1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 5, 2020 11:14 AM by Shannon Kerner

    Which US First Lady was the 1st to address World Health Assembly?


      Was Rosalynn Carter the first former US First Lady to address the World Health Assembly at WHO? Mrs. Carter addressed the World Health Assembly in 1979 and Eleanor Roosevelt spoke at the World Health Assembly also, but did Mrs. Roosevelt addressed the entire World Health Assembly?

        • Re: Which US First Lady was the 1st to address World Health Assembly?

          Dear Ms. Ellingson,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library (LP-FDR) website and located the Recorded Speeches and Utterances by Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933-1962 that may include the speech you seek. For additional information about Mrs. Roosevelt’s correspondence, recordings of speeches, and records related to the World Health Assembly, please contact LP-FDR via email at archives.fdr@nara.gov. Also, the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project at George Washington University may have the speeches online.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 14 series in various collections relating to speeches given by Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter that may include speeches to the World Health Assembly. We also located several files pertaining to the World Health Assembly on the Jimmy Carter Library (LP-JC) website. For access to these series & files, please contact LP-JC via email at carter.library@nara.gov


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          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!