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Archives in the Attic
Documents of the Great Depression from Family Collections

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Harold Sims, CCC Cadet, and his portrait of FDR
Harold Sims, CCC Cadet, and his portrait of FDR (more...)

Archives in the Attic


Where do you find the primary documents — the letters, the photographs, the raw materials of history — that tell the story of the Great Depression and the New Deal? The public holdings of the great national archives are one source. The National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library are destinations on the itinerary of every historian of the 1930s.

But that history also resides in shoeboxes, scrapbooks, and family photo albums — as prized family mementoes or hidden away in attics and closets. This New Deal Network feature consists of contributions submitted by readers from their personal family collections. To view these contributions visit the Contributors Page. To learn more about researching your family's history, visit the Resources Page.




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