Add to your cart.
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Gilligan, C. F., 1938Add to your cart.
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Glass, Carter, 1935Add to your cart.
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Grayson, Cary T., 1932Add to your cart.
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Greenway, Mrs. John C., 1932Add to your cart.
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Guernsey, Homer W., 1934Add to your cart.
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Herridge, William Duncan,, 1935Add to your cart.
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Hobson, Richard P., 1936Add to your cart.
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Hoover, Herbert, 1932Add to your cart.
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Hopkins, Harry L., 1940Add to your cart.
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Horner, Henry, 1933Add to your cart.
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Howe, Louis McHenry, 1934Add to your cart.
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Hull, Cordell Jones, C. W., 1937, , undatedAdd to your cart.
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Johnson, Hugh S. Jones, Jesse H., 1934, , 1941Add to your cart.
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Kelly, Colin P. III, 1941Add to your cart.
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Kennedy, Joseph P., undatedAdd to your cart.
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King, W. L. Mackenzie, 1938Add to your cart.
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Ladd, Carl E., 1935Add to your cart.
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Landis, James M., 1937Add to your cart.
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LeHand, Marguerite A. ("Missy"), 1942-1943Add to your cart.
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Lehman, Herbert H., ca. 1936Add to your cart.
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Loftus, Robert, 1940Add to your cart.
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McGuire, Edward S., 1940Add to your cart.
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McIlhenny, John, 1940Add to your cart.
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McNutt, Paul V., 1937Add to your cart.
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McSwain, J. J., 1932Add to your cart.
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Murray, Arthur, 1938Add to your cart.
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Mussolini, Benito, 1933-1937Add to your cart.
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Palmer, Peggy, 1939Add to your cart.
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Peabody, Endicott, 1935Add to your cart.
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Pearson, Paul M., 1935Add to your cart.
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Phillips, William, 1933Add to your cart.
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Pinchot, Gifford, 1931Add to your cart.
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Pulsifier, George P., 1937Add to your cart.
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Purcell, Thomas E., 1933Add to your cart.
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Robinson, Joseph T., 1935Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1932-1935 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Franklin D., Jr., 1941Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, G. Hall, 1940Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, James, undatedAdd to your cart.
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Ruland, Arthur J., 1936Add to your cart.
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Slomovitz, Philip, 1935Add to your cart.
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Smith, Alfred E., 1932Add to your cart.
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Stimson, Henry L., 1942Add to your cart.
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Sumners, Hatton W., 1937Add to your cart.
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Talmadge, Eugene, 1935Add to your cart.
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Tuttle, Charles E., 1939Add to your cart.
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Van Wagner, Murray D., undatedAdd to your cart.
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Villard, Oswald Garriosn, 1935Add to your cart.
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Wemyss, Lady Wester, 1936Add to your cart.
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White, George, 1933Add to your cart.
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Windsor, Edward, Duke of, 1937Add to your cart.
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Yamamoto, Mrs. Admiral [joke letter to], 1943Add to your cart.
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Box 12Add to your cart.

Daily Appointment Schedules [2 folders], 1939-1941Add to your cart.
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List of Speeches, 1920-1940Add to your cart.
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Memorabilia: Engraving on Silk of Napoleon, Brought from France in 1869 by Sara Delano Roosevelt's Father (copy-original transferred to Museum Collection)Add to your cart.
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Miscellaneous Materials, 1930-1941 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Testamentary Instructions, 1945Add to your cart.
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Trip and Travel Materials, 1932-1944Add to your cart.
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Sub-Series 3: Handwritten Notes and ChitsAdd to your cart.

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Betting Sheets and Election ReturnsAdd to your cart.
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Domestic Policy and New DealAdd to your cart.
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Meetings and Social EntertainmentsAdd to your cart.
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Military and DefenseAdd to your cart.
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MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
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Nominations and AppointmentsAdd to your cart.
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Trip and Travel ArrangementsAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series 4: Speech DraftsAdd to your cart.

