Primary Sources: New Deal and World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Office Files and Records of Federal Agencies (1933-1945)

New Deal and World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Office Files and Records of Federal Agencies (1933-1945) includes materials deemed especially important by the President on the basis of content and source. Major topics covered in the files are the Great Depression, the New Deal, America’s involvement in World War II, the internal workings of the Roosevelt administration, and Roosevelt’s personal leadership style. Several additional collections include the FBI Reports of the Franklin D. Roosevelt White House; Civilian Conservation Corps Press Releases; Department of Treasury records; and a special set of documentary records on the Roosevelt Presidency covering 50 important episodes and themes of the Roosevelt presidency. Of particular interest are the Records of the Committee on Economic Security, an advisory board tasked by the President to propose measures that would ensure economic security for Americans.  It’s final report was the blueprint for what would become the Social Security Act.

Primary Sources: Papers of President Theodore Roosevelt Now Online

portrait of Theodore Roosevelt The Library of Congress has announced that the papers of President Theodore Roosevelt have been digitized and are online at The collection includes over 276,000 documents, many of which were previously reproduced on microfilm. It includes “personal, family, and official correspondence, diaries, book drafts, articles, speeches, and scrapbooks, dating from 1759 to 1993 with the bulk of material from the period between 1878 and 1919.”

Primary Sources: Presidential Recordings Digital Edition

The Library has acquired Presidential Recordings Digital Edition, an online portal for annotated transcripts of telephone conversations of Presidents Johnson, Kennedy, and Nixon. Recordings and transcripts are presented together. The transcripts are searchable and browseable by administration, series, speaker, date, place, and duration.


Primary Sources: The Papers of Andrew Jackson Digital Edition

In the early 1970s the History department at University of Tennessee-Knoxville began a project to make Jackson’s papers publicly available. According to their website, the team conducted a worldwide search and “obtained photocopies of every known and available Jackson document, including letters he wrote and received, official and military papers, drafts, memoranda, legal papers, and financial records.”

 In 1987 the Project issued 39 microfilm reels that included all known documents that had not already appeared on the Library of Congress or National Archives microfilms. This resource is available at Stanford.

Now they are producing a series of seventeen volumes that will bring together what they consider to be Jackson’s most important papers. Volumes I through IX have been published, bringing the series through 1831, Jackson’s third presidential year. Volume X, covering 1832, is now in preparation.

The published volumes of The Papers of Andrew Jackson are available in a digital edition that has recently been acquired by the Library.

 Additional sources of papers you might be interested in:

 The Library of Congress has the largest collection of Andrew Jackson’s papers and our collection of 74 reels of their published microfilm is located in Newspapers and Microforms, call number MICROFILM 4007 E. (Two volumes of these have been digitized at the Center for Research Libraries.)

Jackson documents also are included in the federal government records located in the National Archives and are part of the M and T microfilm series.

For the years that the Jackson Project has not yet reached, there is an older seven-volume collection, Correspondence of Andrew Jackson, available in the Main (Gardner) Stacks.