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Roosevelt House History

Highlights From the Collection: Roosevelt Memorabilia

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt with First Cabinet c. 1933

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt with First Cabinet c. 1933
    A signed photograph of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his first Cabinet, taken in the Oval Office of The White House. In addition to FDR's full signature, Cabinet members signing the photograph are: Cordell Hull, Secretary of State, Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor (and the first female Cabinet member in American history), Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, James A. Farley, Postmaster General, Claude A. Swanson, Secretary of the Navy, George H. Dern, Secretary of War, Homer S. Cummings, Attorney General, Daniel C. Roper, Secretary of Commerce, and Henry A. Wallace, Secretary of Agriculture. The only signature missing is that of Secretary of the Treasury William H. Woodin, seated immediately to FDR's left in the photograph. Woodin resigned from the Cabinet late in 1933 because of illness and Henry Morgenthau, Jr. was appointed in his place on January 1, 1934.

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt taking the presidential oath of office, March 4, 1933.

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt taking the presidential oath of office, March 4, 1933.
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was sworn in as the nation’s 32nd president on March 4, 1933. Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes administered the oath while FDR’s eldest son James and former President Herbert Hoover looked on. The new President declared, “This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” The photograph bears Roosevelt’s signature at the top.

  • United Mine Workers Folk Art, 1938

    United Mine Workers Folk Art, 1938
    This is an original piece of Franklin Delano Roosevelt folk art, a symbol of the strong relationship between FDR and American organized labor. The selection of images and text shows the maker’s reverence for the President and the laws he enacted to help American workers, including the Social Security Act of 1935 and the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (Wagner Act). Headed by the pugnacious John L. Lewis from 1920 to 1960, the United Mine Workers Union (UMWA) became one of the leading labor unions in the United States, fighting to improve working conditions and wages to secure a better quality of life for industrial workers and their families.

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt with M.H. McIntyre, Stephen T. Early and Louis McHenry Howe c. 1933-1937:

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt with M.H. McIntyre, Stephen T. Early and Louis McHenry Howe c. 1933-1937:
    Marvin H. McIntyre (1878-1943) left his position at The Washington Post in 1917 to serve as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy assigned to publicity during which time he also worked with FDR who was then Assistant Secretary of the Navy. FDR recruited him for his later electoral campaigns and he came to the White House with him in 1933. In the following years he became Secretary to the President and served with him until his death in 1943. Stephen T. Early (1889-1951) was also a journalist who first met FDR in 1912 and got to know him while covering the Navy Department for the Associated Press from 1913-1917. After serving in WWI, and then returning to journalism, Early joined the White House staff in 1933. In 1937, he became the first White House Press Secretary and held that position until he resigned in June 1945. Louis M. Howe (1871-1936) was the President’s most trusted advisor and guided him from his earliest years in New York State politics. Howe gave up his career as a newspaperman to work with FDR, moving into the 65th Street house in 1921 to help him recover from polio and then shaped his successful elections to the governorship of New York State and presidency of the United States.

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Anna Roosevelt Dall and Eleanor Roosevelt, c. January 1934

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Anna Roosevelt Dall and Eleanor Roosevelt, c. January 1934
    Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Dall Boettiger Halsted (1906-1975) was the oldest of the Roosevelt children and only daughter. She and her first husband, Curtis B. Dall, moved into the 65th Street house when they lost their home as a result of the market crash of 1929. When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president, Anna and her children, Sistie (Anna Eleanor) and Buzzie (Curtis) Dall, went to live in the White House before she remarried in 1935. She returned to live in the White House in 1944 to help her father.

Roosevelt House has a small collection of Roosevelt family memorabilia which is on view in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s historic library, located on the second floor of the house.  Some of the highlights from the collection are shown above.