Earlier than he took on the “bully pulpit” because the 26th president of the US, Theodore Roosevelt misplaced his first spouse and mom on the identical day in 1884. Reflecting on their deaths, he turned to a web page in his diary and wrote, “The sunshine has gone out of my life.”
That somber word and hundreds of different intimate data from his life at the moment are accessible in a digital archive compiled by the Library of Congress. Based on the library, its assortment of Roosevelt’s papers has develop into the world’s largest, with 276,000 paperwork and greater than 460,000 pictures from his time as governor of New York, his days as a cavalry officer within the Spanish-American Conflict and his function as president within the early 1900s.
Among the many historic recordsdata are scrapbooks, speeches, and household data, most notably a letter containing Roosevelt’s first documented use of the proverb “communicate softly and carry a giant stick;” a marketing campaign speech from his unsuccessful presidential bid in 1912; and a doc criticizing Woodrow Wilson’s coverage on World Conflict I.
The bespectacled politician first despatched his papers to the library for safekeeping in 1917. His shipments ultimately grew to become a everlasting reward, and the gathering grew as his kinfolk and literary executor despatched extra contributions.
Nearly all of the supplies date from the interval between 1878 — when Roosevelt was a pupil at Harvard School — by 1919, the yr of his demise. A lot of the them had been digitized from 485 reels of microfilm; others had been scanned for the primary time as the gathering took form.
The Harvard College Library additionally holds a big archive of Roosevelt paperwork. And Dickinson State College in North Dakota is partnering with the Library of Congress and different organizations to develop a digital assortment as effectively.
Current collections digitized by the Library of Congress embody these of Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Franklin and Susan B. Anthony. The establishment had additionally got down to archive each public message posted on Twitter within the platform’s historical past, however that bold plan was scrapped earlier this yr.