We are shining the spotlight on some of usnatarchives and its fdrlibrary's records this week in conjunction with our Board Vice President Ken Burns's new documentary series “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” premiering this week on pbstv.

Following the death of her husband in 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt didn’t slow down or lessen her role in public life. FDR’s presidential successor, Harry Truman, appointed her as one of America’s first delegates to the recently formed United Nations.

From 1946 to 1951, Eleanor chaired the UN Human Rights Commission, leading the effort to draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At home, she pushed the State Department to recognize that human rights are not only civil and political rights, but social and economic rights too. The Declaration was Eleanor’s proudest achievement at the UN, defining human rights for the modern age. Today, it is the standard for establishing norms governing international behavior regarding the rights of individuals.


As part of our Roosevelt week theme, today we’re taking a look at Franklin Roosevelt’s pre-Presidency career, and a captured moment that would later gain notability.

Shortly after Theodore Roosevelt and his Bull Moose party lost the election of 1912 to Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt was appointed as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. As part of his duties, FDR presided over a ceremony during which the keel for “Battleship No. 39” was laid. Here, he is seen arriving at the Navy Yard, walking at the front of the group in a stylish derby hat.

Battleship No. 39 would later be christened as the USS Arizona, which was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a defining point in FDR’s presidency. By that point, he had also been diagnosed with polio, confining him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Learn more about the discovery of this remarkable photograph in the words of the archivist who discovered it, and watch Ken Burns’s “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” on pbstv tonight for more about FDR’s early political career.

Image: "Laying Keel of U.S.S. Battleship Number 39, Arrival of Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Others" 03/16/1914

Ten Things Your Single Friends Are Tired Of Hearing


1) “You’ll find it when you aren’t looking!”

This is typically where your advice starts. ”It’ll come along when you least expect it,” is also “You’ll find it when you aren’t looking“‘s retarded little sister. You can all just go fuck right the fuck off after you say this to anyone who is single….



Philomena Cunk’s

Moments of Wonder Ep 1: Time

Philomena Cunk asks “What is clocks?" at the ‘Greenwich Clock Museum’.. 

OMG!!  Science Fax!!!

"Time has existed since before time began, and today it’s all around us: on our phones, in the corner of the news … but, once upon a time, if you wanted the time, you had to come here, to the headquarters of time: Greenwich Clock Museum."

"This is the famous Greenwich Marillion Line, named after the band Marillion, who were named after this line."


Bossy, pushy, selfish, vain. RT if you’ve been called one of these for being strong: