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Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt collection

Identifier: 11-MWalB02565

Scope and Contents

One of the most significant components of this collection is the correspondence of Eleanor Roosevelt with Henry S. Hooker, a lifelong friend who was a New York political figure, and couple of close acquaintances, Louise Lazell and Robert S. Benjamin, there is also a small number of letters with other people. These letters might not be of enormous historical importance, but they contribute significantly to the images of Eleanor Roosevelt's personal biography as well as her public life.

Another centerpiece of the collection is correspondence of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his friend and classmate Sidney Gunn (Harvard University, Class 1904), once Professor at the US Naval Academy, and later at Boston University. These letters cover over twenty years of warm friendship between two people, once fellow students, whose careers went in very different directions.

The rest of the collection consists of various miscellaneous materials about Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt, collected by the donor, Mr. Benjamin Arac. These materials include some officially published legal acts, assorted periodic publications, news clippings, booklets and pamphlets, as well as FDR memorabilia.


  • 1911-1970


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.  Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


4.75 Linear Feet (9 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)

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Arranged in seven series: 1. Eleanor Roosevelt Letters, 1929-1966; 2. Franklin D. Roosevelt Letters, 1915-1941; 3. Correspondence, 1919-1954; 4. Official Materials about Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945; 5. Magazines, Newspapers, Extracts, News Clippings, 1911-1970; 6. Published Materials, 1932-1954; 7. Memorabilia, 1869-1953.

For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listings.

Processed by Irina Astashkevich in 2001.  Finding aid made created in Archon by Craig Bruce Smith in 2010.
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections