In the past I have mentioned both in writing and at library programs the rich amount of history in several of our publications found in the Rockland Room. Two of my favorites are Prologue from the National Archives and Archives from the NY State Archives. Both offer some off-beat history as well as relevant history for the publishing season.
In the current Summer issue, Vol.44 No. 2, there is an interesting article about FDR and his creation of the National Archives in 1934. FDR referred to the agency as "It's my baby" and his interest and support continued through his life. He asked Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter that upon his death, a simple memorial be place in his name in the center of the green plot in front of the Archives Building.The block of granite is the size of his desk and only has his name and birth/death dates.
There is an interview with the first Archivist of the United States, R.D.W.Connor who was secretary of the North Carolina Historical Commission and then the appointee for the position by FDR. In this interview, Mr. Connor describes FDR' s June 1937 visit to the National Archives in great detail. Mr. Connor remained working for the National Archives until 1941.
Take a look at these publications. They are great reading.On the last page of the current Prologue there is an article about the special podium designed for the disabled FDR to allow him to stand and speak with ease and comfort. In 2007, the podium was moved to FDR Library in Hyde Park where it may be viewed.
A subscription to Prologue is $24 annually for four issues and may be ordered online at www.archives.gov/publications/prologue .