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Stanley Woodward papers, 1875-1970, (bulk 1905-1970)

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 10 series. Each series is arranged chronologically.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1918-1968
(Boxes 1, 8; 15 folders)

Biographical material includes miscellaneous accounts of Woodward's life, cards and certificates of membership in various organizations including the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Salmagundi Club, and the Academic Artist Association, and military records of his service in both World Wars. Files concerning Woodward's portrait of Abraham Lincoln contain letters primarily discussing a reproduction of the portrait in The Boston Globe and the painting's eventual sale, notes, clippings, an ink drawing, and a photographic negative of the drawing.
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Biographical Accounts, 1941-1960, undated
1
1
Membership Cards and Certificates, 1918-1968
1
2
Military Records, 1918-1945
(4 folders)
1
3-6
File Concerning Woodward's Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, 1956-1965
(6 folders; see also Box 8 for oversized)
1
7-12
Oversized Ink Drawing of Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, undated
8 (sol)

Series 2: Artwork , circa 1920s
(Box 1; 2 folders)

Artwork consists of one sketchbook of pencil drawings and three loose sketches. The loose sketches include a cityscape of Amesterdam; a home in Santa Barbara, California; and a watercolor of Key West, Florida.
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Sketchbook, circa 1920s
1
13
Sketches, circa 1920s
1
14

Series 3: Correspondence , 1910-1969
(Boxes 1-3; 2.9 linear feet)

This series consists of correspondence between family members and letters to Woodward primarily concerning his painting career including some lists of art work and some financial material. Correspondents include Harrison Cady, Eleanor Parke Custis, Ralph Fabri, Chauncey F. Ryder, and Howard E. Smith. There are scattered letters from other artists including Gifford Beal, Mary Butler, Gordon Grant, Norman Kent, Hobart Nichols, Thornton Oakley, Edmund Tarbell, and Anthony Thieme.
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Family Correspondence between Stanley and Ruth Woodward, undated
1
15
Family Correspondence from Pat Woodward, undated
1
16
Correspondence between Miscellaneous Family Members, 1936-1938
1
17
Correspondence between Miscellaneous Family Members, 1939
1
18
Correspondence between Miscellaneous Family Members, 1941
1
19
Correspondence between Miscellaneous Family Members, 1943
(2 folders)
1
20-21
Correspondence between Miscellaneous Family Members, 1944
(6 folders)
1
22-27
Correspondence between Miscellaneous Family Members, 1945
1
28
Correspondence between Miscellaneous Family Members, 1949-1953
1
29
Letters from Correspondents with Unknown Surnames, undated
(2 folders)
1
30-31
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "A-B,", undated
1
32
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "C-F,", undated
1
33
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "G-K,", undated
1
34
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "L-N,", undated
1
35
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "O-R,", undated
1
36
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "S-T,", undated
1
37
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "U-Z,", undated
1
38
Letters from Harrison Cady, undated
1
39
Letters from Chauncey F. Ryder, undated
1
40
Letters, 1910-1919
1
41
Letters, 1920-1922
1
42
Letters, 1923-1924
1
43
Letters, 1925-1927
1
44
Letters, 1928-1929
1
45
Letters, 1930-1931
1
46
Letters, 1932
(2 folders)
1
47-48
Letters, 1933
(3 folders)
1
49-51
Letters, 1934
(2 folders)
1
52-53
Letters, 1935
1
54
Letters, 1936
1
55
Letters, 1937
(8 folders)
1
56-63
Letters, 1938
(8 folders)
1
64-71
Letters, 1939
(6 folders)
1
72-77
Letters, 1940
(2 folders)
1
78-79
Letters, 1941
(10 folders)
1
80-89
Letters, 1942
(6 folders)
2
1-6
Letters, 1943
2
7
Letters, 1944
(4 folders)
2
8-11
Letters, 1945
(8 folders)
2
12-19
Letters, 1946
(3 folders)
2
20-22
Letters, 1947
(4 folders)
2
23-26
Letters, 1948
(5 folders)
2
27-31
Letters, 1949
(5 folders)
2
32-36
Letters, 1950
(2 folders)
2
37-38
Letters, 1951
(4 folders)
2
39-42
Letters, 1952
(6 folders)
2
43-48
Letters, 1953
(9 folders)
2
49-57
Letters, 1954
(9 folders)
2
58-66
Letters, 1955
(8 folders)
2
67-74
Letters, 1956
(6 folders)
3
1-6
Letters, 1957
(8 folders)
3
7-14
Letters, 1958
(7 folders)
3
15-21
Letters, 1959
(8 folders)
3
22-29
Letters, 1960
(3 folders)
3
30-32
Letters, 1961 (7 folders)
3
33-39
Letters, 1962 (8 folders)
3
40-47
Letters, 1963 (7 folders)
3
48-54
Letters, 1964 (3 folders)
3
55-57
Letters, 1965
3
58
Letters, 1966 (5 folders)
3
59-63
Letters, 1967 (8 folders)
3
64-71
Letters, 1968 (2 folders)
3
72-73
Letters, 1969
3
74

