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Presidential elections, then and now, is the theme of our 11th annual

public humanities symposium, Theodore Roosevelt: Candidate in the Arena. Join us September 29-October 1, 2016, in Dickinson and Medora, North Dakota.


Theodore Roosevelt

The Theodore Roosevelt Center is creating a comprehensive archive

of the papers of Theodore Roosevelt, including more than a million Roosevelt documents: letters, cartoons, photos, films, scrapbooks, diaries, & newspaper articles.



The creation of this immense resource capitalizes on the talents

and contributions of a worldwide network of dedicated individuals. Volunteers at the TR Center play an important part in our work.


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The continued growth of the Theodore Roosevelt Center and the

digital library depends on contributions from groups and individuals, including financial support and donations of TR-related materials.


About TR

Statesman, intellectual, adventurer and family man, Theodore Roosevelt lived “The Strenuous Life” with vigor and passion.

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Theodore Roosevelt Biography in Brief

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He was born on October 27, 1858, in New York City and died on January 6, 1919. In the sixty intervening years he lived one of the most strenuous lives in American history.

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Browse our latest articles regarding the people, places and events of Theodore Roosevelt's era and beyond.

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Republican National Convention of 1904

As the United States prepares for the 2016 presidential election in November, and the national conventions for both the Republican and Democratic parties held in July are a recent memory, I have been sifting through documents in the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library that pertain to the time period leading up to and shortly after the 1904 Republican National Convention in Chicago. Because of the timing, I couldn’t help but ponder similarities and differences in our own era.

Digitization Update July 2016

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Tremendous Respect and Admiration

Occasionally, there were views or policies which raised my 21st Century eyebrows, but the letter which stayed with me long after I first read it; the letter which I mention to anyone who asks about my work this summer, is one that fills me with tremendous respect and admiration for America’s 26th President.


Find significant dates in Theodore Roosevelt’s life, both personal and public, including the time he spent in the Badlands of Dakota Territory.

TR's Life at a Glance

The Life of Theodore Roosevelt

Learn about the major events of Theodore Roosevelt's life from his birth in 1858 to his death in 1919.

A Look at TR in the Dakota Badlands

TR in the Badlands

Theodore Roosevelt's time in the Dakota badlands shaped the man he became. It was where, according to TR, "the romance of my life began."

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Learn about the many collections included in the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library, including items from the Library of Congress, Harvard College Library, six National Park Service sites, and more.

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Advisory Board

The Theodore Roosevelt Center Advisory Board is comprised of a group of highly talented and dedicated scholars, historians, librarians and educators.

Digital Library

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The Only Plumber Busy in the Hot Season

The only plumber busy in the hot season

Illustration shows a dejected and perspiring New York Governor David B. Hill as a plumber sittin...

Where the Sun Breaks Thru at Sagamore

Where the sun breaks thru at Sagamore

Photograph showing a dirt road through the woods at Sagamore Hill.

Governor Talks of New York Sun's Criticism

Governor talks of New York Sun's criticism

Governor Curry was misquoted during his trip to Washington, D.C. He said nothing about a potenti...


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Digitization Update July 2016

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