Open for research; material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.
Letters, notes, autographs, portraits, and other materials collected by the Harwood Family over a period of two hundred-fifty years. Much of the early materials, including Revolutionary War era materials, are navy and military service related. Later materials include letters from major political, financial, and literary figures. Correspondents include Herbert Hoover, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Ray Lyman Wilbur, Pearl S. Buck, and Carl Sandburg. Also included are engravings, photographs, and autographs of historical figures.
Gift of Wilson Franklin Harwood, 1969.
The Harwood Family has had many prominent members, among them are: Andrew Allen Harwood (1802-1884), great grandson of Benjamin Franklin, who served in the U.S. Navy and retired with the rank of Rear Admiral in 1874; George Spencer Wilson (1842-1897), who also served in the military and was Major and Assistant Adjutant General, U.S. Army at the time of his death; and Winifred Lee Lewis (1878-1943), who graduated from Stanford and was a chemist.
Unpublished guide with index available in Special Collections Reading Room and online.