Collection A2015-141 Sc - Peter Kaellgren collection

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Peter Kaellgren collection

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Eleanor Roosevelt collection

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CA UMASC A2015-141 Sc

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  • 1961-1972 (Creation)
  • 1961-1962 (Creation)
    Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962

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1 photograph. -- 3 letters. -- 1 newspaper clipping.

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Eleanor Roosevelt; Anna Eleanor Roosevelt; born Oct. 11, 1884 in New York City in Manhattan; died Nov. 7, 1962; was the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945; she supported the New Deal policies of her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and became an advocate for civil rights. After her husband’s death in 1945, Roosevelt continued to be an internationally prominent author, speaker, politician, and activist for the New Deal coalition.

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The Eleanor Roosevelt collection was originally purchased for $2.00 from a sidewalk vendor during the Cabbagetown Festival Toronto, Ontario, September 8th, 2012. It was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Peter Kaellgren in 2016.

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The collection consists of five items--one photograph, three letters, and one newspaper clipping--relating to Eleanor Roosevelt.

Three of the envelopes bear the name of Mr. L. Ross Murray, 485 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg 9, Manitoba. One is addressed to him at The Winnipeg Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1059 Logan Avenue, Winnipeg 3, Manitoba. The photograph was mounted in a commercial quality gold-tone metal frame of 1960s vintage, which has been removed. There are 3 envelopes and one newspaper clipping which was inserted in back of the fame, discovered when the frame was dismantled. On the black cardboard backing for the easel frame is glued and taped a commercially printed address label for a Louise C. Wolfenden at Toronto.

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During Eleanor Roosevelt’s visit to Winnipeg in 1949 she received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the U of M (March 2nd to 3rd Convocation). There are photographs and a 78 RPM recording (since digitized) of the acceptance speech Eleanor Roosevelt gave on that occasion (TC 57, A1999-12).

In the Lewis St. G. Stubbs fonds (A1996-094, MSS 181) there is the B’Nai B’rith and Hillel cultural forum convention of 1949, of which Winnipeg was the host city. Several documents related to the B’Nai B’rith plus the original 1949 programme, detailing Miss Roosevelt’s background, and her speech at the convention on the accomplishments and failures of the United Nations. There is also a letter from the mayor of Winnipeg, Garnet Coulter, who extended an invitation for the convention to the all member of the B’nai B’rith, notifying them of the gracious hospitality of Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Tribune personality files contain newspaper clippings of her life’s work and background including a February 1949 article with details about her visit to Winnipeg.

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Entered into AtoM by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson on 16 May 2017.

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Appraisal report by Gilles Lesage.

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