During his lifetime, President Roosevelt acquired a diverse collection of hundreds of oil and watercolor paintings. Part of this collection is stored in this room.
Roosevelt family history is represented in nearly 60 family portraits in the collection. FDR's interest in naval and maritime history is reflected in hundreds of paintings of ships, famous sea battles, and prominent naval officers. Roosevelt also enjoyed collecting paintings of landscapes and people in his beloved Hudson River Valley. And there are nearly 100 paintings created by New Deal artists.
Many paintings in the Library's collection were displayed in the White House during FDR's presidency.