HISTORY: John Gundlach was a turn-of-the-century St. Louis collector and benefactor of various educational and cultural institutions in the city. His passion for studying the life of Theodore Roosevelt led to his very large collection on this subject, which was donated to the Mercantile Library by his grandson in 1991.
SCOPE: The collection includes numerous signed copies of Theodore Roosevelt's many writings, from his first publications in the late nineteenth century to final works decades later, as well as important letters and presidential correspondence. Photographs, campaign memorabilia, and a large collection of original political cartoon art boards and color proofs from the era of Roosevelt's presidency are included. The collection spans Roosevelt's entire life.
HOLDINGS: 300 volumes; ten linear feet of manuscripts; approximately 200 broadsides, photos, and prints.
ACCESS: On-site finding aids, inventories and calendars exist for Special Collection M-131. Portions of the collection may be photocopied, digitally scanned, or photographed depending on condition.