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titleInventory and appraisal of the art, literary and other personal property belonging to the estate of the late Theodore Roosevelt at Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York: typescript, [1924].
repositoryThe New-York Historical Society
collection titleTypescript copy, 1924, of the inventory and appraisal of Theodore Roosevelt's estate at Oyster Bay, Long Island, including domestic residence and outbuildings, originally made under the direct management of the American Art Association in 1919. Includes an itemized appraisal of works of art, furnishings, carpets, china, tools, livestock, and the contents of his personal library. One of four copies prepared from the 1919 personal copy of Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Sr.

New-York Historical Society

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BV Roosevelt, Theodore
extent1 v. (235 leaves)
accessOpen to qualified researchers at The New-York Historical Society.
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acquisition informationGift of Dr. R. W. G. Vail, May 5, 1958.
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titleLewis Einstein papers, 1808-1968, (bulk 1900-1968).
repositoryUniversity of Wyoming
collection titleCollection documents Einstein's diplomatic career and his involvement in foreign policy matters, particularly in relation to western and central Europe. Correspondence (1901-1968) is both business and personal and includes U.S. Presidents, State Department officials, and diplomats.

There are transcripts of numerous letters from Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and carbon copies of a series of lengthy letters to Secretary of State Cordell Hull analyzing the European political situation throughout the 1930s, as well as a series of personal letters from Lady Clementine Churchill. Other materials include diplomatic dispatches (1915-1942), diaries, manuscripts, photographs, poems, 2 scrapbooks, articles, financial papers, personal memorabilia, and draft manuscripts for the books "A Diplomat Bows Out" and "A Diplomat Looks Back."

Einstein, a diplomat, historian, and art critic, began his foreign service career in 1903 as the third secretary of the American Embassy in Paris. He was subsequently posted to positions in Britain, Turkey, China, and Costa Rica, and during World War I served as the American diplomatic representative in charge of British interests in Bulgaria. Einstein completed his diplomatic career as the U.S. Minister to Czechoslovakia from 1921-1930. He continued to live abroad in London and later Paris, where he died in 1967. Einstein wrote several volumes of poetry as well as articles and books on a broad range of subjects including American diplomatic history and contemporary foreign policy, Theodore Roosevelt, art, and the Italian Renaissance.
extentArchival Material 11.57 cubic ft. (22 boxes) + artifacts.
formatsBusiness Records Personal Papers Artifacts Correspondence Photographs
accessThere are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.
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acquisition informationThe Lewis Einstein papers were donated to the American Heritage Center over a span of several years. Lewis Einstein agreed to give his papers to the American Heritage Center in 1962 and sent material. After his death in 1967, Camille Einstein, his widow, and Amy Spingarn, his sister, sent more materials until 1972. A final accretion of correspondence was donated by Dr. Lewis Gelfand in 1991.
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titleGeorge Grey Barnard selected papers, 1895-1941.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleSelected papers from the George Grey Barnard papers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives, including correspondence with dealers, museums, John D. Rockefeller and others; a few exhibition files; letters from Theodore Roosevelt; files on Barnard's Lincoln sculpture and Rainbow Arch; and drawings and sketches.

Files selected for microfilming in the Correspondence subseries A, correspondence with individuals, include Piccinelli Bros., John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Lorado Taft, and Abbott Handerson Thayer and family. The two remaining subseries, correspondence with dealers and with museums were microfilmed in their entirety; among the correspondents are American Art Galleries, Brummer Gallery, G.J. De Motte, Jacques Seligmann, Yamanaka & Co., Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Washington Cathedral, and many others.

From Series II - Subjects, files on the Carnegie Institute Exhibition (1938), Grand Central Art Galleries Exhibition (1935), 1st Annual International Exhibition (1912-1913), and Theodore Roosevelt's letters to Barnard (1917 and 1937) were microfilmed. From Series III - Sculpture, subseries A and B regarding Barnard's Lincoln statue and the Rainbow Arch were microfilmed in their entirety; only a few files, mainly sketches and drawings, were selected from subseries C regarding other sculpture projects.

extent7 microfilm reels. reels 3658-3664
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy. Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from: Archivist, Philadelphia Museum of Art, P.O. Box 7646, Philadelphia, Pa.19101.
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acquisition informationPapers received at Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1945 along with the Barnard Abbaye of Medieval art, purchased from the Barnard estate. The collection consists of 18 linear feet of manuscript material, and 1 foot of special format materials, of which 4 feet were selected by the Archives of American Art for microfilming. Location of Original: ORIGINALS IN: Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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titleAlbert and Marie Sterner letters received, 1899-1945.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleLetters to the Sterners, primarily regarding art and cultural matters.
Letters are from:

