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Russell family.
Theodore Roosevelt Family Letters to the Russell Family
Public Policy Papers
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The Roosevelt and Russell families became acquainted in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, where both had homes. Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican politician, was the twenty-sixth president of the United States. Alexander G. Russell and his son Gordon M. Russell were both Presbyterian pastors, Alexander Russell in Oyster Bay and Gordon Russell in Merchantville, New Jersey. The majority of the Theodore Roosevelt Family Letters to the Russell Family collection consists of personal letters written by Theodore Roosevelt and members of his family to Gordon M. Russell.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The majority of the Theodore Roosevelt Family Letters to the Russell Family collection consists of personal letters written by Theodore Roosevelt and members of his family to Gordon M. Russell. The correspondents include Theodore Roosevelt, Ethel Carow Roosevelt (Roosevelt's wife), Kermit Roosevelt (Roosevelt's son), and Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (Roosevelt's son). In this correspondence, the Roosevelts express their appreciation for letters received, offer invitations to Russell to visit, discuss upcoming travel and marriage plans of the Roosevelt family, and offer condolences upon the death of Russell's father. Also included are two letters of recommendation that Theodore Roosevelt wrote for Russell.

The collection also contains correspondence from Theodore Roosevelt to Russell's father, Reverend Alexander G. Russell, a Presbyterian pastor. Most of this correspondence consists of pleasantries to a friend, thanking him for letters received and sending him well wishes, and also includes comments about Roosevelt's donations to his church, invitations to political events, and an 1881 letter in which Roosevelt included a few sentences on why he entered politics. Also included in the collection are a speech by Theodore Roosevelt on the importance of knowledge of the Bible for good citizenship, a poem entitled "The Norman Baron's Prayer" by Matthew Hern, invitations to Gordon M. Russell to attend the weddings of Theodore Roosevelt's children, and a newspaper article on the history of the name MacGregor.


Arranged alphabetically by document type. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Collection History


Acquisition information is not available for this collection.


No information about appraisal is available for this collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Adriane Hanson in 2007. Finding aid written by Adriane Hanson in November 2007.

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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

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Credit this material:

Theodore Roosevelt Family Letters to the Russell Family; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

Related collections at Princeton University include the Julian Street Collection of Theodore Roosevelt and the Henry N. Russell Papers housed at the Mudd Manuscript Library, the Roosevelt Family Collection housed at Special Collections in Firestone Library, and microfilms of the Theodore Roosevelt Papers housed in the Microforms Department in Firestone Library. Collections of the papers of Theodore Roosevelt are available at other repositories, including the Library of Congress, Harvard University, and Cornell University.


The following sources were consulted during the preparation of the biographical note: Obituary of Alexander G. Russell, The New York Times, November 12, 1911. Russell, Gordon MacGregor File; Alumni Records, Box 278, Folder 40; University Archives, Special Collections, Princeton University Library. William H. Harbaugh. "Roosevelt, Theodore;"; American National Biography Online Feb. 2000. Access Date: November 7, 2007. Copyright 2000 American Council of Learned Societies. Published by Oxford University Press.

Subject Terms:
Politicians -- United States -- Correspondence.
Presbyterian Church -- Clergy.
Genre Terms:
Roosevelt family
Roosevelt, Théodore, 1858-1919
Russell, Gordon M., 1880-1933.
Oyster Bay (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs.