Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965)
Appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Supreme Court in 1939, Justice Frankfurter served until 1962. Frankfurter had a long-established relationship with Roosevelt. When Roosevelt was governor of New York (1929-32), he served as his legal adviser; he advised him on New Deal legislation when he became president. Frankfurter had an equally longstanding friendship with Archibald MacLeish. Frankfurter taught MacLeish at the Harvard Law School, promoted his candidacy as Librarian of Congress, and served as an adviser during MacLeish’s tenure as Librarian of Congress.
Cândido Portinari (1903-1962)
As a gift to the people of America, the government of Brazil commissioned the celebrated Brazilian artist Cândido Portinari to paint a series of murals in the entrance to the Library’s Hispanic Foundation. The four murals, unveiled on January 12, 1942, tell the story of the discovery and the early history of the Americas.