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Haverford College
Quaker and Special Collections
L. Hollingsworth Wood Papers, 1903-1953

Ms. Coll. 1175
(81 boxes)

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  • AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
  • AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND
  • AMERICAN COUNCIL ON IRELAND
  • AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR RELIEF IN IRELAND

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (Box 1)

I. AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION - Correspondence, 1950-1953. [1 folder in Box 1]

Notes on contents: letters, memoranda, also some printed items, including ACLU publication "The Free and the Brave: a Letter to the House Un-American Activities Committee on the Mundt-Nixon Bill" by Zechariah Chafee, Jr.

Correspondence of Wood with ACLU, but mostly general letters from ACLU to members giving positions of ACLU (Wood listed on letterhead as member of National Committee); letter of Nov. 19, 1952 from B. W. Huebsch to Wood concerning membership renewal acknowledges Wood as founding member.

AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND (Boxes 1-7)

Wood has also filed here:

AMERICAN COUNCIL ON IRELAND
AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR RELIEF IN IRELAND

Background: Wood was invited by "The Nation" [telegram, Sept. 9, 1920] to "serve as member nonpartisan committee of representative Americans with power to add to their number who shall designate a select commission to sit at Washington ... for impartial investigation of reported atrocities in Ireland regarding which the British Ambassador and Professor DeValera and others shall be invited to submit evidence."

From this "Committee of One Hundred" a small commission was elected which held six hearings in Washington, D.C. Nov. 1920 - Jan. 1921. Wood, Jane Addams, James H. Maurer, David I. Walsh and Frederic C. Howe were the original commissioners. Oliver P. Newman, George W. Norris, Norman Thomas and C. L. Knight were later added to the Commission.

Witnesses were invited to come and testify, the Commission paying expenses. The Commission was an unofficial body - it lacked subpoena powers or legal standing. Because the Commission had great difficulty in finding anyone willing to testify representing the British point of view (in large part because many saw the Commission's actions as interference in an internal matter), the report and activities of the Commission were considered biased and controversial in many quarters.

I. AMERICAN COUNCIL ON IRELAND - Correspondence, Dec. 17, 1918 - Feb. 3, 1919. [1 folder in Box 1]

Notes on contents: letters, telegrams, printed poem.

Primarily invitations and RSVPs to a "Citizens' Mass Meeting to be held at the Academy of Music, on Tuesday, January 21, 1919, ..., to hear Mr. Lincoln Colcord, formerly Washington correspondent of the Philadelphia Ledger, Rev. Norman M. Thomas, Editor of the World Tomorrow, Professor Lovejoy Elliott, and other speakers." Letterhead lists Henry Goddard Leach as Chairman and Wood as Secretary of the "American Council on Ireland." Includes printed poem "Ireland" by Genevieve Manahan, signed by Mary G. Manahan.

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

Notes on contents: letters, lists, reports (includes "Basic Plan for the Distribution of Relief in Ireland by the American Committee for Relief in Ireland"), press releases, minutes. [Wood's folder title "Friends Relief"]

Correspondence with and between AFSC and British Friends relief committee related to Friends relief activities in Ireland, putting together volunteers for a Friends Relief Unit. Includes references to Friends work in Russia (Wilbur K. Thomas's letters). Wood listed as member of National Council of A.C.R.I. in list of members and appears on letterhead as member of Executive Committee.

Correspondents include James G. Douglas, Lewis S. Gannett, Norman Thomas, Wilbur K. Thomas and others.

  1. Correspondence, December 1920 - June 1921, "Friends Relief."
  2. Correspondence, reports, lists, minutes, Jan. - May, 1921.

III. AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND - "Correspondence," 1920-1923. [11 folders in Boxes 1-2]

Notes on contents: letters, telegrams, press releases, financial papers, lists, clippings.

These are folders of general correspondence and other papers on the political troubles in Ireland and the setting up and work of the Commission. Topics include arrangements for witnesses' visits, financial matters, August 1921 efforts to extend truce between Ireland and Britain from 48 hours to 28 days, letters sent to Lloyd George and Eamon DeValera from prominent persons in support of truce, Anglo-Irish treaty and its aftereffects. Folders include correspondence dealing with AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR RELIEF IN IRELAND and COMMITTEE OF ONE HUNDRED ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND.

