HELP US DIGITIZE 100 YEARS OF IRREPLACEABLE PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS
WHY THIS PROJECT? NOW, THE HISTORICAL PAPERS AND OTHER LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS ARE IN VOLUMES OR STORED IN BOXES IN BUILDINGS. BUT WHAT IF THEY WERE DIGITAL AND ON THE INTERNET?
Woodrow Wilson documents are currently housed in many places.
Fragile. Irreplaceable. Vulnerable. Volatile.
Spread across the United States, spanning several states, libraries, living rooms and private homes, lies the documents and papers of one of the most influential presidents of the 1900’s, President Woodrow Wilson. The documents are a collection of works, ranging from personal correspondence with his wife and daughters to the writings of official Presidential speeches and notes taken during a Paris Peace Conference. The Papers Of Woodrow Wilson, edited by Arthur S. Link and originally published by Princeton University Press, was compiled in the mid-1970’s and consists of about 10% of Wilson’s works, comprised of a total of 38,400 total documents contained on 39,936 pages.
The Journal of American History described [the Papers of Woodrow Wilson] as
“an unprecedented illumination of Wilson’s activities and ideas”.
Founded in 2004, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation(WWPL) seeks to preserve this president’s collections and materials by embarking on a digitization project, the Woodrow Wilson Project, which would gather these documents in one place, memorialize them and make them accessible to all who wish to have access to them.
- Minutes of the Paris Peace Conference
- Diary entries
- His personal correspondence
- Academic works
- Official papers
- His 1919 Western Tour
Research can be expensive and time consuming.
Right now, unless you:
» know that the document exists
» know where it is
» and can get to it
you have limited access to these vital pieces of American history.
But we can change that.
GIVE US DIGITAL ACCESS
We do not have digital access to the majority of Woodrow Wilson’s work.
DIGITIZING AND PUTTING ON THE INTERNET WOULD GIVE EASIER ACCESS TO HIS WORK.
PUT IT ALL IN ONE PLACE
Woodrow Wilson’s documents are scattered across the continent.
ALL THE DOCUMENTS IN ONE PLACE WOULD MAKE IT EASY TO DO ONE STOP SHOPPING.
PRESERVE THEM FOREVER
Losing the documents would lose the only piece of that history recorded.
DIGITIZING THE DOCUMENTS WOULD SUPPORT THE LONG TERM PRESERVATION OF THESE PIECES FOREVER.