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Collection Scope and Content Note


Consists mainly of letters by Roosevelt to a variety of correspondents, but also includes several autographs, 4 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 collection.

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.

Also includes a replica of the original Teddy bear.

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