L. Hollingsworth Wood Papers, 1903-1953

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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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  • LESTER A. WALTON
  • GEORGE GILLETT WHITNEY
  • WHITTIER FELLOWSHIP GUEST HOUSE (HAMPTON FALLS, N.H.)
  • WHITTIER PORTRAIT
  • WILLIAM PENN COLLEGE (OSKALOOSA, IOWA)

LESTER A. WALTON (Box 77)

I. LESTER A. WALTON - Correspondence, 1916. [1 folder in Box 77]

Notes on contents: 3 letters, brochures for Mercy Hospital and School for Nurses. Includes 2 letters from Walton and 1 of Algernon B. Jackson (of Mercy Hospital), discussing the need for black journalism and a black newspaper in Philadelphia. [Wood's label "Lester A. Walton"]

GEORGE GILLETT WHITNEY (Box 77)

I. GEORGE GILLETT WHITNEY - Correspondence, 1918. [1 folder in Box 77]

Notes on contents: affidavits, "In re: application George G. Whitney" to local draft board, 1918.

Wood acting as attorney for Whitney, a Friend, in regard to his draft status.

WHITTIER FELLOWSHIP GUEST HOUSE (HAMPTON FALLS, N.H.) (Boxes 78-79)

Background: Wood is member of the Whittier Fellowship Committee, of which his sister, Carolena Wood, is chairman. Wood is chairman of its Finance Committee. The idea behind the Whittier Guest House was to make it an "American Woodbrooke." It opened on June 15, 1912 with three branches of Friends represented. A draft of a fund-raising letter by Wood, states the plan for the Guest House grew out of the successful pilgrimages to "Whittier Land" the previous summer [1910] -

"Friends from all branches took part. The idea of continuing the pilgrimage and making the influence of the enthusiasm which was evoked more permanent was brought forward by Sarah Abbie Gove. She had placed her house and grounds where Whittier spent his last days at the disposal of the pilgrimage. Now she has offered to rent to us a large pleasantly situated Boarding house ... It is our hope that in the intimate intercourse of a vacation spent together better understandings of our common problems and appreciation of our similar aims and hopes will bind us together for greater usefulness." [Nov. 16, 1911]

I. WHITTIER FELLOWSHIP GUEST HOUSE - Correspondence, 1911-1916. [9 folders in Box 78]

Notes on contents: letters, photographs, clipping, lists, draft of report on "Young Friends Conference at the Whittier Guest House" (ca. Dec. 1913).

Primarily correspondence concerned with raising money to rent and operate Whittier Fellowship Guest House, discusses financial difficulties of keeping it open and possible resulting loss of prestige to Young Friends Movement. Correspondents include T. Wistar Brown, Franklin A. Coles (Treasurer), Stephen Hobhouse, Horace M. Lippincott, Amos J. Peaslee, Harry T. Silcock and many others. Lippincott letter [12/28/1916] to Wood says Young Friends are the Society of Friends now. Includes letter of Oswald Garrison Villard [9/2/1914] on race problem.

  1. Correspondence, 1911.
  2. Correspondence, 1912 (January - August).
  3. Correspondence, 1912 (September - December).
  4. Correspondence, 1913 (January - July).
  5. Correspondence, 1913 (August - December).
  6. Correspondence, 1914 (January - May 15).
  7. Correspondence, 1914 (May 16 - 31).
  8. Correspondence, 1914 (June - December).
  9. Correspondence, 1915-1916.

II. WHITTIER FELLOWSHIP GUEST HOUSE - Lists, receipts, ca. 1911-1914. [1 folder in Box 79]

Notes on contents: typed and handwritten lists of names and addresses related to fund-raising efforts, letters enclosing donations and lists of names to receive mailings, list of members Fellowship Circle, receipts.

III. WHITTIER FELLOWSHIP GUEST HOUSE - Memoranda, pamphlets, etc., ca. 1912-1916. [1 folder in Box 79]

Notes on contents: memoranda, pamphlets, brochures, clippings, notes, itinerary of pilgrimages, financial statements, program, fund-raising letters [many items undated].

WHITTIER PORTRAIT (Box 79)

I. WHITTIER PORTRAIT - Correspondence, etc., 1936. [1 folder in Box 79]

Notes on contents: letters, photograph, photo-reproduction of portrait.

Correspondence about possible purchase by Haverford College of portrait of Whittier by Edgar Parker, 1884.

WILLIAM PENN COLLEGE (OSKALOOSA, IOWA) (Box 79)

I. WILLIAM PENN COLLEGE - Correspondence, 1929-1933. [1 folder in Box 79]

Notes on contents: letters, pamphlets, brochures.

Primarily correspondence related to Wood's fund-raising efforts for the college. Correspondents include Henry Clark Bedford, William Eugene Berry, Linneus McKracken, also letter of Dwight Morrow (replying to Wood's invitation that he attend fund-raising dinner).


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