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Doris A. and Lawrence H. Budner Collection on Theodore Roosevelt

DeGolyer Library


About the Collection

[Theodore Roosevelt with his family], ca. 1918, Underwood & Underwood Studios, N. Y.

The Doris A. and Lawrence H. Budner Collection on Theodore Roosevelt ("Budner Roosevelt Collection"), held by SMU's DeGolyer Library, contains correspondence, ephemera, audiovisual materials, periodicals, newspapers, photographs, and more related to President Theodore Roosevelt. There are also two related collections of prints and photographs. A finding aid to the Budner Roosevelt Collection is available.

Lawrence and Doris Budner spent over 20 years amassing a collection of books, periodicals, pamphlets, photographs, and ephemera related to the twenty-sixth president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. They began donating their collection to Southern Methodist University in the 1980s. In addition to periodicals from the era of Roosevelt’s presidency, the collection contains records from the Budners’ activities in the Theodore Roosevelt Association, as well as from exhibitions and events on Roosevelt. Also related are the Budners’ collections of Roosevelt books and photographs.

Currently, the prints and photographs from the Budner Roosevelt Collections are being digitized and uploaded into this digital collection. Plans call for items from each series of the collection, described below, to be added, as well.

DeGolyer Library digital collections are part of CUL Digital Collections, which contain thousands of digitized photographs, manuscripts, imprints, and works of art held by SMU's Central University Libraries special collections.  

Holdings and Highlights

The Budner Roosevelt manuscript collection is organized into nine series, and there are two related print and photograph collections:

Theodore Roosevelt, 1903, by John Singer Sargent

Series 1: Roosevelt Correspondence
Series 2: Roosevelt Ephemera
Series 3: Roosevelt Realia and Audiovisual
Series 4: Periodicals
Series 5: Material on the Budner collection
Series 6: Material on the Theodore Roosevelt Association
Series 7: Roosevelt-related exhibits, events, collections, and other public mentions
Series 8: Miscellaneous information on Roosevelt
Series 9: Miscellaneous
Doris A. and Lawrence H. Budner Theodore Roosevelt photograph collection
Doris A. and Lawrence H. Budner Theodore Roosevelt print collection

Digital Collections Guidelines and Procedures

Items in Central University Library Digital Collections are digitized following the SMU Central University Libraries Digitization Guidelines and Procedures. Digital collections are created under the guidelines of the nCDS Digital Collections: Filenaming, Workflow, and Metadata Guidelines, or through specialized metadata profiles tailored for the collection.


Copyright usage terms vary throughout the collection. Each item contains information about usage terms. If SMU does not have the right to publish the item on the Internet, only the item's metadata will be available and the digitized object will be available on a restricted access basis. Such items may only be viewed on campus. When items are available for use, please cite DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University. A high-quality version of these files may be obtained for a fee by contacting

Contact Info

For more information about the collection, please contact