STAUNTON, VA.- Considered by many to be one of the most influential and successful Presidents in United States history, Woodrow Wilson’s achievements and leadership qualities have been well documented and noted by historians and political scientists for generations. But, where are his original notes & documents? And how can they be accessed?  Spread across the United States, spanning several states, numerous libraries, living rooms and private homes; lay the documents and papers of President Woodrow Wilson. These documents are a collection of works, ranging from personal correspondence with his wife and daughters to official Presidential papers.  The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, edited by Arthur S. Link and originally published by Princeton University Press, was compiled in the mid-1970’s and consists of only about 10% of Wilson’s works, but still comprise a total of 38,400 documents contained on 39,936 pages.
Founded in 2004, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation (WWPL) seeks to preserve this president’s collections and materials by embarking on a digitization project, The Woodrow Wilson Project, which would gather these documents in one place, memorialize them and make them accessible to all who wish to have access to them.
The Papers of Woodrow Wilson Digital Edition will be accomplished in two phases.  Phase One will focus on digitizing Arthur S. Link’s The Papers of Woodrow Wilson. The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library plans to collaborate with the University of Virginia Press in outsourcing the digitization and transcription of the 69 volumes, having an employee of the University of Virginia Press supervise quality control of the finished product in consultation with the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library as needed. This phase is expected to take 18 months to complete.
Phase Two would be directed by the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and include compiling the additional Woodrow Wilson papers that were not included in Link’s The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, digitizing them, and then publishing them in additional volumes through Rotunda and Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library’s digital library. This phase is expected to take between five and six years, and could be conducted concurrently with Phase One as funding permits. 
All of the documents will be housed in one place, at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library’s
digital library, which is open to the public.  For more information or to learn how the general public can help with the Woodrow Wilson Project contact Elizabeth Shortt, WWPL Head Archivist, at , or visit

The Woodrow Wilson Project website

The Woodrow Wilson Project Facebook Page


did you know?

Wilson was president throughout World War I. He attempted to keep America out of the war and even won reelection with the slogan "He kept us out of war." Nonetheless, after the sinking of the Lusitania, continued run-ins with German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, America became involved. with the Lusitania, the continued harassment of American ships by German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram meant that America joined the allies in April, 1917.

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

Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.

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