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Theodore Roosevelt Collection

The Theodore Roosevelt Collection, housed in Harvard's Houghton and Widener libraries, is a major resource for study of the life and times of the 26th president of the United States.

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Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA



The 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.





The collection originated as a research library opened in New York City by the Roosevelt Memorial Association in 1923. It was presented by that organization (known since 1953 as the Theodore Roosevelt Association) to Harvard University, Roosevelt's alma mater, in 1943. The collection includes manuscripts, archival resources, printed works, pictures, and ephemera relating to both his personal and professional life.





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  • The Theodore Roosevelt Collection materials are accessible through the Houghton Library Reading Room. Researchers coming from outside Harvard are strongly urged to contact the Reading Room in advance by e-mail (Houghton_Library@harvard.edu). See the Houghton Library Admittance page.



  • Houghton's front door is accessible via a flight of steps up from the level of Quincy Street. Alternative access without stairways may be arranged by phoning the Librarian's Office at 617-495-2441. See Houghton Library Disability Services.