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Dear Ms. Poebe Lu,
Thank you for posting your request to History Hub!
Quite a few resources exist for researching Ms. Eleanor Roosevelts’s advocacy on behalf of civil rights.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum’s Eleanor Roosevelt page on their website links a page about Eleanor Roosevelt and the Tuskegee Airmen as well as a page about Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson. Their blog includes a number of “My Day” articles that Eleanor Roosevelt wrote that address civil rights as well as a post on Eleanor Roosevelt’s Battle to End Lynching. Their archives includes many records relating to Eleanor Roosevelt, some of which have been made available online, such as the collection Selected Digitized Correspondence of Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933-1945. Research questions can be submitted via their Ask the Archivist page or via the email address Archives.FDR@nara.gov.
George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts & Sciences sponsors the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project which is working to publish digital and print editions of Eleanor Roosevelt’s political papers. In addition to the primary sources they make available online, including articles she wrote that address topics of racial prejudice and civil and human rights, their website includes lecture notes on the topic of Eleanor Roosevelt and Civil Rights that contains many general and specific examples of her activism. They also provide a lesson plan for a case study of the Marian Anderson case that you mention. Questions about the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project can be submitted through the contact page on their website.
Just of few many other online secondary sources on the topic include the White House Historical Association’s article entitled Eleanor Roosevelt’s “My Day”: Causes, the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institution’s article on Roosevelt, (Anna) Elenaor, PBS’s American Experience interview with writer Vernon Jarret on the topic of Eleanor and Race, and Eleanor Roosevelt College’s About Eleanor page.
Finally, in addition to online sources, there are numerous books that have been written about her, and she herself published multiple books, to include The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt published in 1961. You can work with your local librarian to help locate relevant books.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you, that was very useful!