The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum today announced that Peggy L. Dillard, a former Librarian and Archivist with the George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, is the new Director of Library and Archives for the Presidential Library. Ms. Dillard will oversee the Presidential Library’s large collection of Wilson and Wilson-era documents and photographs and the Wilson e-Library, the digital archive on which many of these documents are posted for students, teachers, scholars, and the public to access for free. She will oversee the Library and Archives Department’s impending move to the new Library and Research Center, a historic building adjacent to the Presidential Library campus the Foundation recently purchased and is renovating.
Don W. Wilson, President and CEO of the WWPL, said, “We are honored that Peggy Dillard has joined our staff and will oversee our efforts to collect, preserve, and make accessible important historical documents. She will help us continue to serve our mission of educating people of all ages about President Wilson and his times.”
Ms. Dillard has extensive library and archive experience. In addition to her four years at the Marshall Foundation, she has worked as an historian with Belle Grove Plantation; a government documents librarian at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia; an editor for the papers of Jefferson Davis at Rice University in Houston, Texas; and a librarian at an American military post in Germany. Her publications include Volume 10 of The Papers of Jefferson Davis and “History of the Brumback and Hunnewell Families at Belle Grove.”
In addition to its Library and Archives, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is open 360 days a year for guests from around the world to tour the President’s Birthplace, the historic gardens, and the Woodrow Wilson Museum, including the President’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine. The Presidential Library also sponsors educational programming for thousands of schoolchildren each year and hosts teachers’ institutes and a variety of other educational symposia. In addition, the Presidential Library attracts top-flight speakers, including Scott Berg, Larry Sabato, Cokie Roberts, Bill Schneider, and Robert Samuelson.