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The Papers of Woodrow Wilson Digital Edition will be accomplished in two phases.

PHASE ONE

Phase One will focus on digitizing the volumes of The Papers of Woodrow Wilson edited by Arthur Link which are less than 40,000 pages long. Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library plans to collaborate with the University of Virginia Press in outsourcing the digitization and transcription of the 69 volumes, having an employee of the University of Virginia Press supervise quality control of the finished product in consultation with the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library as needed. This phase is expected to take 18 months to complete.

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In partnership with Rotunda Press at the University of Virginia and in cooperation with Princeton University, The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library (WWPL) seeks to produce The Papers of Woodrow Wilson Digital Edition, (PWWDE). This full featured XML-resource will include the documents and annotation from the Papers of Woodrow Wilson, (PWW), edited by Arthur S. Link and originally published by Princeton University Press, with all content navigable and discoverable through cutting-edge digital technology.

The PWW represents a monumental editorial project and helped make Woodrow Wilson one of the most accessible presidents in American history. The PWW includes minutes of the Paris Peace Conference, and diary entries of close associates Edward House, Cary Grayson, and Josephus Daniels. There are approximately 38,400 total documents contained on 39,936 pages. The editors, led by Dr. Link, reviewed documents from a vast range of government and academic sources, including the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, the French and British foreign ministries, Princeton University, the Library of Congress, and the United States National Archives, among other repositories. This work is still considered an extraordinary undertaking and a pioneering effort given that even at the time of final volume’s publication in 1994, no other organized and annotated publication of Presidential Papers had been published.

Due to the size and scope, the Papers of Woodrow Wilson Digital Edition will be a project led by the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library (WWPL) that requires a close partnership with University of Virginia Press and the larger editing community in Charlottesville. WWPL will serve as the lead agency of this project in partnership with The University of Virginia Press which will publish the PWWDE on is state-of-the-art digital publishing platform, Rotunda. Inclusion in Rotunda not only provides the most up-to-date digital publishing technology; it puts the Wilson material in conversation with other important figures in American political history, from the Founding Fathers to important figures of the civil rights and Vietnam eras. Comparing the view of Thomas Jefferson, Woodrow Wilson, and Lyndon Johnson on a subject such as race or presidential power can provide new scholarly insights that were hard to imagine in an age of analog information or siloed digital repositories. In addition to being included in Rotunda, digitized versions of a portion of the papers in the WWPL collections would also be freely available to a varied audience of professional and lay researchers via the library website. The WWPL will provide oversight for this project.”

 

PHASE TWO

Phase Two of the Papers of Woodrow Wilson Digital Edition (the PWWDE) will be conducted through a close partnership between the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and the Center for Digital Editing (CDE) at the University of Virginia. The University of Virginia Press will publish the PWWDE on its state-of-the-art digital publishing platform, Rotunda. The aim of this phase is the editing and publication of the additional Woodrow Wilson papers that were not included in The Papers of Woodrow Wilson.

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Phase Two of the Papers of Woodrow Wilson Digital Edition will be conducted through a close partnership between the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and the Center for Digital Editing (CDE) at the University of Virginia. The University of Virginia Press will publish the PWWDE on its state-of-the-art digital publishing platform, Rotunda. Proceeding in stages and by series, Phase Two encompasses the identification, editing and publication of the remaining 75% that Link was unable to prepare. This new material will be incorporated into the PWWDE as it is edited over the course of Phase Two, so that users will not need to await the completion of the entire project to access its material. Phase Two will begin with a five-year project to edit and publish the War Series of the PWWDE. This consists of 50,691 Wilson documents produced between April 1917 and November 1918 when the United States participated as an active belligerent in World War One. The importance of these 1917-1918 documents merits their preparation at the very beginning of Phase Two, and at the centennial of American entry into the war. World War One documents will serve as a test batch that will allow staff to better evaluate and shape further digitization projects for the remaining Wilson papers at the Library of Congress.

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