In late 2006, the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library began a project to better describe its holdings of "Wilsoniana" – collections on and relating to Woodrow Wilson, 13th President of Princeton University and 28th President of the United States. The collections came to Princeton from myriad sources and were donated or purchased for a variety of reasons. The motivations behind the acquisitions included Wilson's relationship to Princeton as an undergraduate student, professor, and university president as well as the connections between Princeton and many Wilson associates or colleagues. Additionally, the driving force behind the disposition of several of the collections was the key role played by Princeton University in the Papers of Woodrow Wilson editorial project.
This guide was designed to promote access to the records while simultaneously calling attention to related holdings on Wilson and his era held at the Mudd Manuscript Library. These holdings encompass over 1000 linear feet of archival, manuscript, visual and printed materials. While the guide illustrates the richness of Mudd's Wilsoniana collections, it is not intended to be a comprehensive list of every published title or collection at Princeton University with a Wilson or Wilson-era connection. Additional materials may be found through searches of the Princeton University online catalog, Princeton University EAD Finding Aids website, or by consulting a reference archivist at the Mudd Manuscript Library.
All of the archival and manuscript collections in the guide have been cataloged and are listed according to their title as given in the Princeton University online catalog and Princeton University EAD Finding Aids website. Nearly all of the collections listed in this guide have finding aids that provide additional detail about the scope and content of the collections, as well as complete folder listings. All finding aids available online are linked from their entries in this online guide as well as within the Princeton University online catalog and Princeton University EAD Finding Aids website.
All collection entries in this guide include the title, date span, size, and call number of the collection, as well as a brief abstract consisting of a biographical/historical profile and a summary of contents. The entries are divided into four categories:
The Collections on Woodrow Wilson section includes Mudd Manuscript Library collections --both the Public Policy collection and the University Archives --whose contents are focused on Wilson. Entries in this section are arranged alphabetically by creator or collector.
The Corollary Collections on Woodrow Wilson section includes Mudd Manuscript Library collections that relate to Wilson or his era; while the collections may include Wilson correspondence or information about his administration, the focus of the collection itself was not Wilson. Entries in this section are arranged alphabetically by creator or collector.
The Selected Other Resources in the Princeton University Library System section includes lists of collections related to Wilson that are housed in other sections of the Princeton University Library System, including the Manuscripts, Graphic Arts, and Rare Books Divisions of the Rare Books and Special Collections Department. Entries in this section are grouped by repository and then arranged alphabetically by the creator or collector's last name, when pertinent.
The Selected Holdings at Other Institutions section includes a list of major collections of Woodrow Wilson papers held by institutions other than Princeton University. Entries in this section are arranged alphabetically by repository name.
Additionally, the guide provides access to an alphabetical listing of all Wilsoniana Collections held at the Mudd Manuscript Library, as well as a subject listing page giving suggestions to researchers regarding which collections to reference for different aspects of Wilson 's life.
Notes on Navigation
There are three ways to navigate through this guide. The left-hand column on each page serves as a table of contents and provides links to the major sections of the guide. To see the collections in one of the four sections or to read the introductory essays, click on the links in the table of contents.
To navigate through the pages sequentially (similar to reading a book or viewing an exhibit), use the links at the bottom of each page to go to the first, previous, next, or last page of the guide from the current page.
To search for a particular collection or to see a list of all the collections included in the guide, click on the "Alphabetical List of Wilsoniana at Mudd" link. To determine which collections might be best to use in researching certain aspects of Wilson 's life, click on the "Subject List of Wilsoniana at Mudd" link.
~Jennifer Cole, Project Archivist