“My great mass of papers”: Correspondence of Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt’s (1858-1919) busy life as a politician, public servant, historian, solider, conservationist, author, adventurer, statesman, and family man reflected his wide-ranging interests. He was also a prolific writer of books, articles, and especially letters, and received as much mail as he sent. His correspondents ranged from heads of states to average Americans, and covered subjects as diverse as politics and political reform, wars and military policy, foreign policy, books and literature, family life, pets, the natural world, history, simplified spelling, cattle ranching, coal strikes, social functions, camping trips and safaris. With an eye to the future, Roosevelt often wrote with the knowledge that many of his letters could be available to the public someday. Transcription of Theodore Roosevelt’s voluminous correspondence will shed light on the issues that came before him in both his public career and private life, and provide clues on how he hoped to be viewed by posterity.

Unlike other U.S. presidents, whose papers have been the subject of extensive and ongoing editorial projects, the letters of Theodore Roosevelt have received piecemeal attention. Crowdsourcing these Library of Congress materials will contribute greatly to the accessibility and searchability of Roosevelt’s large and research-rich correspondence.

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