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Phi Beta Kappa Speech, Harvard University, June 17, 1929Add to your cart.
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Statement by the Governor on Prison Riots and Prison Reform, July 30, 1929Add to your cart.
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Message to the Legislature Recommending Further Improvements in Prison Administration, January 6, 1930Add to your cart.
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Armistice Day Address, Boston, Massachusetts, November 11, 1930Add to your cart.
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Annual Message to the Legislature, January 7, 1931Add to your cart.
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Memorandum for the Press Regarding Selection of Senator Barkley to Chair the Democratic National Convention, April 4, 1932Add to your cart.
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Tribute to George Washington, Address before the Conference of Governors, Richmond, Virginia, April 27, 1932Add to your cart.
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Speech Accepting the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Chicago, Illinois, July 2, 1932Add to your cart.
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Statement on Soldiers' Bonus, October 4, 1932Add to your cart.
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Address at Rochester, New York, October 18, 1932Add to your cart.
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Statement on New York State and Federal Budgets, ca. 1932Add to your cart.
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Appeal to Nations of the World on Disarmament, May 16, 1933Add to your cart.
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Address at the Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree, Washington DC, December 24, 1933Add to your cart.
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Address before the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, December 28, 1933Add to your cart.
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Statement on Disarmament, ca. 1933Add to your cart.
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Remarks on Receipt of Monies Raised on Behalf of Crippled Children, May 9, 1934Add to your cart.
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Address at Bankers' Convention, Constitution Hall, Washington DC, October 24, 1934Add to your cart.
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Remarks on Andrew Jackson and the Hermitage, November 1934Add to your cart.
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Message to Congress on the Use of National Resources, January 24, 1935Add to your cart.
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Memorandum on Signing Joint Resolution on Appropriations, February 13, 1935Add to your cart.
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Message to Congress on Tax Revision, June 19, 1935Add to your cart.
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Address on Agriculture, Fremont, Nebraska, September 28, 1935Add to your cart.
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Jackson Day Dinner Address, Washington DC, January 8, 1936Add to your cart.
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Address at the Dedication of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, January 19, 1936Add to your cart.
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Message to Congress Vetoing the Soldiers' Bonus for a Second Time, January 24, 1936Add to your cart.
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Radio Address to Boy Scouts, February 8, 1936Add to your cart.
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Democratic National Platform, June 25, 1936Add to your cart.
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Speech by John E. Mack Nominating Franklin D. Roosevelt for President, June 26, 1936Add to your cart.
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Acceptance Speech on Renomination for the Presidency, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 27, 1936Add to your cart.
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Address at the Dedication of Shenandoah National Park, July 3, 1936Add to your cart.
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Address at the Dedication of the Triborough Bridge, New York City, July 11, 1936Add to your cart.
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Speech at Omaha, Nebraska, October 9, 1936Add to your cart.
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Annual Message to Congress, January 6, 1937Add to your cart.
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Message to Congress Transmitting the National Resources Committee's Six-Year Program of Public Works, February 3, 1937Add to your cart.
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Fireside Chat on Reorganization of the Judiciary, March 9, 1937Add to your cart.
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Address at Bonneville Dam, Oregon, September 28, 1937Add to your cart.
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Message to Congress Recommending Legislation, November 5, 1937Add to your cart.
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Annual Message to Congress, January 3, 1938Add to your cart.
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Address at the Jackson Day Dinner, Washington DC, January 8, 1938Add to your cart.
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Message to Congress on Stimulating Recovery, April 14, 1938Add to your cart.
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Fireside Chat on Economic Conditions, April 14, 1938Add to your cart.
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Address at Marietta, Ohio, July 8, 1938Add to your cart.
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Radio Address on Third Anniversary of Social Security, August 15, 1938Add to your cart.
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Annual Message to Congress, January 4, 1939Add to your cart.
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Young Democratic Clubs of America Resolution, 1939Add to your cart.
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Radio Address for the Mobilization of Human Needs, October 13, 1940Add to your cart.
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Speech at Poughkeepsie, New York, November 4, 1940Add to your cart.
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Radio Address from Hyde Park on Election Eve, November 4, 1940Add to your cart.
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Christmas Greeting to the Nation, December 24, 1940Add to your cart.
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Third Inaugural Address, January 20, 1941Add to your cart.
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Address at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, March 15, 1941Add to your cart.
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Addresses at the Dedication of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, June 30, 1941Add to your cart.
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D-Day Prayer, June 6, 1944Add to your cart.
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Miscellaneous Speech Notes and MaterialsAdd to your cart.
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