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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.

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Series 2: Marguerite A. ("Missy") LeHand PapersAdd to your cart.
test Box 10:This collection is composed primarily of personal correspondence files. Of particular importance are personal letters Missy received from diplomatic figures abroad at the outbreak of and in the early years of the war, including Amb. Joseph P. Kennedy in London, Amb. William C. Bullitt in Paris, and Carmel Offie, Bullitt's assistant in Paris. Also interesting are the letters from FDR's mother Sara Delano Roosevelt. The collection also includes Missy's 1935 Testamentary Instructions as well as a draft article about her experiences working in the White House with FDR.

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Astor, Helen, 1935-1939Add to your cart.
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Astor, Vincent, 1933-1940 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Astor, William ("Bill"), undatedAdd to your cart.
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Barkley, Alben W., 1938Add to your cart.
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Baruch, Bernard, undatedAdd to your cart.
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Boettiger, John, 1935Add to your cart.
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Bullitt, William C., 1937-1940 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Byrd, Adm. Richard E., 1935Add to your cart.
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Cartier, Pierre C., 1940Add to your cart.
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Cudahy, John, 1939-1940Add to your cart.
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Cummings, Homer S., 1933-1939Add to your cart.
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Delano, Laura F., 1934-1938Add to your cart.
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Douglas, William O., 1941Add to your cart.
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Dowling, Eddie, 1937-1941 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Early, Stephen T., 1934-1939Add to your cart.
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Fairbanks, Douglas, Jr., 1940Add to your cart.
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Farley, James A., 1936-1941Add to your cart.
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Flanagan, Rev. Edward J., 1937-1943Add to your cart.
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Hoover, J. Edgar, 1936Add to your cart.
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Hopkins, Harry L., 1940-1943Add to your cart.
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Hull, Cordell, 1940Add to your cart.
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Hurst, Frannie, 1931-1933Add to your cart.
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Ickes, Harold L., 1933-1939 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Kennedy, Joseph P., 1938-1941 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Lindley, Ernest K., 1931Add to your cart.
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O'Connor, Basil, 1932-1940Add to your cart.
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Offie, Carmel, 1935-1940Add to your cart.
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Perkins, Frances, 1941Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Anna [Dall, Boettiger], 1939-1940 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Eleanor,, 1931-1941Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Franklin D., 1934-1938 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Franklin D.: Transcripts of Longhand, 1934Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, G. Hall, 1940Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, James, 1939Add to your cart.
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Roosevelt, Sara Delano, 1935-1939 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Rosenman, Samuel I., 1938 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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Vanderbilt, Cornelius, Jr., 1934-1938 and undatedAdd to your cart.
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FDR Press Releases, 1935-1936Add to your cart.
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Memorabilia: Cards and InvitationsAdd to your cart.
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Testamentary Instructions, 1935Add to your cart.
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Writings: Draft Article about FDR and Working in the White House, ca. 1937-1938Add to your cart.
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