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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Archivists of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum

Extent: 1.0

Arrangement: There are two principal series of historical materials comprising the Significant Documents collection. These are the Franklin D. Roosevelt Materials and the Eleanor Roosevelt Materials.

Abstract

This is a selection of historical documents drawn from across the FDR Library's archival collections. Selections include materials identified possessing significant historic, iconic, or research value as individual items independent of their larger archival context. These documents represent major themes and events in the lives of both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and are largely drawn from FDR's Papers as President and the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This is an artificial collection of selected archival materials identified as intrinsically significant. Selections were made by Roosevelt Library archivists on the basis of a given document's historical, iconic, or research value as a single item, independent of its larger archival context. Documents date from 1882 through 1962 and represent major themes and events in the lives of both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Selections are drawn from across the Library's archival collections and include materials such as personal and official correspondence, speeches, and ephemera. The bulk of materials come from FDR's Papers as President and the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers.

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.

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Series 1: Franklin D. Roosevelt Significant DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Selections in this series document the major themes and events in the life of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Materials date throughout his lifetime, 1882-1945, with the bulk dating to his time as the 32nd President of the United States, or 1933-1945. Selections reflect his youth, his rise in politics, and his leadership role during both the New Deal era and World War II. Materials include personal and official letters, telegrams, and memos; drafts and reading copies of key speeches including fireside chats; and handwritten notes or "chits" written by FDR giving instructions or directions to his staff and administration officials. Correspondents include Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Mahatmas Gandhi, King George VI, Robert F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin.

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FDR-1: FDR's Birth Announcement, 1882Add to your cart.
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Note: Roosevelt Family Papers; Sara Delano Roosevelt Papers; Financial, Legal, Newsclippings, etc. (Folder 7); Box 78-80

FDR-2: Letter, FDR to SDR ("Dear Sallie") and drawing of ship, 1887Add to your cart.
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Note: Roosevelt Family Papers Donated by the Children; Correspondence; Franklin D. Roosevelt to his Parents, 1888-1896 (Box 11) (Document #28-2)

FDR-3: Letter, FDR to Parents, from Groton, September 18, 1896Add to your cart.
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Note: Roosevelt Family Papers Donated by the Children; Correspondence; Franklin D. Roosevelt to his Parents, 1888-1896 (Box 11) (Document # 28-31)

FDR-4: FDR's Groton School Reports, May 12 & June 23, 1900Add to your cart.
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Note: Roosevelt Family Papers Donated by the Children; Correspondence; Franklin D. Roosevelt to his Parents, 1900 (Box 11) (Document # 28-296 & #28-306)

FDR-5: Letter, Theodore Roosevelt to FDR, November 29, 1904Add to your cart.
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Note: Roosevelt Family Papers Donated by the Children; Correspondence; Roosevelt, Theodore (Box 20) (Document # 26-11)

FDR-6: FDR's Handwritten Note to the 1932 Democratic Convention Suggesting that He Come to Chicago, c. July 1932Add to your cart.
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Note: PPF 3737: LeHand, Marguerite A. (LeHand Scrapbook)

FDR-7: Speech Accepting Nomination for the Presidency, Chicago, Illinois (pg. 4 only), July 2, 1932Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; Acceptance Speech for Nomination, (Box 9)

FDR-8: Telegram, Herbert Hoover to FDR, November 7, 1932Add to your cart.
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Note: PPF 820: Hoover, Herbert, 1932

FDR-9: First Inaugural Address (pg. 1 only), March 4, 1933Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933 (Box 13)

FDR-9A: Documents and drafts related to FDR's "Bombshell" Memorandum to the London Economic Conference, July 3, 1933Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files: Subject Files: London Economic Conference (Box 156 retired)

FDR-10: Draft of Fireside Chat on the First Hundred Days (pg. 1 only), July 24, 1933Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; NRA and AAA (Fireside Chat No. 3), July 24, 1933 (Box 15)

FDR-11: Draft of Annual Message to Congress, January 4, 1935Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; Message Delivered to Joint Session of Congress, January 4, 1935 (Box 20)

FDR-12: Letter, Harry L. Hopkins to Stephen Early re: prohibiting discrimination in the WPA, June 17, 1935Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; WPA Administration, June 17, 1935 (Box 22)

FDR-13: Letter, FDR to Robert Kennedy, July 12,1935, Letter, Robert Kennedy to FDR, July 19, 1935, July 1935Add to your cart.
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Note: PPF 207: Kennedy, Joseph P, 1933-1938.

FDR-14: Statement of the President Upon Signing the Social Security Bill, August 14, 1935Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; Statement Upon Signing the Social Security Act, August 14, 1935 (Box 22)

FDR-15: FDR's Handwritten Notes to discuss Social Security with Frances Perkins and Harry Hopkins and with the Senate Finance Committee, c. 1935Add to your cart.
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Note: OF 1710, Social Security Board, 1935 (Box 1)

FDR-16: Draft of Speech Accepting Renomination for the Presidency (Rendezvous with Destiny Speech) (pg. 10 only), June 27, 1936Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; Drafts of Speech-Acceptance of Nomination, June 27, 1936 (Box 25)

FDR-17: Second Draft of Second Inaugural Address (pg. 6 only), January 20, 1937Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; Inaugural Address, January 20, 1937 (Box 31)

FDR-18: Draft #7 of Fireside Chat on Judicial Reorganization (pg. 10 only), March 9, 1937Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; White House Broadcast, March 9, 1937 (Box 32)

FDR-18A: FDR's pencil sketches of proposed FDR Library, April 12, 1937, with accompanying note by Grace Tully, May 4, 1945, April 12, 1937Add to your cart.
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Note: PPF: FDR Library File, April 1937-December 12, 1938 (Box 1)

FDR-19: Letter, Ernestine Guerrero to FDR re: the Chimes of Normandy made from food relief boxes, October 17, 1937Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Personal File 9: Gifts to the President; "G", July-November, 1937 (Box 35)

FDR-20: FDR's Handwritten Burial Instructions, December 26, 1937Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files: Subject File: Roosevelt, Franklin D.: Burial Instructions (Box 160)

FDR-21: Draft #4 of Fireside Chat on Purging the Democratic Party (pgs. 1 & 2 only), June 24, 1938Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; Report to Nation on National Affairs (Fireside Chat No. 13) (Box 39)

FDR-22: Draft Statement on Kristallnacht, November 15, 1938Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files: Diplomatic Correspondence: Germany, 1933-1938 (Box 31)

FDR-23: Letter, Amb. William C. Bullitt to FDR re: preparations for the visit of the King and Queen of Great Britain, March 23, 1939Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files; Diplomatic Correspondence; Great Britain, 1939 (Box 32)

FDR-24: Letter, Albert Einstein to FDR, August 2, 1939Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files; Safe File; Sachs, Alexander (Box 5)

FDR-25:FDR's Handwritten Bedside Note re: the German invasion of Poland, September 1, 1939Add to your cart.
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Note: PPF 3737: Lehand, Marguerite A. (LeHand Scrapbook); Copy in PSF: Dipl. Corr.: Poland, July-Dec. 1939 (Box 47)

FDR-26: Letter, FDR to Henry T. Hackett re: Hyde Park taxes and Hilltop Cottage, 01-15-1940, January 15, 1940Add to your cart.
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Note: Hackett Legal Papers; Franklin D. Roosevelt-Real Estate and Legal Papers, 1920-1945: Local Taxes and Assessments, 1939-1943 (Box 16)

FDR-27: Letter, FDR to King George V, November 22, 1940Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files; Diplomatic Correspondence; Great Britain, Oct-Dec., 1940 (Box 34)

FDR-28: Rosenman's Draft of Peroration to Annual Message to Congress (Four Freedoms Speech), January 6, 1941Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; Message to Congress Delivered in Person, January 6, 1941 (Box 58)

FDR-29: Sixth Draft of Annual Message to Congress (Four Freedoms Speech)(pg. 18 only), January 6, 1941Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; No. 1353-Message to Congress, January 6, 1941 (Box 58)

FDR-30: Reading Copy of Annual Message to Congress (Four Freedoms Speech), January 6, 1941Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; Message to Congress Delivered in Person, January 6, 1941 (Box 58)

FDR-31: Letter, FDR to Harold S. Vanderbilt, May 26, 1941Add to your cart.
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Note: PPF 6666: Vanderbilt, Harold S.

