January 30, 1882 – Birth of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

On this day in history, Franklin Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York. FDR, as Roosevelt was known, was the 32nd President of the United States, serving from 1933 for 12 years and four terms, until his death in 1945. He was the only United States president to serve more than two terms.

FDR in 1924

FDR in 1924

In December, 2013, the FRANKLIN virtual research site went online, providing free and open access to the digitized collections of the Roosevelt Library. As the website explains:

“FRANKLIN is a virtual research room and digital repository that provides free and open access to the digitized collections of the Roosevelt Library — to everyone, anywhere in the world. . . . FRANKLIN allows you to keyword search for archival documents and photographs and to search, browse, and view whole files, just as you could if you came to the Library’s research room in-person. Now available online are some of the most important documents of the twentieth century—primary source documentation of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s experiences leading the nation through the Great Depression and World War II.”

FRANKLIN hosts over 800,000 pages of archival documents and 2,500 historical photographs, along with many detailed descriptions of archival collections not yet digitized.

You can access this important collection here.


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