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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Archivists of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum

Extent: 1.0

Arrangement: There are two principal series of historical materials comprising the Significant Documents collection. These are the Franklin D. Roosevelt Materials and the Eleanor Roosevelt Materials.

Abstract

This is a selection of historical documents drawn from across the FDR Library's archival collections. Selections include materials identified possessing significant historic, iconic, or research value as individual items independent of their larger archival context. These documents represent major themes and events in the lives of both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and are largely drawn from FDR's Papers as President and the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This is an artificial collection of selected archival materials identified as intrinsically significant. Selections were made by Roosevelt Library archivists on the basis of a given document's historical, iconic, or research value as a single item, independent of its larger archival context. Documents date from 1882 through 1962 and represent major themes and events in the lives of both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Selections are drawn from across the Library's archival collections and include materials such as personal and official correspondence, speeches, and ephemera. The bulk of materials come from FDR's Papers as President and the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers.

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.

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Series 1: Franklin D. Roosevelt Significant DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Selections in this series document the major themes and events in the life of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Materials date throughout his lifetime, 1882-1945, with the bulk dating to his time as the 32nd President of the United States, or 1933-1945. Selections reflect his youth, his rise in politics, and his leadership role during both the New Deal era and World War II. Materials include personal and official letters, telegrams, and memos; drafts and reading copies of key speeches including fireside chats; and handwritten notes or "chits" written by FDR giving instructions or directions to his staff and administration officials. Correspondents include Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Mahatmas Gandhi, King George VI, Robert F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin.

