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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3078

Progressive Party records

Records relating to the nomination of Theodore Roosevelt as Progressive Party presidential candidate.


  • 1908-1920


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Items 1-162 are restricted due to fragility. Consult curator. There are no restrictions on physical access to the remainder of the collection, although use of gloves is recommended.


15 linear feet (26 boxes)

Consists of records of the Progressive National Committee: minutes; convention proceedings; correspondence; speech and platform drafts; financial records; lists of local party leaders; election results; correspondence of the 1916 Roosevelt Republican League and an assessment of delegates to the 1916 Republican National Convention, with Theodore Roosevelt's presidential candidacy in view. Progressive leaders represented include the following: Charles Henry Davis; Oscar King Davis; Elon Huntington Hooker; Frances Kellor; Victor Murdock; George Walbridge Perkins; George French Porter; Theodore Roosevelt; Henry Luther Stoddard; and, in 1916, George von Lengerke Meyer.

Biographical / Historical

The Progressive ("Bull Moose") Party was formed in 1912 by Republican backers of the unsuccessful presidential candidacy of Theodore Roosevelt. It survived until 1916, when it failed to field another presidential candidate.


Arranged in the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. I.A. Correspondence of Progressive Party officials, circa 1912-1916
  3. I.B. Correspondence of the Roosevelt Republican League, circa 1916
  4. I.C. Correspondence by and about Theodore Roosevelt, 1912-1920
  5. II. Speeches, articles, and position papers
  6. II.A. Works by or on Theodore Roosevelt, circa 1908-1916
  7. II.B. Works by Progressive Party members, circa 1912-1916
  8. II.C. Unattributed works, circa 1912-1916
  9. II.D. Progressive Party publications, 1912-1916
  10. III. Membership records
  11. III.A. Progressive Party National Committee membership records, circa 1912-1916.
  12. III.B. Progressive Party county chairmen, 1912-1916
  13. III.C. Progressive Party local party leaders, 1912-1916
  14. III.D. Progressive Party county committees, circa 1914
  15. III.E. Delegates to the Republican national convention, 1916
  16. III.F. Miscellaneous membership records, circa 1916
  17. IV. Finances
  18. IV.A. Progressive Party acccounts, 1912-1916
  19. IV.B. Contributions to the Progressive Party, 1912
  20. V. Miscellaneous

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Preserved by Elon Huntington Hooker, party treasurer. Houghton Library source unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by: Michael W. Austin
Link to catalog
Progressive Party records (MS Am 3078): Guide.
Michael Austin
2017 March 14
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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