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Richard Reave Wood papers


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

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Richard Reeve Wood (1897-1982) graduated from Haverford College in 1920, with a degree in mathematics; he received an honorary degree of letters from the College in 1971. After graduation, Wood worked with the American Friends Service Committee in reconstruction work in France and then taught at Friends Select School in Philadelphia, and for a short time at Whittier College in California. Richard also did graduate work at Harvard University, but decided that his interest lay in the peace movement. He became secretary of the Friends Peace Committee of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), and also the editor of The Friend. As the Committee's secretary, he became president of the National Peace Conference, which led him to be a consultant in the meetings leading to the formation of the United Nations in 1945. He was a member of Moorestown Friends Meeting, served as a clerk of PYM, and was on the boards of the William Penn Charter School, Friends Select School, and Haverford College. In 1923, Richard married Nancy Morris and they had three children: Rebecca, Anne, and Richard Jr.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer obituary

This collection is comprised of the single folder of the papers of Richard Reave Wood, and includes a pamphlet entitled "Notes and Documents: Indian Deed for Petty's Island, 1678," written by Edwin B. Bronner in 1965; a handwritten copy of Petty's Island Deed, as well as photos and photocopies of the deed; two letters of personal correspondence; and two oversized indentures on vellum.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed March, 2016.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
March, 2016
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Papers, 1687-1965.
Box 39 Folder 1
Indentures, 1687, 1763.
Box 43 (ovs) Folder 4
Scope and Contents

Two indentures on vellum.

General Physical Description

See Oversize Box 2, Folder 4.

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