This project stemmed from my own enjoyment of the United States' national parks and interest in Theodore Roosevelt, but it is also something of a gift to a friend.
Historians can use the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library for as many books and theses as they may desire to publish. Yet I am contributing to the presentation of a wealth of primary sources which will make it possible for anyone with a thirst for knowledge to, in a wonderful sense, be their own historian.
When I applied for the Theodore Roosevelt Center’s digital cataloging internship, I admittedly knew only a little about Theodore Roosevelt—either as a leader or a personality. In preparation, I did a good deal of research about this man I knew was a towering figure of American history. What I found was an enigma—a man who was many things to many people, but was always singularly himself.
I thrive on the encounter with primary sources. The TR Center looks forward to continuing to share the history and life of Theodore Roosevelt through new materials added to the digital library.
Butter is great in my opinion. It goes with about everything imaginable, even Theodore Roosevelt. While cataloging documents from the State Historical Society in North Dakota, I came across a picture of a butter sculpture depicting Theodore Roosevelt astride a horse. It captivated me and led to a slight obsession for a week or two.
Today’s writers turn on their computer and type away. They can edit and get suggestions with the tap of a key. That has not always been the case and the TR Center in partnership with the New York Public Library has posted the handwritten manuscript of The Winning of the West by Theodore Roosevelt.
Theodore Roosevelt was a leader and seen as someone who truly cared for people, voters or not. The world has changed since a president could correspond with a 7 year old boy, but it brings a smile to my face thinking about that time.
My vision of Theodore Roosevelt will change as my time with the Theodore Roosevelt Center continues, but this first glimpse into this father and husband has already made me a fan.
After completing her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences in January 2015, Inge became an intern at the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg. She combines the internship with her work as a Museum Educator at the Zeeuws Museum. She will continue her studies in Public Humanities at Brown University starting in September 2015.
As the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library grows, we realize the need to add tools to make it more useful. Through input from users and from our own experience using the site, we are continually dreaming up new and better features. Today we are proud to announce the following additions: