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Haverford College
Quaker and Special Collections

L. Hollingsworth Wood Papers, 1903-1953

Ms. Coll. 1175
(81 boxes)

Table of contents

Biographical sketch of L. Hollingsworth Wood

Levi Hollingsworth Wood was born August 14, 1873 at Mt. Kisco, N.Y., the son of James and Emily (Hollingsworth) Wood. His sister was Carolena M. Wood (1871-1936). He was a graduate of Haverford College (1892-1896) and Columbia University Law School (1896-1899). He practiced law in New York City (legal firm Kirby & Wood). In 1915 he married Helen Underhill, who died Jan. 30, 1924. They had one son, James Wood. Wood later married Martha Speakman (d. 1977). Wood died July 21, 1956, at Mt. Kisco, N.Y., at the age of eighty-two.

For much of his life, L. Hollingsworth Wood worked actively in the areas of peace, civil rights, black and Quaker education.

A partial list of organizations and committees which Wood began work with before 1920 includes Young Friends, Hope Day Nursery for Colored Children, New York Colored Mission, Joint Committee on Peace of the two New York Yearly Meetings, Penn School (St. Helena Island, S.C.), Central Bureau of Colored Fresh Air Agencies, North American Civic League for Immigrants, National League for the Protection of Colored Women, National Urban League, Whittier Fellowship Guest House, Five Years Meeting, Camp Fire Girls, Peace Association of Friends in America, American League to Limit Armaments, American Union Against Militarism, Friends Ambulance Unit, Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and Fisk University.

Wood was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Friends Service Committee and the National Urban League. In addition, he served as president of the Urban League for 26 years. In 1917 Wood was elected to the Board of Trustees of Fisk University and was vice chairman of the Board at the time of his death in 1956. He was a member of the Board of Managers of Haverford College for over forty years.

During the years prior to America's entrance into WWI, Wood was part of an active group of pacifists seeking to counter the growing military spirit sweeping the country. The American League to Limit Armaments and its successor, the American Union Against Militarism were direct forerunners of the ACLU. In 1920 Wood was elected a member of the American Commission on Conditions in Ireland, which held hearings to investigate the escalating conflict between England and Ireland. A member of the Board of the International Rescue Committee, Wood served as chairman in the 1940s and 1950s.

Wood was also very active in Quaker concerns, especially in the areas of peace, Friends education and in promoting cooperation between Friends of different backgrounds and branches. He was the American correspondent to the London Friend and a member of the Peace Association of Friends in America. Wood was a guiding force behind the Joint Committee on Peace of the two New York Yearly Meetings, which sponsored a Peace Conference of all branches of Friends in 1910. The Joint Peace Committee of the Associated American Yearly Meetings was a direct result of this conference.

Wood was also very active in the Young Friends movement and with Five Years Meeting, helping to organize the latter's Meeting of 1917. He served on committees planning the Friends World Conferences of 1920 and 1937. Wood was also clerk of New York Yearly Meeting from 1926-1931.

Sources for above: Dictionary of Quaker Biography; NY Times obit. July 23, 1956; LHW papers; "The National Urban League, 1910-1940" by Nancy J. Weiss (New York : Oxford University Press, 1974) [E185.5.N33 W44]; "In defense of American liberties: a history of the ACLU" by Samuel Walker (New York : Oxford University Press, 1990) [JC599.U5 W28 1990].

Links to images

The following list brings together all of the image links found throughout this finding aid.

Scanned Image Page 1 of TLS of W. E. B. DuBois, Sept. 23, 1924, to L. Hollingsworth Wood. DuBois is writing in reply to a letter of Wood's re a meeting of Fisk students and graduates in the aftermath of DuBois's speech at Fisk on June 2. Page 2 (from Fisk University papers, box 22) (each approx. 88k)

Scanned Image Page 1 of TD, autobiographical sketch of L. Hollingsworth Wood, written as part of the publicity campaign for Friends World Conference, 1937. Page 2 (from Friends World Conference, 1937, box 36) (each approx.58k)

Scanned Image Page 1 of "We Know Better, But We Do Worse" written by Wood (1938) as chairman of the Interracial Justice Section for the World Conference of Friends (1937). Page 2 | Page 3 (from Friends World Conference, 1937, box 37) (each approx. 69k)

Summary of collection

Correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, lists, press releases, transcripts, notes, photographs, clippings, drafts of articles and speeches, financial and legal papers, brochures, pamphlets and other printed items, account books and other papers.

Primarily correspondence and other papers related to the many activities Wood was involved in. For a summary list of folders in the collection, arranged alphabetically by organization, institution, committee, etc. see folder list. This list includes links to fuller, more detailed descriptions of papers in the collection. In addition, a chronological checklist of organizations, etc., and an alphabetical index of selected correspondents in the collection appears at the end of this page.

Wood's correspondents included Jane Addams, Roger N. Baldwin, Ruth Standish Baldwin, W. E. B. DuBois, Hollis B. Frissell, Luther H. Gulick, George Edmund Haynes, Eugene Kinckle Jones, Fayette A. McKenzie, Robert R. Moton, Norman Thomas, Oswald Garrison Villard, Booker T. Washington, Margaret Washington and Carter G. Woodson, as well as many prominent Friends, including Joseph Allen Baker [Quaker?], Joshua L. Barton, Raymond Binford, Gilbert Bowles, Phillips Bradley, Henry J. Cadbury, Francis R. Cope, James G. Douglas, Anna Griscom Elkinton, J. Passmore Elkinton, John T. Emlen, Lewis Lyndon Hobbs, Allen D. Hole, William I. Hull, Rufus M. Jones, Thomas Elsa Jones, S. Edgar Nicholson, Elbert Russell, Alfred G. Scattergood, Anna Braithwaite Thomas, Wilbur K. Thomas, Benjamin F. Trueblood, George A. Walton, J. Barnard Walton, Gilbert White, Carolena M. Wood, Walter C. Woodward, Stanley R. Yarnall and many others.

