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Albert W. Atwood Collection

Identifier: 064

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

8 Boxes


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.

Custodial History

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.

Processing Information

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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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001