National Historical Publications & Records Commission

The Papers of Eleanor Roosevelt

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Eleanor Roosevelt addresses an Israeli audience in 1952.


George Washington University

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Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was First Lady of the United States from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband’s four terms in office. She spoke and lectured widely, also writing a syndicated newspaper column. Following Franklin Roosevelt’s death, Eleanor Roosevelt took an even greater role in shaping human rights issues, as delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and first chair of the Commission on Human Rights, playing an instrumental role in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For many years, she continued in her influential role in politics. The project is working to publish both digital and print editions of Eleanor Roosevelt's political papers.

Two volumes of a five-volume print edition are complete. Her newspaper columns “My Day” and “If You Ask Me” are comprehensively reproduced on the project website.


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