John Barbirolli, George G. Barnard, Cecelia Beaux, George Bellows, Emile Bourdelle, Poultney Bigelow, Emma Calve, William M. Chase, Winston Churchill, Constance Collier, John Dewey, Gerald du Maurier, John Drew, James N. Dunn, Joseph Duveen, Elsie Ferguson, Arnold Genthe, Charles D. Gibson, Warren G. Harding, Charles W. Hawthorne, Robert Henri, Walter Hampden, Oliver Herford, Leslie Howard, Sir Henry Irving, Eva Le Gallienne, Julie Marlow, Philip Merivale, Maurice Mozkowski, Alla Nazimova, Joseph Pennell, Raphael Pompelli, Howard Pyle, Theodore Roosevelt, John S. Sargent, G. Bernard Shaw, Sir Herbert B. Tree, Mary A. Ward, J. Alden Weir, Edith Wharton, Francis Wilson, and Israel Zangwill.

Bio / His Notes:
Illustrator and painter; New York City. Sterner's wife, Marie, was an art dealer.
extent87 items (on partial microfilm reel) reel N11 (frames 1000-1208)
formatsMicrofilm Correspondence
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
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acquisition informationMicrofilmed 1956 by the Archives of American Art with other art-related papers in the Manuscript Division of the New York Public Library. Included in the microfilming project were selected papers of the Art Division and the Prints Division. Location of Original: Originals in the New York Public Library, Manuscript Division.
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titleEdmund Heller Papers, circa 1898-1918
repositoryArchives of American Art
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Edmund Heller (1875-1939) was born in Freeport, Illinois, and later moved to California where he entered Stanford University in 1896. During his stay at Stanford, Heller collected natural history specimens in the Galapagos Islands and was employed by the Bureau of Biological Survey, United States Department of Agriculture, as an assistant in Alaska. Following his graduation, Heller joined the Field Columbian Museum as a field collector and worked the western United States and parts of Central America and Mexico. In 1907, he accompanied Carl Ethan Akeley on the Field Museum's African expedition.

On his return, he was appointed Curator of Mammals at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology of the University of California and participated in the 1908 Alexander Alaska Expedition.

Heller's connection with the Smithsonian began in 1909 when he was chosen as naturalist for large mammals on the Smithsonian African Expedition under the command of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt. On his return he co-authored Life Histories of African Game Animals with Roosevelt and also published many scientific papers. Heller also accompanied the Rainey African Expedition of 1911-1912 for the Smithsonian and led the Smithsonian Cape-to-Cairo Expedition of 1919-1920.

In addition to his Smithsonian expeditions, Heller also participated in explorations in Alaska with the Biological Survey, in Peru with Yale University and the National Geographic Society, in China with the American Museum of Natural History, and in Russia with Paul J. Rainey, official photographer to the Czech army in Siberia.

Following his return from the Cape-to-Cairo Expedition, Heller briefly worked for the Roosevelt Wild Life Experiment Station and was then appointed Assistant Curator of Mammals at the Field Museum. While there, he made collecting trips to Peru and Africa. Heller was Director of the Milwaukee Zoological Garden from 1928 to 1935 and Director of the Fleishhacker Zoo in San Francisco from 1935 until his death.

These papers primarily contain photographs as well as journals, notes, maps, manuscripts, and related material concerning Edmund Heller's collecting activities from 1908 to 1917. There are also some personal photographs and material as well as photographs of personnel and animals taken by Heller at the National Zoological Park.

Organization: (1) Personal materials; (2) materials, 1898-1908, related to expeditions to Galapagos Islands; Alberta, Canada; California and Oregon; Death Valley, California; Lower California, Mexico; Coahuila, Mexico; Guatemala; British East Africa; Louisiana; and Alaska; (3) materials concerning the Smithsonian African Expedition under the command of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, 1909-1910; (4) materials concerning the Rainey African Expedition, 1911-1912; (5) materials concerning the Lincoln Ellsworth Expedition to Alberta and British Columbia, 1914; (6) materials concerning the National Geographic Society-Yale University Peruvian Expedition of 1915; (7) materials concerning the American Museum of Natural History China Expedition, 1916-1917; (8) photographs of animals and personnel at the National Zoological Park; (9) journal of Edmund Heller, 1918; (10) oversize photographs.

extent1.8 linear meters
formatsDiaries Ephemera Photographs Map
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titlePapers of Theodore Roosevelt, (bulk 1878-1919).
repositoryLibrary of Congress
collection titleCorrespondence, diaries, speeches, articles, executive orders, family papers, press releases and proclamations, scrapbooks, and other material relating to the political, social, and cultural history of Roosevelt's life and presidency. Documents Roosevelt's service as U.S. civil service commissioner, New York City police commissioner, governor of New York, and vice president and president of the United States as well as his career after leaving the White House. Among the family papers are letters and memorabilia of his sons, Archibald B. Roosevelt and Quentin Roosevelt, and other family members.

