Permanent Collection of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers

Permanent Collection of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers

Country  United States of America
Repository  Department of History, The George Washington University, Academic Building, Post Hall, 2100 Foxhall Road NW, Room 312, Washington, DC 20007
Section  Inscriptions on International Register
Gender Dimension  Achievements of women in history; Stories from women's perspective
GEM  GEM 3 – Gender Transformative
Description  Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, and is the longest-serving First Lady of the United States.

Most of the permanent Collection of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers was assembled between 1999 and 2010. The project drew together the most significant records of Eleanor Roosevelt’s public life and career from every repository in the world known to have relevant materials. It includes written, audio, and audio-visual resources that constitute an unparalleled glimpse into Mrs. Roosevelt's human rights work. Particular attention is paid to her role as a delegate to the UN General Assembly from 1945-1953 and to her role as chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights from 1946-1951. She chaired the drafting committee of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights contributing to its overall tone, content, and philosophy.

The documentary record of her work reveals the struggle to build the United Nations, ensure civil rights and civil liberties, protect refugees, promote the living wage, assist the developing world, promote widespread inclusive economic prosperity, contain nuclear weaponry, recognize Israel, and encourage women's full political and economic participation.

Eleanor Roosevelt left a voluminous written legacy. She wrote seventeen political books (only one remains in print), more than eight thousand columns, over four hundred articles, an average of 150 letters a day, and countless memoranda and speeches.

The documentary heritage was inscribed onto the Memory of the World international register in 2013.
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