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Eleanor Roosevelt and the University at Albany


1945

In November 1945, as part of her national campaign to improve the relations among religious and ethnic groups, Eleanor Roosevelt spoke in support of the recently formed Inter-Group Council at the New York State College for Teachers. Below left, is a letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to Dr. Shirley Siegel Passow '46, expressing her interest in the recently formed Inter-Group Council at the New York State College for Teachers. Pictured below right, the Inter-Group Council played a prominent role in improving racial and religious relations at the college for a number of years. Within a few months, President Harry Truman appointed Eleanor Roosevelt to serve on the U. S. Delegation to the United Nations where she would play a leading role in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The following images are from the University Archives collections. (Clockwise from the top: State College News, November 2, 1945; Photograph of the original Inter-Group Council, 1944-45. Left to right: front row: Kathryn Hagerty '47, Miss Mary E. Conklin, Marian Carter [Hughes], '46; second row: Dr. Watt Stewart, Celine Axelrood '47, Shirley Passow '46, president of the Inter-Group Council, Edna M. Marsh, '45, Dr. Louis C. Jones; Photocopy of letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to Dr. Shirley Siegel Passow '46, Original in Dr. Passow's possession. Ms. Passow was a founder of the Inter-Group Council. Inter-Group Education Conference folder, Archives Vertical File)

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State College News, November 2, 1945

Letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to Dr. Shirley Siegel Passow '46 Inter-Group Council, 1944-45

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Exhibit curated by Geoffrey Williams, University Archivist
Digital Exhibit by Brian Keough, Curator of Manuscripts & Lynn Dorwaldt, Graduate Assistant
M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives
Comments to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives Staff

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