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Roosevelt family
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Roosevelt Family Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of selected correspondence and documents of several members of the Roosevelt family.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected correspondence and documents of several members of the Roosevelt family. Included are one autograph letter and one typed letter from President Theodore Roosevelt to Casper Whitney, dated 19 January 1911 and 13 July 1913. In his first letter, Roosevelt mentions Frederick Selous, the famous game hunter and explorer who had led him on an African safari. There is an undated letter from Roosevelt to a "Mr. Howard," apologizing for not being able to attend a Press Club dinner. There is one typed letter by Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., oldest son of the president, to Ernest C. Whitton regarding his health. Also included is a calling card from Eleanor Butler Roosevelt (Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.) sent to Mrs. W. L. Christianson, with envelope dated 15 August 1923, accompanied by two holograph Bible quotations, one dating from 1764. Included is a signed photograph (heliogravure print) of Franklin D. Roosevelt, inscribed to Mrs. Burridge Butler. There are five typed letters (1941,1959) by Eleanor Roosevelt to a "Mr. Davis" and another (9 April 1948) by her to John E. Weaver regarding the arrangement of a meeting. In addition, there are several blank membership forms for the "Roosevelt Memorial Association."

An additional accession consists of five letters from Franklin D. Roosevelt to William Edwards (1932-1941).

Collection Creator Biography:

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States--the youngest president in the country's history--and a leader of the Republican Party and of the Progressive Movement. He had five children from his second marriage: Theodore Jr., Kermit, Ethel Carow, Archibald Bulloch, and Quentin. He was the godfather and favorite uncle of Eleanor Roosevelt, whom he gave away in marriage to their fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, on 17 March 1905. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States. Elected to four terms in office, he served from 1933 to 1945, and is the only U.S. president to have served more than two terms.

Collection History


The letter to Mr. Howard was a gift of E. H. White, Jr., Princeton Class of 1910, on November 3, 1960 .

The five letters to Mr. Davis were the gift of J. Lionburger Davis.

The letter to Mr. Weaver was given by Frederick L. Arnold, on November 2, 1971 .

The photograph of F. D. Roosevelt was the gift of Mrs. Hamilton Cottier, on October 12, 1979 .

The calling card was the gift of Bruce C. Willsie, Princeton Class of 1986, on November 22, 1991 .

The letters to Casper Whitney were transferred from Rare Books, where they had been laid in Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trials: An Account of the African Wandersings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Roosevelt Family Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1