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Lawrence Crane Woods graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) with the Class of 1891. He was vice president and assistant manager for the Equitable Life Assurance Society located at the Frick building in Pittsburgh, Pa. His son Lawrence C. Woods, Jr., also graduated from Princeton University with the class of 1922. Like his father, he joined Equitable Life Assurance Society where he stayed until he headed the Pittsburgh office. Lawrence C. Crane, Jr. was also trustee and officer of Carnegie Institute, and trustee and chairman of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He was a participant in big game hunting expeditions for the museum's collection.
The collection consists of selected correspondence and student account books of Lawrence Crane Woods. There are 12 letters (1916-1924) between Woods and Samuel Huston Thompson, Assistant Attorney General under President Woodrow Wilson; 24 letters (1914-1925) between Woods and Samuel J. Graham, an associate judge on the U.S. Court of Claims; and 25 letters (1914-1925) between Woods and John Burke, William C. Redfield, and Charles Thomas of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Some letters are of personal matters, while others are about politics and government, raising money for the U.S. army and World War I, and education reform; a large number of the letters mention President Woodrow Wilson and his health. Included are two daybooks (daily account books) kept by Woods while he was a student at Princeton University, one dated 1888, the other 1890. In addition, there are two letters of Lawrence C. Woods, Jr., to Mrs. Woodrow Wilson inviting her for the Centennial celebration of Woodrow Wilson, and her response to him.
The material is arranged by accession number.
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.
Daybooks were the gift of Lawrence C. Woods, Jr., on May 31, 1952..
Letters to and from Thompson, Graham, Redfield, Thomas, and others were the gift of Lawrence C. Woods, Jr., on May 2, 1963 (AM14652, 17625-17628).
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This collection was processed by Dina Britain in 2008. Finding aid written in 2008. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
- College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)
- College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.). Class of 1891.
- Equitable life assurance society of the United States
- Manuscripts Division
- Finding Aid Date
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