Woodrow Wilson Press Statements Finding Aid


Woodrow Wilson Press Statements Finding Aid


Brianna Eagle






Item level description of government collection of press statements.


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library


Cataloging of archival materials


Mark Edwin Peterson




Folder 1: No date; National Archive list of Wilson press statements given to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum
Folder 2: 1917-01-05; Employee Compensation Communication with information on Mrs. Frances C. Axtell, Dr. Riley McMillan Little, and Hon. John J. Keegan
Folder 3: 1917-02-05; “Emergency in Water Transportation of the United States…A Proclamation”
Folder 4: 1917-02-21; Woodrow Wilson’s statement to the House of Representatives returning H.J. Res. 230 without his signature
Folder 5: 1917-02-23; Proclamation of an Extra Session of the Senate to be held March 5, 1917, at noon
Folder 6: 1917-03-16; Proclamation on Ukrainian Relief declaring April 21, 1917, as a day on which the people of the U.S. can make contributions for the aid of the stricken Ruthenians [Ukrainians]
Folder 7: 1917-03-16; Message issued by Woodrow Wilson to parties in the Railroad Strike asking them to reopen negotiations “with a view to the accommodation or settlement”
Folder 8: 1917-03-17; Message issued by Woodrow Wilson to parties in the Railroad strike expressing “I am exceedingly glad that the conferences have been reopened and that the prospect of a settlement looks brighter…”
Folder 9: 1917-03-99; Biographies of the members of the United States Tariff Commission: Frank William Taussig, Daniel Calhoun Roper, David J. Lewis, William Kent, William S. Culbertson, and Edward P. Costigan
Folder 10: 1917-04-03; Copy of telegram from George Harvey to J. P. Tumulty expressing “a great message of patriotism, evidencing masterful leadership…”
Folder 11: 1917-04-99; List of women appointed to office by President Wilson
Folder 12: 1917-05-19; Statement released for morning papers about the Army Bill and the President’s decision not to authorize creation of volunteer Army divisions to provide an independent command for Theodore Roosevelt
Folder 13: 1917-05-20; Statement by President on presidential control of food supplies and asking Herbert Hoover to undertake the task of food administration
Folder 14: 1917-05-22; Presidential correspondence from Woodrow Wilson replying to Edwin Y. Webb regarding administration’s authority to exercise censorship over the press in wartime; Correspondence from Woodrow Wilson to J. Thomas Heflin regarding objects in going to war
Folder 15: 1917-05-25; Proclamation by Woodrow Wilson declaring week ending June 25, 1917, as Red Cross Week during which the people of the U.S. will be called upon to give generously and in a spirit of patriotic sacrifice for the support and maintenance of this work
Folder 16: 1917-06-13; Letter from Mrs. Louis Meyer to Woodrow Wilson about sending two of her sons to war; 1917-06-16; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to Mrs. Meyer, “Your letter of June 13th has warmed by heart…”
Folder 17: 1917-07-09; Statement regarding agricultural exports, not to be cancelled by license, intention is that our food supplies will not become available either or directly or indirectly to feed the enemy
Folder 18: 1917-07-21; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to Secretary of the Interior Lane urging colleges and technical schools to maintain their courses on the usual basis so as to insure an adequate supply of trained men and women
Folder 19: 1917-07-99; Letter from Asbury F. Lever to Woodrow Wilson calling to his attention Section 23 of the Food Conservation Bill, “wholly foreign to the purpose of the measure…”; 1917-07-23; Letter from Woodrow Wilson replying to Asbury F. Lever expressing his opinion that Section 23 of Food Conservation Bill would render his task of conducting the war practically impossible
Folder 20: 1917-08-07; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to soldiers of the National Army “…the eyes of all the world will be on you, because you are in some special sense, the soldiers of freedom…My affectionate confidence goes with you in every battle and every test…”
Folder 21: 1917-08-17; Statement by Josephus Daniels about “the slanderous and false statement of the Navy league reflecting upon the honesty of the Naval administration and the integrity of Officers of the Navy…”
Folder 22: 1917-08-30; United States Food Administration recommendation to Woodrow Wilson that the price for 1917 wheat crop should be $2.20 per bushel
Folder 23: 1917-08-30; Statement on wheat price recommended by Food Administration Committee to determine fair price to be paid in government purchases
Folder 24: 1917-11-22; Statement on Railway Brotherhood who said the men they represented were “not inclined to contend for anything which they did not deem necessary to their own maintenance and the maintenance of their families…”
Folder 25: [1917-12-05 to 1918-05-06] Correspondence to, from, and about Mr. Gutzon Borglum who made allegations of dishonesty and mismanagement against those involved in aircraft production
Folder 26: 1917-12-17; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to William Jennings Bryan in response to “misrepresentations” claiming “You may quote me as saying that I did not ask for your resignation or desire it…”
