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Woodrow Wilson: A Resource Guide

Woodrow Wilson, full-length portrait, seated at desk, facing slightly left
Woodrow Wilson, full-length portrait, seated at desk, facing slightly left.
1 photographic print. [1913(?)].
Prints & Photographs Division.
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America's Library

Designed for elementary and middle school students, America's Library provides the following stories related to Woodrow Wilson and his administration:

Jump Back in Time: Woodrow Wilson Was Born, December 28, 1856.

Jump Back in Time: The First Mother's Day, May 9, 1914.

Jump Back in Time: U.S. Entered World War I, April 6, 1917.

Jump Back in Time: Ten Suffragists Arrested While Picketing at the White House, August 28, 1917.

Jump Back in Time: The Paris Peace Conference, January 18, 1919.

Jump Back in Time: Nineteenth Amendment Granting Women's Suffrage Was Sent to the States, June 4, 1919.

Jump Back in Time: World War I Ended With the Treaty of Versailles, June 28, 1919.


American Treasures of the Library of Congress

This exhibition provides unique insight into various aspects of American history and culture. Objects displayed are organized according to the three categories that Thomas Jefferson used for his library: memory, reason, and imagination. The exhibition includes the following sections pertaining to Woodrow Wilson:

"I Do Solemnly Swear..." Inaugural Materials from the Collections of the Library of Congress

Items from eighteen presidents are featured in this online exhibition, including manuscripts and documents related to Wilson's first inauguration in 1913.

John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American Relations

This exhibition brings together for the first time treasures from the two greatest libraries in the English-speaking world—The British Library and the Library of Congress—and illuminates the relationship between the two countries. The section From Enemy to Allies includes the shorthand notes for Wilson's Fourteen Points speech and a photograph of Wilson at Buckingham Palace with the British Royal Family.

Manuscript Division

Manuscript Division Finding Aids Online

A finding aid for the Woodrow Wilson papers in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

Rare Book and Special Collections Division

Woodrow Wilson Library

This page provides an overview of the Woodrow Wilson Library. The Wilson Library contains 6,792 volumes and 1,122 pamphlets and complements the presidential papers donated to the Library of Congress. See the catalog record for the Woodrow Wilson Library for more details.

Today in History

January 18

On January 18, 1919, a few months after the end of World War I, leaders from the Allied nations began a series of discussions that became known as the Paris Peace Conference to settle issues raised by the war and its aftermath.

May 9

President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation on May 9, 1914, asking Americans to give a public expression of reverence to mothers through the celebration of Mother's Day.

June 9

On June 9, 1902, Woodrow Wilson was unanimously elected president of Princeton University, a position that he held until he resigned in 1910 to run for governor of New Jersey.

June 28

A Bosnian Serb, Gavrilo Princip, assassinated Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sofia in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, setting off a chain of events that would culminate in a world war by August.

November 11

The Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany at Rethondes, France, on November 11, 1918, bringing World War I to a close.

December 23

On December 23, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Owen-Glass Act, creating the Federal Reserve System.

December 28

Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28, 1856, in Staunton, Virginia. The twenty-eighth president of the United States, Wilson served two consecutive terms in the White House, from 1913 to 1921.

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A Guide to World War I Materials

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material related to World War I, including photographs, documents, newspapers, films, sheet music, and sound recordings. This guide compiles links to World War I resources throughout the Library of Congress Web site, as well as to external Web sites. A bibliography provides selections for both a general audience and younger readers.


Woodrow Wilson Papers

John Haynes, 20th-century political historian with the Manuscript Division, discusses the Woodrow Wilson papers at the Library of Congress.

Woodrow Wilson's Right Hand: The Life of Colonel Edward M. House

British journalist and historian Godfrey Hodgson discusses his new book, Woodrow Wilson's Right Hand: The Life of Colonel Edward M. House, as part of the Books & Beyond series sponsored by the Library's Center for the Book. Colonel House served not only as intimate friend and chief political advisor to President Wilson but also as a national security advisor and senior diplomat from 1913 to 1919.

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