FDR-32: Memorandum, FDR to Wayne Coy re: Aid to Russia, August 2, 1941Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files: Diplomatic Correspondence: Russia, 1941 (Box 49)

FDR-33: Original Draft Telegram Announcing the Results of the Atlantic Conference, August 14, 1941Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files; Safe Files; Atlantic Charter (Box 1)

FDR-34: Draft Press Release re: Aid to Russia, October 13, 1941Add to your cart.
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Note: PPF 1F-Press Releases-Drafts, 1941 (Box 17)

FDR-35: Memorandum for the President re: Attack at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941Add to your cart.
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Note: OF 4675: World War II: General, 1941-1942 (Box 1)

FDR-36: Draft No. 1 of Message to Congress Requesting Declaration of War (Day of Infamy Speech), December 7, 1941Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; Message to Congress re: War Declaration, December 8 and 11, 1941 (Box 63)

FDR-37: FDR's Handwritten Ordering of Nations for Joint Declaration of United Nations, January 1, 1942Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files; Subject Files; United Nations, 1942-Jan. 1945 (Box 168)

FDR-38: Draft Joint Declaration of the United Nations, January 1, 1942Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files; Subject Files; United Nations, 1942-Jan. 1945 (Box 168)

FDR-39: Letter, FDR to Winston S. Churchill, March 18, 1942Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers: Messages: FDR-Churchill, March-April 1942 (Box 2)

FDR-40: Memorandum, Gen. George C. Marshall to FDR, and Draft Telegram, FDR to Gen. Wainwright, April 5, 1942Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files; Safe File; Philippines (Box 5)

FDR-41: Telegram, Winston S. Churchill to FDR, April 12, 1942Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Messages: Churchill-Roosevelt, March-April 1942 (Box 2)

FDR-42: Telegrams, Harry L. Hopkins to FDR, and FDR to Harry L. Hopkins re: Pierre Laval, April 15, 1942Add to your cart.
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Note: Harry Hopkins Papers; Sherwood Collection; Hopkins in London, April 1942 (Box 308)

FDR-43: Cost Estimate for Shangri-La (Hi-Catoctin Lodge), April 24, 1942Add to your cart.
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Note: PPF 3650: Ickes, Harold

FDR-44: Telegrams, Gen. Wainwright to Gen. Marshall, and FDR to Gen. Wainwright re: situation in Philippines, May 4 & 5, 1942Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files; Safe Files; Philippines (Box 5)

FDR-45: FDR's Sketch of Proposed Extensions to FDR Library, May 21, 1942Add to your cart.
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Note: Small Collections: Louis Simon Papers (Box 1)

FDR-46: Letter, M.K. Gandhi to FDR, and Letter, FDR to M.K. Gandhi, July 1 & August 1, 1942Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files; Diplomatic Correspondence; India (Box 39)

FDR-47: FDR and Harry L. Hopkins' Draft Handwritten Instructions to Joint Chiefs of Staff re: Guadalcanal, October 24, 1942Add to your cart.
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Note: Harry Hopkins Papers; Sherwood Collection; Book 1: Facsimiles (Box 298)

FDR-48: Draft Telegram, FDR to Winston S. Churchill re: Charles de Gaulle, Novmeber 11, 1942Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Messages: FDR-Churchill, Nov.-Dec. 1942 (Box 3)

FDR-49: Telegram, FDR to Winston S. Churchill, and Telegram, Winston S. Churchill to FDR re: Plans for Casablanca Conference ("Don Quixote" and ("Sancho Panza"), January 2 & 3, 1943Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Messages: Churchill-Roosevelt, Jan.-March 1943 (Box 3)

FDR-50: Letter, FDR to Mr. and Mrs. T.F. Sullivan re: Death of their Five Sons, February 1, 1943Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Personal File 8293: Sullivan, T. F.

FDR-51: Letter, Harold L. Ickes to FDR, and Letter, FDR to Harold L. Ickes re: Conditions in Japanese-American Internment Camps), April 13 & 24, 1943Add to your cart.
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Note: OF 4849: War Relocation Authority, 1943 (Box 1)

FDR-52: Letter, Milton S. Eisenhower to FDR re: Japanese-American Internment, April 22, 1943Add to your cart.
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Note: OF 4849: War Relocation Authority, 1943 (Box 1)

FDR-53: Draft Telegram, FDR to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower re: Operations in North Africa, May 9, 1943Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Miscellaneous Presidential Messages-1943 (Box 12)

FDR-54: File Memo, FDR re: Churchill's order to Gen. Alexander to advance in North Africa, and Churchill's handwritten order to Alexander, May 21 & August 10, 1942Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files: Diplomatic Correspondence; Great Britain; Churchill, Winston, 1943 (Box 37)

FDR-55: Letter, Joseph Stalin to FDR re: Second Front, June 11, 1943Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Messages-FDR-Stalin, Jan.-June 1943 (Box 8)

