Library & Archives

Regular Hours

Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library welcomes all who are interested in learning more about the life, times, and legacy of Woodrow Wilson.  From graduate students and professors to authors and family historians, researchers are able to access to the Museum’s archival documents and three-dimensional objects as well as its nearly 3,000 library titles for free.
Located in our Library and Research Center, our collections consist of primary and secondary texts, periodicals, scholarly journals and the institutional records of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation.

Because materials from the WWPL’s archival and three-dimensional object collections must be retrieved by staff, researchers who wish to use these collections must make an appointment with Library staff:

Head Archivist Elizabeth Shortt
(540) 885 – 0897 x.105

Curator Andrew Phillips
(540) 885 – 0897 x.111

To visit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Research Center, take the brick steps leading up from our parking lot and turn left at the top of the stairs. Follow the brick road and take a left onto the paved driveway. The Library and Research Center is the first building on the right.

When conducting research, please take notes using pencil and paper or a laptop computer. Photocopies of library and archival materials can be made by the attendant. We do charge fees to make copies of documents and photos. See our fees structure here.

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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