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The Jessie Wilson Sayre Collection documents the close relationships amongst the Wilson and Axson families in the early twentieth century and provides details into their lives. The collection includes correspondence to and from Jessie Wilson Sayre, before and after her marriage. The bulk of the collection is correspondence to Sayre before her marriage from her parents, sisters, friends, and her mother's family, the Axsons. Other materials in the collection include news clippings and other printed materials about Jessie Wilson Sayre, mostly related to her wedding, and writings by Wilson Sayre, such as her notes for speeches, some short fiction, and a reprint of an article she wrote for Good Housekeeping Magazine. The collection also contains her school materials, including notebooks that are mostly undated but are likely from her time at the Woman's College of Baltimore, and her address book. Of particular note is an unpublished memoir about Jessie Wilson Sayre written by Mary Holt, a cousin of Wilson Sayre's mother, Ellen Axson Wilson.
The Jessie Wilson Sayre Collection are organized into the following sections: Correspondence from Jessie Wilson (Sayre), Correspondence to Jessie Wilson (Sayre), and Jessie Wilson Sayre's Address Book. Within each section, folders are arranged alphabetically.
The correspondence from the 2016 addition is arranged chronologically; the other materials from this donation remain in their original order as received from the donor.
"Mrs. Sayre Dead; Wilson's Daughter" New York Times (1857-current file); Jan 16, 1933, page 15, consulted during preparation of biographical note.
FOR DIGITIZED CONTENT: The collection, with the exception of most of the 2016 Addition, has been digitized. Papers may be viewed or downloaded through this finding aid. To view materials, navigate to a specific folder, rather than an entire series or subseries.
Some digital images of the collection were created in 2008 by the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. The images appear to have been colorized; original photographs are black and white.
Initial gift of Francis Bowes Sayre, Jr., Eleanor Sayre, and Woodrow Wilson Sayre. No further information about this donation is available.
The materials in the 2016 addition were donated by Harriet (Happy) Sayre-McCord on behalf of herself, Jessie Sayre Maeck, Thomas Hart Sayre, and Francis Nevin Sayre in May 2016. The accession number associated with this donation is ML.2016.012.
For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.
A collection-level description and a file-level inventory were created on by Jennifer Cole on May 4, 2007. The collection-level description and inventory were updated by Rachel Van Unen in August 2016 to incorporate materials from the 2016 addition.
No information about appraisal or serparations from the initial donation of this collection is available.
Materials from the 2016 addition related to Woodrow Wilson were separated and added to the Woodrow Wilson Additional Materials.
- Axson, Stockton, 1867-1935
- Elliott, Margaret Axson
- McAdoo, Eleanor Wilson, 1889-1967
- Wilson, Ellen Axson
- Wilson, Margaret Woodrow, 1886-1944
- Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.
- Public Policy Papers
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Collection is open for research use.
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