We’re finally getting back to our series here on the Theodore Roosevelt blog to highlight our volunteers and what they bring to our digital library project. Our next volunteer to spotlight is Linda from North Dakota.
Linda was raised in Medora, North Dakota. She graduated from Dickinson State University with a degree in Business Administration and Computer Science. She has always been very involved with activities here at DSU as both a former employee and wife of our Fine and Performing Arts department chair. She has two grown children and one grandson.
The FBI is a character in our culture. Movies, television and books call on the FBI to be either the good guys or the bad guys depending on the story. But where does the story of the FBI start? I was surprised to find recently from a news article that the FBI was formed at the tail end of Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency in 1908.
Before the FBI was formed, the Justice Department routinely drew on the Secret Service, under the Department of the Treasury, when investigative resources were needed.
We are currently receiving monthly shipments from Harvard College Library, home of the second largest Roosevelt collection in the world. While we can’t take the time to read each and every letter when processing them, we read sentences here and there, and notice certain characteristics of Roosevelt’s writing: the way he started a letter, the way he ended another; when he typed letters versus when he wrote them longhand. Over time, once you’ve looked at enough of them, one can start to see the president learn and mature.
Lewis Gould's seminal work on Theodore Roosevelt now has a new edition. The Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, Second Edition Revised and Expanded releases tomorrow so be sure to get your copy!
To win the presidency in his own right was a crowning moment for Theodore Roosevelt. He had first come to the presidency in the dark hour after the assassination of President McKinley but now the country had voted him President on his own merits in a landslide. Thirty-three of forty-five states had voted him back into the White House, a majority that was unprecedented.