It has been almost twenty years since I began working on Rexford G. Tugwell. Approximately 4 years ago, I thought a major landmark had been reached with the publication of Rexford G. Tugwell: A Biography ( New York: Praeger Publishers, 1988). Yet, it wasn't enough. Even before the biography was released, I started working on editing the massive diary he had kept throughout his long life. Now, the diary is ready to be published and I can't say definitely that my work on Tugwell is over. It is for now or at least until another idea develops and my pursuit begins again.
To edit a diary such as this is a major undertaking. It is also one that can be completed only with the help of many individuals. Now is the time to thank those people who so patiently worked with me over these last 4 years. Grateful acknowledgment is given to David Whitten who encouraged me at those critical moments when completing a book seems almost impossible and who consistently talked about when the diary would be published instead of if it would.
Special thanks are also expressed to Dr. William Emerson and his staff (especially Ms. Elizabeth Denier and Mr. Paul McLaughlin) at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York. As usual, their kindness and professionalism went a long way in making this undertaking a pleasant experience. Acknowledgment is also made to the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Liberal Arts Faculty Development Committee at the University of Mississippi for providing the financial support needed for this project.
Once the diary was identified, verified, and re-examined, support staff became indispensable. Dr. Robert Haws, chairman of the