Related collections

Related collections include: New York Colored Mission records, 1865-1952, Ms. Coll. 1173.

Arrangement and description of collection

Wood's papers are, for the most part, arranged according to his filing system. They are arranged alphabetically by organization, institution, committee, etc. Within each of the above, folders are generally arranged by type (correspondence, minutes, financial, etc.) and chronologically within each folder, generally with the most recent dates at the front of the folder. In most cases, correspondence files included both original incoming letters to Wood and copies of his outgoing letters filed together in one chronological series. This order has been preserved. In many cases, Wood has put related letters and papers together. This arrangement has been kept, and is indicated by the presence of folded paper strips as replacements for the original staples and paper clips.

Most folder titles are supplied from Wood's original folders (these appear in the finding aid within quotation marks). When a folder title was lacking, incomplete or inadequate, one has been supplied.

Within the finding aid, descriptive headings for each series (correspondence, minutes, etc.) are designated by headings using roman numerals (example: "III. American Commission on Conditions in Ireland - Correspondence, 1920-1923 [11 folders]"). When more than one folder is needed to house a set of papers, individual folders are designated by arabic numerals (for example, under the above heading will be found "1. Correspondence, Aug. - Nov. 1920," "2. Correspondence, Dec. 1920" and so on).

Folder list, alphabetically by organization

The following list serves as a "shortcut" into the collection.

This alphabetical list of organizations, institutions, committees, etc., gives folder titles, date spans and number of folders for each heading. The box number where each folder is located is also indicated.

A fuller description of a particular folder or set of papers is provided under the individual descriptions for each organization, etc. Under each linked heading may be found brief notes as to the history of an organization, committee or institution including Wood's connection to it, notes on types of papers that may be found within folders, notes on topics discussed and names of prominent correspondents, etc.

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (Box 1)

  1. Correspondence, 1950-1953. [1 folder]

AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND (Boxes 1 - 7)
Also filed here: AMERICAN COUNCIL ON IRELAND and AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR RELIEF IN IRELAND.

  1. AMERICAN COUNCIL ON IRELAND - Correspondence, 1918-1919. [1 folder in Box 1]
  2. AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR RELIEF IN IRELAND - Correspondence, 1920-1921; reports, lists, minutes, etc., 1921. [2 folders in Box 1]

AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND (III - XIII)

  1. "Correspondence," 1920-1923. [11 folders in Boxes 1-2]
  2. Correspondence, 1921-1922, (with Wood's folder titles). [12 folders in Boxes 2-4]
  3. Transcripts of Hearings, 1st - 6th, 1920-1921. [4 folders in Boxes 4-5]
  4. "Documents," 1920-1921. [1 folder in Box 5]
  5. Newspapers related to Anglo-Irish conflict, 1920-1921. [1 folder in Box 5]
  6. "Irish Bulletin," vol. 2, July - Aug. 1920. [1 folder in Box 5]
  7. Printed pamphlets, brochures, 1917-1921. [1 folder in Box 5]
  8. "Receipts and miscellaneous vouchers," 1921. [1 folder in Box 6]
  9. Receipts, bills, etc., October - December 1920; January - February 1921. [2 folders in Box 6]
  10. Account books, 1920-1921. [2 volumes in Box 6]
  11. Receipts, bills, etc. 1920-1921. [3 folders in Box 7]

THE AMERICAN FRIEND (Box 7)

  1. Correspondence, 1910-1919. [1 folder]

AMERICAN LEAGUE TO LIMIT ARMAMENTS (Box 8)

  1. List of "New members," 1915-1916. [1 folder]
  2. "List of all members except in N.Y.C." [1 folder]
  3. "Correspondence with members," 1914-1915. [1 folder]
  4. Letters, 1915 "from members, used and not useable." [1 folder]
  5. Scrapbook of copies of letters, 1915, sent out by ALLA over Wood signature. [1 volume]
  6. "Minutes of meetings," 1914-1915. [1 folder]

AMERICAN UNION AGAINST MILITARISM (Box 9)

  1. "(American League to Limit Armaments: anti 'Preparedness' Committee) - Contributors (lists and corresp.), 1916." [1 folder]
  2. "Special Committee." [1 folder]
  3. "Militarism - Speeches." 1915-1917. [1 folder]
  4. "Militarism - Literature." 1915 and n.d.. [1 folder]
  5. "Treasurer's statements, Dec. 9, 1915-Dec. 30, 1916." [1 folder]
  6. "Resignations - (American League to Limit Armaments) 1915-1916." [1 folder]

ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF NEGRO LIFE AND HISTORY (Box 10)

  1. Correspondence with Carter G. Woodson, 1917-1922. [2 folders]

BLACK EDUCATION (Box 10)

  1. Correspondence, pamphlets, brochures, 1914-1924. [1 folder]

BOOKER WASHINGTON INSTITUTE OF LIBERIA [see NEW YORK STATE COLONIZATION SOCIETY]

PHILLIPS BRADLEY (Box 10)

  1. "Phillips Bradley," correspondence with, 1929-1934. [1 folder]

BROOKWOOD LABOR COLLEGE (KATONAH, N.Y.) (Boxes 10-11)

  1. "Correspondence," 1921-1929. [5 folders in Box 10]
  2. "Legal documents," ca. 1914-1923. [1 folder in Box 11]
  3. Printed items, ca. 1919-1927. [1 folder in Box 11]

CAMP FIRE GIRLS (Box 11)

  1. "Correspondence," 1913-1916. [1 folder]
  2. "Minutes of meetings," 1913-1915. [1 folder]
  3. Reports, memoranda, etc., 1913-1915. [1 folder]
  4. Printed items, ca. 1914-1915. [1 folder]

