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Harold Edward Woodsum, Jr. papers

Call Number: MS 1673

Scope and Contents

The papers document Harold Edward Woodsum, Jr.'s terms on the board of directors of the National Audubon Society (NAS). The collection consists of Woodsum's organizational files relating to board business and subject files relating to environmental issues. The files include correspondence to and from other board members, most notably Peter Berle, president of the National Audubon Society. Minutes of meetings, reports, financial records, and files relating to Woodsum's involvement in the annual Birdathon are also included.


  • 1984-1994


Conditions Governing Access

The material in boxes 15-18 is restricted until January 1, 2069 due to the requirements in the donor's deed of gift.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Harold Edward Woodsum, Jr. has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Harold Edward Woodsum, Jr., 1994.


Arranged by topic


7.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers consist of correspondence, subject files, reports, meeting minutes, financial records, and other organization files that document Harold Edward Woodsum, Jr.'s terms on the board of directors of the National Audubon Society.

Biographical / Historical

Harold Edward Woodsum, Jr. was born on August 13, 1931 in Portland, Maine, the son of Harold Edward Woodsum and Ethel York. He attended Yale University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1958. He was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree from Yale in 1979. Woodsum later attended Westbrook College and earned a Doctor of Laws degree in 1991. He was co-founder and partner in the law firm of Drummond, Woodsum, Plimpton McMahon from 1965 to 1988. In 1988, Woodsum became the Director of Athletics of Yale University and remained in that position until 1994. He was elected into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. Woodsum is a past trustee of both Yale University and Westbrook College.

A longtime supporter of environmental issues, Woodsum served in several organizations including the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. His thirteen year career in the National Audubon Society began with his election to the board of directors in 1981. He was elected treasurer in 1985 and served as chairman of the board from 1988 to 1993.

Guide to the Harold Edward Woodsum, Jr. Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Mary Caldera
June 2000
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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