Letter from William deC. Ravenel to Franklin D. Roosevelt, July 27, 1920

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Letter from William deC. Ravenel, Acting Secretary, to Assistant Secretary of the Navy (and future President of the United States) Franklin D. Roosevelt discussing a previous visit to the Smithsonian's United States National Museum. He also discusses Commander Warren's work to collect and to install suitable exhibits on the Navy's role in World War I in the United States National Museum following the collection's exhibition in New York at the Marine Show. Ravenel writes that it is his understanding that the material has arrived in Washington and is on display at the Navy Department Building at B and 17th Street. Furthermore, as the Navy is very inadequately represented in the Museum, he is requesting that such steps as are necessary be taken to transfer this material to the National Museum as originally intended.


  • Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano) 1882-1945
  • United States National Museum
  • War Collection
  • United States Navy
  • United States Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy


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Near the end of World War I, the Smithsonian was actively searching out war-related materials for its collections. Though primarily led by Theodore T. Belote, many departments were involved in these collecting efforts and the Smithsonian coordinated with the War Department to collect material from Europe.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 45, Box 98, Folder: 9

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  • July 27, 1920
  • 20th century

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  • WW I
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Exhibitions
  • Employees
  • Acting Secretaries
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Paper

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