Digital Library

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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