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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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  • FIVE YEARS MEETING

FIVE YEARS MEETING (Boxes 27-30)

Background: Most of these papers concern either the Five Years Meeting for 1917, the Five Years Meeting of 1935 and the Trustees of the Board of Education of the Five Years Meeting.

Wood is Secretary of the Committee on Arrangements for the Five Years Meeting for 1917 (Richmond, Indiana), papers are chiefly concerned with planning the 1917 program.

At the Five Years Meeting of 1908 (Washington, D.C.), the Board of Education of the Five Years Meeting appointed seven trustees (Wood and six others) to handle funds entrusted to the Board for educational purposes within the Society of Friends, and to take "proper steps" to bring this fund to the attention of Friends and other philanthropists who might wish to contribute. Wood was elected Secretary of these Trustees in 1908. It appeared that the Trustees were largely inactive, in a letter of Nov. 17, 1931 Wood writes that he had no idea that he was still Secretary, as there hadn't been a meeting in the last 15 years (see also letter of Wood to Raymond Binford of Guilford, 4/25/1933, telling how little he knows of the work of these trustees).

Wood was chairman of the Business Committee of the 1935 Five Years Meeting.

I. FIVE YEARS MEETING - Letter, program, 1912. [1 folder in Box 27]

Notes on contents: letter, printed "Tentative program for the Five Years' Meeting" ("For private use only").

II. FIVE YEARS MEETING - Correspondence, 1916 (January - February). [1 folder in Box 27]

Notes on contents: 2 letters.

Correspondents are Allen D. Hole and S. E. Nicholson, discusses "Committee of seven appointed by the Richmond Men's Conference" to revise work of Boards.

III. FIVE YEARS MEETING - "Committee on Arrangements" - Correspondence, 1916-1918. [13 folders in Boxes 28-29]

Notes on contents: letters, clippings, lists, bulletin, bills, notes of meeting at Rufus M. Jones's house (Jan. 1917), printed report, printed program of FYM, memorandum, draft of communication of AFSC to War Dept., essay "Washington's vision" and other misc. items.

Wood is Secretary of the Committee on Arrangements for the 1917 Five Years Meeting. Bulk of material is correspondence related to planning for the October 1917 Five Years Meeting held in Richmond, Indiana. Some of the topics discussed include: suggestions for topics and structure of program at 1917 FYM, inclusion of Young Friends on the program, need for a new treasurer, need for more social interaction at FYM, how to put invitation to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, possible names of participants for program and committees, names of delegates and alternates, asking President Wilson to recognize Friends Reconstruction work, wrap-up after FYM.

Correspondents include Gilbert Bowles, John R. Cary, J. Elwood Cox (chairman), Ross A. Hadley, Stephen M. Hadley, Mary Mendenhall Hobbs, Allen D. Hole, Rufus M. Jones, Thomas Elsa Jones, John H. Johnson, Joseph John Mills, S. E. Nicholson, Elbert Russell, Charles E. Tebbett, Lindley A. Wells, Miles White Jr., Walter C. Woodward and others.

Folders 1-10 (Box 28), folders 11-13 (Box 29).

  1. Correspondence, 1916 (July).
  2. Correspondence, 1916 (August).
  3. Correspondence, 1916 (September).
  4. Correspondence, 1916 (October - December).
  5. Correspondence, 1917 (January - February).
  6. Correspondence, 1917 (March - April).
  7. Correspondence, 1917 (May - June).
  8. Correspondence, 1917 (July - August).
  9. Correspondence, 1917 (September 1-13).
  10. Correspondence, 1917 (September 14-30).
  11. Correspondence, 1917 (October).
  12. Correspondence, 1917 (November - December).
  13. Correspondence, 1918.

IV. FIVE YEARS MEETING - "Trustees of Five Years Meeting Board of Education - Miscellaneous correspondence," 1919-1937. [3 folders in Box 29]

Notes on contents: letters, minutes, notes, financial papers, clippings.

Much of folder 1919-1934 deals with locating and piecing together information relative to the formation and activities of the Trustees of the Board of Education, who were largely inactive up until the time Raymond Binford wrote Wood inquiring about their status. 1935-1936 folder chiefly relates to 1935 Five Year Meeting (Wood chairman of Business Committee). 1937 folder concerns wrap-up of business of Trustees of Board of Education. Correspondents include Raymond Binford (chairman of Board of Education), Walter C. Woodward and others.

  1. Misc. correspondence, 1919-1934.
  2. Misc. correspondence, 1935-1936.
  3. Misc. correspondence, 1937.

V. FIVE YEARS MEETING - "Trustees of Five Years Meeting Board of Education - Alfred G. Scattergood, Treasurer" - correspondence, 1933-1937. [1 folder in Box 30]

Notes on contents: letters, minutes, treasurer's statement.

Correspondence of Wood with Scattergood discussing Trustee of Board of Education business.

VI. FIVE YEARS MEETING - "Trustees of Five Years Meeting Board of Education - Guilford" - correspondence, minutes of meetings, 1934-1937. [1 folder in Box 30]

Notes on contents: letters, minutes, notes.

Topics include turning over funds to Trustees of Five Years Meeting. Correspondents include Raymond Binford and others.

VII. FIVE YEARS MEETING - "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] VIII. FIVE YEARS MEETING - Photographs, 1935. [1 folder in Box 30]

Notes on contents: 8 - 8" x 10" group portraits from 1935 Five Years Meeting, only a couple with sketchy identification.

IX. FIVE YEARS MEETING - "Miscellaneous" - correspondence, etc., 1934-1940. [1 folder in Box 30]

Notes on contents: letters, clippings, copies of "criticisms on the original draft of the proposed changes of the Uniform Discipline" and letter (1934) of Walter J. Ladd with "Suggested phrasing for amendment to the Uniform Discipline for the American Yearly Meeting of Friends, &c" and other papers, related to Five Years Meeting of 1940.


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