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Consists mainly of letters by Roosevelt to a variety of correspondents, but also
includes several autographs, photographs, one printed item, and one document.
Letters span Roosevelt's career, briefly documenting his activities as governor of
New York, Civil Service Commissioner, Commissioner of the New York City Police,
Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Vice President, President, and, in his
political retirement, editor in turn at The Outlook and Metropolitan magazines and
the Kansas City Star newspaper. Correspondence deals with the handling of internal
American political affairs, including dealings with Civil War veterans and a
governors' conference on U.S. natural resources; letters to editors concerning books
and articles Roosevelt was publishing or being asked to write; and a few letters on
religious matters, including a substantial letter on the U.S. government's position
vis-a-vis Catholic affairs in the Philippines.
Photographs show Roosevelt and a companion on an excursion in rocky country. The
printed item is an inspirational message Roosevelt wrote for U.S. troops in 1917;
the document is a Thanksgiving Day proclamation issued by Roosevelt in 1899 as
Governor of New York. Also included in the collection is correspondence between W.J.
Crawford and Robert William Glenroie Vail concerning the building of the
Also, Roosevelt's reading copy of a speech delivered at the Ithaca Hotel on October
24, 1910, typed with handwritten corrections in pencil. The speech both attacks
trusts and discusses the 1910 New York gubernatorial race between Democrat John
Alden Dix and Republican Henry L. Stimson. Also, five photographs of Roosevelt at
the Ithaca Hotel; and a photograph of Roosevelt in Albany in 1883, with Assemblyman O'Neil of Franklin County, Assemblyman Isaac L. Hunt of Jefferson County, George Spinney of the New York Times, and Assemblyman Walter Howe of New York.
Also includes a replica of the original Teddy bear.