Wolfe Pack members visited the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum at Hyde Park, New York (less than two hours north of Manhattan) on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The goal was to locate materials pertaining to Rex and Pola Stout. The Stouts were active supporters of the Roosevelt administration and the war effort.
During the trip, members researched the historical papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. Based on information from the archivists and the Library's online finding aids, there are several files in the Library's collection containing correspondence between the Roosevelts and Rex Stout, as well as his wife, noted fashion designer Pola Stout. In addition, the collection contains recordings of radio shows featuring both Rex and Pola Stout.
Some members also took a tour of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Museum, located in the former Roosevelt home adjacent to the library, walked through the spacious grounds and toured Eleanor Roosevelt's home at nearby Val-Kil Extensive information about the Library and Museum can be found at http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/.
Albert Goller and Herb Aronson met the Amtrak train carrying the Wolfe Pack members at Poughkeepsie and drove us to the Library and back.
See the Wikipedia pages noted below for a better understanding of The Writer's War Board, Our Secret Weapon, and post-war efforts to establish "world government organization," (United Nations), as well as the NY Times Obituary of Pola Stout, textile/ fabric designer.
- Wikipedia's Writer's War Board Article
- Wikipedia's "Our Secret Weapon" Article
- Wikipedia's Society for the Prevention of World War III
- Eleanor Roosevelt Correspondence:
- "Our Secret Weapon:" correspondence relating to production
- Correspondence relating to World Government/United Nations, post-war treatment of Germany, etc. & Stout/FDR meeting
- Pola Stout correspondence regarding shirts for FDR
- Autographed photo of FDR in a Pola Stout shirt, with photo framed in the same material as the shirt