It seems to me that the dedication of a
library is in itself an act of faith.
To bring together the records of the past
and to house them in buildings
where they will be preserved for the use of
men and women in the future, a
Nation must believe in three things.
It must believe in the past.
It must believe in the future.
It must, above all, believe in the capacity of
its own people so to learn from
the past that they can gain in judgment in
creating their own future.
…This latest addition to the archives of
America is dedicated at a moment
when government of the people by
themselves is being attacked everywhere.
It is, therefore, proof – if any proof is
needed – that our confidence in the
future of democracy has not diminished in
this Nation and will not diminish.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Remarks at the dedication of the
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library.
June 30, 1941