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M-131: John Gundlach Collection on Theodore Roosevelt

DATE: ca. late 19th - mid 20th century

CREATOR: Writings of Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919), American President and statesman, as collected by Gundlach, John, St. Louis scholar

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.

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.

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.

ACCESS: This collection is available for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. Some of the material in Special Collection M-131 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition. For collections marked limited access, researchers are advised to contact the library at least three business days in advance of their visit to submit a request to view the physical material.

On-site finding aids, inventories and calendars exist for Special Collection M-131. 

Researchers are advised to call ahead concerning changes in hours due to University intersessions and holidays. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building.

In observance of security procedures, certain services may not be available shortly before the daily closing time.

Preferred Citation: When citing the material from this collection, the preferred citation is: From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.


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