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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Tully, Grace (1900-1984)

Other Creators: LeHand, Marguerite A. ("Missy"), Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)

Extent: 6.55 Cubic Feet

Arrangement:

When the Tully Collection, aslo know as the Grace Tully Archive, was acquired, there was no discernable original order because the collection had passed through several dealers, auction houses, and private owners prior to its donation to the Library. The materials had been rearranged and repackaged to enhance salability, not preserve original archival order. Archivists at the Roosevelt Library who organized the materials for research imposed a reasonable and accessible order to each sub-collection consistent with standard archival practices. In arranging the collection into its component sub-collections, if original ownership could not be clearly determined, the materials were deemed to belong in the Tully Papers.

The Tully Archive is arranged into three series:

Abstract

This collection is composed of three smaller collections: the Grace Tully Papers, the Marguerite A. ("Missy") LeHand Papers, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is composed of three smaller collections: the Grace Tully Papers, the Marguerite A. ("Missy") LeHand Papers, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers.

The collection is titled the "Tully Archive" because, while there are three distinct collections within it, all of the materials were in the sole custody of Grace Tully from at least 1941 until her death in 1984, at which time the collection was transferred through numerous dealers and private owners until its ultimate donation to the Roosevelt Library. The title accurately reflects its unique provenance.

Biographical Note

Grace Tully Biographical Timeline

Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, August 9, 1900. Father died when young, and she and two sisters and brother were raised by devout Catholic mother. Attended parochial and convent schools before enrolling in secretarial school. Worked for Bishop (then later) Cardinal Patrick Hayes as secretary for ten years. Sought new employment with Democratic National Committee in 1928. Assigned to assist Eleanor Roosevelt who was organizing support for presidential nominee Al Smith. When FDR was nominated for Governor later that year, Grace went to work on Roosevelt's staff. Grace performed the dictation and typing duties that FDR's principal personal secretary Missy LeHand disliked. Grace served with FDR in Albany during his four years as Governor of New York. Moved to Washington in 1933 when FDR elected President. Roles of Tully and LeHand were by this time well defined and accepted. Grace performed dictation and typing, managed the President's mail, and served as primary files manager for the White House. After Missy LeHand suffered a stroke in 1941, Grace became FDR's primary personal secretary. Grace was in Warm Springs with FDR when he died on April 12, 1945. Grace thereafter became executive secretary of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Foundation. Prior to his death, FDR appointed Grace to a three person committee to serve as a steward of FDR's papers in preparation for their opening to researchers. The other members of the committee were Harry L. Hopkins and Samuel Rosenman. The papers committee was disbanded in the late 1940s after ownership of the FDR papers was confirmed in the United States government following the administration of Roosevelt's estate. The establishment of the committee was deemed a non-testamentary request by the President not binding on the Archivist of the United States. In 1955, Tully joined the staff of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, working closely with then-Senate Majority leader Lyndon B. Johnson. She remained as an aide there until 1965. Grace Tully died on June 15, 1984 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC. She never married and had no children.

Administrative Information

Repository: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

Access Restrictions: None

Use Restrictions: The writings of Franklin D. Roosevelt within this collection are in the public domain. The official writings of United States government officials within this collection are in the public domain. The writings of Eleanor Roosevelt within this collection are subject to Mrs. Roosevelt's literary estate. All other materials are subject to the United States Copyright law, 17 U.S.C. 101, et seq.

Separated Materials: Framed items, memorabilia, books and photographs have been removed from the Tully Archive and transferred to the appropriate collection within the FDR Library.

Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Grace Tully Papers],
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Series 1: Grace Tully PapersAdd to your cart.
Boxes 1-9:This collection includes an extensive series of personal correspondence between Grace Tully, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, other members of the Roosevelt Administration and White House staff, friends and family. A recurring name throughout the correspondence is Paula Tully/Paula Larrabee. Paula was Grace's sister who also worked in the White House. Of particular interest in the correspondence files are letters from Eleanor Roosevelt revealing the extent to which Grace assisted Mrs. Roosevelt in her day-to-day activities. There also is correspondence exchanged between Grace and Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson that casts light on Grace's life after the Roosevelt years. The collection also contains a series of writings by Grace Tully, including draft notes and chapters for her book FDR: My Boss as well as unpublished reminiscences of FDR. Finally, there is an extensive series of memorabilia, including copies of FDR speech texts inscribed by the President to Grace, copies of White House press releases, a set of official Logs of the President's Trips, inauguration memorabilia, and colorful menus from railroad trips Grace took with the President.

