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Busy bears learn phonetic spelling

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Teacher bear instructs three students while a fourth sits in the corner with a dunce hat. Addressee side contains handwritten entry "Howard." 

Resource Type: Postcard

Subject: English language--Orthography and spelling; Teachers; School children; Discipline of children

Date: 1902-1907

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Brander Matthews

Description:

The White House hosts winter musicales, but President Roosevelt doesn't approve of the word and would prefer to use "musicals." However, he can't find the word "musicals" in the dictionary. Roosevelt would like to use the correct word and asks Brander Matthews what spelling should be used.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: English language--Orthography and spelling; Musicals; Entertaining; Encyclopedias and dictionaries; White House (Washington, D.C.)

Date: 1903-07-30

The Roosevelt Fonetic Spelling Book

Description:

Booklet promoting simplified spelling, with introduction by Theodore Roosevelt.

Resource Type: Pamphlet

Subject: English language--Orthography and spelling; Spelling reform; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1906

Letter from William Dean Howells to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

William Dean Howells writes to congratulate President Roosevelt on the stand he has taken in favor of the spelling suggested by the reformers. Howells thinks the proposed reforms are a step in the right direction. While they cannot come to a magical maturity in a year, Howells believes Roosevelt has "dropped seeds in the public mind." 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: English language--Orthography and spelling; Americans--Public opinion; Reading; Writing

Date: 1906-08-26

Letter from Whitelaw Reid to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Ambassador Reid has forwarded President Roosevelt's letter to the people of Salisbury, and he is sure it will promote kindly feeling. Reid hopes that they may be able to bring the "slow-moving" Colonial Office to an early agreement, as the only currently contentious issue between the parties is that of purse-nets. Reports of William Jennings Bryan's speech in Madison Square Garden produced instant revulsion in Great Britain, as the public thought he "dished" himself by proposing government ownership of the railways. Reid has not yet had a chance to discuss Roosevelt's letter to Andrew Carnegie with Sir Edward Grey, but plans to bring it up at first chance. Frederick Scott Oliver, author of the new book about Hamilton, does not seem to be a prominent literary figure among the Englishmen Reid has asked. Reid has been watching the Cuban situation with great anxiety, as he has always believed the United States made foolish decisions about Cuba at the beginning of the Spanish-American War. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Algeciras Conference; Spanish-American War (1898); International relations; Finance; Public opinion; Political candidates; Sailors; Fishing; Military operations, Artillery; Military operations, Naval; Export duties; Luncheons; Government ownership; United States territories and possessions; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Press and politics; Speeches, addresses, etc.; Diplomatic and consular service; English language--Orthography and spelling; Great Britain; Canada; Newfoundland and Labrador; India; Cuba; Germany; England--London; Ohio; Spain; Great Britain. Parliament; Great Britain. Colonial Office; Great Britain. Foreign Office; Madison Square Garden (New York, N.Y.); United States. Congress; Hardinge, Charles Hardinge, Baron, 1858-1944; Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925; Cambon, Pierre Paul, 1843-1924; Grey of Fallodon, Edward Grey, Viscount, 1862-1933; Oliver, Frederick Scott, 1864-1934; Birrell, Augustine, 1850-1933; Haggard, H. Rider (Henry Rider), 1856-1925; Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936; Burton, Theodore E. (Theodore Elijah), 1851-1929; Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980; Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848; Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919; Edward VII, King of Great Britain, 1841-1910; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941; Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804

Date: 1906-09-14

Letter from Charles J. Bonaparte to Theodore Roosevelt

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Secretary of the Navy Bonaparte writes to President Roosevelt regarding an offer for Bonaparte to serve on an honorary committee in France. Bonaparte doesn't want his involvement to be construed as support to the French. He wonders if he should consult French Ambassador Jusserand. Bonaparte also mentions that the spelling of naval titles has been in the news. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: English language--Orthography and spelling; Cuba; France; France. Marine; United States. Department of State; Converse, George Albert, 1844-1909; Jusserand, J. J. (Jean Jules), 1855-1932; Pusey, Frank Scott, 1858-1921; Loeb, William, 1866-1937; Bertin, Louis Emile, 1840-1924

Date: 1906-09-20

Letter from Brander Matthews to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Brander Matthews hopes President Roosevelt will read his paper "Reform and Reformers" in today's North American Review. He wrote it using his memory of things Roosevelt had said. Regarding simplified spelling, Matthews thinks that "as long as the foreign voter can't read he is the prey of the henchmen." If it's easier for men to read they will think for themselves more. He is glad that Kroig is down and out. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Periodicals--Publishing; American newspapers; Voting; Literacy--Political aspects; English language--Orthography and spelling

Date: 1906-09-22

Letter from Jacob A. Riis to Theodore Roosevelt

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Jacob A. Riis thanks President Roosevelt for clarifying and thinks Roosevelt is entirely right. Riis asks if Roosevelt has seen that Nathan Straus has come out publicly in support of William Randolph Hearst. Riis believes that Straus' brother, Oscar Straus is all right. Riis tells Roosevelt that the word cat is not spelled with a K but thinks Roosevelt should spell it that way for consistency.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: English language--Orthography and spelling; Straus, Nathan, 1848-1931; Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951; Straus, Oscar S. (Oscar Solomon), 1850-1926

Date: 1906-11-01

Spell as you please

Description:

Brown postcard featuring a caricature of Theodore Roosevelt declaring, "spel az yu pleez." The message accompanying Roosevelt's image is deliberately misspelled, referencing Theodore Roosevelt's support for the spelling modifications proposed by the Simplified Spelling Board.

Resource Type: Postcard

Subject: Spelling reform; Presidents--Caricatures and cartoons; English language--Orthography and spelling; Oregon; Simplified Spelling Board; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1906-12-07

Spell as you please

Description:

Brown postcard featuring a caricature of Theodore Roosevelt declaring, "spel az yu pleez." The message accompanying Roosevelt's image is deliberately misspelled, referencing Theodore Roosevelt's support for the spelling modifications proposed by the Simplified Spelling Board.

Resource Type: Postcard

Subject: Spelling reform; Presidents--Caricatures and cartoons; English language--Orthography and spelling; Simplified Spelling Board; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1907-03-09

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