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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This is a selection of historical documents drawn from across the FDR Library's archival collections.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 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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Note: ER Papers; Allenswood Report Cards (Box 4)

ER-2: Letter, Frances Perkins to ER, December 17, 1928Add to your cart.
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Note: ER Papers; General Correspondence, 1928-1932; "P" Misc. (Box 9)

ER-3: Telegram, Herman Milgrim to ER re: Strike Settlement, October 9, 1933Add to your cart.
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Note: ER Papers; Series 100, 1933; Milgrim & Brothers (Box 580)

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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Note: PPF 3737: LeHand, Marguerite A. (LeHand Scrapbook)

ER-5: Memorandum, ER to FDR et al. re: 1936 Campaign Strategy, July 16, 1936Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files: Subject Files: Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1936-1942 (Box 159)

ER-6: Agreement between ER, Nancy Cook, and Marion Dickerman re: Val-Kill, November 9, 1938Add to your cart.
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Note: John A. Roosevelt Papers; Family Papers; Val-Kill Cottages, 1937-1944 (Box 46)

ER-7: Letter, ER to Mrs. Henry M. Robert, Jr. resigning from DAR, February 26, 1939Add to your cart.
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Note: ER Papers; Series 100, 1939; Rob-Roo (Box 699)

ER-8: "My Day" Column re: ER's Resignation from the DAR, February 27, 1939Add to your cart.
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Note: ER Papers; Speech and Article File; My Day Columns; Mimeograph Copies, 1939 (Box 1463)

ER-9: Memorandum, ER to FDR re: Blacks in the Military, c. September 1940 (?)Add to your cart.
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Note: President's Secretary's Files: Subject Files: Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1943-1945 (Box 159)

ER-10: Letter, Albert Einstein to ER, July 26, 1941Add to your cart.
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Note: PPF 7177: Einstein, Albert

ER-11: Letter, Petra Harthum to ER, August 7, 1941Add to your cart.
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Note: ER Papers; Series 75: Old Age Pensions, 1941-45, A-K (Box 437)

ER-12: ER's Pacific Trip Schedule (2 total pages), July 25, 1943Add to your cart.
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Note: ER Papers; Series 190.4: Trip file-Itineraries, Maps & Lists (Box 1373)

ER-13: Memorandum, ER to FDR re: Irving S. Lowen and atomic bomb development, July 27, 1943Add to your cart.
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Note: Roosevelt Family Papers Donated by the Children; Eleanor Roosevelt to Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1943 (Box 16)

ER-14: Letter, Harry S. Truman to ER appointing her to the United Nations, December 21, 1945Add to your cart.
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Note: ER Papers; Correspondence with Harry S. Truman, 1945-1947 (Box 4560)

ER-15: Draft Letter, ER to Harry S. Truman re: Loyalty Oaths, November 13, 1947Add to your cart.
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Note: ER Papers, Correspondence with Harry S. Truman, 1947-1948 (Box 4560)

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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Note: ER Papers-UN Materials; Documents, 1945-1950: Position Papers on Draft International Bill of Rights of Rights, 1946-June 1947 (Folder 1 of 2) (Box 4593)

ER-17: "My Day" Column re: Condition of Blacks in Washington DC, April 22, 1949Add to your cart.
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Note: ER Papers; Speech and Article File; My Day Columns; Mimeographed Copies, 1949 (Box 1468)

ER-18: Letter, ER to Harry S. Truman re: the UN and race issues, December 14, 1950Add to your cart.
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Note: ER Papers; Correspondence with Harry S. Truman, 1950 (Box 4560)

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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Note: ER Papers; Speech and Article File; My Day Column Drafts, August 1957 (Box 1452)

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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Note: ER Papers; General Correspondence, 1957-1962; Johnson, Lyndon (Box 3572)

ER-21: ER Handwritten "My Day" Columns, c. 1957-58Add to your cart.
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Note: Maureen Corr Papers; Eleanor Roosevelt Materials; My Day Column Drafts, 1958 and undated (Box 2)

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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Note: ER Papers; General Correspondence, 1957-1962; Johnson, Lyndon (Box 3572)

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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Note: ER Papers; General Correspondence, 1957-1962: Kennedy, John F., 1957-1960 (Box 3576)

ER-24: Letter, ER to Sen. John F. Kennedy, August 16, 1960Add to your cart.
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Note: ER Papers; General Correspondence, 1957-1962: Kennedy, John F., 1957-1960 (Box 3576)

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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Note: ER Papers; General Correspondence, 1957-1962: Kennedy, John F., 1957-1960 (Box 3576)

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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Note: ER Papers; General Correspondence, 1957-1962: Kennedy, John F., 1961-1962 (Box 3576)

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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Note: ER Papers; General Correspondence, 1957-1962: Kennedy, Jacqueline, 1960-1962 (Box 3576)

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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Note: ER Papers; General Correspondence, 1957-1962: Kennedy, John F., 1961-1962 (Box 3576)

ER-29: Letter, Walter Reuther to ER re: the Short Work Week, June 22, 1962Add to your cart.
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Note: ER Papers; General Correspondence, 1957-1962; Reuther, Mr. and Mrs. Walter, 1960-1962 (Box 3621)

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