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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1834.1

Anna Roosevelt Cowles papers


Papers of Anna (Roosevelt) Cowles, elder sister of American president Theodore Roosevelt.


  • Creation: 1846-1942

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


7.08 linear feet (15 boxes)

Correspondence includes letters to/from Corinne (Roosevelt) Robinson; letters from Helen Rebecca (Roosevelt) Robinson, Edith Kermit (Carow) Roosevelt, Eleanor (Roosevelt) Roosevelt, Elizabeth Norris (Emlen) Roosevelt, Martha (Bulloch) Roosevelt, and Theodore Roosevelt, Sr.; also from Elisabeth (Mills) Reid; condolences on the deaths of Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., Martha (Bulloch) Roosevelt, Alice Hathaway (Lee) Roosevelt, Elliott Roosevelt, and Theodore Roosevelt; also letters of Edith Kermit (Carow) Roosevelt to/from Emily Tyler Carow and Gertrude Elizabeth (Tyler) Carow.

Biographical / Historical

Anna (Roosevelt) Cowles was the elder sister of American president Theodore Roosevelt.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Anna (Roosevelt) Cowles
  2. II. Other letters
  3. III. Manuscripts
  4. IV. Additions to collections

Immediate Source of Acquisition

68M-66. Deposited by the Theodore Roosevelt Association; received: 1968.

2019M-098. Purchased from Theodore Roosevelt Association with funds from the Bayard and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund, Herman Dunlop Smith Bequest, Louis J. Appell Jr. Fund for Early American Literature and History, Theodore Roosevelt Collection Fund, and Harmand Teplow Class of 1920, 2019 March.

Related Materials

This collection is part of the Harvard College Library’s Theodore Roosevelt Collection. For context see: Theodore Roosevelt Collection: manuscripts--Roosevelt family papers (HOLLIS: 008186829).

Processing Information

Enhanced with digital content by Alison Harris

Cowles, Anna Roosevelt, 1855-1931. Anna Roosevelt Cowles papers, 1846-1942: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Digital content funded by the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University.

Repository Details

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