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FDR Presidential Library launched site Dec. 4 for free access to digitized info

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The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum on Dec. 4 launched "FRANKLIN", a website providing free and open access to the FDR Library's digital collections.

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Some of the most important documents of the twentieth century -- Franklin Roosevelt’s leading America through the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War Two -- are accessible now in this virtual research room: http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/archives/collections/franklin/.

"Over 70 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for 'the duplication of records by modern processes' to ensure the long term survival and accessibility of our nation's historical heritage," Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero said in a statement. "With the launch of FRANKLIN, the Roosevelt Library -- in partnership with Marist College, IBM, and the Roosevelt Institute -- has taken a huge step in realizing FDR's vision."

The FDR Library in Hyde Park, NY is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives.

Roosevelt historian and acclaimed author Douglas Brinkley said, "FRANKLIN and its 350,000 pages of newly digitized documents from the Roosevelt Library's collections is an innovative and incredible resource for historians and researchers of all kinds. It is in keeping with the spirit of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt that this valuable information is now accessible to people all over the world."

Documents include Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's wartime correspondence with world leaders, government administrators, and regular Americans. Some 2,000 historical photographs include images of the Roosevelts throughout their lifetimes, as well as subject areas like the Depression and World War Two.

For more info: “FRANKLIN”, http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/archives/collections/franklin/. FDR Presidential Library and Museum, www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu, 800-337-8474.

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