History Day Previous Topics

Archived collection of previously suggested History Day resources by topic. Links not maintained.

Great Depression

Great Depression

Including programs instituted to address issues arising from the Great Depression.

See also Library's main guides for WPA, Archives, and more.


  • Fireside chats online (as President, not sure if any as Governor are included)
    • Search for "fireside chat" at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
  • ​​​​​​​ The public papers and addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt,   StLib Stacks  E806 .R749  v.1-13
  • These four men; radio biographies of the four most talked-about men in the world, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Franklin D. Roosevelt, presented by the National broadcasting company. [New York, Printed by William E. Rudge's sons, 1941]
    • STLib Stacks PN6120.R2 N35  
    • "A radio series ... built and produced in its entirety by members of the NBC staff."--p. 3
  • Dec. 7th, 1941, America goes to war : President Franklin D. Roosevelt's messages to Congress, declarations of war, the President's first report of war, the first white paper, official documents, events, and negotiations leading to war, and a background for understanding how and why we went to war and what we are fighting for... / compiled and edited by Harold L. Hitchens (1941)
    • STLib Stacks D735 .H5 1941

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Impact and Legacy - Miller Center

FDR's Four Freedoms

freedom of speech, of religion, from want, and from fear.

  • Library of Congress - search "four freedoms" for images, copies of posters, and more. Then search each individual freedom (ex "freedom from want") - you will get many different results - such as https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/oem2002007531/PP/
  • WPA documents (the name changed over time, although the initials remained the same)
  • Liberty and freedom / David Hackett Fischer  StLib Stacks E169.1 .F542 2005  LIB USE ONLY Available at public libraries too
  • The public papers and addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt,   StLib Stacks  E806 .R749  v.1-13


Books, Documents, etc.

Public Documents Masterfile Search

Monthly Catalog - look these up

  • Monthly Catalog of United States Government PublicationsYear 1941, Page 01444  American - Legion - four freedoms, poster
  • 1941, Page 01518  Four freedoms - and the arsenal of democracy
  • 1941, Page 01444 - Four freedoms - message to 77th Congress, poster
  • 1943, Page 00762  Four freedoms - posters by Norman Rockwell
  • 1942, Page 00962 - United Nations - fight for four freedoms (article)


Aged - problems - value of Four Freedoms House, Inc. (statement) - 1961  L 1.13:G56/27

Housing - aged - Four Freedoms plan (remarks) 1961, Entry 14985  HH 1.7:W37/5

Liberty - four freedoms, basis for free world (address) 1961, Entry 07881  L 1.13:G56/7

Rewards (priz.es, etc.) - Four Freedoms Award, posthumous presentation to John Fitzgerald Kennedy (remarks) C 1.18:R67/27

The four freedoms  Y 3.P96/6:2F875

Four freedoms and the arsenal of democracy 1941  PR 32.402:F87

Weaver, Robert C, administrator, Housing and Home Finance Agency, remarks at Four Freedoms dinner Washington, D.C. 1961  HH 1.7:W37/5

Goldberg, Arthur J. Secretary of Labor, statement on receiving Four Freedoms House award, Washington, D.C  L 1.13:G56/27

Roosevelt, Franklin D. President, remarks at the White House, on the occasion of his acceptance of the Four Freedoms award  1944  Pr32.2.F825

Saturday Evening Post presents four freedoms, poster 1943  PR 32.5015:F875/ANN.

United Nations fight for four freedoms, rights of all men everywhere 1942  PR 32.5002:F87

Four freedoms 1941  FS 5.20:F87

Commerce - four economic freedoms (address)  1969  C 1.18:ST2/4

The citizen's almanac : fundamental documents, symbols, and anthems of the United States. 

HS 8.2:C 49/2011    

HS 8.2:C 49/2007  -                   


Emergency Relief Commission

Emergency Relief Commission

Here are a few possible resources besides the Archives record group. A link to the Archives Finding Aid is included.

New Deal and FDR

New Deal

  • Economic relief from the Great Depression
  • Financial Reforms
    • Banking regulations
    • Support for economy
  • Public Works Projects
  • Federal Programs
    • Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
    • Civil Works Administration (CWA)
    • Farm Security Administration (FSA)
    • National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 (NIRA)
    • Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • Three R's
    • Relief for the unemployed and poor
    • Recovery of the economy back to normal levels
    • Reform of the financial system to prevent a repeat depression

New Deal Legal


FDR Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats - FDR

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