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Address of President Roosevelt at the ceremonies incident to the breaking of sod for the erection of a monument in memory of the late President McKinley, at San Francisco, May 13, 1903

Description:

President Roosevelt speaks at a ceremony to break ground for a monument to former President McKinley in San Francisco. McKinley represented the virtues of the soldier and embodied the ideals of good citizenship.

Resource Type: Speech

Subject: Presidents--Monuments; California--San Francisco; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Date: 1903-05-13

Postcard from Marion to Mary Frances Bird

Description:

Black and white postcard with a picture of the McKinley monument in Columbus, Ohio, and an inset portrait of Alice Roosevelt Longworth who unveiled the monument on September 14, 1906. Marion writes that she did not attend the unveiling, but her mother and Mrs. Curtiss were there.

Resource Type: Postcard

Subject: Ex-presidents; Monuments; Presidents--Monuments; Ohio--Columbus; Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980; McKinley, William, 1843-1901

Date: 1906-09-28

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Louis B. Hanna

Description:

In accord with North Dakota Senator Louis Hanna's request, Theodore Roosevelt sat for sculptor Gustav Vigeland while he was in Oslo, Norway. However, he still believes that the statue Hanna wishes to create should be of a cowboy or pioneer farmer in order to better reflect the frontier days of North Dakota. Roosevelt believes that "no man should ever have a statue until he has been dead some little time."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Statues--Planning; Sculpture; Frontier and pioneer life; Presidents--Monuments; North Dakota; Norway--Oslo

Date: 1910-05-06

Letter from John Campbell Greenway to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

John Campbell Greenway didn't need to use the letter of introduction to Secretary Weeks. He was in Washington, D.C., regarding a license to build a dam on the Colorado River. Rough Rider veterans are building a monument to Ted Roosevelt's father, Theodore Roosevelt, in Cuba. Greenway invites Roosevelt and Eleanor Butler Roosevelt to attend the unveiling in February or March.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Dams--Law and legislation; Presidents--Monuments; Washington (D.C.); North America--Colorado River; Cuba; United States. Army. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Roosevelt, Eleanor Butler, 1889-1960; Weeks, John W. (John Wingate), 1860-1926

Date: 1923-10-09

Roosevelt bird fountain

Description:

Photograph image of a statue depicting a boy and girl, with the caption reading "Roosevelt Bird Fountain By Bessie Potter Vonnoh." The reverse of the card explains this fountain is in the Roosevelt Bird Sanctuary (now the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center) in New York and details the sanctuary's origins.

Resource Type: Other

Subject: Bird refuges; Presidents--Monuments; National Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1923-1930

Letter from John Campbell Greenway to Kermit Roosevelt

Description:

The Greenways have settled into their new home in Ajo, Arizona, for the winter and would like Kermit and Belle Roosevelt to visit. John Campbell Greenway cannot attend the Boone and Crockett Club dinner but encloses a check for his entrance fee and dues. He regrets not being able to see the unveiling of the Theodore Roosevelt monument in Cuba.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Travel; Associations, institutions, etc.--Membership; Dues; Presidents--Monuments; Arizona--Ajo; Cuba; Boone and Crockett Club; Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980; Roosevelt, Belle, 1892-1968; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1924-12-04

An act creating the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission and defining its purposes and powers

Description:

Legislation creating the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission and laying out its powers and responsibilities. The purpose of the commission is to complete the carving of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial consisting of "heroic figures of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt."

Resource Type: Legislation

Subject: National monuments--Law and legislation; National monuments--Planning; Monuments--Design and construction; Presidents--Monuments; South Dakota--Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission; Borglum, Gutzon, 1867-1941; Washington, George, 1732-1799; Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933

Date: 1929-02-25

Letter from Gutzon Borglum to Franklin D. Roosevelt

Description:

Gutzon Borglum reviews the historic items to be inscribed on the west wall of Mount Rushmore. He describes the Mount Rushmore National Committee and its composition. Borglum argues that at least three women should be on the committee.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Monuments--Designs and plans; Monuments--Design and construction; Monuments--Political aspects; National monuments; Presidents--Monuments; Committees; Committees--Decision making; South Dakota--Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission; King, Isabella Greenway, 1886-1953; Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945; Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962

Date: 1934-03-15

Telegram from Gutzon Borglum to Isabella Greenway

Description:

Gutzon Borglum sends greetings and thanks for the passage of the Rushmore amendment which will allow completion of the Thomas Jefferson figure.

Resource Type: Telegram

Subject: Legislative amendments; National monuments--Law and legislation; National monuments--Planning; Monuments--Design and construction; Presidents--Monuments; South Dakota--Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826

Date: 1934-06-18

Letter from Gutzon Borglum to Franklin D. Roosevelt

Description:

The head of Thomas Jefferson "in all its essentials" has been completed at Mount Rushmore. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission has been inadequate for several years and, since there is a vacancy, Gutzon Borglum would like the new committee member to represent the Roosevelt administration. He suggests Herman Oliphant or Edward Bruce as potential candidates.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Monuments--Design and construction; National monuments--Planning; National monuments--Political aspects; Presidents--Monuments; South Dakota--Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission; Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826; Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943; Oliphant, Herman, 1884-1939

Date: 1935-11-07

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