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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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  • FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2ND : 1937 : SWARTHMORE)

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

Background: Wood is chairman of the Nominating Committee (one of the standing committees of Friends World Conference).

I. FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2nd : 1937 : Swarthmore): "Miscellaneous correspondence," 1934-1937. [7 folders in Box 35]

Notes on contents: letters, press releases, clipping, memorial, brochure, list of delegates from London Yearly Meeting, notes on Fellowship Worship Group no. 5, pamphlet "The Anti-Slavery and Aborigines Protection Society."

These folders directly relate to Wood's work as chairman of the Nominating Committee. Topics include Wood's suggestion that members of the American General Committee subscribe to the important English and American Friends journals so as to be familiar with the thought of other groups of Friends, suggestions and selection of persons to serve on committees and commissions, hesitancy of some Friends to attend, post conference wrap-up, etc.

Bulk of correspondence is with other committee persons and those asked to serve on committees and commissions. Correspondents include J. Passmore Elkinton, Rufus M. Jones (not enthusiastic about holding conference), M. Albert Linton, Anna Jane Michener (long and vivid description of state of Kansas Friends), Leslie D. Shaffer and many others.

  1. Misc. correspondence, 1934.
  2. Misc. correspondence, 1935 (January - February).
  3. Misc. correspondence, 1935 (March - August).
  4. Misc. correspondence, 1935 (September - December).
  5. Misc. correspondence, 1936 (April - October).
  6. Misc. correspondence, 1937 (January - August).
  7. Misc. correspondence, 1937 (September - October).

II. FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2nd : 1937 : Swarthmore): - "Correspondence with Anna Griscom Elkinton," Chairman, 1934-1936. [2 folders in Box 35]

Notes on contents: letters, reports of Friends World Conference Committee, draft of article by Elkinton "Some reflections on American Quakerism."

Correspondence of Wood as Chairman of Nominating Committee with Elkinton as Chairman of Friends World Conference Committee.

  1. Correspondence, October 1934 - May 1935 (these letters clipped together by Wood).
  2. Correspondence, May 1935 - November 1936.

III. FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2nd : 1937 : Swarthmore): - "Correspondence with Marion S. Norton," Secretary, 1934-1935. [2 folders in Box 35]

Notes on contents: letters, lists, press release "Some reflections on American Quakerism" by Elkinton.

Correspondence of Wood as Chairman of Nominating Committee with Norton, Secretary of Friends World Conference Committee. Letters discuss setting up of committees and commissions (who should serve, etc.). Includes a few letters of Anna Griscom Elkinton, letter from Dutch Yearly Meeting and others.

  1. Correspondence, November 1934 - May 1935 (these letters clipped together by Wood).
  2. Correspondence, May - October 1935.

IV. FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2nd : 1937 : Swarthmore): - "The Commissions" - correspondence re: selection of members, etc., 1935-1937. [4 folders in Box 36]

Notes on contents: letters, outline of commission studies, lists, copies of essays from commission I members (T. E. Harvey, Rufus M. Jones, Joan M. Fry, W. E. Wilson).

This material directly relates to Wood's work setting up the commissions as chairman of the Nominating Committee. Topics include what subjects the Conference (and commissions) should consider and who should be on the commissions.

  1. Correspondence, 1935 (January - June).
  2. Correspondence, 1935 (July - August).
  3. Correspondence, 1935 (September - October).
  4. Correspondence, 1936-1937.

V. FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2nd : 1937 : Swarthmore): - "Lists, addresses, etc.," 1934-1935. [1 folder in Box 36]

Notes on contents: typed lists of names and addresses of those on committees and commissions, also some related correspondence.

VI. FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2nd : 1937 : Swarthmore): - "General letters, reports, etc.," 1935. [1 folder in Box 36]

Notes on contents: reports, letters, including some copies of letters sent by Wood as chairman of Nominating Committee.

Topics include suggestions for World Conference program and commission studies.

VII. FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2nd : 1937 : Swarthmore): - "Minutes" of committees, 1935-1937. [1 folder in Box 36]

Notes on contents: copies of minutes of Central Executive Committee, Friends World Conference Committee, Nominating Committee, Publicity Committee, World Conference Committee (English section).

VIII. FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2nd : 1937 : Swarthmore): - "Publicity" correspondence, 1935-1936. [1 folder in Box 36]

Notes on contents: letters, biographical sketch on Wood written by Wood (se image below).

Correspondents include Lois S. Vaught (Friends Centre, China, includes sketches of some Chinese Friends).

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)

IX. FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2nd : 1937 : Swarthmore): - Clippings on Friends and Meetings, etc., 1935. [1 folder in Box 37]

Notes on contents: clippings on Quakers and Friends Meetings around the world.

X. FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2nd : 1937 : Swarthmore): - Draft of World Conference Report on Racial Justice by Thomas Elsa Jones (President of Fisk University), 1936. [1 folder in Box 37]

Notes on contents: typed draft of Jones's report (32 pp.).

XI. FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2nd : 1937 : Swarthmore): - "Visiting English Friends," correspondence, 1937. [1 folder in Box 37]

Notes on contents: letters.

Correspondence of Wood with English Friends coming to the Conference.

XII. FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2nd : 1937 : Swarthmore): - Printed and published items, clippings, 1930-1937. [1 folder in Box 37]

Notes on contents: clippings, brochures, reprint "What does Quakerism mean to us?" by Hans Albrecht (Clerk of German Yearly Meeting) inscribed "Pres. by the author."

XIII. FRIENDS WORLD CONFERENCE (2nd : 1937 : Swarthmore): - "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]

Notes on contents: printed letter "We Know Better ...," copies of letters sent accompanying same to Friends Meetings, letters acknowledging receipt of "We Know Better ..." and other misc. related papers.

"We Know Better ..." message written by Wood calling attention "to the grievous denial of our Quaker principles involved in our failure to extend to all God's children full recognition of that relationship on account of race."

Misc. replies in folder 1 includes letters from Oswald Garrison Villard and Per Sundberg (Sweden, comments on approach of WWII). Replies in folder 4 (foreign Meetings) includes letter from Kurt Neuse (Quaker School, Holland).

  1. Printed copy of "We know better ...," (see image below) also correspondence related to printing letter, some misc. replies to letter, etc., 1938.
  2. Letters to Yearly Meetings with acknowledgments of receipt, 1938.
  3. Letters to Independent Meetings with acknowledgments of receipt, 1938.
  4. Letters to foreign Yearly Meetings with acknowledgments of receipt, 1938.
  5. Letters to Friends periodicals, 1938.

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)


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