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:
- Love letter, Woodrow Wilson to Edith Bolling Galt, July 19, 1915.
- Letter, General John J. Pershing to Woodrow Wilson, October 8, 1917, accepting command of the American Expeditionary Force.
- Letter, Carrie Chapman Catt to Woodrow Wilson, September 29, 1918, urging the president to support national women's suffrage.
- Messages to Congress, 1913-1921.
- A shorthand draft of Wilson’s Fourteen Points address from 1918, providing the basis for peace negotiations to end World War I.
- A draft of the covenant for the League of Nations, 1918.
Additional Digital Collections
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
Loan parade in September 1918.
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
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:
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
A selection of articles related to Woodrow Wilson includes:
- "Woodrow Wilson is Made Standard-Bearer of Democratic Party," The Times Dispatch, July 3, 1912.
- "Wilson Sweeps the Country; Roosevelt is Second and Taft Third in the Race," The Sun, November 6, 1912.
- "Wilson Becomes President as Many Thousands Cheer," The Washington Times, March 4, 1913.
- "President's States U.S. Peace Terms," The Washington Times, January 8, 1918.
- "Wilson Addresses the Senate," The Democratic Banner, July 11, 1919.
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.
& 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
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
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.
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.