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. 
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.  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 eshortt@woodrowwilson.org , or visit http://www.woodrowwilsonproject.org/.

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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

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