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FDR-1: FDR's Birth Announcement, 1882Add to your cart.
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FDR-2: Letter, FDR to SDR ("Dear Sallie") and drawing of ship, 1887Add to your cart.
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FDR-3: Letter, FDR to Parents, from Groton, September 18, 1896Add to your cart.
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FDR-4: FDR's Groton School Reports, May 12 & June 23, 1900Add to your cart.
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FDR-5: Letter, Theodore Roosevelt to FDR, November 29, 1904Add to your cart.
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FDR-6: FDR's Handwritten Note to the 1932 Democratic Convention Suggesting that He Come to Chicago, c. July 1932Add to your cart.
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FDR-7: Speech Accepting Nomination for the Presidency, Chicago, Illinois (pg. 4 only), July 2, 1932Add to your cart.
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FDR-8: Telegram, Herbert Hoover to FDR, November 7, 1932Add to your cart.
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FDR-9: First Inaugural Address (pg. 1 only), March 4, 1933Add to your cart.
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FDR-9A: Documents and drafts related to FDR's "Bombshell" Memorandum to the London Economic Conference, July 3, 1933Add to your cart.
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FDR-10: Draft of Fireside Chat on the First Hundred Days (pg. 1 only), July 24, 1933Add to your cart.
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FDR-11: Draft of Annual Message to Congress, January 4, 1935Add to your cart.
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FDR-12: Letter, Harry L. Hopkins to Stephen Early re: prohibiting discrimination in the WPA, June 17, 1935Add to your cart.
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FDR-13: Letter, FDR to Robert Kennedy, July 12,1935, Letter, Robert Kennedy to FDR, July 19, 1935, July 1935Add to your cart.
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FDR-14: Statement of the President Upon Signing the Social Security Bill, August 14, 1935Add to your cart.
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FDR-15: FDR's Handwritten Notes to discuss Social Security with Frances Perkins and Harry Hopkins and with the Senate Finance Committee, c. 1935Add to your cart.
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FDR-16: Draft of Speech Accepting Renomination for the Presidency (Rendezvous with Destiny Speech) (pg. 10 only), June 27, 1936Add to your cart.
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FDR-17: Second Draft of Second Inaugural Address (pg. 6 only), January 20, 1937Add to your cart.
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FDR-18: Draft #7 of Fireside Chat on Judicial Reorganization (pg. 10 only), March 9, 1937Add to your cart.
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FDR-18A: FDR's pencil sketches of proposed FDR Library, April 12, 1937, with accompanying note by Grace Tully, May 4, 1945, April 12, 1937Add to your cart.
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FDR-19: Letter, Ernestine Guerrero to FDR re: the Chimes of Normandy made from food relief boxes, October 17, 1937Add to your cart.
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FDR-20: FDR's Handwritten Burial Instructions, December 26, 1937Add to your cart.
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FDR-21: Draft #4 of Fireside Chat on Purging the Democratic Party (pgs. 1 & 2 only), June 24, 1938Add to your cart.
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FDR-22: Draft Statement on Kristallnacht, November 15, 1938Add to your cart.
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FDR-23: Letter, Amb. William C. Bullitt to FDR re: preparations for the visit of the King and Queen of Great Britain, March 23, 1939Add to your cart.
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FDR-24: Letter, Albert Einstein to FDR, August 2, 1939Add to your cart.
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FDR-25:FDR's Handwritten Bedside Note re: the German invasion of Poland, September 1, 1939Add to your cart.
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FDR-26: Letter, FDR to Henry T. Hackett re: Hyde Park taxes and Hilltop Cottage, 01-15-1940, January 15, 1940Add to your cart.
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FDR-27: Letter, FDR to King George V, November 22, 1940Add to your cart.
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FDR-28: Rosenman's Draft of Peroration to Annual Message to Congress (Four Freedoms Speech), January 6, 1941Add to your cart.
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FDR-29: Sixth Draft of Annual Message to Congress (Four Freedoms Speech)(pg. 18 only), January 6, 1941Add to your cart.
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FDR-30: Reading Copy of Annual Message to Congress (Four Freedoms Speech), January 6, 1941Add to your cart.
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FDR-31: Letter, FDR to Harold S. Vanderbilt, May 26, 1941Add to your cart.
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FDR-32: Memorandum, FDR to Wayne Coy re: Aid to Russia, August 2, 1941Add to your cart.
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FDR-33: Original Draft Telegram Announcing the Results of the Atlantic Conference, August 14, 1941Add to your cart.
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FDR-34: Draft Press Release re: Aid to Russia, October 13, 1941Add to your cart.
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FDR-35: Memorandum for the President re: Attack at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941Add to your cart.
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FDR-36: Draft No. 1 of Message to Congress Requesting Declaration of War (Day of Infamy Speech), December 7, 1941Add to your cart.
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FDR-37: FDR's Handwritten Ordering of Nations for Joint Declaration of United Nations, January 1, 1942Add to your cart.
