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Big Six

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Group portrait of six Harvard classmates, including Theodore Roosevelt. From left to right, standing: Richard M. Saltonstall, Christopher Minot Weld, Theodore Roosevelt; seated: John Sever Tebbets, Henry Bainbridge Chapin, Harry Russell Shaw. "Big Six" is inscribed on the paper border.

Resource Type: Photograph

Subject: Harvard College (1780- ); Shaw, Henry Russell; Chapin, Henry Bainbridge, 1857-1910; Tebbets, John Sever; Weld, Christopher Minot; Saltonstall, Richard M. (Richard Middlecott), 1859-1922; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1872-1882?

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt thanks Anna Roosevelt for helping him set up his room at Harvard, requests a few things be sent to him, and tells about his new friends and classes.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: College students--Social conditions; Interior decoration; Harvard College (1780- ); Weld, Stephen Minot, 1842-

Date: 1876-09-30

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt writes to his sister Anna requesting that a few items be sent from home to him at college so he can decorate his room. The letter also includes what he has been doing at college since the last time he wrote including a day he spent with Mrs. Shaw. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: College students--Social life and customs; Dinners and dining; Interior decoration; Harvard College (1780- )

Date: 1876-10-15

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt appreciates the many letters he has received from home. He also received a letter from his uncle, James Dunwody Bulloch. Roosevelt has kept his father's first letter and will try to deserve his trust. He has not found it difficult to avoid drinking and smoking. Roosevelt requests a petition that will allow him to attend the local Congregational church and join a mission class. Initial college expenses have been heavy, but Roosevelt shouldn't need to draw on his father's finances until Christmas.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Letters; College students--Social life and customs; College students--Alcohol use; College students--Tobacco use; Congregational churches--Membership; Sunday schools; College students--Religious life; College students--Finance, Personal; Harvard College (1780- ); Bulloch, James Dunwody, 1823-1901

Date: 1876-10-22

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt writes to his sister Anna asking a few questions and describing in detail how he spends his days at Harvard with sample schedules for a Monday and a Saturday. The letter also requests that books be sent from home. He wants everyone from home to keep writing him as well. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: College students--Conduct of life; Letters; Books and reading; Exercise; Harvard College (1780- )

Date: 1876-11-01

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt thanks his father for sending the petition that will allow him to attend church. The bag and clock have arrived but he will need several more books and the key to his bookcase. His room appears comfortable with the pictures hung and the knickknacks placed. Roosevelt attended a football game between the freshman team and Adams Academy. His studies are going well except the class "Theory of Determinants."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: College students--Social life and customs; College students--Housing; College students--Study and teaching; College students--Religious life; Football; Harvard College (1780- ); Adams Academy (Quincy, Mass.); Shaw, Henry Russell; Andrews, William Shankland, 1858-1936

Date: 1876-11-05

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Martha Bulloch Roosevelt

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt will spend Thanksgiving with the family but will have to leave Friday morning due to exams. He has been in good health and only felt a little homesick during an illness. Roosevelt traveled to New Haven, Connecticut to watch the football team. Harvard lost as Yale "played very foul." He is glad he is not a Yale freshman due to the hazing and the "scrubby" look of the students.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Thanksgiving Day; College students--Social life and customs; Football; Connecticut--New Haven; Harvard College (1780- ); Yale College (1887- )

Date: 1876-11-19

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Corinne Roosevelt Robinson

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt writes to his sister about life at Harvard College, including dance class and the girls he has met, plans to bring his friends home at Christmas, and his club activities with classmates Minot, Saltonstall, and Gardiner.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: College students--Social life and customs; College students--Societies and clubs; Christmas; Harvard College (1780- ); Minot, H. D. (Henry Davis), 1859-1890; Cowles, Anna Roosevelt, 1855-1931

Date: 1876-11-26

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt writes to his sister Anna, saying his short visit home has made him homesick. He didn't realize how much he would have to study at Harvard. Roosevelt also asks his sister to send him a list of what the family wants for Christmas and to send him things that he left at home. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Homesickness; College students--Study and teaching; Gifts; Harvard College (1780- )

Date: 1876-12-11

Diary of Theodore Roosevelt from January 7 to December 27, 1877

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt's diary for the year 1877, age 18-19. He records events at Harvard, including wrestling matches, and hunting at Oyster Bay. Also includes two end of year lists: "Game log" and "Collections for year."

Resource Type: Diary

Subject: Diaries; College students--Examinations; College students--Social life and customs; Wrestling; Hunting; Zoology; Boxing; Sick; Health; New York (State)--Oyster Bay; Harvard College (1780- ); Roosevelt, Theodore, 1831-1878

Date: 1877

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