Franklin D. Roosevelt Collection
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Box number, Folder number and/or title, Franklin D. Roosevelt Collection, MSS 14, Special Collections, Michigan State University Main Library
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Certificates, letters, notes signed by F.D.R., his staff, or relatives; campaign ephemera. Donated by a private collector.
32nd President of the United States.
1. Certificate and letter (April 24, 1918) recognizing the contribution of E.F. Strickland (Benton Harbor, Michigan) to the “Eyes for the Navy” appeal for binoculars, telescopes, spyglasses, and navigation instruments. Both signed by F. D. Roosevelt (Assistant Secretary of the Navy)
2. Typed, signed letter from F.D.R. (Governor of New York) to Joseph Vincent Davis, Lansing, Michigan, March 14, 1932. Thanks Davis for sending a suggestion for a campaign slogan. Accompanied by a later description of the slogan.
3. Photostat copy of a letter from F.D.R. (President) to John C. Shaffer, Chicago, Illinois, June 21, 1937. Discusses a statement of [Thomas Babington?] Macaulay favoring a government “conducted by a class which he calls ‘numerous indeed, but select—an educated class—which is . . . deeply interested in the security of property and the maintenance of order’. ” Roosevelt asserts his support of majority rule “as the safeguard of both liberty and civilization.”
4. Photostat of reproduction of excerpts from the first and last pages of F.D.R.’s first inaugural address, March 4, 1933. Includes signature of F.D.R. and note added by him stating “This is the original reading copy I used March 4.”
5. Original handwritten letter from Frank [Canard], Scranton, Pa.. to C. F. Leneweaver, Saginaw, Michigan, April 15, 1945. Deplores death of Franklin Roosevelt and criticizes people who said disparaging things about him. With envelope.
6. Undated, unsigned note, allegedly in handwriting of F.D.R. when he was Governor of New York.
7. Four promissory notes (1833) for money owed to James and Isaac Roosevelt, father and grandfather of F.D.R.
8. Two original handwritten letters of written by Sara Delano Roosevelt, mother of F.D.R., to “Mr. Bagby”. October 19, 19933 and December 31, 1937.
9. Reprint of published letter (October 11, 1924) written by F.D.R. to William Eggleston, M.D., Hartsville, South Carolina. In this letter F.D.R. describes in detail the history of his medical condition (polio) and offers advice for the treatment of patients having the disease.
10. Typed note to “Mr. Davis” signed by Louis [Howe?], “Personal Secretary to Governor Roosevelt” explaining the discrepancy between the dates a letter was signed by F.D.R. and the date it was mailed.
11. Eleven copies of a small (19.5 x 4.3 cm) banner (“Roosevelt”) meant to be attached to a glass window.
12. Typed, signed letter from Col. E. M. [Edward Mandell] House (career diplomat and author) to Don M. Seitz (editor of the New York World), June 23, 1933. Asks permission to pass Seitz’ letter of June 21 on to F.R. [Franklin Roosevelt]. Accompanied by a letter dated 9-15-48 from Forest H. Sweet to “Charley” (C.F. Leneweaver), offering to sell him the letter. Envelope.
Anti-FDR flyers: 1) “No fourth term – for either!” (2 copies) 2) “Now it can be told!”