Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

4079 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Phone: 1 (845) 486-7770

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library


During his second term in office, President Franklin D. Roosevelt surveyed the vast quantities of papers and other materials he and his staff had accumulated. In the past, many Presidential papers and records had been lost, destroyed, sold for profit, or ruined by poor storage conditions. President Roosevelt sought a better alternative. On the advice of noted historians and scholars, he established a public repository to preserve the evidence of the Presidency for future generations. Beginning a tradition that continues to this day, he raised private funds for the new archival facility and then turned it over to the United States government for operation through the National Archives.

Special Content:

In addition to presidential materials, FDR amassed and donated extensive collections of personal papers related to his early political career, and to the Roosevelt and Delano families. His collections include books, photographs, artwork, artifacts, naval and historical manuscripts. Eleanor Roosevelt donated her collection of over 3 million pages of personal and professional papers to the Library, as did roughly 400 of the Roosevelts' presidential, professional, and personal associates. The archives has grown to house an estimated estimated 17 million pages of primary sources, all accessible through the Library's public research facility ( 

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library is a member of the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council.


Building the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library

Materials relating to the cornerstone laying of the FDR Presidential Library.

Charles Sylvester Piersaull Photographs

Glass plate negatives of Hyde Park scenes, people, and architecture, taken by Charles Sylvester Piersaull.

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Family History in the Hudson Valley

Photographs, Correspondence, and other historical materials relating to the Roosevelt and Delano families.

Vincent Astor Collection

Historic photos, correspondence, and ephemera detailing FDR and Vincent Astor's friendship.