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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1454.47

Theodore Roosevelt letters to Dora Watkins


Letters from American president Theodore Roosevelt to his childhood nurse Dora Watkins.


  • 1868-1909

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.


.25 linear feet (1 box)

Letters written chiefly from Roosevelt’s childhood summer home in Barrytown, New York; with additional family letters and associated materials assembled by Watkins.

Biographical / Historical

Dora Watkins was childhood nurse to American president Theodore Roosevelt.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

Housed in the same box with MS Am 1454.48 and MS Am 1454.52.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

51M-97-51M-98. Gift of the Theodore Roosevelt Association; received: 1951.

Related Materials

This collection is part of the Harvard College Library’s Theodore Roosevelt Collection. For context see; Theodore Roosevelt Collection: manuscripts--Theodore Roosevelt papers (HOLLIS: 008177696).

Processing Information

Enhanced with digital content by Alison Harris.

Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. Theodore Roosevelt letters to Dora Watkins, 1868-1909: Guide.
Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description
Digital content funded by the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University.

Repository Details

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