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Woods, Lawrence C. (Lawrence Crane), 1869-1925
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Lawrence Crane Woods Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists of selected correspondence and student account books of Lawrence Crane Woods, a member of the Princeton Class of 1891 and vice president and assistant manager for the Equitable Life Assurance Society.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

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.

Collection Creator Biography:

Woods, Lawrence C. (Lawrence Crane), 1869-1925

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.

Collection History


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).

Custodial History

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.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain in 2008. Finding aid written in 2008. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Lawrence Crane Woods Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1