FDR-56: Letter, FDR to Gen. Douglas MacArthur re: ER's Trip to the Pacific, August 15, 1943Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files: Subject Files: Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1943-1945 (Box 159)

FDR-57: Sketch of United Nations Organization made by FDR at Teheran Conference, November 30, 1943Add to your cart.
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Note: Harry L. Hopkins Papers; Sherwood Collection; Book 1: Facsimiles (Box 298)

FDR-58: Draft Telegram, FDR to Churchilll re: Eisenhower as Commander of OVERLORD, December 20, 1943Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Messages: FDR-Churchill, Nov.-Dec. 1943 (Box 4)

FDR-59: State of the Union Message; Sixth Draft, pages 19-20 re: Economic Bill of Rights, January 11, 1944Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; FDR Message to Congress, Jan. 11, 1944 (Box 77)

FDR-60: Draft Press Release, Statement by the President re: the Holocaust, April 3, 1944Add to your cart.
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Note: PPF 1F: Press Releases-Drafts, 1944, folder 1 (Box 18)

FDR-61: D-Day Prayer, Original Reading Copy, June 6, 1944Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; FDR Prayer-Read on Radio, June 6, 1944 (Box 78)

FDR-62: Draft Statement on Signing the G.I. Bill, June 22, 1944Add to your cart.
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Note: Samuel I. Rosenman Papers; File: GI Bill (Box 8)

FDR-63: Letter, John J. McCloy to John W. Pehle re: bombing of railway lines transporting Jews to death camps, July 4, 1944Add to your cart.
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Note: War Refugee Board Records; Projects and Documents File; Folder: Hungary No. 5, Folder 2 of 6 (Box 42)

FDR-64: Telegram, Churchill to FDR re: Stalin's failure to assist Warsaw uprising, August 18, 1944Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Messages: Churchill-FDR, July-Aug., 1944 (Box 6)

FDR-65: Cable, FDR to Churchill re: Joint Message to Stalin re: Warsaw uprising, August 19, 1944Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Messages: FDR-Churchill, July-Aug., 1944 (Box 6)

FDR-66: Tube Alloys Memorandum b/w FDR and Churchill, September 18, 1944Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Naval Aide's File; S1 to S94 General, Sept. 44 to Apr. 45 (Box 172)

FDR-67: Fourth Draft, FDR's Speech to the Teamster's Union (Fala Speech), September 23, 1944Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; FDR Radio Address-International Teamsters' Union Dinner-Statler Hotel , Sept. 23, 1944 (Box 80)

FDR-68: Reading Copy, FDR's Speech to the Teamster's Union (Fala Speech), September 23, 1944Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Master Speech File; FDR Radio Address-International Teamsters' Union Dinner-Statler Hotel , Sept. 23, 1944 (Box 80)

FDR-69: Draft Cable, FDR to Churchill re: Soviet Participation in the United Nations Organization, September 27, 1944Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Messages: FDR-Churchill, Sept.-Oct. 1944 (Box 7)

FDR-70: Cable, FDR to Gen. MacArthur re: MacArthur's return to the Philippines, October 20, 1944Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Miscellaneous Presidential Messages, Outgoing, 1944 (Box 12)

FDR-71: Telegram, Churchill to FDR ("Malta to Yalta" telegram), January 1, 1945Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Messages: Churchill-FDR, Jan. 1945 (Box 7)

FDR-72: Telegram, Churchill to FDR, March 17, 1945Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Messages: Churchill-FDR, Feb.-Apr. 1945 (Box 7)

FDR-73: Letter, Joseph Stalin to FDR re: Alleged Bern Negotiations with Germany, April 3, 1945Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Messages: Stalin-FDR, 1945 (Box 9)

FDR-74: Telegram, FDR to Joseph to Stalin re: Alleged Bern Negotiations with Germany, April 4, 1945Add to your cart.
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Note: Map Room Papers; Messages: FDR-Stalin, 1945 (Box 9)

FDR-75: FDR's War Ration Books (Book No. 3 and Book No. 4), UndatedAdd to your cart.
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Note: FDR Family, Business and Personal Papers; Subject Files; Miscellaneous Memorabilia (Box 30)

FDR-76: FDR's Draft Memorandum to Gen. Marshall, Adm. King, and Gen. Arnold, pencil on blue paper, UndatedAdd to your cart.
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Note: Small Collections: John L. McCrea Papers; File: Drafts of FDR Memos to Gen. Marshall, July 1942.

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