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Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Martha Bulloch Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt writes his mother from his honeymoon in London. He describes visiting Aunt Hattie and the only thing that marred the visit was the "slobbering" of the younger Bullochs. He also details paintings at the National Gallery and at South Kensington. He took Alice to "ladies day" at Epsom Races, driving in Hyde Park, the opera and Saint Paul's. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Honeymoons; Travel; Painting; Museums; Horse racing; Opera; Church; Friendly visiting; England; National Gallery (Great Britain); Roosevelt, Alice Lee, 1861-1884

Date: 1881-06-05

The universal church of the future - from the present religious outlook

Description:

Four men sit quietly beneath a shelf of "Books of Religious Reference" in a hall in a museum. A small crowd is gathered before them. Further along the hall, another group of four men sits quietly beneath a shelf of "Books of Scientific Reference." Part of the display, labeled "Geography," shows an owl perched on an open book labeled "Kosmos" and a man standing next to a globe. Further still along the hall, a man is lecturing to a large gathering in a section labeled "Chemistry." Portraits of Nicolaus Copernicus, Charles Darwin, Benedictus de Spinoza, and Thomas Paine hang from the vaulted archways above.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Religion; Science; Thought and thinking; Audiences; Museums; Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809; Copernicus, Nicolaus, 1473-1543; Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882; Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677

Date: 1883-01-10

Thanksgiving

Description:

Print shows Uncle Sam, Columbia, and Puck sitting at a table, ready to enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey dinner in a gallery with paintings on the wall in the background. Uncle Sam is gesturing toward these paintings, which depict Irish uprisings and unrest in England, volcanoes in Java, earthquakes in Italy, "Cholera" as the grim reaper in Egypt, French colonialism, anarchy in Spain, German militarism, and Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, standing on the body of a peasant in a painting titled "Russian Reform." On the far right, at a dock labeled "U.S. Navy," a ship in disrepair leans to one side. A bulldog gnaws on a bone labeled "New York" beneath a bench on the left. Caption: Uncle Sam "Well, we seem to be getting along a little better than the rest of the world, and if we can't be thankful for all that we have, we may at least be thankful that there are some things we haven't."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Columbia (Symbolic character); Thanksgiving Day; Dinners and dining; Turkeys; Art museums; International relations; Anarchism; Alexander II, Emperor of Russia, 1818-1881

Date: 1883-11-28

The national dime-museum - will be run during the presidential campaign

Description:

A gallery of presidential candidates includes, clockwise, from bottom left: John Kelly as a card-playing pig, Chester A. Arthur as "The Snake Charmer" charming a snake labeled "Stalwart Vote" with a horn labeled "Patronage," Benjamin F. Butler as "What is it?," "Siamese Twins Keifer [and] Robeson," John A. Logan as the "Wild Zulu on the Warpath," "Carlisle, Morrison, [and] Hewitt" as a "Wax Group of Three Heroes Who Perished in an Attempt to Reach the Pole of Tariff Reform," "'Richelieu' Robinson" as a "Fire Eater," Charles A. "Dana" as a "Screech Parrot," a cage containing an "Un-Happy Family - N.Y. Board of Aldermen," an "Ancient Mummy Exhumed Lately" labeled "1876 Fraud Issue - S. J. T.," John "Sherman" as "The Man in the Bloody Shirt," Henry Watterson as a buffalo, Whitelaw Reid as a giraffe, and Samuel J. Randall(?) as "The Democratic White Elephant," William "Evarts" as the thin man, Roscoe Conkling as the bearded lady, David "Davis" as the Fat Lady, Robert Todd "Lincoln" and George F. "Edmunds" as "The Two Giants," James G. Blaine as the tattooed man, T. C. "Platt" and William "Mahone" as Tom Thumb and his bride, and Samuel S. "Cox" as a dancing poodle. In the center is a stuffed tiger labeled "Tammany" on a pedestal labeled "Killed by Roosevelt."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Museums; Sideshows; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Carlisle, John Griffin, 1835-1910; Hewitt, Abram S. (Abram Stevens), 1822-1903; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Edmunds, George F. (George Franklin), 1828-1919; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Randall, Samuel J. (Samuel Jackson), 1828-1890; Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Mahone, William, 1826-1895; Morrison, William R. (William Ralls), 1825-1909; Lincoln, Robert Todd, 1843-1926; Cox, Samuel Sullivan, 1824-1889

Date: 1884-04-16

The popular tendency to rail at wealth is not entirely justified

Description:

At the center, a group of working class individuals complain about the selfish accumulation of wealth by a small percentage of society. The surrounding vignettes illustrate the philanthropic deeds of the rich, such as a "Museum of Art" open to all, "Low-Rent Tenements," "Free Milk for the Poor," "Free Ice for the Poor," "Fresh Air Excursion for Poor Mothers and Children," "Free Kindergarten for Poor Children," colleges endowed by wealthy citizens, health care centers, and "Free" libraries. Caption: Chorus of the Poor Man, the Socialist, the Dissatisfied Laborer, the Populist Farmer, the Demagogue, the Chronic Idler, and the Struggling Professional Man--"Down with Selfish, Grasping Capital!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Rich people; Museums; Universities and colleges; Working class; Humanitarianism

Date: 1897-07-07

Negro at the world's fair

Description:

Arguments were given in support of including a Negro exhibit at the World’s Fair. Hale G. Parker believes including this exhibit will not only increase gate receipts but also “affect public opinion on the mental and industrial status of the negro.” Parker believes Negros will be able to identify more with the World’s Fair if it includes exhibits that highlight their “progress since emancipation."

Resource Type: Newspaper article

Subject: Louisiana Purchase Exposition; Museum exhibits; African Americans--Race identity; Missouri--Saint Louis

Date: 1901-10-17

Telegram from William II, German Emperor, to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

German Emperor William II assisted in the creation of the German Museum at Harvard University and responds to President Roosevelt's telegram of thanks. William II hopes that they can continue to consolidate the friendship between the United States and Germany.

Resource Type: Telegram

Subject: College museums; International relations; Germany; Harvard University

Date: 1902-06-29?

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Samuel Harden Church

Description:

President Roosevelt will not be able to speak at the Carnegie Institute.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Speeches, addresses, etc.; Carnegie Institute

Date: 1903-03-27

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Kuno Francke

Description:

President Roosevelt supports the Germanic Museum as a movement that will bring two nations closer together.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: International relations; Museums; Germany

Date: 1903-03-31

Telegram from Theodore Roosevelt to Joseph Ralph Burton

Description:

After viewing an advertisement, President Roosevelt withdraws his name and support for the Jerusalem Exhibit Company. Roosevelt had no intentions of supporting a "profit-making concern" and only approved "the movement to secure prominence to the religious side of the world's development in connection" with the upcoming Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

Resource Type: Telegram

Subject: Louisiana Purchase Exposition; Advertising; Endorsements in advertising; Religion--Exhibitions

Date: 1903-06-23

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