Committed to preserving and advancing the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Roosevelt Institute supports and promotes the Roosevelts’ inspiring message of hope, resilience, and visionary change. From FDR’s New Deal—which included the Social Security Act that created unemployment and disability insurance and ensured a baseline of retirement security for Americans—to Eleanor Roosevelt’s pioneering work on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Roosevelts’ accomplishments have shaped the very fabric of our nation and are still vital today.
The Roosevelt Institute is the nonprofit partner to the National Archives-run Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the nation’s first presidential library. The Roosevelt Institute provides financial support for the library and museum in areas that the federal government cannot, including special exhibits, education, and public programs.
Library and Museum Permanent Exhibits
Permanent exhibits tell the story of the Roosevelt presidency—beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal and World War II—and emphasize both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people. Special interactive exhibits, immersive audiovisual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts bring the Roosevelt era to life, delivering a “New Deal to a New Generation.”
Special exhibits highlight important aspects of the Roosevelt legacy. “D-Day: FDR and Churchill’s ‘Mighty Endeavor’” marks the 75th anniversary of the Allies’ greatest military achievement: the June 6, 1944, invasion of Normandy. An exhibit commemorating President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s unique friendship and cooperation will be open through January 6, 2020. Highlighting correspondence and meetings between the two leaders, the exhibit features secret dispatches and maps never before seen by the public.
The museum hosts a new exhibition each year; previous exhibits have explored Pearl Harbor, featured the World War II posters that helped shape American thought, and grappled head-on with more challenging aspects of FDR’s presidency, including the internment of Japanese Americans—widely viewed today as a serious violation of civil liberties.
The museum’s next exhibit will focus on FDR’s final days.
A vibrant public programs schedule highlights a rich array of subject matter about the Roosevelts. Reading festivals, lectures, book talks, and a Family Fun Day dot the Roosevelt calendar, and thousands of people each year enjoy our many free public offerings. Please check our schedule for upcoming events.
The FDR Library and Museum’s Education Program teaches students about the major historical events of the Roosevelt era and aligns them with current standards of learning. The program offers both onsite and distance learning options. Each year, hundreds of teachers bring more than 24,000 students to Hyde Park to participate in the library’s free Education Programs.
The Civics Education Program was founded in 2017 with the launch of the Goodman Initiative for American Youth. It strives to strengthen our democracy by teaching students the skills to be effective and informed citizen participants.
“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education … to prepare each citizen to choose wisely and to enable him to choose freely are paramount functions of the schools in a democracy.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Research and Archives
The digitized collections of the FDR Library can be accessed through FRANKLIN, a virtual research room and digital repository. The library also maintains over 17 million pages of documents that include both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s papers, as well as those of individuals and organizations associated with the Roosevelts. FRANKLIN hosts over 130,000 photographs, and the library houses an extensive collection of audio and film holdings.