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Finding Aid of the J.E. Woodhead papers

Finding aid prepared by Jacqueline Morin, 11 December 2009

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Woodhead, J.E., (John Edward), 1840-1918
Title
J.E. Woodhead papers
Collection no.
0004
Date
circa 1856-1920s
Extent
7.42 Linear feet, 10 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks of Woodhead's business and manufacturing career with the Lamb Knitting Machine Company; records of the Cosmic Publishing Company and the Western Society for Psychical Research; correspondence on the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago; correspondence, indexes, catalogues, dealers' invoices pertaining to the John Edward Woodhead Library, parts of which were acquired by USC; and personal correspondence, photographs, and memorablia of the Woodhead family.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], J.E. Woodhead papers, Collection no. 0004, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biographical note

J.E. (John Edward) Woodhead was born in Leeds, England on August 2, 1840 and died in Chicago on October 24, 1918. His family emigrated to the United States in 1844, settling first in Cincinnati, then moving to Burlington, Iowa in 1855. Woodhead moved to Chicago in 1871, shortly after the Chicago Fire, and entered into business as the western agent for the Lamb Knitting Machine Company. He developed an interest in book collecting, and established a 4000-plus volume private library. He also served as Secretary of the World's Congress Auxiliary Section of Weights, Measures, and Coinage at the World's Columbian Exposition; was a founder and officer (secretary) of the Cosmic Publishing Company, publisher of "Mind in Nature"; a founding member of the Western Society for Psychical Research (founded 1885 in Chicago); and the founder and manager of the National Letter Return Association (1885-1895).

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks of Woodhead's business and manufacturing career with the Lamb Knitting Machine Company; records of the Cosmic Publishing Company and the Western Society for Psychical Research; correspondence on the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago; correspondence, indexes, catalogues, dealers' invoices pertaining to the John Edward Woodhead Library, parts of which were acquired by USC; and personal correspondence, photographs, and memorablia of the Woodhead family.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
11 December 2009
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Revision Description

 Finding aid updated by Sue Luftschein, 2013 May

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published articles; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Acquisition

Donated by J.E. Woodhead.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Cosmic Publishing Company. -- Archives
  • Lamb Knitting Machine Company. -- Archives
  • National Letter Return Association. -- Archives
  • Western Society for Psychical Research. -- Archives
  • World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.). -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Ephemera
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Woodhead, J.E., (John Edward), 1840-1918 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Book collecting--Illinois--Chicago--Archival resources
  • Book collectors--Illinois--Chicago--Archival resources
  • Businessmen--Illinois--Chicago--Archival resources
  • Private libraries--Illinois--Chicago--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Business Activities 

 Records of the Lamb Knitting Machine Company Chicago, Illinois 

Box Folder

 Publications 

Scope and Contents note

Catalogs, price lists, instruction manuals, 50th anniversary commemorative pamphlets, scrapbook of advertisements, business cards, newspaper articles, etc.

1 1
Box Volume

 Account books 1868-1927 

Scope and Contents note

(Journal 1872-73 also contains a Catalog of library, Jan. 1, 1875, updated 1882).

1 1-16
Box Folder

 Correspondence 1879-1893   7 items

2 2
Box

 Advertisements and Flyers from Rival Knitting Machine Companies.   13 items

2

 Newspaper Clippings and Articles on Knitting Machines.   4 items

2

 Records, Cosmic Publishing Company 1885-1895 

Box

 Account Books   2 volumes

Scope and Contents note

2 volumes.

2

 By-laws and Minutes of Meetings   1 volume

2

 Records, Western Society For Psychical Research 

Box

 Constitution   5 bound volumes

Scope and Contents note

Attendance book of council, council records, membership list, cash book.

2
Box Folder

 Correspondence   4 items

2 3

 Records, Chicago Philosophical Society 

Box Folder

 Programs   5 items

2 3

 Flyers, etc   3 items

2 3

 Records, National Letter Return Association 

Box Folder

 Correspondence   2 items

Scope and Contents note

2 items.

2 4

 Accounts   14 leaves

2 4

 Notebook 

Scope and Contents note

Includes charter, constitution, minutes, etc.

2 4

 Newspaper clippings 

2 4

 Flyers and 1 Book of Ready Return Stamps 

2 4

 Article on the NLRA circa 1965 

2 4

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Series 2:  Personal Papers 

 Account books 1865-1909   21 volumes

Box
2
Folder
5

 Scrapbooks   9 bound volumes

Box

 European Tour 1894 

2

 British post cards circa 1902 

2

 Newspaper clippings 1871-1889 

Scope and Contents note

Clippings by and about J.E. Woodhead.

2

 Composition Books and Diaries 1856-1858 

Box
2
Box

 Composition Books and Diaries 

2

 Personal Correspondence: Originals and Manuscript Copies 

Box Folder

 Anon.-C   30 items

3 6

 D - R   23 items

3 7

 Sa - Sz   20 items

3 8

 Stoddard, J.L. Undated- 1892   26 items

3 9

 Stoddard J.L. 1893-1914   34 items

3 10

 T - Woodhead, Howard   26 items

3 11

 G. Woodhead, John E. - Z   12 items

3 12

 Personal Correspondence (A-Z): Photostat Copies   39 items

Box
3
Folder
13

 Biographies and documents 1861-1865   51 items

Box
3
Folder
14

 Ephemera 

Box

 Greetings and Business cards   33 items

3
Box Folder

 Clippings, Publications and Memorabilia of the Children of J.E. Woodhead. 

