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    Digital Edition of the Woodrow Wilson Papers

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      Digital Edition of the Woodrow Wilson Papers

      The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress has digitized its collection of Woodrow Wilson Papers. 

      The papers of Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), scholar, president of Princeton University, governor of New Jersey, and president of the United States (1913-1921), consist of approximately 280,000 documents, comprising approximately 620,000 images, most of which were digitized from 540 reels of previously produced microfilm. Held in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, these papers constitute the largest collection of original Wilson documents in the world. The collection contains personal, family, and official correspondence, White House executive office files, drafts and proofs of books, articles, speeches, academic lectures, scrapbooks, shorthand notes, and memorabilia dating from 1786 to 1957 with the bulk of material falling in the period between 1876 and 1924.

      Wilson's papers provide extensive documentation of his presidential administration and the issues it confronted, including tariff policy, the establishment of the Federal Reserve Banks, anti-monopoly policies in regulating corporations, and contentious relations with Mexico. In particular, Wilson's leadership of the country during World War I and his diplomacy during that conflict and at the Paris Peace Conference are richly documented. The collection contains substantial material on his personal and family life, including correspondence with his second wife Edith Bolling Galt Wilson. Likewise, considerable correspondence and other materials document Wilson's final years after he left the White House.  To a lesser extent, the Wilson Papers offer material on his youth, his work at Princeton University, and his governorship of New Jersey.

      The Index to the Woodrow Wilson Papers, created by the Manuscript Division in 1973 after the bulk of the collection was microfilmed, provides a full list of the correspondents and notes the series number and dates of the items indexed. It spans three volumes, each of which is available in searchable PDF and HTML versions: Volume 1: A-F (PDF and HTML), Volume 2: G-O (PDF and HTML), and Volume 3: P-Z (PDF and HTML). The information in these volumes is helpful in finding individual letters or documents in the online version. Materials from the Additions series (Series 20) of the collection, which did not come to the Library until after 1973, are not listed in the index.

      A current finding aid (PDF and HTML) to the Woodrow Wilson Papers is also available online with links to the digital content on this site.