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Henry Woodhouse Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 24 Oct 2010

Biographical History

Henry Woodhouse (1884-1970) was an Italian-American aviation enthusiast and forger of historical documents, particularly Washingtoniana.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Henry Woodhouse Collection consists of correspondence, writings and memorabilia.

Most of the Correspondence relates to Woodhouse's research into George Washington, his family and their associations; others concern the celebration of George Washington's 200th birthday. A few of the letters relate to Woodhouse's interest in aeronautics, including one from the United States Army, asking for input from the Aero Club of America as to what control should be adopted for heavier-than-air vehicles. The bulk of the correspondence is with Professor Albert Bushnell Hart, but there are a few letters from others, including Rear Admiral Colby M. Chester, poet Clement Wood, great-great-granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson Fanny M. Burke, and poet Faith Van Valkenburgh Vilas.

Memorabilia consists of an invitation to join the Congressional Country Club; a large number of cards from "The Henry Woodhouse Historic Exhibit in Federal Hall Memorial Museum," which accompanied the historical documents that were exhibited; fliers or broadsides advertising "Washington's Lost Records Found by Henry Woodhouse President of the Historic Arts Association"; and assorted letterhead.

Writings contains four articles or essays, two by Woodhouse and two by others. The two by Woodhouse are a typescript entitled "Forest Service Air Patrol" and the photostat of a 1936 New York Times article on "Preventing War / Economic Conferences Seen as Important." The other two items are a typescript by Rear Admiral Colby M. Chester, entitled "The national importance of an all-American canal" and a photostat of a short piece on aeronautic defense headed with the words "For September Number of 'Flying.' "

Miscellany contains three items dating from the 1800s, one signed by "H.A. Washington" and one addressed "Simon Stevens to Gov. Morgan N.Y. Ap. 16/60." The authenticity of these documents, understandably, cannot be determined.

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Chester, Colby Mitchell, 1844-1932.
Hart, Albert Bushnell, 1854-1943.
Wood, Clement, 1888-1950.
Woodhouse, Henry, 1884-

Corporate Bodies

Aero Club of America.


Forgers -- United States.
Forgery of manuscripts.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Henry Woodhouse Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1969.

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