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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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Firestone Library (mss): 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


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 photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

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

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