Correspondents include Jane Addams, John H. Barlow, Albert Coyle, James G. Douglas, C. J. France, Royal W. France, Fred C. Howe, William MacDonald, Basil M. Manly, O. P. Newman, Norman Thomas, Oswald Garrison Villard, David I. Walsh and others.

Folders 1-5 (Box 1), folders 6-11 (Box 2).

  1. Correspondence, August - November 1920.
  2. Correspondence, December 1920.
  3. Correspondence, January 1921.
  4. Correspondence, February 1921.
  5. Correspondence, March - April 1921.
  6. Correspondence, May - June 1921.
  7. Correspondence, July - August 1921.
  8. Correspondence, September - December 1921.
  9. Correspondence, January - February 1922.
  10. Correspondence, March 1922.
  11. Correspondence, April 1922 - October 1923.

IV. AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND - Correspondence, 1921-1922. [12 folders in Boxes 2-4, with Wood's folder titles in quotes]

Notes on contents: letters, telegrams, financial papers, lists, printed items.

These folders, variously labeled by Wood, contain correspondence and other papers related to the published report of the Commission (publishing, advertising, sales, filling requests for copies, financial matters, etc.). [Folders were originally filed by Wood in an accordion file "American Commission on Conditions in Ireland - Uptown Office"]

Correspondents include Jane Addams, Albert Coyle, James G. Douglas, Royal France, Basil M. Manly, Senator George W. Norris, Norman Thomas, Oswald Garrison Villard and others.

Folders 1-3 (Box 2), folders 4-9 (Box 3), folders 10-12 (Box 4).

  1. "American Commission on Conditions in Ireland" correspondence, February - April 1921 re: report of the Commission. [many of these are letters from prominent persons (members of Committee of One Hundred?) acknowledging receipt of report].
  2. "Albert Coyle" correspondence, March - September 1921 with Albert Coyle re: advertising and selling the report of the Commission.
  3. "Unanswered correspondence" March - July 1921.
  4. "Answered correspondence" March - June 1921 and March 1922.
  5. "Inquiries for quality pieces for follow-up" correspondence re: requests for copies of report, March - May 1921.
  6. Correspondence critical of report, April 1921.
  7. "Re: sale of cloth-bound reports - Mr. Boni" correspondence, April - June 1921.
  8. "Quantity orders filled by Mr. Thomas" correspondence April - June 1921. [Dr. Norman Thomas]
  9. "Quantity - sent out by 501 - 5 Ave." correspondence re: orders filled from office at 501 5th Ave., April - June 1921.
  10. "Quantity orders filled by Academy Press, from April 1st, 1921" correspondence, April 1921.
  11. "Quantity orders filled by Academy Press, from April 1st, 1921" correspondence, May - August 1921.
  12. "List of those who purchased reports of the American Commission on Conditions in Ireland" [title from cover page]

V. AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND - Transcripts of Hearings, 1st - 6th, 1920-1921. [4 folders in Boxes 4-5]

Notes on contents: typed carbon copies of transcripts of the Commission's hearings, held in Washington, D.C. as follows: 1st hearing (Nov. 18-19, 1920), 2nd hearing (Dec. 8-10, 1920), 3rd hearing (Dec. 15-16, 1920), 4th hearing (Dec. 21-23, 1920), 5th hearing (Jan. 13-14, 1921), 6th hearing (Jan. 19, 21, 1921).

Wood, Jane Addams, James H. Maurer, David I. Walsh and Frederic C. Howe were the commissioners at the first hearing. The second hearing saw the addition of Commissioners Oliver P. Newman, George W. Norris and Norman Thomas. The fifth hearing added C. L. Knight to the Commissioners and Wood took over as chairman from Howe. Six hearings were held from November 1920 to January 1921. The Commission invited witnesses to come to its hearings and testify, it lacked subpoena powers or any legal standing. Witnesses' expenses were paid for by the Commission. The report of the commission was published, advertised and sold.

Folders 1-3 (Box 4), folder 4 (Box 5).