Folder 27: 1917-12-20; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to Dr. A.J. McKelway of the National Child Labor Committee expressing “the president is more interested than ever of throwing all the safeguards possible around the labor of women and children during wartime…”
Folder 28: 1917-12-26; Statement and proclamation about assuming control of all the transportation systems as of noon on December 28, 1917 and appointing William G. McAdoo as Director General of railroads
Folder 29: 1917-99-99; Statement from the president released at the close of the 64th Congress, “Every effort to legislate for the safety and military preparation of the nation in these last hours of the Congress is being met by dilatory tactics on the part of certain members…”
Folder 30: 1918-01-02; Letter from Pershing to the Secretary of War thanking them for their message of confidence citing “all ranks extend to him and our people at home new pledges of loyalty and devotion”
Folder 31: 1918-01-11; Letter from Daniel Willard to Woodrow Wilson resigning his position as chair of the War Industries Board in order to double his time to the affairs of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad [he was President of B&O Railroad from 1910 to 1941]
Folder 32: 1918-01-18; Copies of telegrams received by the President by a variety of Chamber of Commerce organizations pledging to cooperate with the Order of the Fuel Administrator
Folder 33: 1918-03-20; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to “my dear Mr. Toastmaster” concerning the Democratic Party in New Jersey expressing “…no party must try to serve itself, but every party must try to serve humanity…”
Folder 34: 1918-05-01; Letter from J.A. Bardin, Judge of the Superior Court, Salinas, California, regarding a will left by a native of the Philippine Islands who died a leper at the county farm and left $140.95 to the government of the U.S. “in order that President Wilson…might succeed in bringing everlasting peace…”; 1918-05-09; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to Judge Bardin expressing gratitude to “simpler people” and that the money will be applied to the objects Jesus Y. Garcia had in mind
Folder 35: 1918-05-04; Proclamation by Woodrow Wilson declaring week of May 20, 1918, as Red Cross Week
Folder 36: 1918-05-11; Proclamation by Woodrow Wilson making 30 May 1918 “a day of public humiliation, prayer, and fasting…”
Folder 37: 1918-05-17; Announcement by President and Mrs. Wilson that they wished to have the wool clipped from the White House sheep sold at auction in each states, with the proceeds going to the second Red Cross War Fund
Folder 38: 1918-05-99; Biographies of 11 men nominated to serve on the War Finance Corporation established by act of Congress on April 5, 1918
Folder 39: 1918-07-14; Greetings to France on Bastille Day, “The French flag flies today from the staff of the White House…”
Folder 40: 1918-09-12; Letter from Joseph P. Tumlty to William H. Hays regarding “the responsiveness of some of the Republican to the clearly implied desire of the American people to keep politics out of the war…”
Folder 41: 1918-09-12; Letter from J.P. Tumulty ro Mr. William J. Cochran asking whether anyone In the Wisconsin senatonal campaign authorized publication of advertisements to U.S. soldiers from Wisconsin saying that Woodrow Wilson desired them to vote for Joseph E. Davies for U.S. Senate; 1918-09-21; Letter from W.J. Cochran to J.P. Tumulty expressing “no advertisements in behalf og Mr. Davies were authorized by me or anyone connected with the campaign”; 1918-09-26; Statement by Mr. Tumulty regarding charges by Chairman Hayes of the Republic National Committee that the Democratic party was responsible for the advertisements
Folder 42: 1918-09-13; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to members of the International Association of Machinists on strike in Bridgeport, CT, asking them to return to work and abide by the award of the arbiter; if they refuse, they will be barred from employment in any war industry in the community in which the strike occurs for a period of one year
Folder 43: 1918-10-22; Report of Director General William G. McAdoo of the United States Railroad Administration following a survey of operations at the six North Atlantic seaports: New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Newport News, and Norfolk
Folder 44: 1918-10-25; Appeal by Woodrow Wilson “to my fellow countrymen” that if they approve of his leadership then voters will return a democratic majority to both the House and Senate in the upcoming Congressional elections
Folder 45: 1918-10-26; Letter from F.M. Simmons to Woodrow Wilson on Republican leaders trying to make a partisan use of paragraph 3 of Wilson’s peace terms; 1918-10-28; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to Senator F.M. Simmons explaining his views on recovering economic bamers and establishing equality of trade conditions
Folder 46: 1918-11-22; Address of the President to the State Food Administrators who will still be needed “because the world has to be revictualed”
Folder 47: 1918-11-21; Letter of resignation from John D. Ryan, chairman of the Aircraft Board and Director of Aircraft Production; 1918-11-23; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to John D. Ryan expressing his appreciation for the service he rendered
Folder 48: 1918-12-03; Announcement of resignation of Fuel Administrator Garfield
