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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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  • JOHN BOWNE LECTURE
  • JOHN WOOLMAN MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION
  • JORDANS MEETING
  • MOUND BAYOU OIL MILL & MANUFACTURING CO.
  • DR. PETER MARSHALL MURRAY
  • NATIONAL BAIL FUND

JOHN BOWNE LECTURE (Box 51)

Background: Wood's folder title "John Bowne Lecture (Joint Committee on Affiliated Service)." The John Bowne Lecture was sponsored by the two New York Yearly Meetings. Wood was treasurer.

I. JOHN BOWNE LECTURE - "Correspondence with lecturers," 1928-1935. [1 folder in Box 51]

Notes on contents: letters.

Correspondence of Wood with Herbert H. Farmer (1932), John A. Hughes (1933), Alexander C. Purdy (1933-1934), Elbert Russell (1930-1931), Sue C. Yerkes and others at "Friends Intelligencer" (1929-1931).

II. JOHN BOWNE LECTURE - "Copies of lectures themselves (file copies)" 1928-1933. [1 folder in Box 51]

Notes on contents: printed copies of: "Can we achieve a spiritual religion?" by A. Bruce Curry (1930), "The Vale of Beavor Today" by Elbert Russell (1931), "The Dimension of the Eternal" by Herbert H. Farmer (1932), "The Eternal Spring" by John A. Hughes (1933). Two typed drafts, with corrections, of "The Re-statement of Truth" by Augustus Taber Murray (1929). Clipping of "Seekers, then and now" by Rufus M. Jones (1928).

JOHN WOOLMAN MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION (Box 51)

I. JOHN WOOLMAN MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION - Correspondence, etc. 1915-1919. [1 folder in Box 51]

Notes on contents: letters, illustrations, report, brochures [of the Woolman House in Swarthmore].

Chiefly correspondence concerning Friends efforts to preserve the John Woolman House in Mt. Holly, N.J. (built by Woolman). Correspondents include Edward Cornell, Amelia Mott Gummere and others.

JORDANS MEETING (Box 51)

I. JORDANS MEETING - Correspondence, 1926, 1932. [1 folder in Box 51]

Notes on contents: letters, brochures, etc. related to British Friends efforts to preserve the character of the land surrounding the Meeting House and burial place of William Penn.

Correspondence discusses the possibilities of interesting American Friends in the venture, includes letters from J. Edward Hodgkin and others.

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

Background: Mound Bayou, Mississippi was an all black community, founded by Isaiah T. Montgomery (former slave of Jefferson Davis), which reached its peak in the years prior to WWI. Montgomery made a trip to New York City in 1912 seeking financial backers and Wood provided some legal services for him.

I. MOUND BAYOU OIL MILL & MANUFACTURING CO. - Correspondence, 1912-1913. [1 folder in Box 52]

Notes on contents: letters, promotional brochures, reprint from "New York Age."

Includes copies of statements and letters of support to be presented to Andrew Carnegie in 1912 asking for financial help, letters discussing proposed investment of Julius Rosenwald. Correspondents include Charles Banks, Isaiah T. Montgomery, Fred R. Moore ("New York Age") and others.

II. MOUND BAYOU OIL MILL & MANUFACTURING CO. - Clippings, calendar, pamphlets, etc. 1911-1915. [1 folder in Box 52]

Notes on contents: clippings, 1913 calendar "Farmers' Co-operative Mercantile Co." with portrait of Montgomery, prospectuses, postcard.

DR. PETER MARSHALL MURRAY (Box 52)

Background: Dr. Peter M. Murray was a black surgeon that Wood and the New York Urban League assisted in his attempt to be admitted to practice at Lincoln Hospital and to fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.

I. DR. PETER MARSHALL MURRAY - Correspondence with and about Dr. Murray, 1922-1934. [2 folders in Box 52]

Notes on contents: letters (includes recommendations), list, printed essays.

Correspondence with and about Dr. Murray and the difficulties connected with black doctors being allowed to practice in white hospitals and of black patients being admitted to same. Includes account of Dr. George S. Moore (Clinical Director of U.S. Veterans Hospital, Tuskegee, Alabama) telling of death of his son from neck injury and the refusal of white hospitals to admit and treat his son. Includes letters of Grace Abbott (U.S. Dept. of Labor), James Hardy Dillard.

  1. Correspondence, 1922-1929.
  2. Correspondence, 1930-1934.

NATIONAL BAIL FUND (Boxes 52-53)

Background: Wood, Norman M. Thomas and Albert De Silver were the original trustees of the Fund (Evans Clark replaced De Silver in 1925, after the latter's death). The Fund was established in 1920 and began operation in 1922, providing bail for members of Workers Party of America, General Defense Committee, etc. The Fund was associated with The Labor Bureau [and ACLU?]. In a letter (7/2/1927) to Frank P. Walsh, Wood wrote "On account of my sins and my sympathies, I am a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Bail Fund which was organized during the hot persecution period to provide bail for poor devils who had no other means of getting it and were -to-goodness people, although some of them seem to have left out the honest and evaporated ..."

I. NATIONAL BAIL FUND - Correspondence, 1923-1938. [7 folders in Box 52-53]

Notes on contents: letters, legal papers.

Correspondence chiefly discusses legal matters, Charles Carroll absconding with bonds and problems arising out of death of trustee Albert De Silver. Correspondents include Roger N. Baldwin, Charles L. Carroll, Kathryn Fenn, Robert L. Robertson, C. E. Ruthenberg and others.

Folders 1-3 (Box 52), folders 4-7 (Box 53).

  1. Correspondence, "Claim against Robinson," 1923-1928.
  2. Correspondence, 1925.
  3. Correspondence, 1926-1927.
  4. Correspondence, 1928-1929.
  5. Correspondence, "National Surety," 1928-1929.
  6. Correspondence, "Re: Charles C. Carroll, atty.," 1930-1938.
  7. Correspondence, 1931-1934, 1938.

II. NATIONAL BAIL FUND - Auditor's reports, 1922, 1923, 1925. [1 folder in Box 53]


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