If you have been keeping up with Ken Burns’s film The Roosevelts on PBS this week, you know the origin of Theodore Roosevelt’s “big stick” diplomacy. Here is T.R., speaking softly and carrying a big stick, drawn by editorial cartoonist C.R. (Charles Raymond) Macauley.
It comes from an autograph book belonging to James D. Preston, who was the Superintendent of the United States Senate Press Gallery for 35 years. Notable cartoonists such as Rube Goldberg, Clifford K. Berryman, Harry Furniss, and Art Young left their autographs and drawings in this book between 1904 and 1924.
James D. Preston autograph book, 1904-1924. James David Preston illustrated autograph book, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.