About Collecting Franklin D. Roosevelt Autographs
Although Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote out his own letters from time to time before becoming president, typed letters always characterized his correspondence. After entering the White House, he never allowed a secretary to sign on his behalf. His letters are signed “Franklin D. Roosevelt,” although he did alternatively sign “FDR.” as well.
FDR had a number of excellent speechwriters and staff members, and they undoubtedly drafted many communications for his signature (the same holds true for all administrations from here on out). Moreover, he himself could write a very good letter. Taken together, the percentage of his presidential letters that are interesting and even important is very high, the highest since Jefferson. Telling his own dictated text from that of his drafters is an interesting challenge. On correspondence relating to his many programs or duties, or in routine matters, it is difficult. However, his voice clearly shows through in letters to trusted friends, and it is a voice with style, comprehension, frankness and humor.