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"From the Vaults" is the RIAS library and archives blog, in which we highlight remarkable historical persons and events through documents from our collections.

LaGuardia and FDR
Bridging the Progressive Era and the New Deal: The Political Career of Fiorello LaGuardia

Not just the name behind the airport, Fiorello La Guardia, Mayor of New York (1933-1945) was one of the most effective and charismatic American politicians inthe years between the two World Wars. He was a multi-lingual and cosmopolitan figure, adept at navigating the diverse electoral coalitions of early twentieth century New York, and a politician who transcended party lines when occasion called for it. Read more.

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We will be closed to visitors during the months of August and September 2020 to facilitate the move. 

The Roosevelt Institute for American Studies is pleased to offer 3 full PhD scholarships, situated within the project “Racial Democracy: Challenges to Civil Democratic Ideals in American History.”

We invite applications to a conference dedicated to situating the COVID-19 pandemic in American and global history.

We invite applications to our upcoming graduate seminar in American History / American Studies. 

The 2020 Theodore Roosevelt American History Award was won by Emma van Toorn (Radboud University Nijmegen).

The RIAS will be moving offices in the months of August and September. We will reopen at the new location on 1 October 2020. 

The Netherlands American Studies Association (NASA) has launched its first issue of the bi-annual student journal NASR.​