Albert W. Atwood Collection
Scope and Contents
Scope and Content Note: (overall look at the collection)
The collection consists of scrapbooks containing Albert W. Atwood’s articles and editorials from The the Saturday Evening Post and The National Geographic Magazine, as well as three books and a poster from the DC Public Library. Also included are photographs, articles, and awards.
The control file for this collection contains a title index of Mr. Atwood’s articles and editorials from The Saturday Evening Post.
- Creation: 1911-1975
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
No known restrictions.
Biographical / Historical
Albert W. Atwood was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1879. He graduated from Fredonia (NY) State Normal School in New York in 1899 and from Amherst College in 1903. Albert W. Atwood was a leader in the scholarly, journalistic and philanthropic communities in Washington, D.C. in the early twentieth century. He served as President of the Board of Trustees for the D.C. Public Library, was President of the Cosmos Club, and was a regular contributor to the Saturday Evening Post and The National Geographic Magazine, as well as various local newspapers and journals. He also wrote a biography of Senator Francis G. Newlands and a history of Gallaudet College. He died in 1975 in Washington, DC.
11 Linear feet
Series 1: General Documents
This series consists of loose articles and addresses, photographs, awards, clippings, and biographical information.
Series 2: The Saturday Evening Post Scrapbooks
This series contains seven scrapbooks of Atwood’s work that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. The items in each scrapbook are separated by articles and editorials. Some of the scrapbooks contain indexes.
Series 3: Bound Volumes
This series consists of books written by Atwood, and National Geographic Magazine articles authored by Mr. Atwood.
The Albert W. Atwood Collection was accessioned into the D.C. Community Archives in 1998. The collection of materials was acquired prior to 1998, but little information about the materials exists, except for a note in two of the volumes that read “Property of Mrs. Yates.” It is presumed that Atwood created the materials, but this cannot be verified.
Basic archival processing procedures were applied to the collection when it was processed.
- Albert W. Atwood Collection
- An inventory of Albert W. Atwood Collection at DC Public Library
- Finding aid prepared by Ryan P. Semmes.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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