FDR Library goes digital with ‘FRANKLIN’

A just launched virtual research room and digital depository provides users free online access to the Roosevelt Library’s digitized collections.

FRANKLIN currently offers 350,000 pages of archival documents and 2,000 historical photographs, from two of FDR’s major collections of presidential papers, including the New Deal and wartime correspondence with world leaders, government administrators and regular Americans, according to a library news release. Photographs from these periods are also available online. Detailed descriptions of archival collections not yet digitized are available, and as the library continues its ongoing digitization program, more material will be posted, according to the release.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt built the first presidential library at his Hyde Park estate in 1940. The blueprint for all future presidential libraries, it houses documents from Roosevelt’s political career and his private collections of papers, books, and memorabilia.

FRANKLIN is the result of a cooperative effort between The Roosevelt Library, the National Archives, Marist College and IBM and can be accessed at the Roosevelt Library’s website: www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu.

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