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  • Scope and Contents
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  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition
  • Biographical note

  • Title: J. E. Woodhead papers
    Collection number: 0004
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 7.42 Linear feet 10 boxes
    Date: circa 1856-1920s
    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.
    creator: Woodhead, J.E., (John Edward), 1840-1918

    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.

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 The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers.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

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], J.E. Woodhead papers, Collection no. 0004, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Acquisition

    Donated by J.E. Woodhead.

    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).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Cosmic Publishing Company. -- Archives
    Lamb Knitting Machine Company. -- Archives
    National Letter Return Association. -- Archives
    Western Society for Psychical Research. -- Archives
    Woodhead, J.E., (John Edward), 1840-1918 -- Archives
    World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.). -- Archives
    Book collecting--Illinois--Chicago--Archival resources
    Book collectors--Illinois--Chicago--Archival resources
    Businessmen--Illinois--Chicago--Archival resources
    Correspondence
    Diaries
    Ephemera
    Ledgers (account books)
    Photographs
    Private libraries--Illinois--Chicago--Archival resources
    Scrapbooks