Monday, August 17, 2015
The Theodore Roosevelt Center (TR Center) at Dickinson State University is publishing online images from the Arizona Historical Society. Materials in this collection include correspondence from Gutzon Borglum regarding the creation of Mount Rushmore, letters examining national politics, as well as items relating to the history of the Rough Riders. Most importantly, this collection shows the value Roosevelt and his family placed on developing and preserving relationships over a lifetime.
“When Theodore Roosevelt wrote to friends like Patty Selmes and John Greenway, he wrote in a personal and evocative way that humanizes him. Reading these letters brings him to life in a way not possible through his more formal correspondence. In these letters, he took the time to reflect on prairie grass and winding rivers,” said TR Center digital library coordinator and archivist Pamela Pierce.
The Theodore Roosevelt Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of America’s 26th president. The Center has undertaken the monumental task of creating a presidential digital library that will serve as a repository for all Roosevelt-related documents, photographs, and ephemera, providing instant access via the internet in a well-organized, comprehensible manner. The Center also hosts an annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium as well as special Roosevelt-related events, promotes Roosevelt scholarship, and offers student internships.