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FDR-38: Draft Joint Declaration of the United Nations, January 1, 1942Add to your cart.
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FDR-39: Letter, FDR to Winston S. Churchill, March 18, 1942Add to your cart.
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FDR-40: Memorandum, Gen. George C. Marshall to FDR, and Draft Telegram, FDR to Gen. Wainwright, April 5, 1942Add to your cart.
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FDR-41: Telegram, Winston S. Churchill to FDR, April 12, 1942Add to your cart.
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FDR-42: Telegrams, Harry L. Hopkins to FDR, and FDR to Harry L. Hopkins re: Pierre Laval, April 15, 1942Add to your cart.
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FDR-43: Cost Estimate for Shangri-La (Hi-Catoctin Lodge), April 24, 1942Add to your cart.
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FDR-44: Telegrams, Gen. Wainwright to Gen. Marshall, and FDR to Gen. Wainwright re: situation in Philippines, May 4 & 5, 1942Add to your cart.
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FDR-45: FDR's Sketch of Proposed Extensions to FDR Library, May 21, 1942Add to your cart.
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FDR-46: Letter, M.K. Gandhi to FDR, and Letter, FDR to M.K. Gandhi, July 1 & August 1, 1942Add to your cart.
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FDR-47: FDR and Harry L. Hopkins' Draft Handwritten Instructions to Joint Chiefs of Staff re: Guadalcanal, October 24, 1942Add to your cart.
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FDR-48: Draft Telegram, FDR to Winston S. Churchill re: Charles de Gaulle, Novmeber 11, 1942Add to your cart.
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FDR-49: Telegram, FDR to Winston S. Churchill, and Telegram, Winston S. Churchill to FDR re: Plans for Casablanca Conference ("Don Quixote" and ("Sancho Panza"), January 2 & 3, 1943Add to your cart.
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FDR-50: Letter, FDR to Mr. and Mrs. T.F. Sullivan re: Death of their Five Sons, February 1, 1943Add to your cart.
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FDR-51: Letter, Harold L. Ickes to FDR, and Letter, FDR to Harold L. Ickes re: Conditions in Japanese-American Internment Camps), April 13 & 24, 1943Add to your cart.
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FDR-52: Letter, Milton S. Eisenhower to FDR re: Japanese-American Internment, April 22, 1943Add to your cart.
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FDR-53: Draft Telegram, FDR to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower re: Operations in North Africa, May 9, 1943Add to your cart.
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FDR-54: File Memo, FDR re: Churchill's order to Gen. Alexander to advance in North Africa, and Churchill's handwritten order to Alexander, May 21 & August 10, 1942Add to your cart.
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FDR-55: Letter, Joseph Stalin to FDR re: Second Front, June 11, 1943Add to your cart.
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FDR-56: Letter, FDR to Gen. Douglas MacArthur re: ER's Trip to the Pacific, August 15, 1943Add to your cart.
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FDR-57: Sketch of United Nations Organization made by FDR at Teheran Conference, November 30, 1943Add to your cart.
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FDR-58: Draft Telegram, FDR to Churchilll re: Eisenhower as Commander of OVERLORD, December 20, 1943Add to your cart.
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FDR-59: State of the Union Message; Sixth Draft, pages 19-20 re: Economic Bill of Rights, January 11, 1944Add to your cart.
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FDR-60: Draft Press Release, Statement by the President re: the Holocaust, April 3, 1944Add to your cart.
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FDR-61: D-Day Prayer, Original Reading Copy, June 6, 1944Add to your cart.
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FDR-62: Draft Statement on Signing the G.I. Bill, June 22, 1944Add to your cart.
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FDR-63: Letter, John J. McCloy to John W. Pehle re: bombing of railway lines transporting Jews to death camps, July 4, 1944Add to your cart.
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FDR-64: Telegram, Churchill to FDR re: Stalin's failure to assist Warsaw uprising, August 18, 1944Add to your cart.
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FDR-65: Cable, FDR to Churchill re: Joint Message to Stalin re: Warsaw uprising, August 19, 1944Add to your cart.
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FDR-66: Tube Alloys Memorandum b/w FDR and Churchill, September 18, 1944Add to your cart.
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FDR-67: Fourth Draft, FDR's Speech to the Teamster's Union (Fala Speech), September 23, 1944Add to your cart.
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FDR-68: Reading Copy, FDR's Speech to the Teamster's Union (Fala Speech), September 23, 1944Add to your cart.
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FDR-69: Draft Cable, FDR to Churchill re: Soviet Participation in the United Nations Organization, September 27, 1944Add to your cart.
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FDR-70: Cable, FDR to Gen. MacArthur re: MacArthur's return to the Philippines, October 20, 1944Add to your cart.
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FDR-71: Telegram, Churchill to FDR ("Malta to Yalta" telegram), January 1, 1945Add to your cart.
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FDR-72: Telegram, Churchill to FDR, March 17, 1945Add to your cart.
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FDR-73: Letter, Joseph Stalin to FDR re: Alleged Bern Negotiations with Germany, April 3, 1945Add to your cart.
