ER wrote "My Day," a national syndicated newspaper column, from 31 December 1935 until 26 September 1962 (six days a week until January 1961, then three days a week thereafter). ER did not keep a regular diary and her extant appointment books are woefully incomplete. Thus "My Day" is the only consistent existing account of her public actions. The columns, while no means a complete record of ER's daily activities, do reveal much about whom she met, where she traveled, which books she read, which plays she attended, and how she handled the pressures of public life. They chronicle her development from awkward "diarist" to skilled advocate for the New Deal, civil rights, the United Nations, and myriad other domestic and international concerns. In sum, "My Day" offers a remarkable window into ER's public and political life. Read more>>>
The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project is working hard to improve the functionality of the My Day project. In the meantime, you can browse the columns.