  1. 1st hearing held Nov. 18-19, 1920. "Hearings on conditions in Ireland before the American Commission of Inquiry on Conditions in Ireland. Jane Addams, James H. Maurer, David I. Walsh, L. Hollingsworth Wood, Frederic C. Howe, Acting Chairman : Commissioners." [from p. 1]
  2. 2nd hearing held Dec. 8-10, 1920. "Hearings on conditions in Ireland before the American Commission of Inquiry on Conditions in Ireland. Washington, D.C., November 18, 1920 to January 21, 1921. Vol. II, Second Hearing. December 8-10, 1920. Albert F. Coyle, Official Reporter, Machinists Bldg., Washington, D.C." [from cover page]
  3. 3rd hearing held Dec. 15-16, 1920, and 4th hearing held Dec. 21-23, 1920. "Hearings on conditions in Ireland before the American Commission of Inquiry on Conditions in Ireland. Washington, D.C., November, 1920 to January, 1921. Third Hearing, Fourth Hearing, Vol. III. Reported by Albert F. Coyle, Machinists Bldg., Washington, D.C." [from cover page]
  4. 5th hearing held Jan. 13-14, 1921, and 6th hearing held Jan. 19, 21, 1921. "Hearings on conditions in Ireland before the American Commission of Inquiry on Conditions in Ireland. Washington, D.C., November, 1920 to January, 1921. Reported by Albert F. Coyle, Machinists Bldg., Washington, D.C." [from cover page]

VI. AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND - "Documents," 1920-1921. [1 folder in Box 5]

Notes on contents: memoranda, lists, resolution, notes, minutes, drafts. Misc. papers related to the work of the Commission, also to the American Committee for Relief in Ireland.

VII. AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND - Newspapers related to Anglo-Irish conflict, 1920-1921. [1 folder in Box 5]

Notes on contents: issues of newspapers (Amaroc News, New York Times, Irish Press, Belfast Weekly News), clippings, [originally in folder labeled "Ireland - Documents"].

VIII. AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND - "Irish Bulletin," vol. 2, July - Aug. 1920. [1 folder in Box 5]

Notes on contents: 6 mimeographed bulletins, dated July 1, 15, 20, 22, 30 and August 16, 1920 (Vol. 2, nos. 42, 52, 55, 57, 63, 73) with "Irish Bulletin" at head of page. Bulletins give account of Irish side in fight with Britain. [see pamphlet folder following]

IX. AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND - Printed pamphlets, brochures, 1917-1921. [1 folder in Box 5]

Notes on contents: printed items on Anglo-Irish conflict, includes "Irish Bulletin - Lying on the grand scale, the truth about reprisals in Ireland" (vol. 5, Nos. 4,5,6) issued by the "Irish Diplomatic Mission" in Washington, D.C. and on back of same, the "American Association for the Recognition of the Republic of Ireland" [see "Irish Bulletin" in above folder].

X. AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND - "Receipts and miscellaneous vouchers," 1921. [1 folder in Box 6]

XI. AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND - Receipts, bills, etc., October - December 1920; January - February 1921. [2 folders in Box 6]

Notes on contents: receipts, bills, vouchers, financial statements. Misc. financial papers of the Commission, includes receipts for expenses and salaries of the Commissioners, printing and mailing reports, etc. Royal W. France was the treasurer.
  1. Receipts, bills, etc. October - December 1920.
  2. Receipts, bills, etc. January - February 1921.

[additional receipts, bills, vouchers in box 7]

XII. AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND - Account books, 1920-1921. [2 volumes in Box 6]

Notes on contents: checkstub book, 1920-1921 and cash book, 1920-1921 of the Commission. Books have "Committee of One Hundred on Ireland" at head of page.

  1. Checkstub book, 1920-1921.
  2. Cash book, 1920-1921.

XIII. AMERICAN COMMISSION ON CONDITIONS IN IRELAND - Receipts, bills, etc. 1920-1921. [3 folders in Box 7]

Notes on contents: receipts, bills, vouchers and other financial papers, 1920-1921. These papers were originally in one large folder of Wood's. Papers have been divided into three folders.

  1. Receipts, bills, etc. 1920-1921 (folder 1 of 3).
  2. Receipts, bills, etc. 1920-1921 (folder 2 of 3).
  3. Receipts, bills, etc. 1920-1921 (folder 3 of 3).

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