1. Registration: On their first visit to the library, researchers are required to complete a registration form and provide identification.
  2. Permitted Items:
    • Pencil/Paper
    • Notecards and Legal Pad/Notebook
    • Laptop, Cell Phone (ringer off)
    • Digital Camera/Scanner (with prior approval from archivist)
    • Sweater or light jacket for indoor use
  3. Items Not Permitted
    • Pens, Markers, Highlighters
    • Backpack, Briefcase/Laptop Bag
    • Food/Drink
    • A no-smoking policy is in effect throughout the entire building
    • Coat/Umbrella
    • Large Purse/Tote
  4. Collections: All library and archive materials are non-circulating and must be consulted in the reading room. No library materials may be taken from the reading room. Researchers may request materials from the archive by filling out an order form with the collection name and box/folder numbers from the collection finding aid. Staff members only will retrieve manuscript materials.
  5. Manuscripts: Only one folder may be examined at a time. When using materials, maintain the exact order of folders in a box and of the items within the folder. If a mistake in filing is suspected, alert one of the library staff. Do not alter arrangement of items within the folders or boxes. Materials should not be written on, leaned on, altered, folded anew, traced, or handled in any way likely to inflict damage. When closing folders, check to make sure that all papers are clear of the crease in order to avoid damage to contents.
  6. Photocopies: Photocopies can be made at a cost of .20 per page. Materials to be copied should be marked by tabs provided the archivist. Do not remove items to be copied from the folder. Use the tabs to mark desired copies and give the entire folder to the librarian to copy. Due to the fragile nature of some of the documents, some items cannot be copied.
  7. Copyright: It is the responsibility of the researcher not to violate the copyright laws of the United States, Title 17, U.S. Code, including copying of entire books or extensive sections of other published material.

Digital Camera Use

All readers who request to use personal digital cameras to photograph Woodrow Wilson Library materials must notify staff of items being photographed each time they intend to use a personal camera and sign this agreement form (to be renewed every calendar year). In doing so, researchers agree to the following conditions:

  • Library materials must be handled with care as described in the Reading Room rules.
  • Use of a flash, outside lights, scanners, tripods, templates, or other equipment is prohibited. The use of a unipod is allowed.
  • Photographs may be used only for personal reference and research purposes.
  • Images may not be published or broadcast in any media or displayed online without permission of the Woodrow Wilson Library.
  • Images may not be added to the holdings of another library or archival repository.
  • Researchers who require high-quality images for publication or broadcast should contact the archivist.
  • Photography of other researchers or library staff is prohibited.
  • The researcher accepts full responsibility for determining whether or not U.S. copyright law protects the materials being copied and whether or not his or her use exceeds the limits of fair use.
  • The researcher will adhere to any and all of the restrictions that govern the research use of a specific collection.
  • The Woodrow Wilson Library reserves the right to prohibit the photographing of any of its collections.

NOTICE: WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

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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