The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum announced that Elizabeth J. “Libby” Shortt has been appointed the Presidential Library’s new Head Archivist.  Ms. Shortt previously worked as Membership Services and Special Events Coordinator at the Library before assuming the role of Interim Archivist in January of 2014.  As Head Archivist, she will manage the day to day operations of the Library and Archives as well as supervise library staff, provide oversight to the library’s budget, and oversee the library’s information and technology functions.  In addition Ms. Shortt will engage in outreach efforts, onsite presentations, and maintain donor relations.

Don W. Wilson, President and CEO of the WWPL, said “The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation is pleased and fortunate to have someone with the training, experience and energy of Elizabeth Shortt to fill the position of Lead Archivist.  She is a great choice to lead the research operations of the e-library as we grow our research collections and make more historical materials available to researchers through the internet.  She is a wonderful addition to our leadership team.  We are honored that Libby has agreed to take on the role of Head Archivist.”

Ms. Shortt has a B.A. in English from Cedarville University, an M.S. in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, and is a member of The Virginia Association of Museums. She has served the WWPL in numerous capacities since June 2009, and currently resides in Staunton, Virginia where she has lived since June 2008.  


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Wilson was president throughout World War I. He sought a neutral position for the United States and even won reelection with the slogan “He kept us out of war.” Nonetheless, actions by the Central Powers (notably Germany) threatened this neutrality. Following years of attacks on American shipping and citizens on the high seas, particularly the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, public opinion began to turn. The final straw came with the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, forcing the United States to declare war on the Central Powers in April of 1917, joining the war on the side of the UK, Russia, and France.

Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.

He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability

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Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.

Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation