Scope and Content
Title: Woods Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1843-1959
Collection number: 1130
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: The Woods family was from Versailles, Missouri. Peter George Woods (1844-1919) was a doctor, druggist, prominent Democrat
and Mason, and was also one of the founders of the Bank of Versailles. His brothers were: S.R. Woods, and Charles Carroll
Woods, a minister and poet. The collection consists of business and personal correspondence, legal documents, financial records,
memorabilia, and ephemera related to Dr. Peter George Woods and family. The materials reflect Woods' professional and social
involvements as well as the family's diverse interests.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
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Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mrs. Willard Libby, 1973.
[Identification of item], Woods Family Papers (Collection 1130). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research
Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
UCLA Catalog Record ID
The Woods family was from Versailles, Missouri; Peter George Woods was born in 1844; he was a doctor, druggist, prominent
Democrat and Mason, and was also one of the founders of the Bank of Versailles; he died in 1919; his brothers were: S.R. Woods,
and Charles Carroll Woods, a minister and poet; he married Susan Parkes Woods (d. 1909) and Margaret Osborne Woods; 7 children
include: Richard Harry Woods, Herbert Spencer Woods, Weightstill Arno Woods, Edna Woods Banks, Eva Woods Peters, George Woods,
and Nancy Mosel Woods Yarnell.
The paper of this Versailles, Missouri family reflect, to a partial extent, the broad variety of their interests. The central
figure is Peter George Woods (1844-1919), an M.D. and druggist, prominent Democrat and Mason, as well as one of the founders
of the Bank of Versailles. His correspondence and memorabilia contain evidence of both professional and social involvements,
as well as of matters pertaining to his brothers, Charles Carroll Woods, a minister and poet (
Who Was Who in America, vol.1, 1897-1942, p.1378), S.R. Woods, and his father, Samuel Hairston Woods. Unidentified members of the Woods family represented
in the papers include William M. Woods and Mary L. Woods.
Real estate interests in and around Chicago are indicated by the presence of a substantial number of examinations of title,
dating from 1865 to 1918.
Issues of the Versailles Statesman and Versailles Leader carry biographical information about Dr. Woods on the occasion of
Richard Harry Woods, apparently responsible for collecting the family papers, was the fourth of Dr. Woods' seven children.
His entire life seems to have been spent in Versailles, where he practiced law. His own papers, dating 1919-1952, reflect
this career and include notes and correspondence relating to local law suits invoolving real estate.
Herebert Spencer Woods (1881-1920), the sixth child in the Woods family, is represented by his obituary in the Versailles
Statesman and Versailles Leader.
Weightstill Arno Woods, the youngest of Dr. Woods' children, is represented by a few miscellaneous items, spanning the years
Edna Woods Banks (d. 1893), Eva Woods Peters, George Woods, and Nancy Mosel WWoods yarnell, the remaining children, are mentioned
or represented in the letters or other effects of the persons described above, as are Dr. Woods' two wives, Susan Parkes Woods
(d. 1909), and Margaret Osborne Woods.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of business and personal correspondence, legal documents, financial records, memorabilia, and ephemera
related to Dr. Peter George Woods and family of Versailles, Missouri. Materials reflect Woods' professional and social involvements
as well as the family's diverse interests.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Woods, Peter George, 1844-1919--Archives.