At the TR Center, our primary goal is to share the entirety of works related to Theodore Roosevelt with the public, but often the Center is not able to publish items online because they are still under copyright. Copyright laws prohibit the reproduction of intellectual property without permission until such property enters the public domain. Letters, photographs, films and musical recordings are all examples of intellectual property protected by copyright law.
Unpublished intellectual property does not enter the public domain until 70 years after the death of the creator. For example, personal documents created by Theodore Roosevelt have entered the public domain because 94 years have passed since his death in 1919. The items produced by TR’s good friend Gifford Pinchot, however, will not enter the public domain for several more years because Pinchot died in 1946. The same is true of items created by TR’s associate, Albert Shaw, who died in 1947.
Happily, the descendants of these two important figures have graciously granted the TR Center permission to display digital reproductions of their letters, telegrams, etc., on the Theodore Roosevelt Center website. Below are two interesting items included in their works.
To explore these men more fully, simply search for them by name in the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library at http://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Advanced-Search.aspx.