FDR’s Speeches Available Online for 1st Time

HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) -
President Franklin D. Roosevelt about to begin his historic fireside chat to the American people on March 12, 1933, explaining the measures he was taking to solidify the nation's shaky banking system. (AP Photo)
President Franklin D. Roosevelt about to begin his historic fireside chat to the American people on March 12, 1933, explaining the measures he was taking to solidify the nation’s shaky banking system. (AP Photo)

Former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s entire collection of speeches is now available online.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, made FDR’s Master Speech File available online in digital format for the first time on Monday.

The file – which includes more than 46,000 pages of drafts, reading copies and transcripts – is one of the most requested collections in the archive at the nation’s first presidential library.

The library’s complete collection of audio recordings of FDR’s voice also is available online for the first time.

Monday marked the 74th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The day after the attacks, FDR delivered his most famous speech before a joint session of Congress, declaring “December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy.”