CARDINAL GIBBONS INSTITUTE (Box 12)

  1. "Miscellaneous correspondence," 1922-1929. [3 folders]
  2. Minutes, by-laws, constitution, etc. 1922-1929. [1 folder]

THE CENTRAL BUREAU OF COLORED FRESH AIR AGENCIES (Box 13)

  1. Correspondence, 1909-1915. [4 folders]
  2. Minutes of conferences, 1910-1911. [1 folder]
  3. Reports, 1909-1910. [1 folder]
  4. "Receipts, unpaid bills," 1910-1911. [1 folder]
  5. Registration cards, 1910. [1 packet]

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY CLUB - ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE (Box 13)

  1. Correspondence, brochures, etc. 1912-1915. [1 folder]

COMMERCIAL USE OF "QUAKER" (Box 14)

  1. Correspondence, 1912-1919. [3 folders]
  2. Congressional hearings, 1913-1914. [1 folder]
  3. Clippings, memoranda, N.Y. Senate Bills, 1913. [1 folder]

EIGHT ACRES CORPORATION (Boxes 15-17)

  1. "Miscellaneous correspondence," 1928-1938. [2 folders in Box 15]
  2. "Correspondence with Herbert Emmerich," 1928-1938. [2 folders in Box 15]
  3. "Bills payable," 1933. [1 folder in Box 15]
  4. "Deeds and Title papers," 1929-1930 and "Declaration of Trust" 1929. [1 folder in Box 15]
  5. "Survey and Prospectus," 1929. [1 folder in Box 16]
  6. "Correspondence, Holden & Cavanaugh re: Incorporation," 1930-1932. [1 folder in Box 16]
  7. "Minutes and memoranda," 1929-1931 and "Memos. re: Interest on Loan at Bankers Trust Co.," 1929-1930. [1 folder in Box 16]
  8. "Correspondence with Joseph Allen," 1928-1938. [2 folders in Box 16]
  9. "Correspondence with Arthur R. Davis," 1928-1930. [1 folder in Box 16]
  10. "Correspondence with Albert L. Deane," 1928-1931. [1 folder in Box 16]
  11. "Correspondence with Max Meyer," 1928-1938. [1 folder in Box 16]
  12. "Correspondence Re: sale of property," 1930-1935. [1 folder in Box 16]
  13. "Correspondence Re: Options," 1938 [re: sale of property]. [1 folder in Box 16]
  14. "Correspondence with Mrs. Edward. A. Quinlan," 1927-1936. [2 folders in Box 16]
  15. Correspondence "Re: lease to Frank Mucciano," 1932-1938. [1 folder in Box 17]
  16. "Water bills and re: taxes," 1929-1938. [1 folder in Box 17]
  17. "Bank statements," 1930-1933. [1 folder in Box 17]
  18. "Muriel Madden vs. Eight Acres," 1937. [1 folder in Box 17]
  19. "Re: Insurance," 1929-1939. [2 folders in Box 17]

FEDERAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES (Box 17)

  1. Letter, 1917 and Federal Council Bulletin, 1921. [1 folder - 2 items]

FISK UNIVERSITY (Boxes 18-27)

  1. "Miscellaneous correspondence," 1917-1921. [13 folders in Boxes 18-19]
  2. "Trustees' correspondence," 1917-1921. [5 folders in Box 19]
  3. "Fisk campaign" correspondence, 1919-1920. [3 folders in Box 20]
  4. "Correspondence with Dr. Lyman Powell," 1920-1922. [1 folder in Box 20]
  5. "Publicity campaign" correspondence, 1921-1922. [3 folders in Box 20]
  6. "Alumni - lists, meetings, etc. - Fisk Club, N.Y.," 1919. [1 folder in Box 20]
  7. Correspondence "Re: Jubilee Singers," 1919-1921. [1 folder in Box 20]
  8. Correspondence with black donors, 1921. [1 folder in Box 20]
  9. "Re: Martin - Physical Training," 1919. [1 folder in Box 20]
  10. "Letter re: statement of General Jan Christian Smuts," 1920. [1 folder in Box 21]
  11. "Meetings and minutes," 1918-1922. [1 folder in Box 21]
  12. "Pamphlets, etc.," 1910, 1919-1921. [1 folder in Box 21]
  13. "Photographs," ca. 1920. [1 folder in Box 21]
  14. "Finances - Re: Fisk Treasurer Statement" 1917-1920. [2 folders in Box 21]
  15. "Insurance" correspondence, 1917-1921. [3 folders in Box 22]
  16. "Elizabeth Milbank Anderson" estate, 1921-1922. [1 folder in Box 22]
  17. "Matter of DuBois address," 1924-1925. [4 folders in Box 22]
  18. "Students' grievances," 1924-1925. [1 folder in Box 23]
  19. "(Re: strike) - Letters from faculty, etc. for trustees," 1925. [3 folders in Box 23]
  20. "(Re: strike) - Re: Howard Admissions," correspondence, 1925. [1 folder in Box 23]
  21. "Re: Strike, etc.," 1925. [1 folder in Box 23]
  22. "Re: Leonard report," 1925. [1 folder in Box 23]
  23. "Alumni Committee," correspondence, 1924-1926. [4 folders in Box 24]
  24. "Re: Business Manager," correspondence, 1925-1926. [3 folders in Box 24]
  25. "Personnel - Re: President - Re: Dean of Women," correspondence, 1923-1927. [24 folders in Boxes 25-26]
  26. "Correspondence with Mrs. Ethel Bedient Gilbert," 1932. [1 folder in Box 26]
  27. "Correspondence with Dr. Thomas Elsa Jones," 1938-1939. [9 folders in Boxes 26-27]

FIVE YEARS MEETING (Boxes 27-30)