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Astor, Vincent, 1941-1949 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Barkley, Alben W., 1936-1940Add to your cart.
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Bullitt, William C., 1942Add to your cart.
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Byrd, Adm. Richard E., 1941-1962Add to your cart.
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Byrd, Robert C., 1980Add to your cart.
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Byrnes, James F., 1942 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Cahill, Raymond T., 1939-1940Add to your cart.
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Cardozo, Benjamin N., 1930Add to your cart.
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Carter, Jimmy, 1980Add to your cart.
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Cartier, Pierre C., 1935-1945Add to your cart.
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Chandor, Douglas, 1947-1954Add to your cart.
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Clark, Mark W., 1944-1945Add to your cart.
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Corcoran, Thomas C., 1958Add to your cart.
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Cummings, Homer S., 1936-1947Add to your cart.
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D-F Delano, Laura F., 1944-1947Add to your cart.
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Donovan, William J., 1942 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Douglas, William O., 1941-1962Add to your cart.
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Dowling, Eddie, 1942-1945Add to your cart.
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Early, Stephen T., 1940-1946 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Eisenhower, Dwight D. and Mamie, 1951-1955Add to your cart.
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Farley, James A., 1935-1970Add to your cart.
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Forrestal, James, 1945Add to your cart.
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Frankfurter, Felix, 1939-1946, and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, 1943-1985Add to your cart.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Foundation, 1947 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Warm Springs Memorial Commission,, 1961Add to your cart.
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Halifax, Lord, 1945Add to your cart.
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Hassett, William D., 1943-1950Add to your cart.
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Hoover, J. Edgar, 1943Add to your cart.
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Hopkins, Harry L., 1938-1946 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Hull, Cordell, 1934Add to your cart.
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Humphrey, Hubert H. and Muriel, 1964-1977Add to your cart.
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Ickes, Harold L., 1935-1945Add to your cart.
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Johnson, Lyndon B. and Lady Bird, 1942-1966Add to your cart.
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Johnson, Lyndon B. and Lady Bird, 1969-1984 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Kennedy, John F., 1961Add to your cart.
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Kennedy, Joseph P., 1936-1960Add to your cart.
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LeHand, Marguerite A. ("Missy") Lehman, Herbert H., 1929-1944 and undated, , 1929-1933Add to your cart.
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Marshall, George C., 1945Add to your cart.
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Mondale, Walter F., 1980Add to your cart.
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Morgenthau, Henry, Jr., 1935-1945 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Muskie, Edmund S., 1970-1984Add to your cart.
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O'Connor, Basil, 1929-1947Add to your cart.
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O'Connor and Farber, 1945-1947Add to your cart.
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Offie, Carmel, 1940-1945Add to your cart.
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Otto of Austria, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
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Perkins, Frances, 1934Add to your cart.
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Rayburn, Sam, 1953-1957Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Anna [Dall, Boettiger], 1933-1945 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1929-1934, , 1936-1940Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1941-1945Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1946-1949Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1950-1962Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Eleanor, undatedAdd to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Elliott, 1943-1945Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Franklin D., 1928-1932Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Franklin D., 1933-1941Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Franklin D., 1942-1945Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Franklin D., undatedAdd to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Franklin D.: Transcripts of Longhand, 1931-1945 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Roosevelt, James, 1932-1984 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Sara Delano, 1932-1933 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Rosenman, Samuel I., 1930-1944 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Rowe, James H., Jr., 1940-1944Add to your cart.
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Rutherfurd, Lucy Mercer, 1944-1945 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Sherwood,Robert, 1941-1951Add to your cart.
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Sherwood, Robert: Drawings, 1941-1948 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Spellman, Francis J., 1940-1957Add to your cart.
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Stettinius, Edward R., Jr., 1943-1945Add to your cart.
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Stevenson, Adlai E.,, 1948-1964 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Stimson, Henry L., 1945Add to your cart.
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Suckley, Margaret L., 1942-1944Add to your cart.
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Sullivan,Ed, 1951Add to your cart.
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Thompson, Malvina C., 1933-1946 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Truman, Harry S., 1945-1955Add to your cart.
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Vanderbilt, Cornelius, Jr., 1934-1961 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Wallace, Henry A., 1945Add to your cart.
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Welles, Orson, 1944Add to your cart.
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Winchell, Walter, 1943-1964 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Financial Materials, 1907-1953Add to your cart.
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Gift Lists,, 1943-1944 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Draft Article about FDR for The New Republic, 1946Add to your cart.
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FDR, My Boss: Chapter Drafts and Notes, ca. 1947-1949Add to your cart.
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FDR, My Boss: Correspondence, 1947-1953Add to your cart.
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Miscellaneous Notes and Drafts, undatedAdd to your cart.
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Shorthand Notes, 1938-1940 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Speeches, 1955-1977Add to your cart.
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Unpublished Reminiscences, 1950Add to your cart.
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Phi Beta Kappa Speech, Harvard University, June 17, 1929Add to your cart.
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First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933Add to your cart.
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Speech on the 100th Anniversary of the Death of LaFayette, May 20, 1934Add to your cart.
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Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1935Add to your cart.
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Acceptance Speech on Renomination for the Presidency, June 27, 1936Add to your cart.
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Fireside Chat Following Drought Inspection Tour, September 6, 1936Add to your cart.
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Commencement Address at the University of Virginia, June 10, 1940Add to your cart.
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Radio Address Accepting Renomination for the Presidency, July 19, 1940Add to your cart.
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Statement of the President on Adoption of Selective Service, September 16, 1940Add to your cart.
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Radio Address from Hyde Park on Election Eve, November 4, 1940Add to your cart.
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Fireside Chat on National Security (Arsenal of Democracy Speech), December 20, 1940Add to your cart.
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Message to Congress on Landing American Troops in Iceland, July 7, 1941Add to your cart.
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Fireside Chat on National Defense, September 11, 1941Add to your cart.
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Navy and Total Defense Day Address, October 27, 1941Add to your cart.
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War Message to Congress, December 8, 1941Add to your cart.
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Fireside Chat on War with Japan, December 9, 1941Add to your cart.
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Message to Congress Asking that a State of War be Recognized with Germany and Italy, December 11, 1941Add to your cart.
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Radio Address on 150th Anniversary of the Ratification of the Bill of Rights, December 15, 1941Add to your cart.
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Box 6Add to your cart.

