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    James Roosevelt Personal Correspondence Archive. A massive collection of over a thousand signatures, photographs, and documents from James Roosevelt, the oldest son of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. This primary document collection contains typed and handwritten letters, memoranda, and notes, as well as receipts, telegrams, including an entire file of condolences sent to James Roosevelt, and carbons of his response letters, regarding the passing of his grandmother, FDR's mother Sara Delano Roosevelt, on September 7, 1941.

    The vast majority of the items date from the early 1940s. For example, there is a letter from legendary Hollywood director George Marshall; another is a framed citation from American Airlines naming your father as "Honorary Admiral of the Fleet." There are also manuals from the Marine Corps, war correspondence, orders and top-secret reports, fascinating letters from Hollywood, script pitches for Hollywood films, as well as personal letters from Roosevelt family friends.

    There is also a special handwritten letter by penned by Lord Louis Mountbatten during Great Britain's fight alone in the months shortly before Pearl Harbor. This personal letter from Lord Mountbatten to the son of FDR demonstrates the importance that personal relationships played in the alliance between the United States and Great Britain. The text of Mountbatten's letter to Jimmy Roosevelt is very interesting, as well as personal in content. This letter is four-pages on letterhead from Broadlands, Mountbatten's Hampshire estate. Mountbatten wrote, in part, to Jimmy Roosevelt: "I had a long talk about your various schemes and he has asked me to come and see him at the Embassy this week. The P.M., First Lord, First Sea Lord. Secretary of Air, Chief of Air Staff were all most enthusiastic about your various schemes. I hope the President will be able to carry as many of them out as possible." Mountbatten's postscript reads: "The more I think of it the more I feel we are both right in wanting to have uniforms worn by British Naval Officers in the U.S. What luck have you had? I'd be glad to know because it will affect my luggage." Though James Roosevelt was no longer "officially" a Presidential Assistant, he obviously continued to work for his father as is evident by this letter.

    There is also a large collection of materials related to the third wife of James Roosevelt, Gladys Irene Owen Kitchenmaster Roosevelt, married to James Roosevelt from 1956 to 1969. This large Irene Roosevelt collection contains numerous memorabilia relating to her family, husband James Roosevelt and various professional and social activities. The Irene Roosevelt sub-collection of James Roosevelt material consists of 117 mostly black and white photographs, mostly of which are 8" x 10," including a black and white photograph of Gene Barry, signed by him and addressed to Irene, a 35MM contact sheet of images pertaining to Irene and her family, a Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential birthday ball program signed and addressed to Irene by Meyer Davis who conducted his orchestra at the ball, letters, invitations, a diplomatic United States passport, type written speeches given by Irene to various organizations and thank you letters from organizations.

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    November, 2009
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
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