Roosevelt, Anna, 1906-1975

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Anna Roosevelt (1906-1975) was the eldest child and only daughter of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt. After her 1924 graduation from Miss Chapin''s school, she attended a short course at Cornell University in the forestry school. On June 5, 1926, she married Curtis Bean Dall. They had two children, Anna Eleanor Dall, known as Sistie (b. 1927), and Curtis Roosevelt Dall, known as Buzzie (b.1930). Between 1932 and 1934, Anna was associate editor of a magazine called Babies Just Babies, hosted a radio program sponsored by the Best and Company Department Store, contributed articles to Liberty magazine and wrote two children''s books, Scamper and Scamper’s Christmas. The Dalls divorced on July 30, 1934. Anna married Clarence John Boettiger on January 18, 1935. Their son, John Roosevelt Boettiger, was born March 30, 1939. From December 1936 to September 1943, Anna was an associate editor and columnist of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Her husband was the editor of this Hearst publication. In 1943, she went to the White House to serve as an unofficial secretary to her father, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Her responsibilities included answering mail, assisting with social functions, arranging appointments, and writing presidential speeches. In addition, Anna mapped out the President''s itineraries during the 1944 campaign and accompanied him to the Yalta Conference in February 1945. After President Roosevelt''s death, she and John Boettiger bought a weekly newspaper in Phoenix, Arizona, renamed it the Arizona Times and rapidly increased its circulation. By May 1947, it was a daily paper. Anna was executive editor and columnist until February 1948 when she became editor and publisher. The paper was sold in July and by September 1948 Anna and her mother were co-hosting an American Broadcasting Company radio program, The Eleanor and Anna Roosevelt Program, which was discontinued in September 1949. In 1949, Anna also edited The Woman, a monthly magazine, to which she contributed a series of articles entitled My Life with F.D.R. The Boettigers were divorced August 1, 1949. Anna contracted coccidiomycosis in 1949 and curtailed her activities for several years to convalesce from the disease. On November 11, 1952, Anna married Dr. James A. Halsted, a doctor with the Veterans Administration. She entered the public relations field in labor unions, working for Union Service, Inc., in Los Angeles during 1953 and 1954. In the fall of 1954, she entered the U.C.L.A. School of Social Work. The Halsteds moved to Syracuse, New York, in the fall of 1955. In October, Anna was hired as the assistant to the irector of Public Relations at the State University Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. In April 1957, she became the Director of Public Relations and Assistant to the Dean, a position she held until her resignation in September 1958 when the Halsteds traveled to Iran. In Shiraz, Iran, Dr. Halsted helped to set up the Pahlavi University Medical School. Anna did public relations and administrative work as well as organizing the journals sections of the medical library. Upon their return from Iran in the summer of 1960, the Halsteds moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where Anna was a Staff Assistant to the Dean of the University of Kentucky Medical Center. A year later, the Halsteds moved to Birmingham, Michigan where Anna became the public relations director and coordinator at Metropolitan Hospital for the Comprehensive Medical Care Program sponsored by the United Auto Workers. In 1963, she became the Director of Public Relations for the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. In October 1963, she was appointed by President Kennedy to the Citizen''s Advisory Council on the Status of Women. She resigned from the Council in January 1968. In February, she was appointed vice-chairman of the President''s Commission for the Observance of Human Rights Year 1968. The Halsteds moved to Washington, D.C., in 1964. While there, Anna was a volunteer with the Washington Work and Training Opportunity Center and a board member of Americans for Democratic Action and the Capitol Area Division of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. She became chairman of the board of the National Committee of Household Employment and a board member of Wiltwyck School as well as an ex-officio board member of the Eleanor Roosevelt Foundation. In 1971, Dr. and Mrs. Halsted retired to a cottage in Hillsdale, New York, which they had acquired in 1966. Anna Halsted continued to remain active in many of the above-mentioned organizations until her death.

From the description of Roosevelt, Anna, 1906-1975 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10677871

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From the description of Typed letters signed (4) : Seattle, to Edward Wagenknecht, 1938-1942. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270868204

Anna Roosevelt Halsted was the eldest child and only daughter of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt. She was an unofficial secretary to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943 and accompanied him to Yalta. She was employed in journalism, publishing, and public relations and served on several government committees. She was married to Dr. James A. Halsted, her third husband.

From the description of Papers, 1886-1976, 1933-1976 (bulk) (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155523202

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referencedIn Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. 1921 - 2008. Motion Picture Films. 1961 - 1990. KENNEDY INAUGURATION 1961
creatorOf Roosevelt Family Papers Donated by the Children of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt. 1686 - 1959. Correspondence
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [JUNE 1]
referencedIn Boettiger, John, 1900-1950. Papers, 1900-1963, 1932-1950 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Papers, 1892-1990 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [DEC. 29]
creatorOf Roosevelt, Anna, 1906-1975. Reminiscences of Anna Roosevelt Halsted : oral history, 1973. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Roosevelt, Anna, 1906-1975. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1963-1971. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Robert E. Sherwood papers, 1917-1968 (inclusive), 1934-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Roosevelt Family Papers Donated by the Children of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt. 1686 - 1959. Old Family Papers
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [NOV. 7]
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [JULY, 10]
creatorOf Roosevelt, Anna, 1906-1975. Typed letters signed (4) : Seattle, to Edward Wagenknecht, 1938-1942. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. Eleanor Roosevelt sound recordings, 1939-1962. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Polier, Justine Wise, 1903-1987. Papers, 1892-1990 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Wiltwyck School For Boys (Esopus, N.Y.). Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1944-1975. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
Anna Roosevelt Halsted Papers
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [APR. 18]
referencedIn Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Papers. 1860 - 1964. Correspondence with Harry S. Truman. 1945 - 1962. Harry S. Truman, 1945-May 1947. 1945 - 1962. Letter from Harry S. Truman to Eleanor Roosevelt
referencedIn Cotton, Thomas L., 1891-1964. Thomas L. Cotton papers, 1925-1937. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [DEC. 16]
referencedIn Wiltwyck School for Boys. Wiltwyck School for Boys records, 1942-1981 [Bulk dates 1964-1982]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Roosevelt family. Papers donated by the children of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, [ca. 1686]-1959. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Roosevelt Family Papers Donated by the Children of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt. 1686 - 1959. Political Files
creatorOf Hart, James, 1896-1959. Letters to Professor James Hart from eminent Americans in the fields of politics and political science on governmental policy and problems [manuscript] 1915-1953. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Roosevelt, Anna, 1906-1975. Papers, 1886-1976, 1933-1976 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Lape, Esther Everett, 1881-1981. Papers, 1920-1978. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Wiltwyck School for Boys Records, 1942-1981, [Bulk Dates: 1964-1981] Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Roosevelt Family Papers Donated by the Children of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt. 1686 - 1959. Writings and Printed Materials
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associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1914- person
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associatedWith Roosevelt, Sara Delano, 1854-1941. person
associatedWith Sargent, James E., 1941-, person
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New York (State)--Hyde Park, Dutchess County
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Women--Political activity
presidents
Youth
International organization
Radio programs
Children--Charities
Poliomyelitis--Societies, etc
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Birth 1906-05-03

Death 1975-12-01

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