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FDR-74: Telegram, FDR to Joseph to Stalin re: Alleged Bern Negotiations with Germany, April 4, 1945Add to your cart.
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FDR-75: FDR's War Ration Books (Book No. 3 and Book No. 4), UndatedAdd to your cart.
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FDR-76: FDR's Draft Memorandum to Gen. Marshall, Adm. King, and Gen. Arnold, pencil on blue paper, UndatedAdd to your cart.
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Series 2: Eleanor Roosevelt Significant DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Selections in this series document the major themes and events in the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. Materials date throughout her lifetime, 1884-1962, the bulk dating between 1933 and 1962, or the White House years and beyond. Selections reflect her youth; her time as First Lady; her work as delegate to the United Nations; as an activist for both human rights and civil rights; and her many relationships with key international political figures of the twentieth century. Materials include both personal and official correspondence; speech and article writing materials; and memorabilia. Correspondents include Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Lyndon B. Johnson, Frances Perkins, Harry S. Truman, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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ER-1: ER's Report Card from Allenswood School, Jan-April 1900Add to your cart.
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ER-2: Letter, Frances Perkins to ER, December 17, 1928Add to your cart.
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ER-3: Telegram, Herman Milgrim to ER re: Strike Settlement, October 9, 1933Add to your cart.
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ER-4: Memorandum, ER to Missy LeHand re: FDR Jr.'s medical expenses, with FDR Handwritten Note, January 8, 1936Add to your cart.
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ER-5: Memorandum, ER to FDR et al. re: 1936 Campaign Strategy, July 16, 1936Add to your cart.
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ER-6: Agreement between ER, Nancy Cook, and Marion Dickerman re: Val-Kill, November 9, 1938Add to your cart.
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ER-7: Letter, ER to Mrs. Henry M. Robert, Jr. resigning from DAR, February 26, 1939Add to your cart.
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ER-8: "My Day" Column re: ER's Resignation from the DAR, February 27, 1939Add to your cart.
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ER-9: Memorandum, ER to FDR re: Blacks in the Military, c. September 1940 (?)Add to your cart.
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ER-10: Letter, Albert Einstein to ER, July 26, 1941Add to your cart.
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ER-11: Letter, Petra Harthum to ER, August 7, 1941Add to your cart.
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ER-12: ER's Pacific Trip Schedule (2 total pages), July 25, 1943Add to your cart.
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ER-13: Memorandum, ER to FDR re: Irving S. Lowen and atomic bomb development, July 27, 1943Add to your cart.
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ER-14: Letter, Harry S. Truman to ER appointing her to the United Nations, December 21, 1945Add to your cart.
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ER-15: Draft Letter, ER to Harry S. Truman re: Loyalty Oaths, November 13, 1947Add to your cart.
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ER-16: Draft Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with ER's Handwritten Revisions, c. 1947Add to your cart.
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ER-17: "My Day" Column re: Condition of Blacks in Washington DC, April 22, 1949Add to your cart.
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ER-18: Letter, ER to Harry S. Truman re: the UN and race issues, December 14, 1950Add to your cart.
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ER-19: Draft "My Day" Column re: Mrs. Eisenhower's Operation and Adlai Stevenson & Civil Rights, August 8, 1957Add to your cart.
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ER-20: Letter, Sen. Lyndon Johnson to ER re: Her Criticism of his Civil Rights Position, and ER's Reply Letter, August 12 & 17, 1957Add to your cart.
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ER-21: ER Handwritten "My Day" Columns, c. 1957-58Add to your cart.
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ER-22: Exchange of Letters Between ER and Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (ER to LBJ, 01-23-1960; ER to LBJ, 01-29-1960; and LBJ to ER, 02-02-1960), January 23, January 29 & February 2, 1960Add to your cart.
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ER-23: ER's Notes re: her meeting with Sen. John F. Kennedy at Hyde Park, August 15, 1960Add to your cart.
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ER-24: Letter, ER to Sen. John F. Kennedy, August 16, 1960Add to your cart.
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ER-25: Letter, ER to Sen. John F. Kennedy re: the First Televised Debate, and JFK's Reply Letter, September 27 & October 10, 1960Add to your cart.
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ER-26: Letter, Pres. John F. Kennedy to ER Appointing Her to National Advisory Council of the Peace Corps (1 total page), April 10, 1961Add to your cart.
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ER-27: Handwritten letter from Jacqueline Kennedy to ER enclosing note from young Caroline Kennedy about Fala (2 pages), May 31, 1962Add to your cart.
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ER-28: Letter, Pres. John F. Kennedy to ER re: the Commission on the Status of Women (2 total pages), June 15, 1962Add to your cart.
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ER-29: Letter, Walter Reuther to ER re: the Short Work Week, June 22, 1962Add to your cart.
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