Correspondents include Lyman Abbott, Albert Jeremiah Beveridge, William Sturgis Bigelow, Joseph Bucklin Bishop, Charles J. Bonaparte, Robert Bridges, Viscount James Bryce, John Burroughs, Nicholas Murray Butler, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clark Corbin, George B. Cortelyou, William Dudley Foulke, James Rudolph Garfield, Hamlin Garland, Richard Watson Gilder, Marcus Alonzo Hanna, John Hay, J. J. Jusserand, Philander C. Knox, Christopher La Farge, Henry Cabot Lodge, Seth Low, A. T. Mahan, Medill McCormick, William McKinley, William H. Moody, Benjamin B. Odell, John Callan O'Laughlin, Endicott Peabody, George W. Perkins, Gifford Pinchot, Thomas Collier Platt, Whitelaw Reid, Jacob A. Riis, Elihu Root, William W. Sewell, Albert Shaw, Sir Cecil Spring Rice, Baron Hermann Speck von Sternburg, William H. Taft, Sir George Otto Trevelyan, George Sylvester Viereck, Booker T. Washington, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, William Allen White, John Willis, Owen Wister, and Leonard Wood.

President and vice president of the United States, U.S. civil service commissioner, governor of New York, author, and conservationist.
extent276,000 items. 952 containers plus 7 oversize. 485 microfilm reels. 282 linear feet.
formatsCorrespondence Photographs Writings Ephemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
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acquisition informationMaterial received by the Library of Congress from 1964 to 1997 through gift and purchase from various sources, including Archibald B. Roosevelt, Jr., a grandson of the president, and his wife Selwa Roosevelt.
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titleMarian S. Carson collection of manuscripts, 1656-1995 (bulk 1700-1876)
repositoryLibrary of Congress
collection titleCollector. Full name: Marian Sadtler Carson.

Correspondence, family papers, journals, political documents, legal and financial records, military records, broadsides, ephemera, and other papers relating to American military, political, and social history. Documents the founding of the nation, shaping of the national government and judicial system, American endeavors in the arts, commerce, education, finance, industry, law, literature, medicine, religion, science, and technology, and daily life in early America. The focus of the collection is Philadelphia, Pa.

Subjects include African-American history, Native American history, women's history, British colonial history, geographic expansion, role of the Continental Congress, political partisanship, development and expansion of the U.S. Navy, French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, founding and early development of Pennsylvania, other state and local history, urban life in America, slavery, labor, communes, transportation, travel, telegraph, banking, currency, postal service, pony express, ships and shipping, booksellers, printers and printing, publishers and publishing, advertising, photography, textile industry, papermaking industry, decorative arts, fine arts, performing arts, domestic arts, food and cooking, wine making, liquor industry, tobacco, sports, holidays, circuses, fairs, expositions, the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, libel trial of Thomas Cooper, Fairmount Park, public institutions such as hospitals and schools, Quaker schools including a school for African-Americans, and the Free Quaker Meetinghouse in Philadelphia.

Individuals represented include Joel Abbot, Alexander Addison, Robert Aitken, Chester Alan Arthur, Joseph Ashmead, Benjamin Franklin Bache, Josiah Bartlett, Big-Tree, William Bingham, Joseph Bloomfield, William Bradford, James Bringhurst, Joseph Bringhurst, James Buchanan, Edward Burd, Charles Cadwalader, John Cadwalader, Archibald Carey, Mathew Carey, Charles Carroll, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Hornor Coates, Samuel Coates, William Cobbett, Cornplanter, Caleb Cresson, John Dickinson, James Duane, John Dunlap, Peter Evans, Elizabeth Graeme Ferguson, Andrew H. Foote, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Gallatin, Stephen Girard, Half-Town, Alexander Hamilton, John Hancock, Robert Hare, Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Joseph Henry, J. William Hoffman, Francis Hopkinson, Eliza Hornor, Sarah Hornor, Isaac Howell, Charles Evans Hughes, Joshua Humphreys, Samuel Huntington, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, Edward Jenner, Rufus King, Henry Lee, Peter Legaux, Abraham Lincoln, James Madison, John Marshall, Luther Martin, Timothy Matlack, John A. McAllister, James McHenry, Thomas Mifflin, James Monroe, Robert Morris, John Nicholson, George Ord, William Paterson, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Charles Willson Peale, William Penn, Philip Syng Physick, Timothy Pickering, James K. Polk, Eli K. Price, William Rawle, George Read, Joseph Reed, Robert Riggs, David Rittenhouse, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Nellie Lincoln Rossiter, Benjamin Rush, William Rush, Thomas Say, Edward Shippen, William Shippen, Boyd M. Smith, Baron Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben, Robert Stewart, William H. Taft, John Chew Thomas, Charles Thomson, Edward Tilghman, John Todd, Robert Troup, Martin Van Buren, Garret D. Wall, Richard Waln, Bushrod Washington, George Washington, Samuel Wetherill (1736-1816), Samuel Wetherill (1764-1829), William White, James Wilson, Woodrow Wilson, Caspar Wistar, William Wallis Woodward, and Jasper Yeates.