Folder 49: 1918-12-03; Pardons for Lt. Col. George W. Mixter and Lt. Col. J.G. Vincent who were found technically guilty of a breach of stature in the Aircraft Production investigation; the President believed them “entirely innocent of any improper or selfish intention…”
Folder 50: 1918-12-04; Statement that Secretary Tumulty will not accompany the President’s party to France but will remain in Washington to keep the President in touch with matters in this country
Folder 51: 1919-01-11; Announcement that the White House will be closed to visitors because of necessary repairs
Folder 52: 1919-01-11; Message from Woodrow Wilson to Senator Martin and Congressman Swagar Sherley urging Congress to pass the appropriation requested by Mr. Hoover for administration of food relief, believes Bolshevism can be stopped by food
Folder 53: 1919-02-15; Cablegram sent to each member of the Foreign Relations Committees in the Senate and House requesting the members to dine at the White House on February 26 so that President can go over the articles of the League of Nations
Folder 54: 1919-03-04; Statement issued by Woodrow Wilson on the adjournment of Congress expressing “I take it for granted that the men who have obstructed and prevented the passage of necessary legislation…”
Folder 55: 1919-03-99; Biography of A. Mitchell Palmer when he was appointed Attorney General in March 1919
Folder 56: 1919-03-99; Biography of Francis P. Garvan, selected to be Alien Property Custodian when A. Mitchell Palmer left that position
Folder 57: 1919-04-24; Statement given out by Mr. Tumulty that the President gives “positive and unqualified denial” to the story in the newspapers that he has entered into a secret alliance or treaty with some of the great power
Folder 58: 1919-05-01; Proclamation urging that the Boy Scout movement be preserved, strengthened, and supported by all public spirited citizens, recommends June 8-14 as Boy Scout Week
Folder 59: 1919-05-13; Statement that the President has acted to permit American shipyards to accept foreign contracts so far as can be done without interfering with the building program for American registry
Folder 60: 1919-05-29; Statement about observing Memorial Day
Folder 61: 1919-07-11; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to Representatives vetoing H.R. 6176 because it cut 6 million dollars intended to support disabled soldiers in training
Folder 62: 1919-07-10; Letter from Edward N. Hurley to Woodrow Wilson resigning his position as chairman of the U.S. Shipping Board; 1919-07-10; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to Edward N. Hurley accepting his resignation with regret
Folder 63: 1919-08-06; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to Rep. Frank W. Mondell saying he cannot delay in addressing a joint session of Congress regarding high cost of living
Folder 64: 1919-08-15; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to the House of Representatives on his veto of H.R. 3854 “an Act for the repeal of the daylight-saving law”
Folder 65: 1919-08-15; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to Senator Henry Cabot Lodge requesting the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations meet at the White House
Folder 66: 1919-08-20; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to Senator Albert B. Fall regarding the formal Peace Treaty process and answering Fall’s written questions about the Peace Treaty and the League of Nations
Folder 67: 1919-08-20; Statement by the President to the Railway Employees Department of the American Federation of Labor asking them to cooperate with the government as it tries to reduce the cost of living
Folder 68: 1919-08-25; President’s proclamation to the people on the high cost of living
Folder 69: 1919-09-17; Answers of the President to questions asked by the San Francisco Labor Council
Folder 70: 1919-09-18; Answers of the President to questions asked by the San Francisco League of Nations
Folder 71: 1919-10-27; Letter from Woodrow Wilson to the House of Representatives regarding his veto of H.R. 6810 “an act to prohibit intoxicating beverages and to regulate the manufacture, production, use and sale of high-proof spirits…”
Folder 72: 1919-11-05; Proclamation designating November 27, 1919, a day of Thanksgiving and prayer

Biography or History

Joseph P. Tumulty is perhaps best known for his employment as the private secretary of President Woodrow Wilson from 1911 to 1921. Tumulty worked as an advisor for Wilson during his 1910 gubernational campaign while still holding the office of a state legislator until one year later when he became a permanent part of Wilson’s inner circle, working as his secretary during Wilson’s time as Governor of New Jersey. Tumulty transitioned with Wilson to the White House for his presidency. Tumulty’s position as presidential private secretary would later become the position of that we now know as White House Chief of Staff. Throughout his time with Wilson, Tumulty performed a variety of roles ranging from campaign organizer, public relations manager, and press secretary to adviser of minor presidential appointments and organizing for the Catholic and Irish vote.

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Brianna Eagle, “Woodrow Wilson Press Statements Finding Aid,” 2018, FA000300, Woodrow Wilson Press Statements, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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