Series 4: Files Concerning Actresses , 1931-1970
(Boxes 4, 8; 0.75 linear feet)

These files contain letters, clippings, and photographs of actresses Janis Carter, Linda Darnell, Bette Davis, Laraine Day, Madaline Lee, Ida Lupino, Eleanor Powell, and Alexis Smith. A neighbor of teen-aged Bette Davis, Woodward maintained contact with her for the rest of his life. Through Ms. Davis, Woodward also befriended other show business personalities.
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Letters from Janis Carter, 1947
4
1
Letters from Janis Carter, 1948
4
2
Letters from Janis Carter, 1949
4
3
Letters from Janis Carter, 1950
(2 folders)
4
4-5
Letters from Janis Carter, 1951
4
6
Letters from Janis Carter, 1952
4
7
Letters from Janis Carter, 1953
4
8
Letters from Janis Carter, 1954-1955
4
9
Letters from Janis Carter, 1956
4
10
Letters from Janis Carter, 1957
4
11
Letters from Janis Carter, 1958
4
12
Letters from Janis Carter, 1959
4
13
Letters from Janis Carter, 1960
4
14
Letters from Janis Carter, 1961
4
15
Letters from Janis Carter, 1962
4
16
Letters from Janis Carter, 1963
4
17
Letters from Janis Carter, 1964-1965
4
18
Letters from Janis Carter, 1966-1968
4
19
Clippings and Photographs of Janis Carter, 1941-1961
4
20
Letters from Linda Darnell, 1952-1957
4
21
Letters from Linda Darnell, 1958
4
22
Letters from Linda Darnell, 1960-1962
4
23
Photographs of Linda Darnell with Woodward, 1952
4
24
Letters from Bette Davis, 1943-1953, undated
4
25
Clippings about Bette Davis, 1931-1970, undated
4
26
Letters from Laraine Day and Clipping about Laraine Day, 1963-1968, undated
4
27
Letters from Madaline Lee (Radio Actress), 1941-1942, undated
4
28
Autographed Picture Postcard from Ida Lupino, 1950
4
29
Letters from Eleanor Powell, 1962-1963, undated
4
30
Letters from Eleanor Powell, 1964-1965
4
31
Letters from Eleanor Powell, 1966-1969
4
32
Letters from Alexis Smith, 1946-1950
4
33
Oversized Autographed Photograph of Bette Davis, undated
8 (sol)

Series 5: Diaries , 1905-1969
(Boxes 4-5; 10 folders)

Seventeen diaries contain relatively detailed daily entries describing Woodward's art-related activities, experiences during World War II, and travels, including a trip to Los Angeles to visit Bette Davis on the set of the motion picture Elizabeth and Essex. The 1905 diary contains photographs of Woodward's school friends.
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Diary 1 and Diary 2, 1905-1919
4
34
Diary 3 and Diary 4, 1923-1948
4
35
Diary 5 and Diary 6, 1939-1944
4
36
Diary 7, 1949-1951
4
37
Diary 8, 1949-1954
4
38
Diary 9 and Diary 10, 1944-1958
4
39
Diary 11 and Diary 12, 1959-1962
4
40
Diary 13 and Diary 14, 1963-1964
5
1
Diary 15 and Diary 16, 1965-1968
5
2
Diary 17, 1968-1969
5
3

Series 6: Notes, Notebooks, and Writings , 1915-1969
(Boxes 5, 8; 21 folders)

This series includes lists of art works, exhibition guest books, and miscellaneous writings by Woodward including drafts of his book Adventure in Marine Painting.
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Notebook Listing Art Work, 1915-1931
5
4
Miscellaneous Lists of Art Work, 1933-1969
(2 folders; see also Box 8)
5
5-6
Exhibition Guest Book, 1948-1958
5
7
Exhibition Guest Book, 1953
5
8
Exhibition Guest Book, 1955-1964
5
9
Miscellaneous Notes, 1933-1959, undated
(2 folders)
5
10-11
Poems by Woodward, undated
5
12
Outline for Personal Memoirs Painting is My Life, undated
5
13
Manuscript Twins, undated
5
14
Manuscript The American Soldier in the Pyrenees or an Artist on Leave, Undated
5
15
Drafts for Book Adventure in Marine Painting, 1946
(4 folders)
5
16-19
Layout and Galley Proof for Book Adventure in Marine Painting, 1946
5
20
Typescript Introductory Remarks to Gallery of Paintings, 1947
5
21
Miscellaneous Typescripts, undated
5
22
Writings by Others, 1952, undated
5
23
Oversized Lists of Art Work, 1938-1939
8 (sol)

