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J.E. Woodhead papers

 Collection
Identifier: 0004

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.

Dates

  • circa 1856-1920s

Creator

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 The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers.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.

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).

Extent

7.42 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials

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.

Acquisition

Donated by J.E. Woodhead.

Title
Finding Aid of the J.E. Woodhead papers
Status
Completed
Author
Jacqueline Morin
Date
11 December 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

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