Skip Navigation Links  The Library of Congress >> Researchers >> Virtual Programs & Services
Web Guides (Virtual Services, Digital Reference Section)
  Home >> Presidents >> Woodrow Wilson >> Library of Congress Digital Resources

Woodrow Wilson: A Resource Guide

President Woodrow Wilson throwing out the first ball, opening day, 1916
President Woodrow Wilson throwing out the first ball, opening day, 1916.
1 photographic print. 1916.
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:

Digital Collections

Woodrow Wilson Papers

The papers of Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), scholar, president of Princeton University, governor of New Jersey, and president of the United States (1913-1921), consist of approximately 280,000 documents, comprising approximately 620,000 images, most of which were digitized from 540 reels of previously produced microfilm. Held in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, these papers constitute the largest collection of original Wilson documents in the world. The collection contains personal, family, and official correspondence, White House executive office files, drafts and proofs of books, articles, speeches, academic lectures, scrapbooks, shorthand notes, and memorabilia dating from 1786 to 1957 with the bulk of material falling in the period between 1876 and 1924.

A selection of highlights from this collection includes:

Additional Digital Collections

Film and Videos

Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film

This presentation features 104 films that record events in Theodore Roosevelt's life from the Spanish-American War in 1898 to his death in 1919. It also contains a film of Woodrow Wilson arriving in New York City to lead the fourth Liberty Loan parade in September 1918.

Manuscripts/Mixed Material

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920

This collection documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage through books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress. It includes thirty-one conservation-related proclamations issued by President Woodrow Wilson.

Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The Printed Ephemera collection comprises 28,000 primary source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. Search the collection to find items related to Wilson such as a biographical sketch from the 1912 presidential election and a proclamation announcing his death in 1924.

U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: "I Do Solemnly Swear..." A Resource Guide

This collection contains approximately 400 items relating to presidential inaugurations, including Wilson's first inauguration in 1913 and his second inauguration in 1917.

Words and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years

In honor of the Manuscript Division's centennial, its staff selected for online display approximately ninety representative documents from the fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. The collection contains Wilson's speech notes, in shorthand, for his Fourteen Points address.


The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

The Songs of America presentation allows you to explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country's greatest composers, poets, scholars, and performers. From popular and traditional songs, to poetic art songs and sacred music, the relationship of song to historical events from the nation's founding to the present is highlighted through more than 80,000 online items.

A selection of sheet music related to Woodrow Wilson includes:


Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Search this collection to find newspaper articles that reference Woodrow Wilson from this time period.

A selection of articles related to Woodrow Wilson includes:

Newspaper Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures, 1914 to 1919

This collection displays the variety and diversity of Sunday pictorial sections published in two prominent U.S. newspapers: The New York Times and New York Tribune. The images in the collection document events of World War I and popular American culture of that era. Search this collection to find images of Woodrow Wilson.

Prints & Photographs

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924 to find digital images related to Wilson such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search all text fields in PPOC using the phrase Woodrow Wilson to locate additional images.

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey

This collection documents achievements in architecture, engineering, and landscape design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types, engineering technologies, and landscapes, including Wilson's birthplace in Staunton, Virginia; his boyhood home in Augusta, Georgia; and the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C.

Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress

This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of Woodrow Wilson, Ellen Axson Wilson, and Edith Bolling Galt Wilson.

Sound Recordings

American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I

The Nation's Forum Collection consists of fifty-nine sound recordings of speeches by American leaders from 1918-20. The speeches focus on issues and events surrounding the World War I and the subsequent presidential election of 1920. Search this collection to find references to Woodrow Wilson, including a speech about Wilson's presidency by Homer S. Cummings, chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Top of Page Top of Page
  Home >> Presidents >> Woodrow Wilson >> Library of Congress Digital Resources
  The Library of Congress >> Researchers
  May 16, 2018
Legal | External Link Disclaimer

Contact Us