Series 7: Business Records , 1924-1969
(Boxes 5-6; 15 folders)

Business records include an auction catalog, account books for the sale of Woodward's book and art work, and miscellaneous receipts. Records of art classes taught by Woodward include lists of participants, accounts of fees paid, and printed advertisements.
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Auction Catalog for the Library of Woodward's Father, Frank E. Woodward, 1924
5
24
Account Book for the Sales of Book Adventure in Marine Painting, 1946-1948
(2 folders)
5
25-26
Art Class Records, 1950-1953, undated
(2 folders)
6
1-2
Account Book for Book Sales, Art Work Sold, and Christmas List, 1956-1961
6
3
Art-Related Receipts and Price Lists, 1932-1969, undated
(7 folders)
6
4-10
Receipts for Dues of Art-Related Organizations, 1937-1961
6
11
Miscellaneous Receipts, 1934-1966, undated
6
12

Series 8: Scrapbook , 1875-1919
(Box 6; 1 folder)

The scrapbook contains clippings and exhibition announcements and catalogs.
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Scrapbook, 1875-1919
6
13

Series 9: Printed Material , 1916-1970
(Boxes 6-7; 0.75 linear feet)

Printed material consists of clippings, copies of the U. S. Air Corps Magazine The Rip Chord for which Woodward did the cover illustrations, prospectuses, exhibition announcements and catalogs, reproductions of art work, a booklet, and brochures. Miscellaneous printed material includes reproductions of a photograph of Woodward's father, Frank E. Woodward, and a program for an event honoring Dr. T. Tertius Noble.
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Clippings, undated
6
14
Clippings, 1916
6
15
Clippings, 1918
6
16
Clippings, 1920-1939
6
17
Clippings, 1940-1949
6
18
Clippings, 1950-1956
6
19
Clippings, 1957-1959
6
20
Clippings, 1960-1969
6
21
Clippings, 1970
6
22
U. S. Air Corps Magazine The Rip Chord, 1943-1944
(5 folders)
6
23-27
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1932-1933, undated
6
28
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1934
6
29
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1935-1936
6
30
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1937
(2 folders)
6
31-32
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1938
(3 folders)
6
33-35
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1939
6
36
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1941-1947
6
37
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1950-1954
6
38
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1955-1956
6
39
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1957-1958
6
40
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1959
6
41
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1960-1961
6
42
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1962-1963
6
43
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1964-1969
6
44
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, undated
6
45
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1920-1929
6
46
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1933-1939
6
47
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1941-1948
6
48
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1951-1952
6
49
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1953
6
50
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1954-1959
6
51
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1960-1962
6
52
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1964-1968
6
53
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Others, 1958-1966, undated
6
54
Reproductions of Art Work, undated
(2 folders)
6
55-56
Booklet The Keystone Barrage, undated
7 (pam)
1
Brochures for Art Schools, 1936-1937, undated
7 (pam)
2
Brochures for Books, 1947, undated
7 (pam)
3
Miscellaneous Brochures, undated
7 (pam)
4
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1932-1957, undated
7 (pam)
5

Series 10: Photographs , 1920-1969
(Boxes 7-8, OV 9; 11 folders)

Photographs are of Woodward, members of his family, friends, studio, and art works. The photographs of the U. S. Army Air Forces include an image of Woodward with Jack Dempsey. Albums 1 and 2 include photographs of art classes and of Woodward painting outdoors at various locations including Laguna Beach and Palm Springs, California, St. Augustine, Florida, and Rockport, Massachusetts. Album 3 also contains photographs of Woodward at his easel, but includes photographs of notable friends including Janis Carter, Jeanne Craine, Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, and Gary Merrill.
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Photographs of Woodward, 1965, undated
7 (pam)
6
Photographs of Family Members and Friends, 1939-1942, undated
(see also OV 9)
7 (pam)
7
Photographs of the U. S. Army Air Forces at McChord Field, Washington, 1943
7 (pam)
8
Photographs of Woodward's Studio, 1969, undated
7 (pam)
9
Photograph Album 1, 1920-1940
(see also Box 8)
7 (pam)
10
Negatives of Art Work, undated
7 (pam)
11
Photographs of War Monuments, 1969, undated
7 (pam)
12
Miscellaneous Photographs, undated
7 (pam)
13
Photograph Album 2, 1948-1953
8 (sol)
Photograph Album 3, 1954-1966
8 (sol)
Two Oversized Panorama Photographs of Woodward's Classmates in the U. S. Army Air Force Officer Training Schools in Miami, Florida, and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1942
OV 9

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