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TRC at DSU Acquires Edmund Morris Archives

The Theodore Roosevelt Center (TRC) at Dickinson State University (DSU) preserves and analyzes the legacy of America’s 26th president, one of the most remarkable statesmen and intellectuals in American history. The TRC is located on DSU’s historic 100-acre campus in Dickinson, North Dakota. One of 11 institutions in the North Dakota University System, DSU offers Master's, bachelor’s, and associate degrees, as well as certificate programs, in Dickinson, Bismarck, and Williston.


DSU is pleased to announce the arrival of the historical Edmund and Sylvia Jukes Morris Archives collection. The collection incorporates notes, documents, audio and video tapes, photographs, and various personal items and memorabilia of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Edmund Morris and his wife, Sylvia, a noted biographer in her own right. The collection, acquired by the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library (TRPL), is being processed and housed at the TRC where a team of archivists and historians will make the materials available to researchers and the general public for viewing and scholarship. During his lifetime, Morris' scholarly contributions significantly altered our perspectives of the 26th president through his seminal works The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, and Colonel Roosevelt. Similarly, Sylvia Jukes Morris, biographer of TR’s wife Edith, helped us understand not only the First Lady but the family dynamics that help explain the President and those around him.


The archival processing of the collections including sorting, cataloging, indexing, digitizing and posting the materials to our collections online will take several months or longer. Your support, financially or as a volunteer will speed our path to completion.

The TRPL is scheduled to open in July 2026 in Medora, North Dakota. The library is described as a one-of-a-kind library and museum. Designed by the international architectural firm Snøhetta, it will be the only carbon-neutral presidential library, operating in harmony with the surrounding ecology as a model of self-sufficiency. 

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To learn more, please visit the DSU Theodore Roosevelt Center website here.

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