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  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks at the dedication of the Smoky Mountain National Park 
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    national parks
    This is a photograph of President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking at the dedication of the Smoky Mountain National Park on September 2, 1940. In his speech Roosevelt conveyed necessity of the national parks by stating "In this Park we shall conserve these trees . . . for the happiness of the American people. The old frontier that put the hard fibre in the American spirit and the long muscles on the American back, lives and will live in these untamed mountains to give to the future generations a sense of the land from which their forefathers hewed their homes." Roosevelt also supported the national parks by supporting the commemorative stamp series during National Park Year in 1934, urging the public to visit, and adding new parks into the system.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
    Carol M. Highsmith 
    Washington, D.C.
    This is a black and white photograph of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial taken by noted photographer Carol M. Highsmith. Dedicated on May 2, 1997, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., commemorates the legacy of the 32nd president of the United States.The 7.5-acre monument includes the above sculptures of the president and his dog Fala, who was the president's constant companion and extremely popular in the country during the presidency. The quotation on the wall is from President Roosevelt's speech at the White House Correspondent's Association on March 15, 1941, just under 10 months prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor which brought the United States into World War II.
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill give a joint press conference 
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    Head of State
    Oval Office
    World War II
    In this black and white photograph, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt give a joint press conference in the Oval Office of the White House, December 23, 1941. Churchill's visit came in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States formally entering World War II earlier that month. The Prime Minister would go on to make numerous visits to Washington throughout the conflict.
  • President Roosevelt and Fala in his study
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    pets
    Yellow Oval Room
    This is a black and white photograph of President Franklin D. Roosevelt enjoying a quiet moment with his dog Fala in his study, now the Yellow Oval Room, on December 20, 1941. Fala, a Scottish Terrier, was a gift to President Roosevelt from his cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley.
  • President Roosevelt delivers his first inaugural address
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    inauguration
    This is a black and white photograph of President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivering his 1933 Inaugural Address from a speaker’s stand at the Capitol decorated with a distinctive eagle cartouche. Similar eagle motifs could be seen on his inaugural stand in 1941, as well as those of Calvin Coolidge in 1925, Herbert Hoover in 1929, and Harry S. Truman in 1949.
  • Girl Scout Margaret Lusby presents roses to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the National Tree Lighting
    Underwood & Underwood
    Christmas
    First Family
    holidays
    In this black and white photograph, Girl Scout Margaret Lusby presents roses to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the National Tree Lighting on December 24,1933. The first lady of the country has served as the honorary National President of the Girl Scouts ever since Edith Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson, began the tradition in 1917. Accompanying Mrs. Roosevelt are President Roosevelt and their granddaughter, “Sistie” (Anna Eleanor) Dall.
  • Herbert Hoover Greets Franklin Roosevelt
    Harris & Ewing
    inauguration
    North Portico
    This photograph by Harris & Ewing shows outgoing President Herbert Hoover greeting President-Elect Franklin Roosevelt outside the North Portico of the White House on inauguration day.
  • President Roosevelt at the Dedication of the Jefferson Memorial
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    ceremony
    Washington, D.C.
    This black and white photograph is of President Roosevelt at the dedication of the Jefferson Memorial on April 13, 1943, which was the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth. Roosevelt has his back mostly to the camera, and a large crowd fills the space between the podium and the Memorial itself.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt with Fala and Granddaughter
    Margaret Suckley
    portrait
    This black and white photograph is rare portrait photograph of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his wheelchair. He is sitting on the porch at Top Cottage in Hyde Park, New York. His granddaughter Ruthie Roosevelt stands next to him and Fala, his pet dog, rests in his lap. Fala, a Scottish Terrier, was a gift to President Roosevelt from his cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley, who also snapped this picture.
  • The Roosevelts at FDR's First Inauguration
    Harris & Ewing
    First Family
    inauguration
    This black and white photograph is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt posing for cameras at the bottom of the South Portico steps on the day of his first inauguration in 1933.
  • FDR's Official Campaign Portrait
    Leon A. Perskie
    portrait
    This color transparency is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during an official campaign portrait session by Leon A. Perskie, Hyde Park, New York. The image was taken during the presidential campaign of 1944 and is a rare color image of Roosevelt.
  • Roosevelts with British Royals in Hyde Park
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    State Visit
    Head of State
    This black and white photograph is from the royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain in 1939. As part of their trip to the United States, the British royals visited the Roosevelts in Hyde Park, where they attended services at St. James Church. From left to right in the photo after the clergy members are Queen Elizabeth, King George, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, an aide of the president's assisting him with standing, Sara Delano Roosevelt, the president's mother, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Roosevelt Family Leaving for Christmas Church Services
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    First Family
    holidays
    Christmas
    This black and white photograph is of the Roosevelt family leaving the White House for St. Thomas' Parish for Christmas services. Left to right in the photo are Mrs. Elizabeth Riley Roosevelt, sister-in-law of the President, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Sara Roosevelt, mother of the president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Roosevelt and his wife, Mrs. Betsy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., and Harry Hopkins, the Secretary of Commerce. The two children in front are Sara Delano Roosevelt, daughter of James Roosevelt, and Diana Hopkins.
