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Waiving Claims to Certain Documents Relating to Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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WAIVING CLAIMS TO CERTAIN DOCUMENTS RELATING TO FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT -- (House of Representatives - September 27, 2008)

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Mr. DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume. I will try to be brief.

Mr. Speaker, this is a simple bill with the limited purpose of waiving certain claims of the United States to specific documents relating to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The papers in question, known as the Tully Collection, are a very important and valuable collection of materials relating to Roosevelt's Presidency.

Grace Tully served on President Roosevelt's secretarial staff for several decades and in 1941 became his personal secretary. After her death, her collection of personal papers passed on through her niece into the hands of private collectors, and finally, to the current owner, Sun Times Media, which bought the collection for $8 million in 2001.

In 2004, the National Archives asserted a claim to a portion of the documents. Sun Times Media would now like to donate the entire collection to the FDR Presidential Library, but due to the Archives' formal claim, Sun Times Media is prevented from receiving any type of tax deduction for this, the donation.

This bill will address the legal barriers preventing the transfer of this very important collection to President Roosevelt's library.

I understand this bill has the strong support of members of the New York delegation. I would urge Members to support this legislation to help complete this historical collection.

I reserve the balance of my time.

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