In celebration of National Dog Day, today’s post comes from Meagan Frenzer, graduate research intern for the National Archives History Office in Washington, DC.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum maintains documents of critical participants within the FDR administration.
This list includes prominent figures such as Frances Perkins, Harry L. Hopkins, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., and, surprisingly, President Roosevelt’s dog, Fala.
The Scottish terrier became a national figure as President Roosevelt’s loyal, four-legged companion.
When his distant cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley gave the terrier as a Christmas gift in 1940, President Roosevelt renamed the terrier Murray the Outlaw of Falahill after his famous Scottish ancestor.
Shortened to “Fala,” the terrier accompanied the President on trips and attended key meetings, including the 1941 Atlantic Charter Conference.
Fala enjoyed entertaining international dignitaries and famous visitors with his tricks.
In his travels, Fala met British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the Queen of the Netherlands, and Mexican President Manuel Camacho.
During World War II, Fala served as an honorary Army private and became the national president of Barkers … [ Read all ]
Posted by Jessie Kratz on August 26, 2015, under - World War II, Letters in the National Archives, National Archives History, National Archives Near You, Prologue Magazine.
Tags: Fala, FDR, FDR Presidential Library
Today’s post comes from Meagan Frenzer, graduate research intern for the National Archives History Office in Washington, DC.
Signed into law on August 12, 1955, the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955 (PLA) established a system to preserve and make accessible Presidential records through the creation of privately erected and Federally maintained libraries.
The precedent for the PLA began with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Before President Roosevelt’s terms, Presidential records were considered private property, which Presidents took with them upon leaving office.
They then donated the papers to repositories like the Library of Congress, or their collections remained at their estates.
President Roosevelt hoped to change this tradition by creating a single location where all of his papers would be available for the public.
He proposed the creation of a library, which would be donated to the U.S. Government. This library would then come under the control of the National Archives, which was established during Roosevelt’s administration.
Though President Roosevelt’s actions regularized the procedures of preserving the papers of future Presidents, other Presidents encountered difficulties when trying to emulate their predecessor.
For instance, governmental budgetary concerns regarding Presidential libraries slowed the transfer process … [ Read all ]
Need a vacation? This summer, go on a vacation with 13 of our Presidents! You can choose your own adventure on Instagram and chat with us on Twitter on August 19 using #POTUSvacation.
Vacations are an integral part of Presidential history, a way for Presidents to relax and recharge outside of Washington. Many of the iconic images that we associate with Presidents were taken while on retreats from the White House.
The tradition of a summer White House dates back to the beginning of the Presidency, and several of our Commanders in Chief have had dedicated family retreats. These retreats have been a place to recuperate, spend time with family, … [ Read all ]
Posted by Hilary on August 11, 2015, under Uncategorized.
Tags: amphicar, Boca Chica, Cape Cod, Crawford, Eisenhower, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, FDR, Franklin Roosevelt, George Bush, George W. Bush, Harry S. Truman, Hoover, Hyannis Port, Idaho, Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy, Kennebunkport, Key West, LBJ, Lyndon B. Johnson, Maine, Mamie Eisenhower, Martha's Vineyard, Nancy Reagan, Rancho Del Cielo, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Salmon river, Scrabble, texas, Walker's Point, william clinton
Early on a quiet Sunday afternoon in December 1941, the President of the United States was in his study at the White House working on his stamp album. It was a favorite activity and one that allowed him to shut out the troubles of the world, if only for a little while.
The telephone rang, and the White House operator put through the call. Franklin D. Roosevelt learned that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, just before 8 a.m. Hawaii time (1 p.m. in Washington).
It was still unclear what the loss was in lives and ships and planes, but it would be high. Hawaii was the home of the Pacific fleet, along with thousands of soldiers and sailors to man them.
Two of Roosevelt’s speechwriters were out of town, so the President summoned his secretary, Grace Tully, to take down dictation as he “drafted” one of the most famous speeches of the 20th century to deliver to Congress the next day.
“Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in world history,” he began, “the United States was simultaneously and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the empire of Japan.”
Today’s post commemorates National Dog Day, which celebrates dogs everywhere on August 26. Bow-wow!
Calling all dog lovers—arguably history’s best known Presidential pet was Franklin Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier, Murray the Outlaw of Falahill (Fala for short), who was named after FDR’s famous Scottish ancestor, John Murray. He was given to Roosevelt in 1940 as a Christmas gift by his cousin Margaret Suckley. Not long after entering the White House, fame encompassed Fala’s life as he began to appear in political cartoons, news articles, movie shorts, and even FDR’s campaign speeches.
He was beloved by all White House staff, so much so that he was hospitalized after his first few weeks at the White House from being overfed by the kitchen staff. Due to this incident, FDR issued an order to his staff stating that Fala was to be fed by the President alone—talk about royal treatment. Furthermore, Fala was so well known that Secret Service agents called him “The Informer” because, during secret wartime Presidential trips, the dog was instantly recognized while out on his walks.
Aside from being President Roosevelt’s right hand man, Fala’s political side was put to good use in … [ Read all ]