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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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Background: earlier name "Penn Normal, Industrial and Agricultural School." Wood was asked to join the Board of Trustees in 1908. George Foster Peabody was chairman of the Board of Trustees when Wood joined the Board.

I. PENN SCHOOL - "Correspondence," 1908-1911. [9 folders in Boxes 71-72]

Notes on contents: letters, clippings, minutes, brochures.

Topics include asking Wood to join the Board, publicity and fund-raising campaign for Penn School (Wood on Publicity Committee), Wood's visit to the school, hurricane relief in 1911. Correspondents include Rossa B. Cooley, Francis R. Cope Jr., Thomas P. Cope, Lucy Davis, Rev. Henry Wilder Foote, Hollis B. Frissell, Grace Bigelow House, Alfred Collins Maule and others.

Folders 1-7 (Box 71), folders 8-9 (Box 72).

  1. Correspondence, 1908-1909 (February).
  2. Correspondence, 1909 (July - December).
  3. Correspondence, 1910 (January - September).
  4. Correspondence, 1910 (October - December).
  5. Correspondence, 1911 (January - February).
  6. Correspondence, 1911 (March - April).
  7. Correspondence, 1911 (May - September).
  8. Correspondence, 1911 (October).
  9. Correspondence, 1911 (November - December).

II. PENN SCHOOL - "Special" correspondence, etc., 1911. [2 folders in Box 72]

Notes on contents: letters, notes, notebooks, lists, pamphlets, newsletter, financial papers, clippings, printed items, etc.

Letters discuss policy of aid to or paying students for labor at various industrial schools; also letters discussing co-operative leagues. Also a notebook of Wood's visit to Penn School, lists of industrial schools in South and other papers. Includes letters from Hollis B. Frissell, Lucy Hale Tapley, Oswald Garrison Villard, Booker T. Washington, Frank G. Woodworth and others.

  1. Correspondence, 1911.
  2. Notebook, notes, lists, pamphlets, financial papers, etc., ca. 1911.

III. PENN SCHOOL - "St. Helena Credit Society" papers, 1911-1916. [1 folder in Box 72]

Notes on contents: Wood has divided the papers in this folder as follows: "Correspondence," 1911-1912; "Statements and memos," 1916; "Rules of St. Helena Credit Society"; "Form of application for membership"; "Application for loan"; "Notice to borrowers"; "Loan cards." Correspondence with Rossa B. Cooley and others discusses the set-up of the credit society.

IV. PENN SCHOOL - "Reports," ca. 1912-1921. [1 folder in Box 72]

Notes on contents: typed and handwritten drafts of annual report [for 1912?] to be used in fund-raising campaign, Wood's notes, auditor's reports for 1919-1921, brochure, annual report for 1921, some correspondence related to 1912 report from Rossa B. Cooley .


I. FRANCIS W. PENNELL - Correspondence, 1917-1919. [1 folder in Box 72]

Notes on contents: letters, legal documents related to military draft and his status as a conscientious objector.

Wood is his attorney. Also correspondence discussing his work at New York Botanical Garden and possible research in South America. [Wood label "Francis W. Pennell"]


I. CHRISTIAN E. RONNE - Correspondence, etc., re: to citizenship, 1916. [1 folder in Box 73]

Notes on contents: letters, Wood's legal notes.

Ronne is employed by American Art Association and Wood contacts State Dept., etc. for him to determine whether or not he is a citizen of U.S. [Note: Wood had this folder originally filed as "New York Colored Mission - Farm List - Day Nursery / Christian E. Ronne"

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