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Foundations of Public Service: Primary Documents

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Civic Architecture & Public Works:

  • Address at the Dedication of the Triborough Bridge

    • New Deal Network- Reprinted in The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Vol. 5, 1936, (New York City: Random House, 1938), p. 257.

  • Art Becomes Public Works

    • New Deal Network- Kellogg, Florence Loeb. Survey Graphic, Vol. 23, No. 6 (June, 1934), p. 279

  • Records of the Public Works Administration

    • The Public Works Administration was established in the Federal Works Agency (FWA) by Reorganization Plan No. I of 1939, effective July 1, 1939. The FWA administered a comprehensive public works program to promote and stabilize employment during the Great Depression.
      Source: National Archives

Public Service as a Profession:

Oaths of Office:

Postal Service:

Serving the Public in Elected Office:

  • Action, and Action Now: FDR's First 100 Days

    • Special Exhibition at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum

  • America Votes: Our Power and Responsibility

    • From the National Archives Teachers' Resources
      Teaching with primary documents encourages a varied learning environment for teachers and students alike. Lectures, demonstrations, analysis of documents, independent research, and group work become a gateway for research with historical records in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, social studies, and the humanities. A set of Analysis Worksheets are also included.

  • Historical View of the National Women’s Party

    • In early June 1916, the Congressional Union sponsored a convention in Chicago for women in the West who had achieved voting rights in their states. The National Woman’s Party (NWP)–also briefly known as the Woman’s Party of Western Voters or simply the Woman’s Party–emerged as a result of this conference.
      Source:  Library of Congress

Timelines of Public Service:

  • Legislative history of Social Security

    • Includes copies of the original Social Security Act 1935 and subsequent amendments.

  • History e-Library

    • National Park System Timeline (Annotated)

  • A Guide to Conducting Research in FBI Records

    • The FBI, like other government agencies—creates or obtains records as it fulfills its duties. These records are generally organized into case files. Common records include investigative files, personnel files, and “rap sheets” (criminal identification records).

  • 50 Years of Service: The Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory by Jane Kapler Smith, Diane Smith and Colin Hardy

    • Source: Fire Management Today. Volume 71 - No. 3 – 2011. U.S. Forest Service - Department of Agriculture

  • A Test of Adversity and Strength: Wildland Fire in the National Park System

    • Source: By Hal K. RothmanNational Park Services

  • Public Services Reform: timeline of local government developments

    • This research paper presents a timeline of the main developments in public services reform policy that have impacted Welsh local government in recent years. Source: National Assembly for Wales Commission Copyright 2013 - Research Service

  • The Role of Public Services in State and Nation-Building: Exploring Lessons from European History for Fragile States, July 2009 by Steven Van de Walle and Zoë Scott

    • Concerns about failed and fragile states have put states and nation building firmly on the academic and policy agenda. The crucial role of public services in this process has remained under-explored. The 1960s and 70s generated a substantial set of literature on state and nation building that is largely absent from current writings that focus on developing countries. This literature, mainly focusing on Western European countries, identified state penetration, standardization, and accommodation as key processes in the state and nation building sequence. In this paper we analyze these processes of state and nation building in Western Europe in the 17th & 19th centuries, and the role of public services therein, to explore how they may help us to understand the success and failure of state5 and nation building in developing countries and fragile states. We end with a number of key lessons and questions for international donors. Source: Government and Social Development Resource Center, International Development Department, University of Birmingham Copyright 2009