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Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to J. Alden Loring

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If J. Alden Loring wishes to join the expedition to Africa, President Roosevelt will inform Charles Doolittle Walcott, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. However, he advises Loring that no member of the expedition party will be able to write about the trip until after Roosevelt has published his own articles and book as per his agreement with Scribner's. The big game hunting will also only be done by Theodore and Kermit Roosevelt.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition; Apologies; Authors and publishers; Periodicals; Books; Publications; Naturalists; Scientific expeditions; Big game hunting; Africa; Charles Scribner's Sons; Walcott, Charles D. (Charles Doolittle), 1850-1927; Mearns, Edgar Alexander, 1856-1916; Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939; Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943

Date: 1909-01-02

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Edgar Alexander Mearns

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Theodore Roosevelt asks Edgar Alexander Mearns to tell J. Alden Loring and Mr. Heller that they are not allowed to publish anything related to the expedition until after Roosevelt's articles and book have appeared. They must also make sure that letters to families or friends are not published.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Publications; Writing; Loring, J. Alden (John Alden), 1871-1947; Walcott, Charles D. (Charles Doolittle), 1850-1927; Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939

Date: 1909-01-03

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Edgar Alexander Mearns

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Theodore Roosevelt has had Edgar Alexander Mearns detailed from the army and under the direction of Charles D. Walcott of the Smithsonian Institution. Larger animals on the expedition will be shot by Theodore or Kermit Roosevelt. Roosevelt is interested in adding reptiles and freshwater fish to the specimens collected. The curing and transportation of the specimens will be paid for by the Smithsonian.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Hunting; Reptiles; Accounting; Animal traps; Zoological specimens; Naturalists; Freshwater fishes; Smithsonian Institution; Walcott, Charles D. (Charles Doolittle), 1850-1927; Loring, J. Alden (John Alden), 1871-1947; Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943; Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939

Date: 1909-01-03

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Ethel Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt describes his safari to his daughter Ethel. He praises Kermit Roosevelt's skills but says he is still too reckless. Roosevelt says he has become very attached to Edmund Heller, R. J. Cuninghame and Leslie Tarlton. He mentions how the porters amuse him as well. Roosevelt says he has read almost all the books in his pigskin library.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Safaris; Fathers and sons; Friendship; Big game hunting; Africa; Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943; Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939; Tarlton, Leslie J.; Cuninghame, R. J.

Date: 1909-11-13

Theodore Roosevelt and others with heads of African buffalo

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Theodore Roosevelt (center) with (left to right:) R. J. Cuninghame, Kermit Roosevelt, Edmund Heller and Hugh Heatley, standing in front of tent with American flag. Heads of three African buffalo are on the ground in front of the men.

Resource Type: Photograph

Subject: Safaris; African buffalo; Hunting trophies; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943; Cuninghame, R. J.; Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939

Date: 1909-1910?

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Frederick Courteney Selous

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In this carbon copy of the original, Theodore Roosevelt writes his friend explorer Frederick Courteney Selous regarding Selous' upcoming hunting safari in the Sudan. He asks him to kill and investigate certain animals including a Lado giraffe and a whiteheaded cob. He updates him on some of their friends and says Edmund Heller is going back to Africa. He thanks Selous for his words about Roosevelt's defeat in the last Presidential election. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Safaris; Big game hunting; Animals; Presidents--Elections; Sudan Region; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939

Date: 1911-02-02

Letter from Kermit Roosevelt to Robert Harry Munro Ferguson and Isabella Ferguson

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Kermit Roosevelt updates the Fergusons on his activities at school and the Roosevelt family. He jokes about Martha Ferguson catching skunks and feels he may qualify as a second-assistant skunk catcher. Roosevelt recently visited Edmund Heller and Edgar Alexander Mearns at the Smithsonian Institution to watch them work on bird and rodent specimens.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Christmas; Track and field athletes--Training; Skunks--Control; Universities and colleges--Examinations; Automobile driving; Ornithology; Zoology; New York (State)--Oyster Bay; Smithsonian Institution; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; Derby, Ethel Roosevelt, 1891-1977; Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980; Longworth, Nicholas, 1869-1931; Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939; Mearns, Edgar Alexander, 1856-1916; Breasted, Martha Ferguson, 1906-1995

Date: 1911-02-11

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Edgar Alexander Mearns

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Theodore Roosevelt will send the letter and enclosure to Secretary of War Harry Stimson. Roosevelt does not understand why Edmund Heller has not published pamphlets on the white rhino or eland.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Promotions; Writing; Elands; White rhinoceros; Pamphlets--Publishing; Stimson, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1867-1950; Wood, Leonard, 1860-1927; Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939; Walcott, Charles D. (Charles Doolittle), 1850-1927

Date: 1911-06-07

Letter from Edgar Alexander Mearns to Theodore Roosevelt

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Edgar Alexander Mearns praises the people of South Carolina. Mearns is also grateful for the interest that Theodore Roosevelt showed in Colonel Whister's promotion. Edmund Heller would be "tremendously pleased" to have Roosevelt write about large African mammals.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Promotions; Writing; Mammals; Travel costs; Budgets, Personal; South Carolina; Washington (D.C.); Africa; New York (State); Wood, Leonard, 1860-1927; Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939; Whistler, Joseph N. G.

Date: 1911-06-09

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Kermit Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt writes to his son Kermit to report on the letters that arrived from Kermit and ask if Kermit is getting any of his letters. He describes how they spent Christmas and on some writing he is doing. He closes by saying he has no idea whether the Progressive Party has a future. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Holidays; Christmas; Writing; Letters; Political parties; Christmas trees; Brazil; Progressive Party (1912); Roosevelt, Archibald B. (Archibald Bulloch), 1894-1979; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; Roosevelt, Quentin, 1897-1918; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944; Roosevelt, Eleanor Butler, 1889-1960; Derby, Ethel Roosevelt, 1891-1977; Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939

Date: 1912-12-27

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