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Collections

Digital Library

Current Collections

In addition to the large, well-known collections of Roosevelt papers and ephemera at the Library of Congress and Harvard College Library, the Theodore Roosevelt Center has secured documents from six National Park Service sites connected to Roosevelt and his legacy. The Center is in the process of gathering smaller collections from sites heretofore largely unknown for Roosevelt materials, such as Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, and Sully’s Hill National Game Preserve near Devils Lake, North Dakota. Cataloged materials are released weekly. Read more about each of the collections currently available below.

America Collection

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The America Collection celebrates a diverse group of Theodore Roosevelt items from around the country. Researchers, private collectors, and other people passionate about TR submit digital items that match our specifications. We are proud to share these items that might not otherwise be publicly available.

Arizona Historical Society

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Established by an Act of the First Territorial Legislature on November 7, 1864, the Arizona Historical Society (AHS) is Arizona’s oldest historical agency. The items in their collections illuminate Roosevelt’s relationship to the Great Plains, as well as his connections to the Selmes, Greenway, and Ferguson families.

Dickinson State University

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A Theodore Roosevelt Centennial Commission created by the United States House of Representatives worked with the Theodore Roosevelt Association to coordinate activities to commemorate the centennial of Roosevelt’s birth. At Dickinson State University, a Centennial Symposium was held with guest speakers from all over the country including then-Senator John F. Kennedy.

Dr. Danny O. Crew Theodore Roosevelt Sheet Music Collection

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As a music historian and sheet music collector, Dr. Crew was attracted to collecting sheet music as a way to combine his love of politics, history, and music. The collection includes sheet music, song sheets, and song books as well as commercial recordings. Illustrated here are the pieces that do not duplicate those presented in the Wynn Collection.

Fritz R. Gordner Collection

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Fritz R. Gordner was introduced to presidential collecting as a child. That urge to collect has grown into a Theodore Roosevelt collection that includes hundreds of postcards, campaign buttons, banners, and assorted items including a Toby jug, and a Roosevelt bank.

Gregory A. Wynn Theodore Roosevelt Collection

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Private collector Gregory A. Wynn has made his significant holdings of sheet music available for inclusion in the digital library. Theodore Roosevelt's hold on the American consciousness is demonstrated in the variety, color, and number of these marches, songs, and rags.

Harvard College Library

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Harvard University's Theodore Roosevelt Collection includes Theodore Roosevelt's papers other than those designated by him for the Library of Congress, papers of other Roosevelt family members, ancillary archival resources, printed works, photographs and cartoons, and ephemera relating to Roosevelt's personal and professional life.

Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound

Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound

The Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound division of the Library of Congress currently preserves and provides access to hundreds of films, radio and television broadcasts.

Library of Congress Theodore Roosevelt Papers

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Between the years 1916 and 1939, Theodore Roosevelt and Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt presented Roosevelt’s papers to the Library of Congress. This collection, estimated to contain more than 150,000 documents, includes letters from and to Roosevelt throughout his life, copies of speeches and executive orders, press releases, personal and desk diaries, reception books, scrapbooks and other miscellaneous materials.

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs

The division of Prints and Photographs at the Library of Congress contains thousands of photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, and posters. Many pertain to the lives of American presidents and their families. Their collections regarding Theodore Roosevelt include hundreds of family and promotional photographs as well as popular political cartoon magazines of the time.

Massachusetts Historical Society

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Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society celebrates history as “not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but … integral to the fabric of our daily lives.” The MHS is noted for its holdings of personal papers related to John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.

Mike Thompson Theodore Roosevelt Postcard Collection

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The Mike Thompson Theodore Roosevelt Postcard Collection was formed while Thompson worked on his book, The Travels and Tribulations of Theodore Roosevelt’s Cabin.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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The faces of four prominent American presidents, including Theodore Roosevelt’s, are carved into the side of a mountain at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This small collection contains mostly photographs of the sculpting and dedication of the Theodore Roosevelt portion of the memorial.

National Park Service

National Park Service

Although Theodore Roosevelt did not establish the National Park Service, his conservation activities as President of the United States created the foundation on which the agency was founded a decade later. The NPS today oversees more than 400 units, including national parks, monuments, and historical sites.

New York Public Library-Manuscripts and Archives Division

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This collection includes the handwritten manuscript of The Winning of the West, Volume 1, with annotations and textual insertions.

Newberry Library

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Materials in this collection include letters from Theodore Roosevelt to cartoonist John McCutcheon, letters from Edith Roosevelt to author Alice French, and a scrapbook of materials showing how Roosevelt’s memory was preserved immediately after his death and into the 1920s.

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Sagamore Hill was Theodore Roosevelt’s home from 1885 until his death in 1919. The collections held at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site are a combination of archival and artifact collections, and include the Quentin Roosevelt Collection and the Frank Harper Collection.

State Historical Society of North Dakota

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The State Historical Society of North Dakota, based in Bismarck, is the official repository of the historic records of state and local governments in North Dakota. Diaries, letters, photos, maps, and other unpublished materials can all be found in the State Archives.

The Margaret Sanger Papers Project

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The Margaret Sanger Papers Project is a historical editing project sponsored by the Division of Libraries at New York University. The Project was formed by Dr. Esther Katz in 1985 to locate, arrange, edit, research, and publish the papers of the noted birth control pioneer.

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

The New York City townhouse where Theodore Roosevelt spent his childhood was restored in the early 1920s and opened to the public in 1923. The collection housed at this National Historic Site contains documents and artifacts relating to the 1905 Inauguration, the Roosevelts’ family life and publications by and about Theodore Roosevelt.

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