Explore the timelines for important dates in TR’s personal and political life, military career, publications, hunting and exploration trips, as well as his time in Dakota Territory.
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.
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.
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.
The Mike Thompson Theodore Roosevelt Postcard Collection was formed while Thompson worked on his book, The Travels and Tribulations of Theodore Roosevelt’s Cabin.
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.
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.
This collection includes the handwritten manuscript of The Winning of the West, Volume 1, with annotations and textual insertions.
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 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 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.