  • Seventh Anniversary of FDR in the White House
    Harris & Ewing
    First Family
    St John's Church
    This black and white photograph is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt outside of St. John's Church on Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. The Roosevelts were observing their seventh anniversary in the White House. Sara Roosevelt, the president's mother, stands between the President and First Lady, and Mrs. Fanny Peabody, wife of the headmaster of Groton School, is on the right side of the photograph. Roosevelt attended Groton earlier in his life.
  • FDR Signing Bills in the East Hall
    Harris & Ewing
    Bill Signing
    This black and white photograph is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt at a desk in the East Sitting Hall of the White House. Roosevelt was completing paperwork, including signing official documents. The camera's flashbulb reflects brightly off the glass-encased model ship sitting behind the president. Roosevelt was an avid sailor throughout his life.
  • Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin in Yalta
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    Head of State
    This black and white photograph is of the "Big Three" - leaders of the Allied forces in World War II. Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin is on the left of the photo, with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the center and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on the right. The photograph was taken during the Yalta Conference in the Crimea in 1945. A number of topics were discussed by the leaders during the conference, including the post-war development of Europe and the ongoing fighting in the Pacific and possible Soviet involvement in the war against Japan.
  • Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill in Tehran
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    Head of State
    This black and white photograph is a wider view of the well-known photo of the "Big Three" - leaders of the Allied forces in World War II - at the Tehran Conference. Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin is on the left of the photo, with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the center and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on the right. Members of the military from different nations, security and reporters including a film crew cover the steps, showing the chaotic scene of the actual photograph's taking.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Observes the Argentine Fleet
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    transportation
    This black and white photograph is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the deck of the USS Indianapolis during his good will cruise to South America. Roosevelt was the first sitting president to travel outside of North America. In this image, he is watching ships from the Argentine fleet over the water. The Indianapolis was known as Roosevelt's "Ship of State," employed on a number of journeys taken by the president, although it is most famously known for delivering the atomic bomb to Tinian, where it would be loaded onto the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that would drop the weapon on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The Indianapolis itself was sunk only four days after delivering the bomb, when it was struck by a Japanese submarine. The survivors waited for four days to be found and more than 800 of them died due to the initial sinking and subsequent exposure, dehydration, and shark attacks.
  • Fala Gets His Supper from the President
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    pets
    This black and white photograph shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt preparing to give Fala supper. The president fed his dog personally every night. Fala, a Scottish Terrier, was a gift to President Roosevelt from his cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley. Fala went to live in the White House on November 10, 1940, and regularly traveled with the President, including trips to Roosevelt’s homes in both Hyde Park, New York and Warm Springs, Georgia. Fala was popular among the American public and frequently received letters from people across the country. In 1943, MGM made a short-subject film relating the World War II home front story from Fala's perspective. The studio made a second installment in 1946 after his master's death that included Fala's tour of Hyde Park, the Roosevelt family estate, and future site of a presidential library.
  • FDR Carves a Thanksgiving Turkey
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    First Family
    holidays
    Thanksgiving
    In this black and white photograph, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt watches as President Franklin D. Roosevelt carves the traditional Thanksgiving turkey during supper at Warm Springs, Georgia.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt with His Stamp Collection
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    portrait
    leisure
    This black and white photo is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt working with his stamp collection in the White House. Over the course of his life, President Roosevelt was an avid stamp collector. During his presidency, he regularly met with Postmaster General James A. Farley to discuss design ideas for stamps, and he even provided a few sketches.
  • Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill in Tehran
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    Head of State
    This black and white photograph is of the "Big Three" - leaders of the Allied forces in World War II. Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin is on the left of the photo, with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the center and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on the right. The photograph was taken during the Tehran conference in Iran in 1943. A number of topics were discussed by the leaders during the conference, including the launch of Operation Overlord, or the Normandy Invasion, the following year.
  • President Roosevelt Delivers His First Inaugural Address
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    Inauguration
    This black and white photograph is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivering his First Inaugural Address in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 1933. The passage of the 20th Amendment later in the year meant Roosevelt was the last president to be inaugurated in March and the first to be inaugurated in January when he was re-elected in 1936.
  • FDR Takes Oath of Office
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    Inauguration
    This black and white photograph is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he takes the Oath of Office from Chief Justice Charles Evan Hughes at his third Inaugural Ceremony on January 20, 1941.
  • President Roosevelt Delivering the 1939 State of the Union Address
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    State of the Union
    This black and white photograph is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivering the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on January 4, 1939.