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Curtis Roosevelt Papers, 1951-1982 | Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

Collection Overview

Title: Curtis Roosevelt Papers, 1951-1982Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Roosevelt, Curtis (1930-)

Extent: 4.8 Cubic Feet

Languages: English

Collection Historical Note

Curtis Roosevelt is the eldest grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Born on April 19, 1930, he is the son of Anna Roosevelt and Curtis Bean Dall. His older sister is Anna Eleanor Seagraves. Curtis and his sister were popularly known as "Sistie" and "Buzzie" during their early childhoods. Curtis legally changed his last name from Dall to Roosevelt in later years.

Curtis and his sister lived in the White House from September 1933 to November 1935, then visited frequently thereafter. He was there for Christmas 1936 through FDR's Second Inauguration in 1937. He was also there for Christmas 1939. Curtis and his sister returned to live in the White House with their mother Anna in 1944-1945 until FDR's death, although Curtis was at boarding schools during this period.

As a teenager, Curtis spent a short period in a hospital recovering from a mild attack of infantile paralysis.

In 1948, he accompanied his grandmother Eleanor Roosevelt to Paris, where Mrs.Roosevelt was attending a session of the United Nations General Assembly as a delegate from the United States.

After graduating from the Southwestern Military and Naval Academy at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Curtis attended Loyola University in Los Angeles and graduate studies at Columbia University.

He held numerous positions in advertising and education during his professional career, including vice president for public affairs for The New School of Social Research, and he was regional director of the National Citizens Council for Better Schools.

In 1964, Curtis joined the Public Information Department at the United Nations as Chief of the Non-Governmental Organizations Section. He assisted civil, labor, church and other nongovernmental groups (NGOs) interested in United Nations activities.

In more recent years, Curtis has become a popular speaker and appears frequently in documentaries about his grandparents. In 2008, he wrote his memoir, Too Close to the Sun: Growing up in the Shadow of my Grandparents Franklin and Eleanor.

He is married and lives in southern France. He has one daughter by a previous marriage.

Administrative Information

Repository: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

Access Restrictions: Audio/Video Interviews and Transcripts are restricted under the terms of Donor's Deed of Gift.

Use Restrictions: Copyright interest in these papers has been retained by the Donor.

Acquisition Source: Curtis Roosevelt

Acquisition Method: The papers were donated to the Library by Curtis Roosevelt.

Related Materials: Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers; Eleanor Roosevelt Papers; Anna Roosevelt Halsted Papers.

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Series 1: United Nations FilesAdd to your cart.

Box 1Add to your cart.

International Cooperation Year, 1964-1965Add to your cart.

Memos, Clippings, Articles re Functions, Liaisons, etc., 1968 -1974Add to your cart.

Council Committee Report on NGO's, 1973-1974Add to your cart.

NGO Staff Development Programs, 1976Add to your cart.

Guiriati, Mrs. L., 1972Add to your cart.

January - March 1972Add to your cart.

April - June 1972Add to your cart.

Box 2Add to your cart.

July - September 1972Add to your cart.

October - December 1972Add to your cart.

Mrs. L. Guiriati, 1973Add to your cart.

January - March 1973Add to your cart.

April 1973Add to your cart.

May - July 1973Add to your cart.

Box 3Add to your cart.

August - October 1973Add to your cart.

November - December 1973Add to your cart.

General Trip, 1973Add to your cart.

January 1974Add to your cart.

February 1974Add to your cart.

March 1974Add to your cart.

April 1974Add to your cart.

Box 4Add to your cart.

May 1974Add to your cart.

June 1974Add to your cart.

July 1974Add to your cart.

August - September 1974Add to your cart.

October - December 1974Add to your cart.

September - December 1976Add to your cart.

January - May 1977Add to your cart.

Box 5Add to your cart.

June - September 1977Add to your cart.

October - December 1977Add to your cart.

January - June 1978Add to your cart.

July - December 1978Add to your cart.

August - December 1979Add to your cart.

January - May 1980Add to your cart.

June - December 1980Add to your cart.

Box 6Add to your cart.

January - June 1981Add to your cart.

July - December 1981Add to your cart.

Project on International Civil Service, 1980- 1982Add to your cart.

United Nations Telephone Books, 1965,1967Add to your cart.

United Nations Telephone Books, 1968Add to your cart.

United Nations Telephone Books, 1971,1972Add to your cart.

United Nations Telephone Books, 1973,1974Add to your cart.

Box 7Add to your cart.

United Nations Telephone Books, 1975, 1976Add to your cart.

United Nations Telephone Books, 1981, 1982Add to your cart.

Series 2: Personal MaterialsAdd to your cart.

Box 7Add to your cart.

The American Experience: FDR October 11 and 12, 1974Add to your cart.

Box 8Add to your cart.

Correspondence - Eleanor RooseveltAdd to your cart.

Correspondence - Curtis B. DallAdd to your cart.

Correspondence - FamilyAdd to your cart.

Correspondence - GeneralAdd to your cart.

Formal InvitationsAdd to your cart.

Taxes and Expenses, 1958-1960Add to your cart.

Letters From ER (and Malvina Thompson)-CopiesAdd to your cart.

Letters To Anna Roosevelt From Curtis Roosevelt.- CopiesAdd to your cart.

Letter, Earl Miller To Eleanor Roosevelt-Copy, 1951Add to your cart.

Newspaper ArticlesAdd to your cart.

NYC Organizations, 1957 - 1960Add to your cart.

Photographs Curtis RooseveltAdd to your cart.

Photographs Sis and Buzz Growing UpAdd to your cart.

Photographs Roosevelt FamilyAdd to your cart.

ProgramsAdd to your cart.

ReceiptsAdd to your cart.

Script and Correspondence on "First Lady of the World", 1980Add to your cart.

The New School, 1958 - 1960Add to your cart.

Telephone Slips and Business CardsAdd to your cart.

Village Independent Democrats, 1959Add to your cart.

Box 9Add to your cart.

Address and Telephone Card IndexAdd to your cart.

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