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James Wood collection


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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James Wood was born on November 12, 1839 to Stephen and Phoebe (Underhill) Wood on a farm just north of Mt. Kisco, New York. He was the youngest of seven children, and started his early religious training with his parents at Mt. Kisco. His formal education included the local Bedford Academy, the Westtown School of Pennsylvania (1850-1851), and Haverford College (1853-1857). While at Haverford, Wood was the editor of the Collegian and president of the Henry Society. Listed as a graduate of 1858, Wood also received an honorary master's degree in 1883 after he gave an illuminating course of historical lectures at the College. James Wood married Emily Hollingsworth Morris in June 1866, and fathered three children: Ellen M., Carolena M., and Levi Hollingsworth. After graduating from Haverford College, Wood's activities diversified. According to the American Bible Society's biography of Wood, he was interested in education, philanthropy, the various branches of agriculture, archaeology, history, Native American lore, anthropology, science, prison reform, and, above all, in the Bible and religion. Professionally, Wood served as president of the Genesee Salt Company in Piffard, New York. He was also committed to agricultural work, and became one of the first American breeders of Ayrshire cattle and Hampshire Down sheep, as well serving as the president of the Bedford Farmers' Club. He also served on the Board of Managers of Haverford College from 1885 to 1925 and as a trustee of Bryn Mawr College starting in 1902, and eventually becoming a board chairman from 1914 to 1918.

(Biographical Note from PASCAL, Accessed 26 November, 2018)

This collection contains the manuscripts (original and typed) of "The Education of James Wood" (1909), "Wood Family Reminiscences" (1909), and assorted family photographs, framed and unframed.

This collection is arranged in two series: Papers and Photographs.

Processed by Alexandra Stern; completed November, 2018.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Alexandra Stern
Finding Aid Date
November, 2018
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Archival Resource Key. Education of James Wood, Original Manuscript, 1909.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Education of James Wood, Typed Transcript, 1999.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Wood Family Reminiscences, 1909.
Box 1

Archival Resource Key. Family Photographs, 1891-1967.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Framed Photograph, 1948.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Photographs and Orphanage Certificate, 1954-1967.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Photographs, 1898-1957.
Box 1

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