Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

History

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, located in Hyde Park, New York, was conceived and designed by President Roosevelt while he was still in office. The Library's holdings include the President's personal and family papers, the papers covering his public career at the state and national level, Eleanor Roosevelt's papers, as well as those of many of their friends and associates.Archivist describes collections

In total the Library houses more than 17 million pages of documents. The Library also contains 130,000 photographs, hundreds of sound recordings, thousands of feet of motion picture film, and a growing collection of videos. These are supported by 50,000 books covering the life and times of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, including President Roosevelt's own personal collection of over 22,000 volumes. Most of FDR's papers were made available to the public in 1950, only five years following the President's death, an action without precedent in our nation's history.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Search Our Collections is the place to launch your search for archival material at the FDR Library. Here users can search for digitized documents and images, search finding aids that describe collections, search the online book catalog, and find answers to frequently asked questions about conducting research at the FDR Library.

More Online Resources provides the user with online tools for crafting and supporting a research project. These resources include bibliographies, freequently asked questions, an FDR timeline, information about citation and copyright, and much more.

Opening Times

Library materials may only be used in the research room, which is open from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

Conditions of Access

There is no fee to conduct research at the Library, and no pre-application is necessary. The Archives' website indicates that one can contact the Archives for more information about its holdings in general or related to a particular topic.