With this research guide for teachers and students, we get a head start on the projects the 2017-18 school year may bring.
Did you know that after his presidency Theodore Roosevelt joined two scientific expeditions? The Smithsonian-Roosevelt Expedition traveled through Africa collecting specimens for the national museum; then, the Roosevelt-Rondon Expedition traveled through South America to map an uncharted river! If you are interested in studying more about Theodore Roosevelt’s scientific explorations and the cultural encounters he made, here are a few links that will help you out.
Once you know what part of Roosevelt’s explorations you would like to study, take a look at this encyclopedia (each category has a group of articles related to that topic).
When you are ready to locate some primary sources, here are a few things to consider:
A comprehensive bibliography of books about Roosevelt, as well as books by Roosevelt, is available on our website. You will see that Roosevelt wrote many books throughout his life. During his greatest adventures, Roosevelt wrote articles that were published in magazines and later compiled to create books. Some of these books, about Roosevelt’s experiences in the American West, Africa, and South America, include Ranch Life and the Hunting-trail, African Game Trails, and Through the Brazilian Wilderness.
Of course, you will want to search our digital library. This is a collection of primary (and secondary) source documents that are available on-line for researchers like you! Search for keywords, people, events, or Theodore Roosevelt himself and you will find blog posts, letters, photographs, political cartoons, speeches, etc…
Our digital library is a collection of digitized items from collections across the country. You can find out about each of the other Roosevelt collections and then go to their websites for even more information.
If you have specific questions or need further guidance, please let us know and we’ll get you an answer as soon as possible. We are so glad you have chosen the Theodore Roosevelt Center to learn more about the history of our 26th president!