This year the theme of National History Day is â€œLeadership & Legacy in History.â€ It only makes sense that our nationâ€™s 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, rich in leadership and legacy, should come to mind. If you choose to complete a research project on Theodore Roosevelt, here are a few links that will help you out.
Once you know what part of TRâ€™s leadership and legacy you would like to study, take a look at this Encyclopedia (each category has a group of articles related to that topic).
When you are ready to locate some primary sources, here are a few things to consider:
Theodore Roosevelt wrote an Autobiography. It contains about one chapter on each interesting piece of his life, up to 1913 (when he wrote it). Just keep in mind that it is an autobiography written in 1913; look at the timeline so you know what was going on in his life at that time. Additionally, Theodore Roosevelt wrote many books throughout his life. A comprehensive bibliography of the things he wrote is available on our website.
Of course, you will want to search our digital library. This is a collection of primary (and secondary) source documents that are available on-line for researchers like you! Search for keywords, people, events, or Theodore Roosevelt himself and you will find blog posts, letters, photographs, political cartoons, speeches, etcâ€¦
Our digital library presents digitized items from several collections across the country. You can find out more about each of the other TR collections and then visit their websites for even more information.
If you have specific questions or need further guidance, please let us know and weâ€™ll get you an answer as soon as possible. We are so glad you have chosen the Theodore Roosevelt Center to learn more about history and we wish you good luck on your National History Day project!