Families represented include the Bennett, Biddle (Bedell), Bloomfield, Booth, Bradford, Carson, Clayton, Coates, Cresson (Creason), Doan, Hornor (Horner), McAllister, Peale, Penn, Rittenhouse, Stacey (Stacy), Waln, Wetherill, and Yarnell families.

Institutions and organizations represented include the American Philosophical Society, Asylum Company, Library Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Pennsylvania Hospital, Overseers of the Poor, Society of Free Quakers, State Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania, United Company of Philadelphia for Promoting American Manufactures, and United States Sanitary Commission.

Notes: Some books, broadsides, pamphlets, and printed ephemera: transferred to Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
Maps: transferred to Library of Congress Geography and Map Division.
Music manuscripts and printed musical scores: transferred to Library of Congress Music Division.
Some prints and photographs: transferred to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
extent14,250 items. 57 containers plus 27 oversize. 26.4 linear feet.
formatsCorrespondence Ephemera
accessOpen to qualified researchers.
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finding aidFinding Aid available in the repository.
acquisition informationGift and purchase, Marian S. Carson, 1996-1999; Transfer, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, 2000-2002.
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titleTheodore Roosevelt Collection: manuscripts Theodore Roosevelt papers
repositoryHoughton Library
collection titleThe Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library, is a comprehensive group of manuscript, printed, pictorial, and ephemeral materials relating to Theodore Roosevelt, twenty-sixth president of the United States. It is organized into the Roosevelt class-a classified sequence primarily of printed items; a manuscript collection; and other archival record series enumerated in the general collection guide.

Theodore Roosevelt Collection: manuscripts/ Theodore Roosevelt papers: consist of Roosevelt's personal, rather than official papers, particularly in the pre- and post-presidential periods; also those of his parents, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. and Martha (Bulloch) Roosevelt, his sisters, Anna (Roosevelt) Cowles and Corinne (Roosevelt) Robinson, his wives, Alice Hathaway (Lee) Roosevelt and Edith Kermit (Carow) Roosevelt, and children Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt and Ethel Carow (Roosevelt) Derby; also those of many other 'Oyster Bay' Roosevelts. Described here are mss. relating directly to Theodore Roosevelt. For mss. relating to Roosevelt family members generally see: Theodore Roosevelt Collection: manuscripts--Roosevelt family papers.

Manuscripts document all phases of his career, but especially childhood and youth, Harvard, New York Assembly, Dakota, Spanish-American War, and post-presidential years.

Summary: Diaries: Childhood and youth (1868-1877) (1878-1884 at LC), and later occasional diaries (e.g., 1898 (Spanish-American War); 1909-1910 (African safari and European tour)). Juvenilia, including natural history notebooks; Harvard/Assembly scrapbook; Dakota ranching documents. Drafts of articles and speeches, also The wilderness hunter (1893) and African game trails (1910). Publication contracts.
Summary: Family correspondence: Letters to and from his parents, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., and Martha (Bulloch) Roosevelt; to his sisters, Anna (Roosevelt) Cowles and Corinne (Roosevelt) Robinson; to and from his wives, Alice Hathaway (Lee) Roosevelt and Edith Kermit (Carow) Roosevelt; to his children (including picture letters), especially Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt, Ethel Carow (Roosevelt) Derby, Kermit Roosevelt, and Quentin Roosevelt. Various letters to, from, and about TR include those from him to Avery De Lano Andrews, Edward William Bok, William Sheffield Cowles, Maurice Francis Egan, Bradley Tyler Johnson, John Callan O'Laughlin, Frances Theodora (Smith) Dana Parsons, Regis Henri Post, and Lincoln Steffens; also the papers of Hermann Hagedorn, Charles Patrick Neill, and Edwin Van Valkenburg.

Summary: Seventy other Houghton Library ms. collections include Roosevelt family material. Many have letters from (and in some cases to) TR, including the papers of Joseph Bucklin Bishop, John Jay Chapman, William Warland Clapp, William Cameron Forbes, Edwin Lawrence Godkin, Frederick William Holls, Edward Sandford Martin, Walter Hines Page, William Woodville Rockhill, William Roscoe Thayer, Oswald Garrison Villard, and Edgar Huidekoper Wells.
formatsCorrespondence Diaries
record link|library/m/aleph|008177696
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finding aidElectronic finding aid available at
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