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This book was researched and written under very difficult circumstances and it could not have been completed without the generous and unselfish assistance of many good friends. Kristie Miller provided photocopies of Edith Roosevelt’s extensive correspondence with her son in the Kermit Roosevelt Papers. That task involved the photocopying of hundreds of letters in what took many, many hours to accomplish. I am deeply in her debt for hard work and kindness on my behalf. Kristie also read and commented on a final version of the manuscript with her deep insight into the politics and culture of Edith Roosevelt’s era. Stacy Cordery facilitated this project in crucial ways. She acted as a liaison with the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University in North Dakota to make digitized documents from the Roosevelt Papers available to me in a very timely manner. She then shared with me copies of her research on the life and times of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, particularly documents about Isabelle “Belle” Hagner. Beyond that, she was a sustaining presence through many months of personal anguish. Her close reading of the manuscript improved the book on every page. Betty Caroli made copies of her notes on Edith Roosevelt and the other Roosevelt women and sent them to me at just the right time. Heather Merrill of Boston, Massachusetts, conducted research in libraries in that city that proved indispensable to the final result. Hope Grebner helped with exploration of the Charles W. Fairbanks Papers at Indiana University. Wallace Dailey of the Theodore Roosevelt Collection at Harvard University was always a source of timely help. Sharon Kilzer of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University made the resources of that project available in a most cooperative and collegial manner. The book draws upon research that I did many years ago for other projects. Librarians at the Colorado Historical Society, the ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vii } { viii Acknowledgments } { Duke University Library, the Houghton Library, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Library of Congress directed me to key documents with great professionalism and courtesy. Karen Keel Gould died while this book was being written. She first suggested the idea of the Modern First Ladies series and saw me through the ups and downs of editing such an ambitious undertaking . During more than forty-one years of marriage, she inspired me with her own example as a distinguished scholar in medieval art history and the history of the book, provided wise criticism and loving support, and enriched the world with her thoughtfulness, insight, and courage in the face of overwhelming personal adversity. I hope this study of Edith Roosevelt honors her memory. Any factual mistakes and errors of interpretation are my sole responsibility . Lewis L. Gould Monmouth, Illinois November 2012 EDITH KERMIT ROOSEVELT This page intentionally left blank ...


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