3 15

 Photographs and negatives 

Box Folder

 Negatives   21 items

3 16

 Photographs -- Family and Friends   18 items

3 16

 Photographs -- Actors, Actresses, Tourist Spots and Unidentified Subjects   44 items

3 17

 Manuscripts of poems by J.L. Stoddard   5 items

Box
3
Folder
20

 Programs -- Theater and Lecture 

Box Folder

 Stoddard Lectures 1879-1897   76 items

3 21

 Theater Programs and Miscellaneous Lecture Tickets   9 items

3 22

 Newspaper and Magazine clippings 

Box Folder

 Articles by and about James Davie Butler   12 items

3 18

 Articles by and about John L. Stoddard   12 items

3 18

 Articles by J. E. Woodhead   6 items

3 19

 Miscellaneous clippings   41 items

3 19

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Series 3:  World's Columbian Exposition and World's Congress Auxiliary, Chicago 1893 

 Correspondence   37 items

Scope and Contents note

World's Congress Auxiliary, Committee on weights, measures, coinage, etc., J.E. Woodhead, secretary.

Box
4
Folder
23

 Printed Material 

Box Box Folder

 Invitation, Programs, and Tickets   15 items

10 4 24
Box Folder

 Advertisements and Souveniers   38 items

4 24

 Other Conventions and Expositions   5 items

Scope and Contents note

Programs, tickets, memorabilia

Box
4
Folder
25

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Series 4:  J.E. Woodhead, Bookman 

Box
4

 Catalogs of the J.E. Woodhead Library 

Box Folder

 Typescript catalog prepared by USC 1950   225 leaves

4 26

 Manuscript Catalogs Prepared by J.E. Woodhead 1859-1883   8 volumes

4 27

 Catalog of Art Works   1 bound volume

4 27

 Desiderata and purchase lists 1883-1908   140 items

Box
8, 10
Box
4
Folder
28

 Correspondence 

 Book dealers and publishers 

Box Folder

 A-D   39 items

4 29

 E   83 items

4 30

 F - L   18 items

4 31

 M - Q   38 items

4 32

 R - Z   46 items

4 33

 Reciepts and invoices from Book Dealers and Publishers 

Box Folder

 A - B   80 items

5 34

 C - Francis Edwards   113 items

5 35

 Ee - Ez   54 items

5 36

 F - L   31 items

5 37

 M - McClurg's 1888   97 items

5 38

 McClurg's, 1889 - Mz 1889   77 items

5 39

 N - Z   101 items

5 40
Box

 Miscellaneous 

8
Box Folder

 Correspondence and Invoices from Express Agents and Custom House Brokers   11 items

6 41

 Caxton Club Correspondence   12 items

6 41

 Book and Illustration Advertisements , Prospectuses and Catalogs   61 items

Box
6
Folder
42

 Notes and articles on Woodhead and his library   44 leaves

Box
6
Folder
43

 Newspaper Clippings on Bibliographic and Literary Topics 1888-1957   40 items

Box
8
Box
6
Folder
44

 Lists Relating to Extra-illustrating Projects: Longfellow and Byron   44 leaves

Box
6
Folder
45

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Series 5:  Miscellany 

 Calendars 1870-1; 1871-3; 1895-2; 1904-2   8 items

Scope and Contents note

1870 (1); 1871 (3); 1895 (2); 1904 (2)

Box
8
Box
6
Folder
46

 Pamphlets   17 items

Box
6
Folder
47
Box
8

 Magazine Issues   7 items

Box
9
Box
7
Folder
48

 Subseries 4: Correspondence 1949   13 items

Scope and Contents note

Grace Woodhead Zeiss and The Wisconsin State Historical Society

Box
7
Folder
49

 Subseries 5: J.E. Woodhead Collection Bookplates 

Box
7

 Notes 

Box
9

 Historical Documents 

Box Folder

 Notorial documents 

Scope and Contents note

a. 33 x 14.5 cm, parchment , dated 6 May Anno regni Regis Henricic Sexti

b. 33 x 14 cm, parchment , dated 14 Aug Anno regis Henrici Sexti No. 533/9

7 50

 18th Century American Script   5 items

Scope and Contents note

a. 8 dollar note, State of Massachusetts Bay, #14878, dated 5 May 1780, 9 x 7 cm

b. 6 shilling note, Colony of Massachusetts Bay, #441, May 25,1775, 15 x 7 cm

c. Ticket, Massachusetts semi-annual State lottery, #24720, March 2,1790, 11 x 6.5 cm

d. 10 pound reciept, State of Massachusetts Bay, #2973, Oct 10,1778 , 23.5 x 15 cm

e. Letter transmitting 18th century money to Woodhead

7 50

 List of soldiers who died at Andersonville, Georgia July 1, 1865   24 pages

7 50
Box

 Miscellaneous historical documents 

9

 Unidentified Notebook and Manuscripts   4 items

Box
7
Folder
51

 Duplicates 

Box Folder

 Stoddard Lectures   51 items

7 52

 Miscellaneous   28 items

7 53

 Photographs and Materials for the Woodhead Bookplate   21 items

Scope and Contents note

Photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Woodhead, the Woodhead Library. Materials for the Woodhead Bookplate.

Box
7
Folder
54

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