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Thank you for your interest in donating to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum.

Financial Support

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum is a federal agency, part of the National Archives and Records Administration. Federal tax dollars and income earned from admission fees and the New Deal Store provide only part of the funds necessary to operate our programs. We are also in a public-private partnership with the nonprofit Roosevelt Institute.

Private contributions in any amount are very welcome and very much needed. Private donations support education programs, exhibitions, public programs, the acquisition of archival and museum collections, and grants for researchers.


Qualified Charitable Distributions:

If you’re 70 1/2 or older, you can join your fellow Library supporters who make tax-free gifts from their IRAs once a year. This is a great way to save money. Please email fdrlibrary@rooseveltinstitute.org for information or contact your plan administrator. 

Stock Gifts:

Stock gifts are also a great way to save money on taxes if you have appreciated securities. You will need to contact fdrlibrary@rooseveltinstitute.org for assistance.

Gifts by Will:

If you are considering a bequest, please contact us for our federal tax number and legal name, which you will need for your attorney. Contact fdrlibrary@rooseveltinstitute.org.

Please make checks payable to our nonprofit partner, the "Roosevelt Institute - Library Account". You can also make a contribution directly to the Library's federal account, make a check payable to the "Franklin D. Roosevelt Library." You may also charge your contributions through the New Deal Store by contacting JoAnn Morse, FDR Library Administrative Officer, by email or by dialing (845) 486-7744.    

Mailing address for all contributions:

Roosevelt Institute and
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
4079 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY  12538

Contributions to the Roosevelt Institute and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library are tax deductible.


The FDR Library & Museum is administered by the National Archives and Records Administration with the support of its nonprofit partner, the Roosevelt Institute.

Membership forms a vital base of support for many of the Library’s key initiatives. To become a member, please visit the Roosevelt Institute website and select a level to join. Questions can be directed to Lauren Karagianis, Senior Associate and Head of FDR Library Membership, at lkaragianis@rooseveltinstitute.org or (845) 486-1970.

Donating Items to the Museum or Archives 

The Museum collects and preserves materials related to the lives and careers of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and their friends, family, and associates. The Museum also acquires items that reflect political, social, military, diplomatic, and cultural life in America during the 1930s and 1940s. While we do not accept unsolicited donations, please Contact the Museum if you are interested in donating objects. Please have ready a description of the object(s), history of ownership and, if possible, photographs. Under no circumstances should you mail any object to the Museum (or leave any object at the Museum) without first contacting the staff.

The Archives maintains and provides public access to the historical papers, books, and audio-visual materials related to the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration and its historical era. Our collections also include thousands of historical materials relating to the life and career of Eleanor Roosevelt. While the Archives does not accept unsolicited donations, please Contact the Archives if you are interested in donating historical materials.


The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum does not appraise or authenticate historical materials, artwork, or political memorabilia. For information about appraisals and appraiser referrals, you may wish to consult the following web sites:

International Society of Appraisers
American Society of Appraisers
Appraisers Association of America

Donating Your Time

There are many interesting and rewarding ways to volunteer your time and services at the FDR Presidential Library. Learn about our many volunteer opportunities by visiting Get Involved!