  1. Letter, program, 1912. [1 folder in Box 27]
  2. Correspondence, 1916 (January - February). [1 folder in Box 27]
  3. "Committee on Arrangements" - Correspondence, 1916-1918. [13 folders in Boxes 28-29]
  4. "Trustees of Five Years Meeting Board of Education - Miscellaneous correspondence," 1919-1937. [3 folders in Box 29]
  5. "Trustees of Five Years Meeting Board of Education - Alfred G. Scattergood, Treasurer" - correspondence, 1933-1937. [1 folder in Box 30]
  6. "Trustees of Five Years Meeting Board of Education - Guilford" - correspondence, minutes of meetings, 1934-1937. [1 folder in Box 30]
  7. "Trustees of Five Years Meeting Board of Education - Minutes of meetings - Resolutions, general letters to trustees, by-laws, forms, etc.," 1934-1937. [1 folder in Box 30]
  8. Photographs, 1935. [1 folder in Box 30]
  9. "Miscellaneous" - correspondence, etc., 1934-1940. [1 folder in Box 30]

FRIENDS AMBULANCE UNIT (Boxes 30-31)

  1. "Appeals" n.d. and 1914-1918. [2 folders in Box 30]
  2. "Receipts," 1914-1915. [1 folder, ca. 13 items in Box 31]
  3. Correspondence, 1914-1919. [4 folders in Box 31]

FRIENDS SCHOOL CONFERENCE (May 21, 1914) (Box 31)

  1. Correspondence, 1914. [1 folder]

FRIENDS TRUSTS, LTD. (Box 32)

  1. Deed of Trust, 1925, for S. C. Witting estate. [1 folder]
  2. Correspondence, 1934-1937. [4 folders]

FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (1ST : 1920 : LONDON) (Boxes 33-34)

  1. "Miscellaneous correspondence," 1918-1920. [10 folders in Box 33]
  2. "Pamphlet, lists of names and mems., etc." ca. 1916-1920. [1 folder in Box 34]
  3. Pamphlets, printed letters, brochures, ephemera, ca. 1920. [1 folder in Box 34]
  4. "Re: Delegates - Memo. - Conf. of Delegates at 12th St. Meetinghouse," 1919. [1 folder in Box 34]
  5. "Re: Delegates," correspondence, 1919-1920. [1 folder in Box 34]
  6. "Requests for information and mailing lists," correspondence, 1919. [1 folder in Box 34]
  7. "Correspondence re: reports of English Commissions," 1919-1920. [1 folder: 11 items in Box 34]
  8. "Receipts, etc. - Thos. Cook & Sons bill for Trans-Atlantic passages of English Friends" 1919-1920. [1 folder: 11 items in Box 34]
  9. "Contributions for expenses to attend London Conference," correspondence, 1920. [1 folder in Box 34]

FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2ND : 1937 : SWARTHMORE) (Boxes 35-37)

  1. "Miscellaneous correspondence," 1934-1937. [7 folders in Box 35]
  2. "Correspondence with Anna Griscom Elkinton," Chairman, 1934-1936. [2 folders in Box 35]
  3. "Correspondence with Marion S. Norton," Secretary, 1934-1935. [2 folders in Box 35]
  4. "The Commissions" - correspondence re: selection of members, etc., 1935-1937. [4 folders in Box 36]
  5. "Lists, addresses, etc.," 1934-1935. [1 folder in Box 36]
  6. "General letters, reports, etc.," 1935. [1 folder in Box 36]
  7. "Minutes" of committees, 1935-1937. [1 folder in Box 36]
  8. "Publicity" correspondence, 1935-1936. [1 folder in Box 36]
  9. Clippings on Friends and Meetings, etc., 1935. [1 folder in Box 37]
  10. Draft of World Conference Report on Racial Justice by Thomas Elsa Jones (President of Fisk University), 1936. [1 folder in Box 37]
  11. "Visiting English Friends," correspondence, 1937. [1 folder in Box 37]
  12. Printed and published items, clippings, 1930-1937. [1 folder in Box 37]
  13. "We know better, but we do worse" ["Message from Interracial Justice Section - World Conference of Friends - To all Yearly Meetings ... on behalf of the section studying methods of achieving racial justice for the World Conference of Friends, Philadelphia, 1937, L. Hollingsworth Wood. March 15, 1938"]. [5 folders in Box 37]

GOOD NEIGHBOR COMMITTEE ON THE ÚMIGRÚ AND THE COMMUNITY (Box 38)

  1. Correspondence, minutes, reports, etc., 1939. [1 folder]

GUILFORD COLLEGE (GUILFORD, N.C.) (Boxes 38-39)

  1. "Correspondence with North Carolina committee," 1930-1935. [1 folder in Box 38]
  2. "Correspondence with North Carolina committee," Raymond M. Binford, 1930-1931. [1 folder in Box 38]
  3. "Correspondence with North Carolina committee," Dudley D. Carroll, 1930-1932. [1 folder in Box 38]
  4. "Correspondence with North Carolina committee," J. Elwood Cox, 1930-1931. [1 folder in Box 38]
  5. "Correspondence with North Carolina committee," Edgar T. Hole, 1930-1932. [1 folder in Box 38]
  6. "Correspondence with New York committee," 1930-1933. [1 folder in Box 38]
  7. "Miscellaneous correspondence," 1930-1937. [3 folders in Box 39]
  8. "Direct personal appeals to individuals," 1930-1938. [1 folder in Box 39]

HAPPY GROVE SCHOOL (JAMAICA, BWI) (Boxes 39-45)

  1. "Miscellaneous correspondence," 1936-1939, 1942-1951. [2 folders in Box 39]
  2. Correspondence with and re: "Harold Ballysingh," 1935-1936. [1 folder in Box 40]
  3. Correspondence, "Montclair Hoffman - Happy Grove Committee," 1927-1928. [1 folder in Box 40]
  4. Correspondence, "Re: Sarah Swift 'Science Building,'" 1932-1933. [1 folder in Box 40]
  5. Correspondence "Re: Visiting Commission," 1930-1933. [2 folders in Box 40]
  6. "Happy Grove needs and Our Visit to Jamaica," ca. 1932. [1 folder in Box 40]
  7. "Montclair Hoffman [- Happy Grove Committee] - Forms, lists and publicity," 1927-1935. [1 folder in Box 41]
  8. "Haviland-Ryan Report," 1931-1932. [1 folder in Box 41]
  9. Correspondence with "William C. Biddle, Treasurer" of Montclair Hoffman - Happy Grove Committee, 1927-1942. [17 folders in Boxes 41-43]
  10. Correspondence with Provident Trust Co., 1927-1931. [1 folder in Box 43]
  11. Correspondence with "William C. Biddle, Treasurer, Re: Bancroft Fund," 1930-1943. [1 folder in Box 43]
  12. "Minutes and financial statements," 1939-1941. [1 folder in Box 43]
  13. "Correspondence with Dorothea Simmons," 1936-1946. [2 folders in Box 44]
  14. "Correspondence with Kenneth Crooks," Headmaster, 1946-1950. [1 folder in Box 44]
  15. "Dorothea Simmons - Miscellaneous correspondence Re: Aubrey Jacobs," 1940-1944. [5 folders in Boxes 44-45]
  16. "Dorothea Simmons - Aubrey Jacobs - Statements of account," 1940-1943. [1 folder in Box 45]
  17. "Dorothea Simmons - Re: Willie Gertig" - correspondence, 1946-1948. [1 folder in Box 45]

HAVERFORD COLLEGE (Boxes 46-49)

  1. "New York Haverford Society - Miscellaneous" correspondence, etc., 1929-1952. [9 folders in Box 46]
  2. "Drive for endowment, 1949" correspondence, 1949-1953. [2 folders in Box 46]
  3. "Committee on memorials" correspondence, etc., 1948-1949. [2 folders in Box 47]
  4. "Committee on Haverford Board" correspondence, 1946-1948. [2 folders in Box 47]
  5. "Haverford College Managers - Sub-committee on Honorary Degrees" correspondence, 1936-1952. [3 folders in Box 47]
  6. "Nominating committee" correspondence, 1945-1947. [1 folder in Box 47]
  7. "Miscellaneous correspondence," 1950-1952. [5 folders in Box 48]
  8. "Re: investment" correspondence, 1951-1952. [1 folder in Box 48]
  9. "Re: Library" correspondence, etc., 1940-1952. [1 folder in Box 48]
  10. Board of Managers printed reports, 1940, 1948-1949. [1 folder in Box 48]
  11. "Minutes and reports of Board Meetings," 1950-1952. [5 folders in Box 49]

HOPE DAY NURSERY FOR COLORED CHILDREN (Box 49)

  1. Legal papers, correspondence, etc., 1906-1916. [1 folder]

INDIA FAMINE RELIEF (Box 49)

  1. Correspondence, photo-reproductions, clippings, 1919. [1 folder: 9 items]

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE (Boxes 50-51)

  1. Miscellaneous correspondence and reports, 1947, 1950-1953. [6 folders in Box 50]
  2. Minutes, Oct. 12, 1950 - Sept. 25, 1952. [1 folder in Box 51]
  3. "Inter-office Information Bulletin, Jan. - Feb. 1951." [1 folder in Box 51]

JOHN BOWNE LECTURE (Box 51)

  1. "Correspondence with lecturers," 1928-1935. [1 folder]
  2. "Copies of lectures themselves (file copies)" 1928-1933. [1 folder]

JOHN WOOLMAN MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION (Box 51)

  1. Correspondence, etc., 1915-1919. [1 folder]

JORDANS MEETING (Box 51)

  1. Correspondence, 1926, 1932. [1 folder]

MOUND BAYOU OIL MILL & MANUFACTURING CO. (Box 52)

  1. Correspondence, 1912-1913. [1 folder]
  2. Clippings, calendar, pamphlets, etc. 1911-1915. [1 folder]

DR. PETER MARSHALL MURRAY (Box 52)

  1. Correspondence with and about Dr. Murray, 1922-1934. [2 folders]

NATIONAL BAIL FUND (Box 52-53)

  1. Correspondence, 1923-1938. [7 folders in Boxes 52-53]
  2. Auditor's reports, 1922, 1923, 1925. [1 folder in Box 53]

NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR THE PROTECTION OF COLORED WOMEN (Box 53)

  1. Correspondence, 1911-1913. [1 folder]
  2. Minutes, treasurer's reports, receipts, 1911-1913. [1 folder]

NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE (Boxes 54-56)

  1. "Correspondence," 1910-1917. [27 folders]

NEW YORK COLORED MISSION (Boxes 57-63)

  1. Fair invitations, etc., ca. 1906-1910. [1 folder in Box 57]
  2. Fair correspondence, etc., 1906-1911. [5 folders in Box 57]
  3. Correspondence, 1911-1920. [9 folders in Box 58]
  4. Reports, 1907-1910. [1 folder in Box 59]
  5. Treasurer's papers, 1907-1911 (a few items for 1912 filed in). [13 folders in Boxes 59-60]
  6. Treasurer's papers, 1912. [6 folders in Boxes 60-61]
  7. "Correspondence re: Fresh Air," 1910-1912. [1 folder in Box 61]
  8. Reports, 1911. [1 folder in Box 61]
  9. Miscellaneous Fresh Air, 1911. [1 folder in Box 61]
  10. Correspondence re: "Fresh Air Farm," 1910-1911. [1 folder in Box 62]
  11. "Farm lists," ca. 1912. [1 folder in Box 62]
  12. Donations to Fresh Air, 1910-1912. [3 folders on Box 62]
  13. "Booker Washington Art" [article?] [1 envelope in Box 63]
  14. "List of names" ca. 1908. [1 folder in Box 63]
  15. "Milestones," 1909-1910. [1 folder in Box 63]
  16. Literature of other charitable institutions and organizations, ca. 1906-1911. [2 folders in Box 63]

NEW YORK STATE COLONIZATION SOCIETY - BOOKER WASHINGTON INSTITUTE OF LIBERIA (Box 64)

  1. Correspondence, minutes, etc., 1947-1952. [8 folders]

NEW YORK WORLDS' FAIR (1939-1940), N.Y. WORLD'S FAIR COMMITTEE OF FRIENDS and INTERRACIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (Box 65)

  1. "N.Y. World's Fair Committee of Friends - Friendly Relations Committee - Re: Temple of Religion" correspondence, 1938-1940. [6 folders]
  2. "N.Y. World's Fair Committee of Friends - Statements of Account," 1939. [1 folder]
  3. Temple of Religion - printed items. [1 folder]
  4. "Interracial Advisory Committee - Race relations - Negro at World's Fair" - correspondence, 1938-1939. [1 folder]

NORTH AMERICAN CIVIC LEAGUE FOR IMMIGRANTS (later COMMITTEE FOR IMMIGRANTS IN AMERICA) (Boxes 66-67)

  1. "Correspondence," 1910-1915. [9 folders in Box 66]
  2. "Minutes of meetings," 1911-1914. [1 folder in Box 67]
  3. Bulletins, 1911-1912. [1 folder in Box 67]
  4. Investigation of voters' qualifications, 1911. [1 folder: 5 items in Box 67]
  5. Agreement between League and Legal Aid Society, 1912. [1 folder in Box 67]
  6. Weekly reports, 1912. [1 folder in Box 67]
  7. "Reports of League," 1912, 1914-1915. [2 folders in Box 67]
  8. Education-Extension Committee, 1912. [1 folder in Box 67]
  9. Board of Directors, 1913. [1 folder in Box 67]

NORTH CAROLINA YEARLY MEETING (Box 67)

  1. Historical sketch, correspondence, etc., 1906-1909. [1 folder]

PEACE (Boxes 68-71)
Under this heading are folders of papers of the following:
JOINT COMMITTEE ON PEACE OF THE TWO NEW YORK YEARLY MEETINGS "
FRIENDS INTERNATIONAL PEACE ASSOCIATION
JOINT PEACE COMMITTEE OF THE ASSOCIATED AMERICAN YEARLY MEETINGS
COMMITTEE ON PEACE OF THE ASSOCIATED AMERICAN YEARLY MEETINGS
PEACE ASSOCIATION OF FRIENDS IN AMERICA

  1. Joint Committee on Peace of the two New York Yearly Meetings - Correspondence, etc., 1908-1913. [4 folders in Box 68]
  2. "Lists" ca. 1909-1910. [1 folder in Box 68]
  3. Friends International Peace Association - "Copy Resolution and request, President's reply" July 1910. [1 folder: 3 items in Box 68]
  4. [Joint?] Committee on Peace of the Associated Yearly Meetings of Friends - "Executive Committee correspondence," 1910-1911. [1 folder in Box 68]
  5. [Joint?] Committee on Peace of the Associated Yearly Meetings of Friends - "Answers of Committee," correspondence, 1911. [1 folder in Box 68]
  6. Joint Peace Committee of the Associated American Yearly Meetings - Correspondence, 1911-1912. [2 folders in Box 69]
  7. Joint Committee on Peace of the Associated American Yearly Meetings - "Correspondence regarding Conference," 1912. [1 folder in Box 69]
  8. "Minutes of Conference and Executive Committee" 1910-1912. [1 folder in Box 69]
  9. Peace Association of Friends in America - Correspondence, 1913-1922. [6 folders in Boxes 69-70]
  10. Peace Association of Friends in America - "Winona Lake Conference, 1915." [1 folder in Box 71]
  11. Peace Association of Friends in America - "Church Peace Association," 1915-1916. [1 folder: 7 items in Box 71]
  12. Peace Association of Friends in America - "Correspondence, 1916 re: The Survey and Mexican Scholarships." [1 folder in Box 71]

PENN SCHOOL (ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C.) (Boxes 71-72)

  1. "Correspondence," 1908-1911. [9 folders in Boxes 71-72]
  2. "Special" correspondence, etc., 1911. [2 folders in Box 72]
  3. "St. Helena Credit Society" papers, 1911-1916. [1 folder in Box 72]
  4. "Reports," ca. 1912-1921. [1 folder in Box 72]

FRANCIS W. PENNELL (Box 72)

  1. Correspondence, 1917-1919. [1 folder]

CHRISTIAN E. RûNNE (Box 73)

  1. Correspondence re: citizenship, 1916. [1 folder]

SOUTHLAND INSTITUTE (ARKANSAS) (Box 73)

  1. Correspondence, 1923-1925. [10 folders]

SPANISH CHILD WELFARE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (Box 74)

  1. "Miscellaneous correspondence," 1938-1940. [3 folders]
  2. "Minutes," 1938-1939. [1 folder]
  3. Committee for Impartial Civilian Relief in Spain - correspondence, 1939. [1 folder]

THESSALONICA AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTE (SALONICA, GREECE) (Boxes 75-77)

  1. "Re: City Bank Farmers Trust Co. - Custodian account" - correspondence, 1929-1952. [6 folders in Box 75]
  2. "Miscellaneous re: investments," correspondence, 1938. [1 folder in Box 76]
  3. "Craig R. Smith" correspondence re: finances, 1938-1952. [4 folders in Box 76]
  4. "Re: Gill fund" correspondence, Jan. - March, 1949. [1 folder in Box 76]
  5. "Current statements," 1950-1953 [incomplete]. [3 folders in Box 76]
  6. "Correspondence with Charles L. House and Ann House," 1947-1952. [2 folders in Box 77]
  7. "Newsletters" 1947-1952 [incomplete]. [1 folder in Box 77]
  8. "Miscellaneous correspondence," 1950-1952. [2 folders in Box 77]
  9. "Minutes," etc., 1949-1952. [1 folder in Box 77]
  10. "New ways in ancient Greece" 1931 [1 folder in Box 77]

