The Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library celebrates three successful years today along with the accomplishment of publishing the 25,000th item online at www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org.
“Hunter, statesman, family man, man of letters – these titles only begin to describe this most interesting of American presidents,” said Pam Pierce, digital library coordinator and archivist. “Theodore Roosevelt’s interests were so broad that his documents have something for everyone.”
The most recently published items include a letter of thanks to Minnesota Congressman Charles Lindbergh (father of the famous aviator), an endorsement of a Massachusetts law restricting the hunting of ducks and geese to a 3½-month season, a defense of his presidential administration’s policies toward business, and a photograph of Roosevelt with two of his sons.
Marlo Sexton, volunteer and office coordinator, said: “Students around the country are contacting us with questions for school essays and projects. It’s rewarding to see how people are using our resources.”
The Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University created the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library which contains documents and artifacts from the Library of Congress, Harvard College Library, the National Park Service, and others. Both scholars and the public make extensive use of the collections, with nearly 300,000 visitors to the website to date.
President Roosevelt, Archie Roosevelt, right side, Quentin Roosevelt, left side, March 31, 1903. From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection.