Theodore Roosevelt Center

The Theodore Roosevelt Center was established at Dickinson State University to study and analyze the life and legacy of the 26th president of the United States, for whom the North Dakota badlands was a second home. Like other presidents before Herbert Hoover, Theodore Roosevelt has no presidential library. His papers are scattered in discrete collections at the Library of congress, Harvard University, and elsewhere. In partnership with these organizations, the TR Center has undertaken to create a comprehensive digital library presenting Roosevelt’s letters, diaries, presidential papers, photographs, and ephemera. Through the digital library and through symposia and publications, the Center aims to investigate, interpret, and inform the understanding of Roosevelt’s contributions to American life.

The Center cooperates with the Department of Social Sciences and the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program in providing students with opportunities for research and internships. The Center also offers public programs, including an annual symposium on a theme from Roosevelt’s life, bringing nationally acclaimed scholars in history and the humanities to Dickinson State University. In collaboration with organizations in the region, including Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Center works to enrich the cultural experience for both residents and visitors to the area, deepening the understanding of the significance of Roosevelt’s time in the Dakota badlands.