Print Volumes

Eleanor Roosevelt and a group of women writing at a shared desk strewn with papers
Eleanor Roosevelt attending the 1962 Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.

The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project print volumes include the most interesting, important and representative documents from our collection. For each year, we selected between 70 and 100 documents for publication, and provided annotation to contextualize the documents.


Material Covered in the Print Volumes

The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project, Foreword by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton





Three of the volumes have been completed to date. Ultimately, the project will be five volumes covering Roosevelt's life between FDR's death and her own:

  • Volumes 1 and 2, covering 1945 through 1952, are already available through the University of Virginia Press. 
  • Volume 3, which is still in progress, picks up in 1953, marking the beginning of a period of increasingly assertive advocacy in her life.
  • The forthcoming Volume 4 will cover 1956 through 1959, as Eleanor Roosevelt championed Adlai Stevenson for president, became more involved in the new Civil Rights movement, traveled to the Soviet Union not once but twice and continued to battle the Eisenhower administration. 
  • Volume 5, covering 1960 through her death in 1962, will follow Roosevelt through the Kennedy years, from her tentative embrace of his candidacy through her involvement in Tractors for Freedom and the President's Commission on the Status of Women. At the same time, this final volume will show that even in her decline, she continued to evolve on issues that had always been at the core of her political beliefs, such as civil rights and foreign policy, and that only death could stop her activism.