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  • Theodore Roosevelt's inaugural ceremony, 1905
  • TR's inaugural address, 1905
  • Theodore Roosevelt's inaugural address, 1905


  • On Mar. 4, 1905, TR is inaugurated in Washington, D.C. with much celebration and fanfare. TR rides in an open landau on Fifteenth St., NW, escorted by mounted Rough Riders; Secret Service men and detectives walk on either side of the carriage; TR tips his hat to the crowd. Sitting beside him is Sen. John C. Spooner of Wis., Chairman of the joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Opposite, but not clearly visible, are Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge of Mass. and Rep. John Dalzell of Penn., members of the committee. Second sequence consists of long shots of TR taking the oath of office on a platform erected on the east front of the Capitol; Chief Justice Melville Weston Fuller (1888-1910) administers the Presidential oath of office as Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court James H. McKenney holds the Bible. The platform is decorated with plants and garlands and a large banner with the American eagle on it hangs from the center of the railing. West Point cadets and Annapolis midshipmen are assembled below the platform.


  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
  • Spooner, John C. (John Coit), 1843-1919.
  • Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924.
  • Dalzell, John, 1845-1927.
  • Fuller, Melville Weston, 1833-1910.
  • McKenney, James Hall, 1837-1913.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : [s.n.], 1905.


  • -  United States.--Army.--Cavalry, 1st
  • -  United States Military Academy
  • -  United States Naval Academy
  • -  United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
  • -  Oaths
  • -  Inauguration Day
  • -  Roosevelt, Theodore,--1858-1919--Inaugurations
  • -  Processions
  • -  Midshipmen
  • -  Fifteenth Street (Washington, D.C.)


  • Newsreel--Short
  • Documentary films
  • Nonfiction films
  • Short films


  • -  Copyright: no reg.
  • -  Appearing: President Theodore Roosevelt, John C. Spooner, Henry Cabot Lodge, John Dalzell, Melville Weston Fuller, James H. McKenney.
  • -  Duration: 1:27 at 18 fps.
  • -  Research indicates film is of TR taking oath of office rather than delivering his inaugural address.
  • -  Sources used: Washington, D.C. Inaugural Committee, 1905. Inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt as President of the United States, March 4, 1905. [1905]; Washington post. 3/5/05:1-2; The Evening star, Washington, D.C. 3/4/05:pt. 2:5; 3/5/05:1-2; New York tribune. 3/5/05:3; The New York herald. 3/5/05:5; P&P stereo file.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  National Park Service acquired from Roosevelt Memorial Association. RMA purchased from Kleine.
  • -  Received: 6/1976 from LC film lab; ref print, dupe neg, masterpos; preservation; Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection.
  • -  Received: 1967; transferred to LC from NPS, NPS acquired from RMA, RMA purchased from Kleine; transferred to safety from LC nitrate at LC lab: 6/1976.


  • 1 reel of 1 (99 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
  • 1 reel of 1 (99 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
  • 1 reel of 1 (99 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos.
  • 1 reel of 1 (99 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos (copy 2)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FEA 7314 (ref print)
  • FPB 7744 (dupe neg)
  • FPB 7745 (masterpos)
  • FPB 8057 (masterpos, copy 2)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • mp76000336

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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The following films are made available here with permission from the Theodore Roosevelt Association, P.O. Box 719, Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11771 (Internet address:

The Story of the Panama Canal [1]
T. R.'s Return from Africa, 1910 [2]
A Visit to Theodore Roosevelt at His Home at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, L.I., 1912
Roosevelt, Friend of the Birds [1]
The Roosevelt Dam [1]
The River of Doubt [2].

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Chicago citation style:

Roosevelt, Theodore, John C Spooner, Henry Cabot Lodge, John Dalzell, Melville Weston Fuller, James Hall McKenney, and Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection. TR's inaugural ceremony. [United States: s.n, 1905] Video.

APA citation style:

Roosevelt, T., Spooner, J. C., Lodge, H. C., Dalzell, J., Fuller, M. W., McKenney, J. H. & Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection. (1905) TR's inaugural ceremony. [United States: s.n] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Roosevelt, Theodore, et al. TR's inaugural ceremony. [United States: s.n, 1905] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.