Newly do­nated FDR pa­pers are re­vealed

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

A hand­writ­ten let­ter from fas­cist Ital­ian dic­ta­tor Ben­ito Mus­solini con­grat­u­lat­ing Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt on his in­au­gu­ra­tion and a note from a woman who had a brief af­fair with Roo­sevelt were shown to the pub­lic for the first time at the Na­tional Archives. The 5,000 doc­u­ments and gifts col­lected by Roo­sevelt’s sec­re­taries in­clude a note from Lucy Mercer Ruther­furd, who had an af­fair with Roo­sevelt that for­ever changed his mar­riage to Eleanor Roo­sevelt when she dis­cov­ered the in­fi­delity in 1918. The 14 boxes of items had been sealed with duct tape for years and were con­sid­ered the last great pri­vately held col­lec­tion of pa­pers for Roo­sevelt’s pres­i­den­tial li­brary in Hyde Park, N.Y.

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