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 Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Papers


12,000 pages of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Papers.

Documents include:

Franklin Roosevelt's "Safe Files", dating from 1933-1945. These files consist of formerly classified materials kept locked in Franklin D. Roosevelt's White House safe, mainly from the World War II period. The Safe Files include correspondence, reports, and memoranda concerning: the Manhattan Project, the Atlantic Charter and the United Nations, the O.S.S., the War, Navy, Treasury and State Departments, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia, China, Great Britain and France, General George Marshall, Generalissimo, Ambassador Averell Harriman, Admiral Ernest King and Harry Hopkins, as well as the American-British Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pacific War Council, and "Plan Dog".

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945, Master Speech File. Contains speech drafts, reading copies, carbons of speeches, shorthand notes of conferences, and other speech materials. The "Fireside Chats" are also included.

Correspondence between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Allied and U.S. military commanders, memoranda, printed material, newspaper clippings, and photographs relating to World War II. Includes coded cable traffic and other correspondence, drafts, and aide memoirs. Documents of correspondence between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill from the outbreak of World War II in Europe through the United States' entry into the war.

German diplomatic files. A collection of documents concerning the governmental dealings between the United States and Germany over the course of Franklin D. Roosevelt's tenure in office, from 1933 to 1945. Documents include correspondences, newspaper articles, memos, interviews, reports, maps, and charts Correspondents include FDR, Sumner Welles Cordell Hull, Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, Harold Ickes, Lord Lothian, Henry Stimson, and others. Topics include: interview with Adolf Hitler, German troops in demilitarized zones, Helium Act, American investments in Germany, Conversation with Reich Minister of Propaganda Dr. Goebbels, Hitler's support of Mussolini against France, Ill-treatment of Jews in Germany, German plans to attack Belgium, Hitler declaring war on France and England, German attacks on Norway, Suggestion of Peace Proposal, Listing of Nazi Propaganda Agencies, Suggested Post-Surrender Program for Germany, Psychological Warfare Division of SHAEF, objectives of Allied Occupation of Germany, Economic Treatment of Germany, Protection of Prisoners of War, and American policy on post-war treatment of Germany.

Vatican Diplomatic Files. The Vatican Files consist of wartime reports, memoranda, and correspondence between FDR, Pope Pius XII, Myron Taylor, Harold Tittman and others. In 1939 Franklin Roosevelt decided to appoint Myron Taylor as a special envoy to the Vatican. This decision was controversial. The United States had not had any formal diplomatic representation at the Vatican in over seventy years and many Americans opposed the move on the grounds that it was a violation of the separation of Church and State. But with Europe at war, Roosevelt felt that it was necessary for diplomatic reasons, after the Germans had overrun Poland, and before the invasion of France. The Taylor Mission to the Vatican becoming an important listening post for the United States in the midst of war-torn Europe