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    Franklin D. Roosevelt Autograph Note to Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins. One page, 5" x 8", [Washington D. C.], February 27, 1935. FDR writes, in full: "Unemployment insurance as applied to Colleges' & Universities' employees. This will bankrupt a large % of the private institutions." Directly under Roosevelt's note, Secretary Perkins writes: "Written by F. D. Roosevelt Pres. Of the U.S.A. as memo to me to exempt this from Social Security Bill. February 27th 1935/Frances Perkins/Sec. Of Labor." Attached to this historic note is another note, on 4" x 5" Department of Labor stationery, also in Perkins' hand (written in pencil): "Put with my memorabilia." Obviously, Perkins thought at the time that this was important enough to keep in her own collection of memorabilia. Both notes have paperclip rust stains at the top edge.

    At the time, Perkins was chairwoman of the Committee on Economic Security and was instrumental in the passing of the Social Security Act in August, 1935. She served ably in her position as Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, the first female ever appointed to a cabinet-level position. Photos of Roosevelt signing the Social Security bill show Perkins standing just behind him. After FDR's death and her resignation from the cabinet, Perkins wrote a book about her years of service, The Roosevelt I Knew. An amazing item with association to one of the most important pieces of legislature passed during the FDR years.


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