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A Stern FDR Aims to Plug Leaks to the Press

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, Typed Letter Signed, to William M. Leiserson. Washington D.C., July 15, 1942 [typo for ‘1943’]. 1 p., 8½ x 11 in. On White House stationery, stamped in purple ink: “RECEIVED National Railway Labor Panel JUL 17 1943.” With contemporary pencil and pen acknowledgements of reading in upper right hand corner.


“I ask that when you release the statement for publication, you send to me a letter of resignation. If any subordinate of yours violates my instructions in this regard, I shall expect you to ask for his immediate resignation.”

Item #23260, $3,000

Eleanor Roosevelt Gives Thanks for a Book About
Abraham Lincoln’s Books (SOLD)

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, Typed Letter Signed as First Lady, to Mr. Sumner. Washington, D.C., February 13, 1939. 1 p., 6 1/8 x 9 3/8 in. On White House stationery.


Item #22835, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Eleanor Roosevelt Stands
for Civil Rights – Her Four Freedoms (SOLD)

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, Typed Letter Signed as First Lady, to Addie Frizielle. Washington, D.C., May 13, 1944. 1 p., 6 1/8 x 9¼ in. On White House stationery, with original envelope.


The First Lady defends her advocacy of civil rights: “I doubt if it does any people anywhere any harm to tell them that you believe they are entitled to certain rights and you are willing to see them obtain those rights” and counters the writer’s fear of using mixed-race bathrooms at work: “if you have to use the same toilets and wash basins...[and] are nervous, there are certain precautions which you can always take.”

Item #22780, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Bills on Women’s Suffrage and Direct Primaries
before the N.Y. Legislature (SOLD)

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, Typed Letter Signed, to Albert Schack, New York, February 3, 1911


Item #22091, SOLD — please inquire about other items

First Edition of FDR’s Committee for Civil Service Improvement Report, Signed by Three Supreme Court Justices

[FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT] [SUPREME COURT], Signed Book. Report of President’s Committee on Civil Service Improvement. [Washington, D.C.]


This presentation copy to William H. McReynolds, the Liaison Officer for Personnel Management, is signed by all the committee members, including the chairman, Justice Stanley Reed, Justice Felix Frankfurter, Justice Frank Murphy, Attorney General Robert H. Jackson, Leonard D. White, General Robert E. Wood, and Cooper Union President Gano Dunn.

Item #22512, $3,500

Portrait of FDR, Signed and Inscribed
by Roosevelt to Samuel Messer

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, Print, signed and inscribed in ink, “For my friend Samuel Messer, from Franklin D. Roosevelt.” 1932. 18.5 x 24.5 inches.


Item #22467, $1,400

The Atlantic Charter

[FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT & WINSTON CHURCHILL], Broadside. The Atlantic Charter, August 14, 1941. Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943. #1943-0-517133. 28½ x 40 in. Designed by W. A. Dwiggins.


In the months before U.S. entry into World War II, Roosevelt and Churchill agree on goals and the shape of the world after the final destruction of the Nazi tyranny.”

Item #22438, $2,500

An Anti-FDR Broadside
Offering a Government Auction of New Deal Tenets

[FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT], Broadside. Auction Sale / I will offer for sale to the highest bidder, at the White House (near / the empty Treasury Building), no place, [c. 1936]. 11½ x 5 3/8 in., on orange paper.


Item #22817, $650

President Roosevelt Letter to Reverend Peabody
Regarding Wartime Manufacture of Devotional Medals (SOLD)

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, Typed Letter Signed as President, to Reverend Endicott Peabody. Washington, D.C., December 29, 1942. With two holograph changes. 1 p., 8 x 10½ in. On White House stationery.


Item #21981, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Thanks His Uncle
for a Piece on Thomas Paine

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, Typed Letter Signed as President, to Frederic A. Delano. Washington, D.C., August 25, 1942, 1 p., 7 x 9 in. On White House stationery.


Item #22923, $7,500

Franklin Roosevelt: “The Constitution
of the United States...still is our Magna Charta”

FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT, Typed Letter Signed, as President, to John H. Laux. White House, August 21, 1934.


Writing to the commander of American Legion Post No. 10, in Newark, New Jersey, President Roosevelt expounds on the significance of America’s venerated frame of government in advance of a parade to celebrate Constitution Day.

Item #13447, $7,500

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Accepts the Presidential Nomination

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, Typed Manuscript Signed [ca. July 2, 1932]. Inscribed in type at the bottom to F. Houston Martin. Corrections in another hand. 1 p., 8⅜ x 10¾ in.


“This is no time for fear, for reaction or for timidity … ours must be a party of liberal thought, of planned action, of enlightened international outlook, and of the greatest good to the greatest number of our citizens…”

Item #21937, $7,500

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Offers Sales Incentives

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, Autograph Document. New York, N.Y., September 23, [1921-28].


Item #21982, $1,100

Truman Sides with FDR During a 1937 Constitutional Crisis

HARRY S. TRUMAN, Typed Letter Signed, “Harry” on U.S. Senate letterhead, to Col. John W. Snyder, State Manager, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (later Truman’s Secretary of the Treasury), in St. Louis, Missouri, July 7, 1937


“The Court fight is going good. No chance to get away.”

Item #22387, $2,750