LESTER A. WALTON (Box 77)

  1. Correspondence, 1916. [1 folder]

GEORGE GILLETT WHITNEY (Box 77)

  1. Correspondence, 1918. [1 folder]

WHITTIER FELLOWSHIP GUEST HOUSE (HAMPTON FALLS, N.H.) (Boxes 78-79)

  1. Correspondence, 1911-1916. [9 folders in Box 78]
  2. Lists, receipts, ca. 1911-1914. [1 folder in Box 79]
  3. Memoranda, pamphlets, etc., ca. 1912-1916. [1 folder in Box 79]

WHITTIER PORTRAIT (Box 79)

  1. Correspondence, etc., 1936. [1 folder]

WILLIAM PENN COLLEGE (OSKALOOSA, IOWA) (Box 79)

  1. Correspondence, 1929-1933. [1 folder]

YOUNG FRIENDS (Boxes 79-81)

  1. "Pictures, pamphlets, etc.," ca. 1903-1917. [2 folders in Box 79]
  2. "List of Young Friends and schedule of pilgrimages," ca. 1912-1916. [1 folder in Box 80]
  3. "Western Trip - Correspondence," 1913 (March - July). [1 folder in Box 80]
  4. "Western Trip - Memos, pamphlets, itinerary, etc.," 1913. [1 folder in Box 80]
  5. "Quaker Chair" - correspondence, 1913-1914. [1 folder in Box 80]
  6. "Child Labor" - correspondence, 1913-1914. [1 folder in Box 80]
  7. "Notices of Pilgrimages and Posters," 1914-1915. [1 folder in Box 80]
  8. Young Friends Conferences, 1914-1918. [1 folder in Box 80]
  9. Reports from Board of Young Friends Activities, ca. 1916. [1 folder in Box 80]
  10. Thomas Elsa Jones - Correspondence re: donations to pay his salary, 1915. [1 folder in Box 81]
  11. Thomas Elsa Jones - "Re: T. Jones's salary," 1917. [1 folder in Box 81]
  12. "Young Friends" - correspondence, 1917. [1 folder in Box 81]
  13. "Young Friends Board - Finances" 1917. [1 folder in Box 81]

Chronological checklist of papers

This is a chronological listing of major groups of papers in the collection. Dates used are the inclusive date spans of papers for each organization, etc.

  • 1903-1918 Young Friends
  • 1906-1909 North Carolina Yearly Meeting
  • 1906-1916 Hope Day Nursery for Colored Children
  • 1906-1920 New York Colored Mission
  • 1908-1913 Joint Committee on Peace of the two New York Yearly Meetings
  • 1908-1916 Penn School (St. Helena Island, S.C.)
  • 1909-1915 The Central Bureau of Colored Fresh Air Agencies
  • 1910 Friends International Peace Association
  • 1910-1912 Joint Peace Committee of the Associated American Yearly Meetings
  • 1910-1915 North American Civic League for Immigrants
  • 1910-1917 National Urban League
  • 1910-1919 The American Friend
  • 1911-1913 National League for the Protection of Colored Women
  • 1911-1915 Mound Bayou Oil Mill & Manufacturing Co.
  • 1911-1916 Whittier Fellowship Guest House (Hampton Falls, N.H.)
  • 1912-1915 Columbia University Club - Entertainment Committee
  • 1912-1919 Commercial Use of "Quaker"
  • 1912-1940 Five Years Meeting
  • 1913-1916 Camp Fire Girls
  • 1913-1922 Peace Association of Friends in America
  • 1914 Friends School Conference (May 21)
  • 1914-1916 American League to Limit Armaments
  • 1914-1919 Friends Ambulance Unit
  • 1914-1924 Black education (Wood's "Negro Schools")
  • 1914-1929 Brookwood Labor College (Katonah, N.Y.)
  • 1915-1917 American Union Against Militarism
  • 1915-1919 John Woolman Memorial Association
  • 1916 Lester A. Walton
  • 1917-1919 Francis W. Pennell
  • 1917-1921 Federal Council of Churches
  • 1917-1922 Association for the Study of Negro Life and History
  • 1917-1939 Fisk University
  • 1918 George Gillett Whitney
  • 1918-1919 American Council on Ireland
  • 1919 India Famine Relief
  • 1919-1920 Friends World Conference (1st : 1920 : London)
  • 1920-1921 American Committee for Relief in Ireland
  • 1920-1923 American Commission on Conditions in Ireland
  • 1922-1929 Cardinal Gibbons Institute
  • 1922-1934 Dr. Peter Marshall Murray
  • 1922-1938 National Bail Fund
  • 1923-1925 Southland Institute (Arkansas)
  • 1926-1932 Jordans Meeting
  • 1927-1951 Happy Grove School (Jamaica, BWI)
  • 1928-1935 John Bowne Lecture
  • 1928-1939 Eight Acres Corporation
  • 1929-1933 William Penn College (Oskaloosa, Iowa)
  • 1929-1934 Phillips Bradley
  • 1929-1952 Haverford College
  • 1929-1952 Thessalonica Agricultural and Industrial Institute (Salonica, Greece)
  • 1930-1938 Friends World Conference (2nd : 1937 : Swarthmore)
  • 1930-1938 Guilford College
  • 1934-1937 Friends Trusts, Ltd.
  • 1936 Whittier Portrait
  • 1938-1939 New York World's Fair Interracial Advisory Committee
  • 1938-1940 New York World's Fair Committee of Friends
  • 1938-1940 Spanish Child Welfare Association of America
  • 1939 Good Neighbor Committee on the ÚmigrÙ and the Community
  • 1947-1952 New York State Colonization Society - Booker Washington Institute of Liberia
  • 1947-1953 International Rescue Committee
  • 1950-1953 American Civil Liberties Union

Alphabetical index of selected correspondents

The following list of selected correspondents provides links to the sections of Wood's papers where their letters or other papers will be found.

