Since Trinity Washington University was founded in 1897 and the library has always been an important hub of information, our collection has a wide range of materials on a variety of subjects and books that represent all 116 years of our existence. While we do make an effort to have the most recent and relevant books and other materials available, browsing through the library shelves can be a treasure hunt with all sorts of fascinating finds.
One book we recently discovered in our library is African Game Trails by our 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. (Did you know that he hated being called Teddy?)
Shortly after the end of his presidency, Roosevelt, his son, and some friends went on a safari across east and central Africa, outfitted by the Smithsonian Institution and financed by Andrew Carnegie. The men hunted for specimens for the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. They killed or captured 11,400 animals, from tiny insects and moles to hippopotamus, rhinoceros, giraffe, and elephants. Today, this number and some types of game would be appalling, if not illegal, but it was at least somewhat controversial at the time. Roosevelt said, “I can be condemned only if the existence of the National Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and all similar zoological institutions are to be condemned.”
This book, published in 1910, is Theodore Roosevelt’s personal account of the journey, including the excitement of the chase, the variety of people he met, and the plants and animals they collected. He includes several illustrations and photographs to help the reader visually connect with his stories. More than a century later, it’s a fascinating look at life in the early 20th century.
But don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself! You can read it all online from Google Books
We also have several other books by Theodore Roosevelt and other U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama. To find these, go to the library catalog search page, enter the last name then first name of the president you’re curious about (e.g. Washington George) under Enter Search Terms, click on Author under Search By, then click Search. The results page should be titled Headings and you’ll click on the first listed author’s name to get a list of everything they wrote that we have here. Click on title that sounds interesting and look at the call number (or shelf number) to know where to find it in the Trinity DC library Not familiar with how call numbers work? Watching this fun video from the Ringling Library for call numbers that start with letters (e.g. ML410.B4 R65) or this one from Howcast for call numbers that start with numbers (e.g. 799 R).
Happy hunting! (Pun intended.)