USC Libraries

University of Southern California

skip navigation

Archives at USC

« back to Archives at USC Search

Finding aid for the J.E. Woodhead collection of Roycroft Press and Elbert Hubbard materials

Finding aid prepared by Natalie Camacho, 2014 March

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Hubbard, Elbert, 1856-1915
Creator
Roycroft Shop.
Creator
Woodhead, J.E., (John Edward), 1840-1918
Title
J.E. Woodhead collection of Roycroft Press and Elbert Hubbard materials
Collection no.
0162
Date [inclusive]
1896-1915
Extent
0.84 Linear feet, 2 boxes
Language
English
Textual materials [Box]
1
Abstract
This small collection contains letters, essays, broadsides, clippings, and photographs, created by and for Elbert Hubbard, an American writer, publisher, and philosopher, and founder of the Arts and Crafts community of Roycroft. The materials were collected by J.E. Woodhead in the course of his book collecting activities. In addition to publications produced by Hubbard's Arts and Crafts community, Roycroft, and by the Roycrofters, it also contains letters from the Hubbards to the J.E. Woodhead and his wife regarding Roycroft publications.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], J.E. Woodhead collection of Roycroft Press and Elbert Hubbard materials, Collection no. 0162, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Return to Table of Contents »


Biographical note

Elbert Hubbard was born on June 19, 1856 in Bloomington, Illinois and was raised in Hudson, Illinois. He began his career as a travelling salesman with the Larkin Soap Company. In 1895, he founded Roycroft, an Arts and Crafts movement community, in East Aurora, New York. Roycroft was an outgrowth of the private press founded by Hubbard in collaboration with his first wife, Bertha. Hubbard and his second wife, Alice, died on May 7, 1915 at the sinking of the Lusitania.

J.E. (John Edward) Woodhead was born in Leeds, England on August 2, 1840 and died in Chicago on October 24, 1918. A successful businessman, Woodhead 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).

Return to Table of Contents »


Scope and Content

This small collection contains letters, essays, broadsides, clippings, and photographs, created by and for Elbert Hubbard, an American writer, publisher, and philosopher, and collected by J.E. Woodhead. In addition to publications produced by Hubbard's Arts and Crafts community, Roycroft, and by the Roycrofters, it also contains letters from the Hubbards to the J.E. Woodhead and his wife regarding Roycroft publications. J.E. Woodhead, a Chicago businessman, was an avid book collector. Also included in this collection is Hubbard's best-selling essay, A Message to Garcia (1.2, 1.3, 2.6).

Return to Table of Contents »


Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2014 March
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Return to Table of Contents »


Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

J.E. Woodhead papers, Collection no. 0004.

Return to Table of Contents »


Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Roycroft Shop. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Ephemera
  • Letters
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Hubbard, Elbert, 1856-1915 -- Archives
  • Woodhead, J.E., (John Edward), 1840-1918 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Book collectors--Illinois--Chicago--Archival resources
  • Publishers and publishing--New York (State)--Archival resources

Return to Table of Contents »


Collection Inventory

Series 1:  A Message to Garcia 

Box Folder

 A Message to Garcia copy 234 1899 

Scope and Content

Best-selling essay by Elbert Hubbard set in the context of the Spanish-American War.

Signed by Elbert Hubbard.

1 2

 A Message to Garcia copy 898 1899 

Scope and Content

Best-selling essay by Elbert Hubbard set in the context of the Spanish-American War.

Signed by Elbert Hubbard.

1 3

 A Message to Garcia copy 899 1899 

Scope and Content

Best-selling essay by Elbert Hubbard set in the context of the Spanish-American War.

Signed by Elbert Hubbard.

2 6

Return to Table of Contents »


Series 2:  Correspondence 

Box Folder

 Correspondence between Elbert and Bertha Hubbard and Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Woodhead 1896-1912 

1 5

 Letter from Elbert Hubbard laid in Ralph Flewelling's copy of Lamb's Essays of Elia 1896 December 19 

Scope and Content

Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb.

1 6

 Letters from Bertha Hubbard to Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Woodhead 1896-1899 

2 5

 Letters from Elbert Hubbard to Nellie Woodhead; Roycroft Publication Brochures 1896-1900 

2 3

Return to Table of Contents »


Box Folder

 Newspaper clippings 1899-1915 

Scope and Content

Includes clippings about the sinking of the Lusitania.

1 9

Series 4:  Photographs 

Box Folder

 Photographs in an envelope addressed to J.E. Woodhead 1905 

2 2

 Portraits of Elbert Hubbard 1898-1899 

2 7

Return to Table of Contents »


Series 5:  Roycroft Publications 

Box Folder

 Illustrations for Little Journeys to the Homes of American Authors 

1 7

 Lecture Notices 

1 4

 List of the Books Made by the Roycrofters at the Roycroft Shop which is in East Aurora, Erie County, New York, MDCCCXCVIII 1898 

Scope and Content

2 copies.

1 1

 Miscellaneous Roycroft Pamphlets and Brochures 

2 4

 Roycroft Brochures and Advertisements 

2 1

 Roycroft Mementos 

Scope and Content

Possibly belonging to Grace Woodhead.

1 8

Return to Table of Contents »