Jane Addams
AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (1ST : 1920 : LONDON)
Joseph Allen Baker [Quaker?]
FRIENDS AMBULANCE UNIT
Roger N. Baldwin
NATIONAL BAIL FUND
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE
Ruth Standish Baldwin
NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR THE PROTECTION OF COLORED WOMEN
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE
Joshua L. Barton
FRIENDS SCHOOL CONFERENCE (May 21, 1914)
NEW YORK COLORED MISSION
Raymond Binford
FIVE YEARS MEETING
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (1ST : 1920 : LONDON)
GUILFORD COLLEGE (GUILFORD, N.C.)
Gilbert Bowles
FIVE YEARS MEETING
PEACE
SOUTHLAND INSTITUTE (ARKANSAS)
Phillips Bradley
PHILLIPS BRADLEY
Henry J. Cadbury
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (1ST : 1920 : LONDON)
PEACE
YOUNG FRIENDS
Francis R. Cope
PENN SCHOOL (ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C.)
James G. Douglas
AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR RELIEF IN IRELAND
AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND
W. E. B. DuBois
ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF NEGRO LIFE AND HISTORY
FISK UNIVERSITY
Anna Griscom Elkinton
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2ND : 1937 : SWARTHMORE)
J. Passmore Elkinton
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2ND : 1937 : SWARTHMORE)
SPANISH CHILD WELFARE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
John T. Emlen
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE
Hollis B. Frissell
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE
PENN SCHOOL (ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C.)
Luther H. Gulick
CAMP FIRE GIRLS
George Edmund Haynes
THE CENTRAL BUREAU OF COLORED FRESH AIR AGENCIES
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE
Lewis Lyndon Hobbs
GUILFORD COLLEGE (GUILFORD, N.C.)
NORTH CAROLINA YEARLY MEETING
Allen D. Hole
FIVE YEARS MEETING
FRIENDS AMBULANCE UNIT
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (1ST : 1920 : LONDON)
PEACE
Herbert Hoover
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (1ST : 1920 : LONDON)
Ann House
THESSALONICA AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTE (SALONICA, GREECE)
Charles House
THESSALONICA AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTE (SALONICA, GREECE)
William I. Hull
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (1ST : 1920 : LONDON)
PEACE
Eugene Kinckle Jones
NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR THE PROTECTION OF COLORED WOMEN
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE
Rufus M. Jones
THE AMERICAN FRIEND
FISK UNIVERSITY
FIVE YEARS MEETING
FRIENDS AMBULANCE UNIT
FRIENDS SCHOOL CONFERENCE (May 21, 1914)
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (1ST : 1920 : LONDON)
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2ND : 1937 : SWARTHMORE)
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE
PEACE
SPANISH CHILD WELFARE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Thomas Elsa Jones
FISK UNIVERSITY
FIVE YEARS MEETING
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2ND : 1937 : SWARTHMORE)
HAPPY GROVE SCHOOL (JAMAICA, BWI)
PEACE
YOUNG FRIENDS
Fayette A. McKenzie
FISK UNIVERSITY
Isaiah T. Montgomery
MOUND BAYOU OIL MILL & MANUFACTURING CO.
Robert R. Moton
FISK UNIVERSITY
Dr. Peter Marshall Murray
DR. PETER MARSHALL MURRAY
S. Edgar Nicholson
THE AMERICAN FRIEND
COMMERCIAL USE OF "QUAKER"
FIVE YEARS MEETING
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (1ST : 1920 : LONDON)
Francis W. Pennell
FRANCIS W. PENNELL
Christian E. Ronne
CHRISTIAN E. RûNNE
Elbert Russell
FIVE YEARS MEETING
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (1ST : 1920 : LONDON)
JOHN BOWNE LECTURE
Alfred G. Scattergood
FIVE YEARS MEETING
PEACE
Douglas Steere
HAVERFORD COLLEGE
Anna Braithwaite Thomas
PEACE
Norman Thomas
AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND
AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR RELIEF IN IRELAND
Wilbur K. Thomas
AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR RELIEF IN IRELAND
FISK UNIVERSITY
FRIENDS AMBULANCE UNIT
Benjamin F. Trueblood
PEACE
Oswald Garrison Villard
AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND
AMERICAN UNION AGAINST MILITARISM
ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF NEGRO LIFE AND HISTORY
FISK UNIVERSITY
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2ND : 1937 : SWARTHMORE)
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE
PENN SCHOOL (ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C.)
WHITTIER FELLOWSHIP GUEST HOUSE (HAMPTON FALLS, N.H.)
George A. Walton
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (1ST : 1920 : LONDON)
J. Barnard Walton
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (1ST : 1920 : LONDON)
HAPPY GROVE SCHOOL (JAMAICA, BWI)
PEACE
Lester A. Walton
LESTER A. WALTON
Booker T. Washington
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE
PENN SCHOOL (ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C.)
Margaret Washington
FISK UNIVERSITY
Gilbert White
HAVERFORD COLLEGE
George Gillett Whitney
GEORGE GILLETT WHITNEY
Carolena M. Wood
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (1ST : 1920 : LONDON)
Carter G. Woodson
ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF NEGRO LIFE AND HISTORY
Walter C. Woodward
FIVE YEARS MEETING
FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (1ST : 1920 : LONDON)
SOUTHLAND INSTITUTE (ARKANSAS)
Stanley R. Yarnall
PEACE
SOUTHLAND INSTITUTE (ARKANSAS)

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