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  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt Greets Native Americans
    Harris & Ewing
    transportation
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    American Indians
    In this photograph, taken in May 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt receives a group of American Indians from the Pueblo nation on the South Drive. The president is pictured seated in an open convertible. The guests visited the White House to express support for legislation sponsored by U.S. Commissioner for the Bureau of Indian Affairs John Collier, which protected Pueblo land from encroaching agricultural interests.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Contributes to Women's Olympic Fund
    Harris & Ewing
    sports
    South Portico
    In this photograph, taken on April 10, 1939, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt makes the inaugural contribution to the Women's Olympic Fund. The fund was created to help send track, swimming, and field teams to the 1940 Summer Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. In 1940, the Olympic Games were cancelled due to World War II. The Olympic Games did not resume until the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England. Helsinki later hosted the 1951 Summer Olympics. Pictured in this photograph from left to right: unidentified child; Mrs. Roosevelt; Delores "Dee" Boeckmann, former Olympic runner and National Chairman of the Women's Track and Field Committee; Hjalmar Johan Fredrik Procopé, Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Lucille Brackett, a swimmer from Washington, D.C. The group stands on the balcony of the South Portico outside the Blue Room. A crowd of onlookers on the South Grounds and the Washington Monument are visible in the distance.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    Douglas Chandor
    portrait
    This oil on canvas portrait of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was painted by Douglas Chandor. Her husband, Franklin Roosevelt, was president from March 4, 1933 until his death on April 12, 1945, a span of time that included the Great Depression and the entirety of World War II. Mrs. Roosevelt advocated for many causes during her years in the White House, holding press conferences, traveling extensively, and writing a syndicated newspaper column. Following her time as first lady, Mrs. Roosevelt was appointed a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and was the first chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. There, she co-drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1949, Mrs. Roosevelt first sat for her portrait in Chandor's New York studio. The White House Historical Association purchased the portrait for the White House Collection. On February 4, 1966, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson invited more than 250 guests to the White House for the presentation of Eleanor Roosevelt's official portrait. Joseph J. Scherschel photographed the portrait in August 1965 at the time of its acquisition into the White House Collection.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    Douglas Chandor
    portrait
    This oil on canvas portrait of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was painted by Douglas Chandor. Her husband, Franklin Roosevelt, was president from March 4, 1933 until his death on April 12, 1945, a span of time that included the Great Depression and the entirety of World War II. Mrs. Roosevelt advocated for many causes during her years in the White House, holding press conferences, traveling extensively, and writing a syndicated newspaper column. Following her time as first lady, Mrs. Roosevelt was appointed a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and was the first chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. There, she co-drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1949, Mrs. Roosevelt first sat for her portrait in Chandor's New York studio. The White House Historical Association purchased the portrait for the White House Collection. On February 4, 1966, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson invited more than 250 guests to the White House for the presentation of Eleanor Roosevelt's official portrait. Joseph J. Scherschel photographed the portrait in August 1965 at the time of its acquisition into the White House Collection.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    Douglas Chandor
    portrait
    This oil on canvas portrait of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was painted by Douglas Chandor. Her husband, Franklin Roosevelt, was president from March 4, 1933 until his death on April 12, 1945, a span of time that included the Great Depression and the entirety of World War II. Mrs. Roosevelt advocated for many causes during her years in the White House, holding press conferences, traveling extensively, and writing a syndicated newspaper column. Following her time as first lady, Mrs. Roosevelt was appointed a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and was the first chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. There, she co-drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1949, Mrs. Roosevelt first sat for her portrait in Chandor's New York studio. The White House Historical Association purchased the portrait for the White House Collection. On February 4, 1966, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson invited more than 250 guests to the White House for the presentation of Eleanor Roosevelt's official portrait. Joseph J. Scherschel photographed the portrait in August 1965 at the time of its acquisition into the White House Collection.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    Douglas Chandor
    portrait
    This oil on canvas portrait of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was painted by Douglas Chandor. Her husband, Franklin Roosevelt, was president from March 4, 1933 until his death on April 12, 1945, a span of time that included the Great Depression and the entirety of World War II. Mrs. Roosevelt advocated for many causes during her years in the White House, holding press conferences, traveling extensively, and writing a syndicated newspaper column. Following her time as first lady, Mrs. Roosevelt was appointed a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and was the first chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. There, she co-drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1949, Mrs. Roosevelt first sat for her portrait in Chandor's New York studio. The White House Historical Association purchased the portrait for the White House Collection. On February 4, 1966, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson invited more than 250 guests to the White House for the presentation of Eleanor Roosevelt's official portrait. Joseph J. Scherschel photographed the portrait in August 1965 at the time of its acquisition into the White House Collection.
  • "Our Flying First Lady" Eleanor Roosevelt
    Unknown
    portrait
    This black and white photograph from June 5, 1933 features First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt was known as "Our Flying First Lady" for her embrace of air travel at a time when many Americans were leery of the still relatively new transportation method. She is pictured standing outside an American Airways airplane en route from Dallas, Texas to Los Angeles, California.
  • Girl Scout Margaret Lusby presents roses to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the National Tree Lighting
    Underwood & Underwood
    Christmas
    winter holidays
    National Christmas Tree lighting
    First Family
    In this black and white photograph, Girl Scout Margaret Lusby presents roses to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the National Tree Lighting on December 24,1933. The first lady of the country has served as the honorary National President of the Girl Scouts ever since Edith Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson, began the tradition in 1917. Accompanying Mrs. Roosevelt are President Roosevelt and their granddaughter, “Sistie” (Anna Eleanor) Dall.
  • The Roosevelts at FDR's First Inauguration
    Harris & Ewing
    First Family
    inauguration
    This black and white photograph is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt posing for cameras at the bottom of the South Portico steps on the day of his first inauguration in 1933.
