Audio Materials

The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project is working to transcribe ER's audio record and make it freely available to the public. This site is under construction, but each date and description will soon be linked to a transcription of the audio materials available (and when copyright allows, we will also link to the original recording). If you have questions as we continue our work, please contact us at [email protected] gwu.edu. 

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1933-1941

1933-1941

December 9, 1932-March 3, 1933: The Pond's Dance Program. ER appeared as a weekly guest to speak about parenting, family, and the lives of government wives. 

October 24, 1933: A dinner in honor of M. Carey Thomas aired over the radio, in which ER's remarks center on workers' education and the National Recovery Administration. The recording includes remarks by Henry Willits, Thomas, and ER (who is speaking from the White House). 

July 9- September 25, 1934: The Simmons Program. ER hosts a program about current events. 

November 11-December 16, 1934: Americans of Tomorrow. ER hosts a series of radio segments on children and education.

February 15- April 19, 1935: It's a Woman's World. ER hosts a program on women's place in American society and on the role of the First Lady. 

December 3, 1935: At the dedication of "First Houses" in New York City, ER speaks about the importance of low cost housing and the problem of slums. Fiorello LaGuardia and Herbert Lehman also speak. The recording is in two parts. 

April 9, 1937: At the Girl Scout's Silver Jubilee dinner in New York City, ER advises girls to use their knowledge of their communities to expand their leadership and influence. 

April 21- July 14, 1937: Talks by Mrs. Roosevelt. ER hosts a program on everything from summer vacations to labor unions and prospects for peace.

August 20, 1937: At a speech to the Young Democrat Clubs of America national convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, ER discusses youth involvement in politics. She is introduced by her son, James Roosevelt. 

October 13, 1939: ER speaks to the Campfire Girls about how youth must prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. After her speech, she receives the Wohelp Award for her work to support America's youth. 

October 23, 1939: Speaking before the 25th national convention of the Girl Scouts of America, ER discusses the importance of girls' futures as homemakers and citizens. 

October 24, 1939: Speaking at the New York Herald Tribune forum, ER promotes humanistic democracy, in which people are taken care of, immigrants are embraced, democracy is strengthened, and life is worthwhile. 

February 10, 1940: Speaking from Washington DC, ER addresses the National Youth Administration Symphony Orchestra in New York City.

April 30- July 25, 1940. Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt's Own Program. ER hosts a 26-episode program on an array of topics. 

July 18, 1940: ER's speech to the 1940 Democratic National Convention supporting FDR's choice of Henry Wallace for Vice President. 

Unknown date (1940 or 1941): ER discusses universal military service. She argues for the inclusion of women and non-military service in these programs.

September 28, 1941- April 5, 1942: Over Our Coffee Cups. ER hosts a program on a variety of subjects, though largely united by the theme of defense mobilization and American involvement in World War II. 

December 7, 1941: In a clip pulled from her Over Our Coffee Cups broadcast from this date, ER advises women to rise above their fears and go about their normal lives. The full broadcast on the attack on Pearl Harbor is available here

 

 

1942- April 12,1945

1942-April 12, 1945

September 28, 1941- April 5, 1942: Over Our Coffee Cups. ER hosts a program on a variety of subjects, though largely united by the theme of defense mobilization and American involvement in World War II. 

January 19, 1942: From the White House, ER speaks on the March of Dimes and infantile paralysis. 

February 1942: ER talks about men registering for war service and the need to register women for non-combat roles. 

September 25, 1942: ER and others speak about the contribution of students and schools to the war effort at the "School of War" event outside of the Treasury Department building. 

April 14, 1944: ER describes here recent trip to Central and South America in a speech before the chamber of commerce. Henry Morgenthau, Jr. provides her introduction.

April 20, 1944: ER's speech to the Inter-American Commission o Women on the postwar role of women in the Americas.  

April 4, 1945: In an interview with Eleanor Hoff, ER discusses the importance of the Red Cross and promotes the Red Cross fundraising drive.

April 13, 1945-1948

April 13, 1945-1948

April 12, 1946: On the first anniversary of FDR's death, ER speaks at the ceremony to dedicate his home in Hyde Park as a "national shrine." 

September 3, 1946: At the New York State Democratic Convention, ER praises the candidates and discusses the history of progressive policies including minimum wage, labor protections, and veterans' programs. 

