Laurence Todd papers: 1902-1957
Summary Information
Title: Laurence Todd papers
Creator: Todd, Laurence, 1882-1957
Inclusive dates: 1902-1957
Extent: 1 linear foot
Michigan-born newspaperman; correspondence and diaries relating to his professional career.
Call number: 86228 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Alden Todd (donor no. 5274).

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Laurence Todd papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Laurence Todd was born December 15, 1882 in Nottawa, Michigan. He was a reporter for the Kalamazoo Gazette (1904-05), later its city editor (1907). During this period, 1905-1908, Todd also attended the University of Michigan but did not graduate. He next moved to California, working as a reporter for the San Francisco Bulletin (1909), the San Francisco News (1909-1912), and as correspondents for the Scripps news service in. Sacramento (1912). He then moved to Washington D.C. working with United Press Bureau (1912-1913) and as correspondent for the International News Service (1913-1915). From 1915-1916, he was Secretary to Socialist Congressman Meyer London. Following, he became correspondent for the Non-Partisan Leader and other labor papers (1916-1919); the Federated Press (1919-1933); and TASS (the telegraph agency of the Soviet Union, 1923-1952). He also reported on the San Francisco conference establishing the United Nations and other UN conferences. He died November 30, 1957.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection is comprised of two series: Correspondence and Diaries. The letters are to members of his family describing his journalistic activities and political events of the day. There are letters with observations about Governor Hiram Johnson of California (1910-1917), comments about suffrage for women, 1911-1920, impressions about the two World Wars, and the Progressive Party campaign of Henry Wallace in 1948. The diaries, 1934-1936, discuss his daily life, American politics during the New Deal, and international relations particularly with the Soviet Union.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Depressions -- 1929 -- United States.
  • Journalists -- United States.
  • Kalamazoo (Mich.)
  • Kalamazoo gazette.
  • New Deal, 1933-1939.
  • American newspapers.
  • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1948.
  • Progressivism (United States politics)
  • Radicalism -- United States.
  • Soviet Union.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1901-1953.
  • Women -- Suffrage -- United States.
  • World War, 1914-1918.
  • World War, 1939-1945.
  • American newspapers -- California.
  • American newspapers -- Michigan.
  • Diaries.
  • Democratic Party (Mich.)
  • Federated Press.
  • International News Service.
  • Johnson, Hiram, 1866-1945.
  • London, Meyer, 1871-1926.
  • National Nonpartisan League.
  • Progressive Party (U.S. : 1948)
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
  • Telegrafnoe agentstvo SSSR.
  • Todd, Albert May, 1850-1931.
  • Todd, Laurence, 1882-1957.
  • Todd family.
  • Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946.
  • Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
1899-1957 (41 folders)
Diaries [series]
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1