Letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt to William deC. Ravenel, July 31, 1920

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Letter on Navy letterhead from (and signed by) Franklin D. Roosevelt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, to William deC. Ravenel , Acting Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, saying he will take up the question of models, etc. when he returns to Washington. The letter includes a note in pencil indicating this was read by T.T. Belote [Theodore T. Belote], Curator of the Division of History at the United States National Museum.


  • Ravenel, William deC
  • Belote, Theodore T
  • Weeks, C. W
  • United States National Museum
  • War Collection
  • United States Navy Department


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • The Smithsonian recruited experts from the United States Navy and Army to help write label text for the war collection acquired after World War I. This effort was coordinated by Colonel C.W. Weeks, War Department liaison to the Smithsonian.
  • Typewritten at the top of the letter, Roosevelt's middle initial is incorrect. It is a "K" instead of a "D."

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

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


  • July 31, 1920
  • 20th century

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


Washington (D.C.)


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Paper

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Number of Images: 1 Color: Color Size: 8.5w x11h Type of Image: Letters Medium: Papers

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