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Welcome to the New Deal Network's Document Library. We have an eclectic selection, which has been developed to meet the demands of specific features and projects. Our Library is meant to respond to the needs of the Network's users, through the practice of publication-for-use.

The Photo Gallery and Document Library

The New Deal Network has organized its primary resources into two broad categories: A Photo Gallery, consisting of digital images gathered from the National Archives, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, and other collections; and this Document Library, consisting of speeches, advertisements, letters, articles and administrative documents. We have divided the collection in this manner due to the fact that we currently have several thousand images in the Photo Gallery while the Document Library consists of only a few hundred items; we don't want to see these texts disappear in a sea of images.


Many of the documents and images in the collection were created by the federal government, and are in the public domain. NDN has received limited permission to republish other materials from the copyright holders of the articles, cartoons, and advertisements in this collection. Every item in the Document Library is linked to a Publishing Information page containing copyright information.

New Deal Network has made every effort to trace the ownership of all copyrighted material, and to secure permission from the holders of the copyright. If we have failed to acknowledge any copyright holder, we apologize for the inadvertent error, and will be happy to make the necessary corrections.


The documents in this Library are not facsimiles; they constitute new editions and should be cited as such. The reason for this is simple: in the process of scanning and digitizing these texts, the editors have corrected typographical errors (and added errors of our own!) and have reformatted texts to suit the medium of the Web. All citations of texts and graphics in the Image Gallery and Document Library should include the following information:

Author, title, print publication (if known) and URL of the specific text or graphic; title and URL of the New Deal Network; and the date the document was retrieved.

For example:

MacNamara, John, "Berry Picker," The Nation, Vol. 139, No. 3610 (Sept. 12, 1934), New Deal Network, (January 1, 1998).

For more information on electronic citations, see Melvin Page's "A Brief Citation Guide for Internet Sources in History and the Humanities" on H-Net.

Anchored HTML
Most of the articles and speeches in this collection have been marked up in anchored html, in which individual paragraphs are numbered and tagged. This is meant to make these online texts easier to navigate and to encourage direct linking to primary texts. For example, Roosevelt's quote:

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. The millions who are in want will not stand by silently forever while the things to satisfy their needs are within easy reach.

is from the 23rd paragraph of FDR's campaign speech at Oglethorpe University, and can be linked to at