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- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
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- Princeton University. Library. Public Policy Papers
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Woodrow Wilson Collection
- Public Policy Papers
- Permanent URL:
- 1837-1986 (mostly 1883-1924)
- 17 Volumes, 107 boxes, and 43 folders
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-117
The Woodrow Wilson Collection consists of Wilson holdings which have been acquired by the Princeton University Library Special Collections gradually over many years by purchase and gifts from many sources. The collection is rich in material prior to Wilson's presidential years, although it is not limited to this period; researchers will find materials documenting both the public and private life of Woodrow Wilson. Various types of information written by or about Wilson are present in the collection, including manuscripts, addresses, articles, correspondence, telegrams, legal documents, booklets, pamphlets, photographs, portraits, cartoons, newspapers and scrapbooks.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Woodrow Wilson Collection consists of Wilson holdings which have been acquired by the Princeton University Library Department of Collections gradually over many years by purchase and gifts from many sources. The collection is rich in material prior to Wilson's presidential years, although it is not limited to this period; researchers will find materials documenting both the public and private life of Woodrow Wilson. Various types of information written by or about Wilson are present in the collection, including manuscripts, addresses, articles, correspondence, telegrams, legal documents, booklets, pamphlets, photographs, portraits, cartoons, newspapers and scrapbooks.
The writings include addresses delivered between 1896 and 1910, as well as the transcription of Wilson's first inaugural address, written in 1913 on his own typewriter and with corrections in his own hand. Also included among the writings are notes taken of Wilson's course lectures by undergraduates, some of whom wrote down his words almost verbatim.
There is correspondence between Wilson and his family, friends, and colleagues both in academe and in the political arena. The original letters (and photostats) of the correspondence between Wilson and his first wife, Ellen Louise Axson, covering 1883 until 1913, are included. In addition, there are collections of correspondence assembled by colleagues and friends, such as Thomas Creigh, Garrett Droppers, David F. Houston, Mary A. Hulbert (Mrs. Peck), John Wesley Wescott, Lawrence C. Woods, and Frederic Yates. Also included is the Thackwell collection of correspondence between Woodrow family members and especially between Woodrow Wilson and his cousin, Harriet Woodrow, his first love, as well as photographs of both Woodrow and Wilson relatives.
Noteworthy are the many visual representations of Wilson including portraits in a number of different media, such as photographs alone and with others, pictures of family members, and the G. E. Thompson collection of photographs. The collection also contains collections of documents, memorabilia, and ephemera from throughout Wilson's life, as well as some sound recording and audio-visual material and section of printed matter including newspaper articles and printed speeches.
In the "Papers of Others" series, one finds correspondence by family members and writings about Wilson, as well as accretions to the collection by Wilson Farrand, McMillan Lewis, and Laura S. Turnbull. Included is the Henry L. Bragdon collection of reminiscences covering Wilson's years in academia as a student, professor, and university president. Also, the collection of Charles L. Swem, Wilson's stenographic secretary, of shorthand notebooks, transcriptions of speeches, correspondence, and interviews recorded from 1912-1921, makes a significant contribution to the corpus, as do the shorthand notebooks of Gilbert Close, another secretary, covering the year 1919 when Wilson was in Paris.
The collection has been gradually acquired by the Princeton University Library's Special Collections through purchase and gift over many years.
Cartoons and etchings have been removed to Graphic Arts. A death mask by Fotunato has been placed in the Special Collections Department's collection of death masks.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
The audio and audiovisual portion of the Woodrow Wilson Collection is currently on one 7" reel tape, a Victor Record, and a sound film strip. Access to this material follows the Mudd Manuscript Library policy for preservation and access to audiovisual materials.
- Credit this material:
Woodrow Wilson Collection; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
- Existence and Location of Copies
Photocopies from portions of the Woodrow Wilson Collection may be available in the Papers of Woodrow Wilson Project Records at the Mudd Manuscript Library.
- Other Finding Aids
Card indexes to "Early Axson Correspondence" and "Woodrow Wilson and Ellen Axson Wilson Correspondence" are located in drawer 530 of Series 3: Indexes of the Papers of Woodrow Wilson Project Records at the Mudd Manuscript Library.
Link, Arthur Stanley, ed. The Papers of Woodrow Wilson. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1966-1994.
The following works were consulted during preparation of biographical note: Ambrosius, Lloyd E.. "Wilson, Woodrow"; http://www.anb.org/articles/06/06-00726.html; American National Biography Online Feb. 2000. Baker, Ray Stannard. Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters. Greenwood Press, NY. 1968. Link, Arthur S., editor. The Papers of Woodrow Wilson. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. 1966.
- Subject Terms:
- Husband and wife -- Maryland -- Baltimore.
Political science -- Study and teaching -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 19th century.
Political science -- United States.
Presidents -- United States -- 20th century.
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1912.
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1916.
Presidents -- United States -- Inauguration -- 20th century.
Presidents' spouses -- United States -- 20th century.
Statesmen -- United States -- 20th century. -- lcsh
Stenographers -- United States -- 20th century.
- Genre Terms:
- League of Nations.
Lloyd George, David, 1863-1945.
Albert I, King of the Belgians, 1875-1934
Axson, Stockton, 1867-1935
Bragdon, Henry L.
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Clémenceau, Georges, 1841-1929
Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908
Close, Gilbert F.
Daniels, Josephus, 1862-1948
Droppers, Garrett, 1860-1927
Farrand, Wilson, 1862-
Foch, Ferdinand, 1851-1929.
George V, King of Great Britain, 1865-1936
Glass, Carter, 1858-1946
Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938
House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938
Houston, David Franklin, 1866-1940.
Houston, David Franklin, 1866-1940.
Hulbert, Mary A.
Lewis, McMillan, 1903-1974
Marquand, Allan, 1853-1924.
Marshall, Thomas R. (Thomas Riley), 1854-1925
McAdoo, W. G. (William Gibbs), 1863-1941
Orlando, Vittorio Emanuele, 1860-1952
Paderewski, Ignace Jan, 1860-1941.
Swem, Charles L., 1893?-1956
Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
Thompson, G. E.
Tumulty, Joseph P. (Joseph Patrick), 1879-1954
Turnbull, Laura S.
Vanderlip, Frank A. (Frank Arthur), 1864-1937
Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949
Wescott, John W. (John Wesley), 1849-1927
Wilson, Ellen Axson
Wilson, Ellen Axson
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.
Woods, Lawrence C. (Lawrence Crane), 1869-1925
- New Jersey -- Governors -- 20th century.