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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

Phonetic spelling

Description:

Unused black and white postcard titled "Phonetic Spelling" featuring a long list of spelling modifications proposed by the Simplified Spelling Board. In the upper left corner is a portrait of Theodore Roosevelt who endorsed the proposal.

Resource Type: Postcard

Subject: Spelling reform; Simplified Spelling Board; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1906

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to William Dean Howells

Description:

President Roosevelt agrees that spelling reform is needed.  He does not believe in violent revolution, but in growing the right direction.  He hopes to enact both inheritance and income tax.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Inheritance and transfer tax; Income tax; Spelling reform

Date: 1906-08-28

Letter from C. Grant La Farge to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

C. Grant La Farge discusses his plans to visit President Roosevelt at his “well-known sporting resort” and banters about the tennis matches they will play. La Farge jokes with Roosevelt about his participation in the simplified spelling movement, or “Theodore defying the Dictionary,” and shares a comical poem he has written about the matter.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Scheduling; Tennis; Spelling reform; Poetry; Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909

Date: 1906-08-30

Spelling reform in the United States

Description:

In a letter to the editor of The Times, Andrew Carnegie advocates on behalf of the Simplified Spelling Board, comprised of literary men in America who are trying to simplify the English language and make it more efficient. Carnegie advocates for a board comprised of men from all English speaking countries, in hopes that it will make the language better and more efficient.

Resource Type: Newspaper article

Subject: Spelling reform; Spelling reform--Societies, etc.; Simplified Spelling Board

Date: 1906-09-04

Letter from Jean Jules Jusserand to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Jean Jules Jusserand thinks President Roosevelt is right to appreciate Georges Clemenceau, who he says operates with cool-headedness and good sense. Jusserand told Clemenceau the things Roosevelt had said about him, and he assures Roosevelt that Clemenceau was delighted to hear them. Jusserand follows news of Russia and Cuba, as well as Roosevelt's proposed spelling reforms.   

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Diplomats; Travel; Meetings; Mottoes; Religion; Spelling reform; Russia; Cuba; Italy; France

Date: 1906-09-14

Letter from Jacob A. Riis to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Jacob A. Riis asks Theodore Roosevelt not to do something for the Roosevelt Boys Club in San Francisco until he has a chance to make some inquiries. Riis is also getting compliments for his courage in disagreeing with Roosevelt on spelling reform. Riis does not understand these compliments, because Roosevelt is not a "horrid monster who eats up everyone who does not agree with him."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Spelling reform; California--San Francisco

Date: 1906-09-25

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

The new spelling

Description:

Postcard poking fun at President Roosevelt's enthusiasm for simplified spelling. Cartoon image of Roosevelt meeting with "Fatigued Ferdinand" on a hiking trail. A humorous conversation between the two takes place in simplified spelling with Ferdinand asking Roosevelt for a job. "Helena" is written in pencil on the reverse of the postcard. It is unclear whether this refers to a name or part of an address.

Resource Type: Postcard

Subject: Caricatures and cartoons; Job vacancies; Hiking; Spelling reform; Wit and humor, Pictorial; Rocky Mountains; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1906-1907

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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