Cary T. Grayson Papers


Cary T. Grayson






The papers of Cary T. Grayson, personal physician and friend of Woodrow Wilson, came to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in 2005, initially as a loan. They were formally donated to the WWPL by the Grayson family in Dec. 2008. Additional gifts of papers were made by the Grayson family in succeeding years, which were eventually incorporated into the larger collection.

Compiled over Dr. Grayson’s colorful life, the collection covers every aspect of Grayson’s military service, career, family life, and personal interests. It is arranged in 13 series (listed below), many with their own finding aids. The largest series, Correspondence (40 linear feet), includes letters and other documents from thousands of individuals. It is clear that Dr. Grayson realized that he had a unique window on the historical events of his era, and he kept everything from seating charts and menus of state dinners to newspaper clippings and family calendars. He wrote diary entries while in Europe with President Wilson for the Paris Peace Conference and scribbled notes after the President was stricken with a stroke in 1919. The bulk of the papers date from 1907-1938, but the collection includes documents from as early as 1864 and as late as 2008.


Seven grandchildren of Rear Admiral Cary T. Grayson: W. Cabell Grayson, Jr., Katherine G. Wilkins, Leslie H. Grayson, George Grayson, Carinthia A. Grayson, Alicia G. Grayson, and Theodosia H. Grayson.
Gift made Dec. 12, 2008


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library


170 boxes, 8 binders of scanned documents, 2,110 pdfs




The Cary T. Grayson Papers make up only one part of the larger Grayson Collection, which includes the papers of Cary’s wife, Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson, as well as their children, William, Cary Jr., and Gordon. It also includes the papers of Alice’s second husband, George Leslie Harrison, who was president of the New York Federal Reserve, and her father, J. J. Gordon, a successful 19th century entrepreneur.

Table Of Contents

Series in Collection:
Articles and speeches
Biographical materials
Book collection
Certificates and awards
Financial papers
Newspaper clippings
Phonograph records

Digital Records Available from the Cary T. Grayson Papers