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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On September 14, 1901, Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office as the 26th president of the United States in Buffalo, New York, at the home of Ansley Wilcox. The home is now a part of the National Park Service and holds collections regarding President William McKinley's assassination and Roosevelt's inauguration.
Theodore Roosevelt Island is located in the Potomac River in Washington D.C. This National Memorial is a fitting tribute to Roosevelt’s conservation legacy, and the Island also is home to a 17-foot tall statue of Roosevelt. The items in this collection document the history of the Island as well as the development and maintenance of the Roosevelt memorial.
The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation is a public non-profit organization that was formed in 1986 and is responsible for operating lodging, entertainment, recreation, and services in Medora, North Dakota.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, located in the rugged badlands of western North Dakota, was established by an Act of Congress in 1947 to memorialize Roosevelt’s western legacy and his conservation ethic. This collection includes federal documents, historical studies, photographs, and a variety of three-dimensional items related to the development of the park.