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Center for New Deal Studies Acquires Louis B. Cella Papers

The American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming recently donated its Louis B. Cella collection to the Center for New Deal Studies.  According to the AHC, “Louis B. Cella was born May 9, 1903.  Not much else is known about him except that he collected anything and everything having to do with Franklin D. Roosevelt.  He acquired published material, ephemera, and collectors’ items related to FDR and his administration.  He passed away in November 1971.”  The collection is 50 cubic feet.  Approximately half the collection consists of publications such as popular magazines, books, newsletters, and newspapers with articles about FDR or his administration.  The collection also includes: special publications such as pamphlets and booklets; executive orders by FDR; newspaper clippings about FDR; clippings of book reviews from books on FDR and his administration; correspondence to/from Cella on acquiring and dispersing materials in the collection; scrapbooks of FDR political cartoons; letters signed by Eleanor Roosevelt; a collection of Roosevelt stamps; ephemera from presidential campaigns (signs, buttons, stickers, posters); an extradition signed by FDR, as governor of NY; drawings and mass-produced images of Franklin and Eleanor; and vinyl records and audio graphs of Roosevelt’s speeches and people talking about Roosevelt.  This collection has been processed and a finding aid is available.  It is housed in the Roosevelt University Archives under the tutelage of University Archivist Laura Mills.

Center Moves to New Home in Auditorium Building 

The Center for New Deal Studies moved in 2011 to Room 1046, located in the Murray-Green Library at Roosevelt University.  Come see the new space, which houses the CNDS book collection, displays of FDR artifacts and features computers and space for research.

Chicago Metro History Fair

The Center has teamed up with the Chicago Metro History Fair to promote the study of history among young people. In addition to sponsoring prizes for New Deal-era history, the Center now has web pages suggesting topics, as well as two extensive sites exploring the subject of WPA art and the history of public housing in Chicago.

David MacLaren Memorial Book Collection

Due to the generosity of Donald and Susan MacLaren, the Center has established a book collection in memory of their son, David, who taught history at Roosevelt. Donors to the fund have enabled us to purchase a number of unique books and dissertations pertaining to the Roosevelts and the New Deal era.