1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 20, 2022 8:38 AM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking Wilson White House visitor information

    Petra Gunderson-Leith Newbie

      I am seeking records of visitor logs or arrest records from the Wilson White House. The person I am researching attempted to visit the president on multiple occasions but was not granted an audience. The White House police were supposedly well acquainted with her. Would there be visitor logs from this period? Would this fall under the purview of Capitol police, the Secret Service, or something else? Thanks!

        • Re: Seeking Wilson White House visitor information
          Lisha Penn Ranger

          Dear Ms. Gunderson-Leith,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Protective security services for the President are handled by the U.S. Secret Service, and do not fall under the purview of the U.S. Capitol Police. However, the Capitol Police force provides additional security protection for presidential visits to the Capitol, with assistance from the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located two series Arrest Books, 1889 - 1945 and Daily Reports of Agents on White House Detail, 1908 - 1928 in the Records of the U.S. Secret Service (Record Group 87) that may possibly contain information you seek about a woman who was denied entrance to the White House during President Woodrow Wilson’s administration. For more information, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          We also located the Record Books of Prisoners Photographed and Fingerprinted, 7/2/1917 - 9/30/1932 in Records of the Government of the District of Columbia (Record Group 351) that may include information about her if she was arrested or detained. For more information, please contact the National Archives at Washington - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          You may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1 and RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic.  Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.


          We suggest that you contact the Library of Congress for the Woodrow Wilson papers in its custody from the donation made by the Wilson family. Please see Presidential Library History at the National Archives for information about the presidential libraries in NARA’s legal custody; and check the Secret Service website.


          Lastly, you may wish to search Woodrow Wilson | The White House website for possible information.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!