Declaration by United Nations, January 2, 1942Add to your cart.
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Annual Message to Congress, January 6, 1942Add to your cart.
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Fireside Chat on Progress of the War, February 23, 1942Add to your cart.
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Message to Congress Outlining Economic Stabilization Program, April 27, 1942Add to your cart.
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Fireside Chat on Economic Stabilization, April 28, 1942Add to your cart.
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Fireside Chat on the Home Front, October 12, 1942Add to your cart.
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Fireside Chat on Federal Seizure of the Coal Mines, May 2, 1943Add to your cart.
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Fourth Inaugural Address, January 20, 1945Add to your cart.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers: ListsAdd to your cart.
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Press Releases, 1934-1938Add to your cart.
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Press Releases, March 11, 1938Add to your cart.
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Press Releases, 1939-1941Add to your cart.
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Press Releases, 1943-1945Add to your cart.
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Trip Itineraries, 1932-1945 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series 6: Logs of the President's TripsAdd to your cart.

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Fishing Cruise to Dry Tortugas, Florida, November 29 - December 6, 1937Add to your cart.
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Cruise on Board USS Philadelphia, April 30 - May 8, 1938Add to your cart.
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Inspection Cruise and Fishing Expedition on Board USS Houston, July 16 - August 9, 1938Add to your cart.
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Inspection Cruise through the West Indies, December 3-4, 1940Add to your cart.
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Inspection Trip and Cruise on Board USS Potomac, March 19 - April 1, 1941Add to your cart.
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Inspection Trip, September 17 - October 1, 1942Add to your cart.
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Casablanca Conference, January 9-31, 1943Add to your cart.
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Inspection Tour, April 13-29, 1943Add to your cart.
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Canada-First Quebec Conference and Ottawa, August 16-25, 1943Add to your cart.
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Africa and the Middle East (Cairo and Teheran Conferences), November - December, 1943Add to your cart.
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Inspection Trip to the Pacific, July - August 1944Add to your cart.
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Canada-Second Quebec Conference, September 9-22, 1944Add to your cart.
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Crimea Conference and Great Bitter Lake, Egypt, January 22 - February 28, 1945Add to your cart.
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Sub-Series 7: MemorabiliaAdd to your cart.

Box 8Add to your cart.

Christmas CardsAdd to your cart.
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Christmas Cards from Franklin and Eleanor RooseveltAdd to your cart.
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Funeral of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1945Add to your cart.
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Inauguration (Governor), 1929Add to your cart.
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Inauguration (Governor), 1931Add to your cart.
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Inauguration (President), 1933Add to your cart.
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Inauguration (President), 1937Add to your cart.
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Inauguration (President), 1941Add to your cart.
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Inauguration (President), 1945Add to your cart.
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Inauguration (President), 1961Add to your cart.
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Inauguration (President), 1965Add to your cart.
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InvitationsAdd to your cart.
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Invitations-White HouseAdd to your cart.
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Miscellaneous, 1914-1970 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Railroad Trip Menus, 1932Add to your cart.
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Railroad Trip Menus, 1934-1936Add to your cart.
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Railroad Trip Menus, 1937Add to your cart.
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Railroad Trip Menus, 1938Add to your cart.
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