The collection at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site contains a variety of personal artifacts from different generations of the Roosevelt family. Highlights include artifacts from Theodore Roosevelt's grandfather Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt's father Theodore Roosevelt Sr., and Theodore Roosevelt's mother Martha Bulloch Roosevelt.
Theodore Roosevelt Sr. was one of the biggest influences in Theodore Roosevelt's life. A prominent philanthropist in 19th century New York City, Theodore Roosevelt Sr. helped found the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Children's Aid Society, among other organizations. Theodore Roosevelt looked up to his father as "the ideal man." This oil portrait of Theodore Roosevelt Sr. was painted in 1884 by Daniel Huntington and is one of several copies produced for TR Sr.'s children. Theodore Roosevelt hung this portrait in his library at Sagamore Hill because he liked his father to look upon him as he worked.
Produced by Royal Crown Derby between 1877-1890, these dishes belong to a larger set of formal china made for Theodore Roosevelt with his initials "TR" in the center. The Roosevelt family used this china in the White House but it is not the official White House china.
Clockwise: Gravy boat, sauce bowl with lid, vegetable dish with lid, gravy boat dish, dinner plate, and serving dish with plate.
Edith Roosevelt cross-stitched the linens at Sagamore Hill with the letters "R of S," which stood for Roosevelts of Sagamore. Several other Roosevelt families lived in Oyster Bay and Edith found that when they sent out the laundry to be cleaned, theirs linens often got mixed up with other Roosevelt family linens.
Preliminary sketch by TR of the house and grounds at Sagamore Hill. One side, inscribed in pen in Edith's handwriting, "Map made by T.R. for his mother + aunt when he first bought this property, Sagamore Hill." This side has a pencil sketch of the first floor of the home. The grounds and fields are sketched on the opposite side, depicting fields, orchards, woods, buckwheat, asparagus, cedar hill, corn field, eel grass, roads, and Swan property on left.
Quentin Roosevelt writes to his mother Edith Roosevelt. and describes in great detail a game that he wants called "Going to the North Pole," and includes a small drawing of the game at the end of the letter. Postscript says Ethel will not let him have dessert unless he finishes his soup because Mother said so. Asks if this is true.