National Archives Celebrates New Deal's 75th Anniversary in March

Feb 11, 2008, 00:00 ET from National Archives

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In commemoration of the
 75th anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, the National Archives
 Experience, in collaboration with the Library of Congress's American
 Folklife Center, is pleased to present programs in remembrance of the New
 Deal and its enduring legacy. These events are free and open to the public.
 National Archives events will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of
 the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., which is located on the
 National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, N.W., and is fully
     Electing FDR: The New Deal Campaign of 1932
     Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater
     Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein moderates a panel
 discussing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "New Deal." Its
 innovations were so warmly embraced by voters that later conservative
 presidents recognized their importance. The panel features Donald Ritchie,
 Senate historian and author of Electing FDR: The New Deal Campaign of 1932;
 Jonathan Alter, Newsweek editor and author of The Defining Moment (on FDR's
 first hundred days); and Allida Black, Director and Editor, The Eleanor
 Roosevelt Papers. Electing FDR is the first book in seventy years to
 examine in its entirety the 1932 presidential election that ushered in the
 historic New Deal; to analyze Roosevelt's campaign strategies; and to
 consider how candidates responded to the nation's economic crisis.
     For A Better America: The New Deal on Film - All-Day Film Festival
     Saturday, March 15, William G. McGowan Theater
     The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film at the National
 Archives presents a one-day festival of U.S. Government-produced films from
 the motion picture holdings of the National Archives related to the
 Depression era and the New Deal. Drawn from the motion picture holdings of
 the National Archives and Records Administration, For a Better America: the
 New Deal on Film presents many newly-struck prints of just a sampling of
 these films.
     New Deal Film Festival schedule (full descriptions can be found at
     10 a.m. -- URBAN LIFE AND CULTURE
     The Road is Open Again (1933, 5 minutes)
     Hands (1934, silent, 5 minutes)
     Dawn Strikes the Capitol Dome (1936, 10 minutes)
     We Work Again (1937, 16 minutes)
     The Fight for Life (1940, 70 minutes)
     This program is presented in participation with the 2008 Environmental
 Film Festival in the Nation's Capital.
     The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936, 29 minutes)
     The River (1937, 32 minutes)
     Power and the Land (1940, 39 minutes)
     The Land (released in 1942, 45 minutes)
     4:30 p.m. -- THE PROJECTS
     Work Pays America (1936, 36 minutes)
     The City (1939, 33 minutes)
     Valley of the Tennessee (released in 1944, 30 minutes)
     The Columbia (released in 1949, 30 minutes)
     Library of Congress Symposium - Art, Culture, and Government: The New
 Deal at 75
     Thursday, March 13, and Friday, March 14
     The Library of Congress will hold a symposium featuring contemporary
 scholarship and recent discoveries inspired by the Library's collections of
 documentary materials from the New Deal era. It will highlight the lasting
 impact this federal initiative has had on culture, documentation, and
 conservation. For the symposium schedule and registration information, see: Admission to the symposium
 and related events is free, but seating is limited. Reservations for
 attendance will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
     National Archives New Deal Records
     The National Archives holds the vast majority of administrative records
 on the creation and operation of New Deal programs, including records from
 the National Recovery Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps,
 Works Projects Administration, National Youth Administration, Public Works
 Administration, and the Federal Works Agency. These collections include
 over 14,000 cubic feet of textual records, over 40,000 maps, charts, plans
 and drawings, and about 175,000 photographs and negatives. In addition to
 the temporary programs which ended in 1943, the National Archives also
 houses the records of many permanent Federal agencies that were responsible
 for planning and directing the work of these temporary agencies.
     To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call
 the Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events
 on the web at: To contact the National
 Archives, please call 1-866-272-6272 or 1-86-NARA-NARA (TDD) 301-837-0482.

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