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Clifton A. Woodrum papers

Clifton A. Woodrum papers, 1894-1954
Clifton A. Woodrum papers
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  • Papers, 1894-1954, of Clifton A. Woodrum (1887-1950) of Roanoke, Virginia, consisting of bulletins, cards, clippings, correspondence, diaries, legal papers, magazines, photographs, programs, reports, speeches, ephemera, and other papers detailing Woodrum's career as a United States Congressman and president of the American Plant Food Council, Inc. Collection also covers Woodrum's activities as a singer and in fraternal organizations. Also includes papers relating to his wife Lena Hancock Woodrum (1874-1969) and his children, Clifton A. Woodrum, Jr. (1910-1959) and Martha Ann Woodrum (Zillhardt) (1916-2002)
  • Series I: Correspondence and general papers, 1894-1950, consisting of advertisements, bulletins, cards, certificates, checks, clippings, diaries, invitations, letters, menus, poems, postcards, programs, receipts, recipes, report cards, resolutions, speeches, telegrams, tickets, visiting cards, and other papers concerning Clifton A. Woodrum's personal and social life, as well as his professional career as a lawyer and congressman. Papers also cover the personal and social lives of his wife Lena Woodrum and children. Papers also include information on the education of Clifton A. Woodrum, Jr., and Martha Ann Woodrum
  • Series II: Elections, 1922, 1938, 1940, consists of broadsides, business cards, clippings, judicial records, letters, lists, scrapbooks, signs, speeches, telegrams, and other papers concerning Clifton A. Woodrum's primary race for the congressional Democratic nomination in 1922, and his general election campaigns for Congress in 1938 and 1940
  • Series III: Congress, 1921-1951, includes biographies, correspondence, legislation, reports, speeches, and other papers containing speeches and remarks given by Clifton A. Woodrum while serving in Congress, as well as remarks by others upon his retirement in 1945 and upon his death in 1950. Some of the remarks and reports are published in the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. Series also includes papers detailing problems of three of Woodrum's constituents
  • Series IV: American Plant Food Council, 1947, 1950, contains statements, 1947, by fertilizer businesses to a House sub-committee on fertilizer; a statement, 1950, by Clifton A. Woodrum, American Plant Food Council president on the Federal Trade Commission report on fertilizer; and stationery
  • Series V: Speeches, 1915-1950, delivered by Clifton A. Woodrum to fraternal orders, civic groups, women's groups, and other organizations, as well as in the House of Representatives and to the American Plant Food Council. Topics include politics, economy, civics, fraternal orders, and agriculture
  • Series VI: Publications, 1939-1950, consists of booklets, magazines, and newsletters relating to politics, economy, and the American Plant Food Council
  • Series VII: Clippings, 1922-1954, hightlight Clifton A. Woodrum's political career, his singing appearances, and his social life. Clippings also cover the arrival of Admiral Richard E. Byrd in New York in 1926 and the dedication of Woodrum Field in Roanoke in 1941. Clippings also concern Clifton A. Woodrum, Jr., and Martha Ann Woodrum, as well as general news
  • Series VIII: Photographs of Clifton A. Woodrum and his family. Also contains photographs reflecting Woodrum's congressional career and his tenure as president of the American Plant Food Council. Also includes photographs of family friends and political figures
  • Series IX: Scrapbooks contain clippings and photographs of Clifton A. Woodrum and his family, as well as highlighting his political career. Some scrapbooks are currently unavailable due to conservation needs
  • Series X: Ephemera contains items owned by Clifton A. Woodrum
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Biographical or historical data
Clifton Alexander Woodrum was born 27 April 1887 in Roanoke, Virginia, to Robert H. Woodrum (1852-1912) and Anna T. Musgrove Woodrum (1861-1939). He attended Roanoke public schools. Woodrum worked as a soda-jerk in a pharmacy and studied pharmacy at the same time, becoming a licensed pharmacist. While a pharmacist, Woodrum studied law at Washington and Lee University, received his law degree, and was licensed to practice 19 June 1908. He practiced law in Roanoke and was elected Commonwealth's Attorney 1917. In August 1919 he was unanimously appointed to the bench of the Roanoke hustings court. Woodrum was elected to Congress from the Sixth Virginia Congressional District and served until he resigned in December 1945. After his resignation, he served as president of the American Plant Food Council, Inc. Woodrum married Martha Lena Hancock (1874?-1969) on 26 December 1905, and they had two children. Woodrum died 6 October 1950 in Washington D.C. He was buried in Fairview Cemeter in Roanoke, Virginia.
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Location of other archival material
Clifton A. Woodrum correspondence, 15-30 December 1938 (LVA accession 42517).
Clifton A. Woodrum papers
  • Some items are temporarily unavailable due to conservation needs
  • Boxes 13-16 contain original materials pulled because of preservation concerns. Copies are located within boxes 1-12 where that material would be located. Boxes 13-16 are not part of the on-line finding aid
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Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Woodrum, Robert H.
Organization method
Organized into the following series: Series I: Correspondence and general papers, 1894-1950; Series II: Elections, 1922, 1938, 1940; Series III: Congress, 1921-1951; Series IV: American Plant Food Council, 1947, 1950; Series V: Speeches, 1915-1950; Series VI: Publications, 1939-1950; Series VII: Clippings, 1922-1954; Series VIII: Photographs; Series IX: Scrapbooks; Series X: Ephemera.
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Type of unit
cu. ft. (16 boxes)



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