- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
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- Papers of Woodrow Wilson Project
- Papers of Woodrow Wilson Project Records
- Public Policy Papers
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- 1761-1992 (mostly 1850-1929)
- 600 boxes, 1 folder, 2 items, and 265 Reels
- Storage Note:
- This is stored in multiple locations. Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 1-529; 531-533; 663; 666-672; 675-684; 686-690; 694-703; 705; 708-711; 713-722; 724-733 review: Box 664-665 ReCAP (rcpxr): Boxes 673-674; 685; 704; 706-707; 712; 723
The Papers of Woodrow Wilson Project, co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and Princeton University, was a successful project to publish material generated by and influencing Woodrow Wilson; the 35 year project resulted in an acclaimed 69 volume set. The records of the Papers of Woodrow Wilson Project, compiled by chief editor Arthur S. Link and his staff, document the life and times of the former Princeton University president, governor of New Jersey, and president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, as well as the project to bring together documentation by and about Wilson.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The records of the Papers of Woodrow Wilson Project, compiled by chief editor Arthur S. Link and his staff, document the life and times of the former Princeton University president, governor of New Jersey, and president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, as well as the project to bring together documentation by and about Wilson. The records consist of photocopies of correspondence, notes and diaries from various sources, drafts of manuscripts, printed material, photographs, and microfilms from the collections of various repositories, tape recordings referable to Wilson and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, numbered card index files, and the editorial office files including search files, correspondence, and drafts of notes. The collection of photocopied and microfilmed documents contained within these records is considered to be the most complete set of Wilsoniana in the world.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Papers of Woodrow Wilson Project
The Papers of Woodrow Wilson Project, co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and Princeton University, was a successful project to publish material generated by and influencing Woodrow Wilson; the 35 year project resulted in an acclaimed 69 volume set.
In 1957, the New York-based Woodrow Wilson Foundation (organized in 1922 by a group of Wilson admirers who desired to disseminate Wilson's ideals throughout America) decided to devote its entire financial resources to the collection and publication of Woodrow Wilson's papers. The idea for the project originated in 1956 with a Congressional Centennial Celebration Commission appointed in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Wilson's birth; the commission hired Dr. David Hirst to make survey of Wilson materials scattered in repositories throughout country. Based on the survey, the commission determined a need to publish the papers. The Woodrow Wilson Foundation assumed responsibility for sponsoring and funding the complete scholarly edition of Wilson Papers. Historian and Wilson biographer Arthur S. Link was invited to be director of project in 1958; the associate editors included David W. Hirst, John E. Little, and John Wells Davidson. In 1959, co-sponsorship of the project was divided between the Foundation and Princeton University. The project was initially headquartered at the Library of Congress, but moved to Princeton in 1963.
The Papers of Woodrow Wilson Project initiated a new style of historical editing. Rather than just using the official Wilson Papers from housed at the Library of Congress (which formed the basis for the six-volume Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, edited by Ray Stannard Baker and William E. Dodd and published between 1925 and 1927), Link and his associates decided to publish all documents that had an important impact on Wilson's thought. They searched for and published documents that Wilson himself generated (although Wilson kept no copies of his personal letters and few copies of official letters written by hand or typewriter), but also decided to include all important incoming materials, the memoranda, letters, and reports that Wilson read, that had an impact on him and helped shape his policies. The editorial team also included speeches and "third party records," for example, diary entries reporting conversations with Wilson. Despite the project running through 1994, the staff never used computers, instead gathering and sorting photocopied documents (the editorial team never worked directly with original documents) and index cards into four large loose-leaf binders delivered to Princeton University Press twice a year for copy editing and typesetting. Arthur Link remained chief editor for the entire length of the project; the last volume was published in 1994.
Gift of the Directors of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Dr. Pendleton Herring, President, in May 8, 1992 .
Typescripts and galleys for published volumes, as well as personnel files from the Administrative section of the collection, were discarded. Microfilm reels duplicating the collections within the Princeton University Library's Microforms Department, photocopies of materials held by the Special Collections Department of the Princeton University Library, and photocopies of materials that duplicated microfilm held in the collection were separated from this collection.
Some indexes, including a chronological file of all correspondence gathered by the editorial staff and a numerical file (matching up to the numbers stamped on all photocopied documents gathered) and several source files were removed from the records in 2020. Thus there is a gap in box numbering between Boxes 533 and 663, and between 690 and 694.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Jennifer Cole in March 2007. Finding aid written by Jennifer Cole in May 2007.
There is a gap in box numbering between Boxes 533 and 663, and between 690 and 694.
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 portion of the Papers of Woodrow Wilson Project Records at the Mudd Manuscript Library is currently on 5", 7" and 10" reel-to-reel and cassette tapes. The collection also includes Dictaphone Belts. Access to this material follows the Mudd Manuscript Library policy for preservation and access to audiovisual materials.
- Other Finding Aids
Series 3: Indexes includes boxes of cards indexing the materials in Series 1: Photocopied Sources. The main indexes, incoming and outgoing correspondence, are alphabetical indexes organized by name of correspondent. Additional indexes include a chronological file of all correspondence gathered by the editorial staff, a numerical file (matching up to the numbers stamped on all photocopied documents gathered) and several source files. More specialized indexes include speech files, place files, marginalia, and newspaper clippings, among others.
- Credit this material:
Papers of Woodrow Wilson Project Records; 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 Originals
For Series 1: Photocopied Sources and Series 2: Photographs and Audio-Visual Materials, originals are located at the various repositories that participated in the Papers of Woodrow Wilson Project, namely the Library of Congress, the National Archives, Princeton University Library, and many other repositories worldwide. When possible, the origination information is given in the container list. Additional origination information is located in Series 3: Indexes, and in the front of each volume of The Papers of Woodrow Wilson edited by Arthur S. Link. For more details, please contact the Mudd Manuscript Library.
Link, Arthur S., ed. The Papers of Woodrow Wilson (Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1966-1994).
The following works were consulted during preparation of biographical note: Saunders, Frances W., "From Campus Penury to Literary Heights," Carolina Alumni Review, Fall 1987, 57-62. Segal, Howard, "The Papers of Woodrow Wilson," Princeton Alumni Weekly, 16 November, 1971, 6-7. Teachout, Terry, "35 Years with Woodrow Wilson," Princeton Alumni Weekly, 6 April 1994, 8-12.
- Subject Terms:
- Presidents -- United States -- 20th century.
World War, 1914-1918.
- Genre Terms:
- Card indexes.
- Woodrow Wilson Foundation
Link, Arthur S. (Arthur Stanley), 1920-1998
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.
- New Jersey -- Governors -- 20th century.
United States -- History -- 1913-1921 -- Sources.