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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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  • NEW YORK WORLDS' FAIR (1939-1940) - N.Y. WORLD'S FAIR COMMITTEE OF FRIENDS and INTERRACIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
  • NORTH AMERICAN CIVIC LEAGUE FOR IMMIGRANTS (later COMMITTEE FOR IMMIGRANTS IN AMERICA)
  • NORTH CAROLINA YEARLY MEETING

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

I. NEW YORK WORLDS' FAIR - "N.Y. World's Fair Committee of Friends - Friendly Relations Committee - Re: Temple of Religion" correspondence, 1938-1940. [6 folders in Box 65]

Notes on contents: letters, lists, accounts, printed items, booklet "The Story of Flushing Meeting House" by Ann Gidley Lowry.

Chiefly related to Wood's role as Treasurer of New York World's Fair Committee of Friends. Discusses what Friends are going to do in relation to the Fair (opening historic Flushing Meeting House to visitors) and how they wish to be represented at the "Temple of Religion" on the Fair grounds. Correspondents include Eliza H. Bell and others.

  1. Correspondence, 1938.
  2. Correspondence, 1939 (January - February).
  3. Correspondence, 1939 (March - April).
  4. Correspondence, 1939 (May - July).
  5. Correspondence, 1939 (August - December).
  6. Correspondence, 1940.

II. NEW YORK WORLDS' FAIR - "N.Y. World's Fair Committee of Friends - Statements of Account," 1939. [1 folder in Box 65]

Notes on contents: financial papers and related correspondence.

III. NEW YORK WORLDS' FAIR - Temple of Religion - printed items. [1 folder in Box 65]

Notes on contents: brochure, booklet, programs.

IV. NEW YORK WORLDS' FAIR - "Interracial Advisory Committee - Race relations - Negro at World's Fair" - correspondence, 1938-1939. [1 folder in Box 65]

Notes on contents: letters.

Letters discuss concerns of the Committee (Wood appointed to "Interracial Advisory Committee"). Primarily correspondence between Wood, Arthur B. Spingarn (Chairman of the Committee) and Grover Whalen (President of the Fair).

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

Background: Wood asked to join the "New York - New Jersey Committee of the North American Civic League for Immigrants" in April 1911 and was elected to the Legal Affairs Committee in Nov. 1911 of which he became chairman. Wood provided legal services in drafting League constitution and by-laws. Wood appointed to a special committee related to Triangle Shirtwaist fire disaster (1912). 1912 letterhead has Wood listed as member. In 1914 name of the League changes to "Committee for Immigrants in America," Wood listed as a director (1915 letterhead).

I. NORTH AMERICAN CIVIC LEAGUE FOR IMMIGRANTS - "Correspondence," 1910-1915. [9 folders in Box 66]

Notes on contents: letters, drafts of constitution, by-laws and certificate of incorporation (1911), notes, clipping, N.Y. Senate bills, report "Summary of labor and living conditions in camps and small communities" (1912), reprint from "The Outlook" 1913 on work of League, printed brochure from ALA on library books for Italians.

Primarily letters discussing notices of meetings, other topics include constitution, by-laws and incorporation (Wood providing legal services), legislation, labor camps, Legal Aid Society branch office, education work at labor camps. Correspondents include Frances A. Kellor, Grace E. J. Parker, Frank Trumbull, Felix A. Warburg and others.

  1. Correspondence, 1910-1911.
  2. Correspondence, 1911 re: constitution.
  3. Correspondence, 1911 re: Senate Bills.
  4. Correspondence, 1912 (January - February).
  5. Correspondence, 1912 (March - April).
  6. Correspondence, 1912 (May - August).
  7. Correspondence, 1912 (September - December).
  8. Correspondence, 1913.
  9. Correspondence, 1914-1915.

II. NORTH AMERICAN CIVIC LEAGUE FOR IMMIGRANTS - "Minutes of Meetings," 1911-1914. [1 folder in Box 67]

Notes on contents: copies of typed minutes of meetings of the Legislative Committee, Education-Extension Committee and of the Board of Directors.

Topics include enlarging scope of work to national level and limiting it to legislation and carrying on and developing "Immigrant Guide and Transfer" (1913).

III. NORTH AMERICAN CIVIC LEAGUE FOR IMMIGRANTS - Bulletins, 1911-1912. [1 folder in Box 67]

Notes on contents: Bulletins nos. 13 (April 1911), 14 (May 1911) and 17 (July 1912).

Bulletins include reports on work of the League. April 1911 report of General Secretary discusses investigation of relief help in Triangle Shirtwaist disaster.

IV. NORTH AMERICAN CIVIC LEAGUE FOR IMMIGRANTS - Investigation of voters' qualifications, 1911. [1 folder (5 items) in Box 67]

Notes on contents: letters, notes related to various states' voter laws.

V. NORTH AMERICAN CIVIC LEAGUE FOR IMMIGRANTS - Agreement between League and Legal Aid Society, 1912. [1 folder in Box 67]

Notes on contents: letters, copy of agreement between League and LAS in which LAS is to establish a branch office at League office and provide legal services to immigrants served by the League.

VI. NORTH AMERICAN CIVIC LEAGUE FOR IMMIGRANTS - Weekly reports, 1912. [1 folder in Box 67]

Notes on contents: typed weekly reports (originals and copies) primarily of work of the Legal Aid Society and of the Legislative Committee of the League, accompanying legal briefs and other documents.

VII. NORTH AMERICAN CIVIC LEAGUE FOR IMMIGRANTS - "Reports of League," 1912, 1914-1915. [2 folders in Box 67]

Notes on contents: copies of typed reports of work of the League, including annual reports and reports of various committees. Includes 29 pp. report on "National Americanization Day Celebrations" July 4, 1915.

  1. Reports, 1912.
  2. Reports, 1914-1915.

VIII. NORTH AMERICAN CIVIC LEAGUE FOR IMMIGRANTS - Education-Extension Committee, 1912. [1 folder in Box 67]

Notes on contents: typed copy of "Plan in regard to Education-Extension work ..."

IX. NORTH AMERICAN CIVIC LEAGUE FOR IMMIGRANTS - Board of Directors, 1913. [1 folder in Box 67]

Notes on contents: notice of special meeting to change some League procedures, typed and signed proxies and other legal papers, etc.

NORTH CAROLINA YEARLY MEETING (Box 67)

I. NORTH CAROLINA YEARLY MEETING - Historical sketch, correspondence, etc., 1906-1909. [1 folder in Box 67]

Notes on contents: 25 pp. typed draft of "North Carolina Yearly Meeting (An Historical Sketch) by Julia S. White, Librarian Guilford College," letters of L. L. Hobbs (Guilford College) and others, notes. [Wood indicates these are to be filed under "Wood - Friends"]


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