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Donald S. Carmichael Papers, 1904-2005 | Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Carmichael, Donald S.

Extent: 1.5 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: This collection is arranged into a single series: "Memorabilia."


Letters, photographs, and memorabilia related to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of memorabilia and other materials from Donald Carmichael's Roosevelt collection.

The collection includes three albums and two bound items. One gathers items related to FDR's 1904 graduation from Harvard. Another of these albums includes items related to the 1939 visit to the U.S. of the King and Queen of Great Britain. The third album includes copy number one of the limited edition of The Democratic Book (1936), along with an original letter from FDR to John Cuneo (1937), four photographs, an FDR-autographed presentation page, and other items. The bound materials include "A Generation's Report 1987-2002" from the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and a catalog from the "Freedom From Fear: FDR Commander in Chief" exhibition at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum.

The collection also includes several black-and-white photographs, both formal and informal, of FDR, both alone and at public events; as well as several pieces of memorabilia such as an invitation and ticket to FDR's 1929 gubernatorial inauguration, a signed 1933 New York State application for a passenger car registration, and 13 cards with the signatures of FDR cabinet members and administration officials. In addition are handwritten lists and letters and typed letters signed by FDR.

A group of oversize materials includes several matted letters and photographs, as well as mounted displays of assorted items, such as photographs, magazine or newspaper articles, Christmas cards, and FDR campaign materials. Among these items, of particular interest are a 1929 silhouette photograph of FDR by Edward Steichen, a black-and-white photographic print of FDR at age 15, and a photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt with the title "A Dinner for Mrs. Roosevelt September 23, 1960." Many of the items in this group include FDR's handwritten notes and/or signature.

Researchers may find a detailed register of the items in this collection in a folder in Box 1.

Collection Historical Note

Donald Carmichael was a corporate executive who began collecting Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt memorabilia in 1932.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Memorabila],

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Three boxes of memorabilia.

Box 1: albums and bound materials.

Box 2: photographs, letters, and other materials.

Box 3: oversize mounted displays and matted photographs and other materials.