Finding Aid for the Woods Family Papers, ca. 1843-1959

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Finding Aid for the Woods Family Papers, ca. 1843-1959

Collection number: 1130

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA
Processed by:
Tania Meyers and James V. Mink, June 1973
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, June 2004
© 2004 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Woods Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1843-1959
Collection number: 1130
Creator: Wood family
Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Repository: 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 of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Willard Libby, 1973.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Woods Family Papers (Collection 1130). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

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.

Biographical Narrative

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 his death.
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 1909-1959.
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.

Indexing Terms

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.
Wood family--Archives.
Physicians--Missouri--Archival resources.
Family papers.


Container List

 

Peter George Woods (1844-1919), [Papers], 1859-1913

Box 1

Business correspondence, [1888-1916]

Box 1, Folder 1

[1888-1906].

Scope and Content Note

Contains one copy book labeled “Private Letters.”
Box 1, Folder 2

[1892]-1916.

Box 1, Folder 3

Personal correspondence, 1893-1917.

Box 1, Folder 4

Miscellaneous materials re medical profession.

Scope and Content Note

Contains order forms for opium; a pamphlet on the laws pertaining to opium (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1916); etc.
Box 1, Folder 5

Memorabilia and correspondence re the Democratic Party, ca. 1912-1916.

Box 1, Folder 6

Papers re the Masonic Order.

Scope and Content Note

Contains a pamphlet, two partial notebooks, etc.
Box 1, Folder 7

Miscellaneous business and family papers, 1859-1913.

Box 1, Folder 8

Memorabilia.

Scope and Content Note

Contains printed materials: “The God of My Childhood,” by Dr. Woods; “A Confederate Song,” by S.R. Woods; signs; etc.
 

Versailles

Boxes 1-2

Missouri Statesman, 1919-1920

Box 1, Folder 9

September 18, 1919.

Physical Description: (7 copies)
Box 2, Folder 1

January 8, 1920.

Physical Description: (1 copy)
Boxes 1-2

Missouri Leader, 1919-1920

Box 1, Folder 10

September 19, 1919.

Physical Description: (1 copy)
Box 2, Folder 2

January 16, 1920.

Physical Description: (2 copies)
Box 2

Richard H. Woods [Papers, 1919-1952]

Box 2, Folder 3

Personal correspondence, 1916-1951.

Box 2, Folder 4

Nancy (Woods) Yarnell vs. Richard H. Woods, 1923-1925.

Scope and Content Note

Contains legal papers and correspondence related to Mrs. Yarnell's partition suit against Richard Woods and various other members of the family.
Box 2, Folder 5

Business papers, 1907-[1946].

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, contracts, wills, a notebook, etc.
Box 2, Folder 6

Legal papers, 1926-1942.

Scope and Content Note

Contains contracts and other papers related to the Todhunter property.
Box 2, Folder 7

Bank and tax receipts, 1920-1952.

Box 2, Folder 8

Record of expenses, 1942-1952.

Box 2, Folder 9

Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Note

Contains the University of Missouri Alumni Directory, 1843-1917; photographs; mementos, etc.
Box 2, Folder 10

Books.

Scope and Content Note

Contains: Charles Carroll Woods, The Passing Years (Nashville, 1911), and Flavel B. Tiffany, In the Alps as a Summer Vacation of 1903.
Box 2

Weightstill Arno Woods [Papers, 1909-1959]

Creator/Collector:
Box 2, Folder 11

Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Note

Contains the Confederate Handbook (Robert C. Wood, New Orleans, 1900) and correspondence.
Box 3, Folder 1

Abstracts of Title. Chicago, Illinois, 1865-1918.

 

Examinations of Title, [1872-1913]

Box 3, Folders 2-3

Chicago, Illinois, 1872-1892 and 1893-1913.

Box 3, Folder 4

Lake County, Illinois, 1892-1901.

Box 3, Folder 5

Abstract of Title. Newaygo County, Michigan, 1910.

Box 3, Folder 6

Inventory of Estate of George C. Whipple. Cook County, Illinois, 1910.

Box 3, Folder 7

Miscellaneous Blue Prints.