This set of 6 photo log books were authorized personal copies by FDR to Vice Admiral Wilson Brown, USN & Naval Aide to the President. 1942-1944.
This original set of 6 photographic log books in spiral bound covers must have been produced in limited numbers through the White House during WWII. These 6 logs were given to Vice Admiral Wilson Brown, USN, and Naval Presidential Aide to Franklin D. Roosevelt.
There is no information within any of the logs that mentions where these were produced, or how many copies were printed. Most of these have a loose printed piece of paper that reads, “THE WHITE HOUSE / WASHINGTON / March 16, 1945. / MEMORANDUM / The President has authorized that you be given a personal copy of the following described logs of his official travels. / The President directs that for the present, and until the termination of the war, these logs be considered in a “RESTRICTED” status; that none of the material contained in the logs shall be used for publication in any form; or that the contents be discussed so that quotations may be used for publication. / WILSON BROWN, / VICE ADMIRAL, U.S.N., / Naval Aide to the President.”
The titles of these logs are:
- “OUR NATION AT WAR” LOG OF THE PRESIDENT’S INSPECTION TRIP, 17 September – 1 October 1942.
- LOG OF THE TRIP OF THE PRESIDENT TO THE CASABLANCA CONFERENCE. 9 -31 January, 1943.
- LOT OF THE PRESIDENT’S INSPECTION TOUR, 13 29 APRIL, 1943.
- The LOG of THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT to CANADA – 16 August 1943 to 26 August 1943 – 17 – 24 August – “QUADRANT” CONFERENCE at QUEBEC – 25 August – VISIT to OTTAWA.
- LOG OF THE PRESIDENT’S TRIP TO AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 1943.
- (only log not spiral bound – soft covers) THE PRESIDENT’S LOG FOR THE 1944 QUEBEC CONFERENCE (OCTAGON) SEPTEMBER 9-21, 1944.
Each log gives the names and military details of FDR’s party, and a listed itinerary. Each is well illustrated with events of the trip/conference. and the average number of pages runs about 44 each not including tables of contents, addendum, and indexes.
Photos of world leaders, politicians, military officers, and more. Itinerary times given with good description of what was taking place at that given time. Number of persons in the president’s party range from 30+ to 50. Perhaps there were 200 of each of these printed?
I would have to believe that these official presidential logs are rather scarce. This is the only set I have seen.
Condition is very good – fine on all with exception to The President’s Inspection Tour which has some cover damage to the printed images.