April 12, 1947: On the second anniversary of FDR's death, ER discusses the plans of the FDR Memorial Foundation. President Truman also speaks briefly. 

February 19, 1948: In recorded remarks, ER urges Australian women to stay up-to-date on world events, and talks about the mission of the United Nations.

October 31, 1948: In a brief radio advertisement recorded in Paris, ER voices her support for Harry Truman's re-election. 

November 8, 1948- August 4, 1949: The Eleanor and Anna Roosevelt Program. ER and Anna Roosevelt co-host a current-events radio program. 

December 4, 1948: The Pilgrim society Dinner in London, after the unveiling of the Franklin D. Roosevelt statue on Grosvenor Square.

1948: Dorothy Lewis interviews ER, who speaks about the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

1949-1952

1949-1952

December 11, 1949: ER advocates for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on its first anniversary, and urges all nations uniting to support the value and importance of human rights.

February 12, 1950- May 28, 1950. Today With Mrs. Roosevelt. ER hosts a television program in which she and her guests discuss current events. 

March 15, 1950: The opening of the FDR Papers at the library in Hyde Park. In addition to ER, speakers include Wayne Grover, Jess Larson, Waldo Gifford Leland, and a message from Harry Truman.

April 1, 1950: Highlights of the Americans for Democratic Action Conference. Five recordings.

October 1, 1950- July 15, 1951: Mrs. Roosevelt Meets the Public. ER hosts a television program on current events.

October 11, 1950- August 31, 1951: The Eleanor Roosevelt Program. ER and Elliott Roosevelt co-host a radio program. Each program contains an opening segment in which ER answer's a listener's question, and a longer segment where she (and sometimes Elliott) interview a guest. 

April 16, 1952: ER speaks to the India League of America about her recent trip to India. 

July 22, 1952: ER's speech to the 1952 Democratic National Convention.

October 20, 1952: ER's campaign message for Adlai Stevenson, in which she compares Dwight Eisenhower's qualifications versis Stevenson's. 

 

1953-1955

1953-1955

We have no transcribed recordings for these years. 

1956-1959

1956-1959

October 1956: ER gives a campaign speech for Adlai Stevenson in Waltham, MA. In the speech, she talks at length about civil rights for African Americans.

October 1956: A series of political advertisements for Adlai Stevenson's campaign. 

November 11, 1956: ER discusses the Democratic Party platform on civil rights and voting rights (two recordings).

April 28, 1957: ER and Arthur Goldman promote Bonds for Israel in Vineland, New Jersey.

October 1957: ER visits Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, New York to talk about her trip to the Soviet Union (three recordings).

April 17, 1958: Speaking at Brandeis University, ER discusses her childhood, marriage, education, and time at the United Nations. In a second recording she responds to a panel of students who ask her about the New Deal, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, communism, McCartyism, Korea, and the USSR. In a third recording, she responds to audience questions.

June 14, 1958: At Syracuse University, ER speaks to the New York State Young Democrats about working hard and education.

August 8, 1958: At her grandson's graduation from Colorado State University, ER talks about the role of the individual in shaping America. 

October 11, 1959- June 3, 1962: Prospects of Mankind. ER hosts a television program, on which she and her guests discuss current events.

October 22, 1959: At the Albert Lasker Awards Ceremony of the American Health Association, ER speaks on the medical field's contribution to world peace through public health and research. 

October 1959: Recording of the regional meeting of the American Association for the United Nations in Dallas, Texas.

1960-1962

1960-1962

October/November 1960: A series of short political advertisements for John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign.

November 15, 1960: In an address to the Business and Professional Women's Club in Independence, Missouri, ER argues that the US must fight communism by helping other nations and improving its treatment of minorities. 

1960: Jerry London interviews ER during her visit to Palm Springs, California for "The Desert Today". The discuss Adlai Stevenson, President Kennedy, and the United Nations.

1960: ER delivering an audio tour of FDR's home, giving background on the rooms and objects contained therein. She created this recording with the National Park Service, who played it during tours.

February 24, 1961: Recordings of the Women's National Book Association's Constance Lindsay Skinner Award dinner. 

1961: A newscaster's comments frame a recording of ER's statement on the possible admission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations. 

Unknown/other

Undated/ Other

Unknown date (between 1957 and 1961): ER speaking on United Nations Day about collective security, her trip to the Soviet Union, famine in India, and the role of the UN. 

1962: A series of audio clips describing the impact of ER's life and work.