  • Roosevelts with British Royals in Hyde Park
    Unknown
    State Visit
    Head of State
    This black and white photograph is from the royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain in 1939. As part of their trip to the United States, the British royals visited the Roosevelts in Hyde Park, where they attended services at St. James Church. From left to right in the photo after the clergy members are Queen Elizabeth, King George, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, an aide of the president's assisting him with standing, Sara Delano Roosevelt, the president's mother, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt, Mary Pickford, and Winifred Reed Rally to Fight Polio
    Harris & Ewing
    White House Guests
    Diplomatic Reception Room
    Ground Floor
    This black and white photograph is of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at a broadcast in the Diplomatic Reception Room to launch an initiative against infantile paralysis or polio. On the left of the photo is film star Mary Pickford and on the right is Mrs. Winifred Reed, wife of Stanley Reed, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio in 1921 at the age of 39, and throughout the remainder of his life both he and Eleanor were staunch supporters of research into a cure.
  • Roosevelt Family Leaving for Christmas Church Services
    Unknown
    First Family
    holidays
    Christmas
    This black and white photograph is of the Roosevelt family leaving the White House for St. Thomas' Parish for Christmas services. Left to right in the photo are Mrs. Elizabeth Riley Roosevelt, sister-in-law of the President, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Sara Roosevelt, mother of the president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Roosevelt and his wife, Mrs. Betsy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., and Harry Hopkins, the Secretary of Commerce. The two children in front are Sara Delano Roosevelt, daughter of James Roosevelt, and Diana Hopkins.
  • Seventh Anniversary of FDR in the White House
    Harris & Ewing
    First Family
    St John's Church
    This black and white photograph is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt outside of St. John's Church on Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. The Roosevelts were observing their seventh anniversary in the White House. Sara Roosevelt, the president's mother, stands between the President and First Lady, and Mrs. Fanny Peabody, wife of the headmaster of Groton School, is on the right side of the photograph. Roosevelt attended Groton earlier in his life.
  • FDR Carves a Thanksgiving Turkey
    Unknown
    First Family
    holidays
    Thanksgiving
    In this black and white photograph, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt watches as President Franklin D. Roosevelt carves the traditional Thanksgiving turkey during supper at Warm Springs, Georgia.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    Unknown
    portrait
    This black and white photograph is a portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt, taken in Washington, D.C. in 1942.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt in Her Inauguration Gown
    Unknown
    Inauguration
    This black and white photograph is of Eleanor Roosevelt posing in her inaugural gown at the White House. This gown was for her husband's second inauguration in 1937.
  • President and Mrs. Roosevelt with Grandchildren
    Unknown
    Inauguration
    First Family
    White House Guests
    Second Floor
    Yellow Oval Room
    In this black and white photograph, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt pose with their 13 grandchildren in the Yellow Oval Room on the second floor of the White House during the President’s fourth and last inauguration.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt with Her Aides at the White House
    Jackie Martin
    Staff
    This black and white photograph, taken by photographer Jackie Martin, shows First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt meeting with her aides Edith Helm, standing, and Malvina “Tommy” Thompson, sitting.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt in Illinois with Her Aides
    Unknown
    Staff
    Event
    In this black and white photograph, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is attending an event in Grayville, Illinois along with her aides Malvina “Tommy” Thompson, seated center, and Edith Helm, seated right.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt with Her Aides at the White House
    Jackie Martin
    East Wing staff
    This black and white photograph, taken by photographer Jackie Martin, shows First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt meeting with her aides Malvina “Tommy” Thompson, center, and Edith Helm, right.
  • The Roosevelts in Texas
    Unknown
    First Family
    This black and white photograph is of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt with the family of their son Elliott in Fort Worth, Texas. Pictured are Ruth Googins Roosevelt, holding grandson David Roosevelt, granddaughter Ruth Chandler Roosevelt, the president and First Lady. In the background is Ross McIntire, a Vice Admiral in the Navy and Roosevelt's personal physician.
  • Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt on the West Colonnade
    Unknown
    West Colonnade
    West Wing
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    In this black and white photograph, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt are sitting at a table together along the West Colonnade with the Rose Garden and the Executive Mansion in the background. The President looks to be reading a newspaper, and the First Lady is knitting.
  • The White House Wedding of Harry Hopkins and Louise Macy
    Unknown
    Yellow Oval Room
    White House Guests
    Second Floor
    Cabinet
    wedding
    This black and white photograph shows the wedding of Louise Macy and Harry Hopkins in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House. President Franklin D. Roosevelt is seen seated next to the bride holding her bouquet, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is standing behind a few of the wedding guests. Harry Hopkins was a close friend of President Roosevelt, who helped administer the President’s New Deal federal work programs and later became the Secretary of Commerce.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt on His 52nd Birthday
    Unknown
    Celebration
    Staff
    First Family
    White House Guests
    Second Floor
    In this black and white photo, President Franklin D. Roosevelt celebrates his 52nd birthday in the either the West or East Sitting Hall on the Second Floor of the White House. There was a toga party that spoofed criticism that President Roosevelt conducted himself like an emperor. Also in the picture are First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Marvin McIntyre, Grace Tully, Tom Lynch, Marguerite LeHand, Kirke Simpson, Nancy Cook, Malvina Thompson, Irwin McDuffie, Anna Roosevelt, Charles McCarthy, Margaret Durand, Stanley Prenosil, James Sullivan, Marion Dickerman, Louis Howe, and Stephen Early.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt with Her Aides
    Jackie Martin
    staff
    This black and white photograph, taken by photographer Jackie Martin, shows First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt meeting with secretary Malvina “Tommy" Thompson, seated, and the social secretary Edith Helm, standing.