Scope and Contents
This collection contains the materials of several generations of American Quaker families. Prominently featured are Richard Reeve Wood and his wife, Nancy Morris; Richard's father, Edward S. Wood; and Richard's grandfather and grandmother, Alexander Cooper and Mary Emma Stokes Wood. Other Quaker families represented in the collection are Acton, Carpenter, Clark, Ellicott and Evans.
Richard Reeve Wood (1897-1982)
Richard Reeve Wood graduated from Haverford College in 1920 with a degree in mathematics; he received an honorary degree of letters from his alma mater in 1971. After graduation he worked with the American Friends Service Committee in reconstruction work in France and then he 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 Charter School, Friends Select School and Haverford College. In 1923 Richard married Nancy Morris and they had three children: Rebecca, Anne and Richard Jr. (Philadelphia Inquirer obituary)
Nancy Morris Wood (1898-1988)
Nancy Morris Wood, wife of Richard Reeve Wood, was educated at Westtown School and at Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia. She was active on numerous social action and education committees as well as a board member and volunteer worker for the Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association, the Moorestown Free Library and the Cinnaminson Home in Cinnaminson, NJ. Nancy was also a trustee of the Female Association of Philadelphia and worked with the American Friends Service Committee. During World War II she took two English evacuee children into her family for five years. (obituaries)
Edward S. Wood (b. 1868)
Edward S. Wood was the father of Richard Reeve Wood. Edward succeeded his father, Alexander Cooper Wood, as Treasurer of the Board of the Esterbrook Steel Pen Manufacturing Company.
Alexander Cooper Wood (1841-1919)
Alexander Cooper Wood, father of Edward S. Wood and grandfather of Richard Reeve Wood, was a prominent banker, manufacturer and member of the Society of Friends. He entered the Esterbrook Steel Pen Manufacturing Company in 1873 and for forty-six years he was associated with its activities, serving as treasurer or president during most of this time. In 1891 Alexander was elected a director of the Camden Trust & Safe Deposit Company and in 1902 was elected its president. Upon retiring in 1917 he was chosen as the chairman of its board and held this position until his death. His other activities included being a member of the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College for over twenty years; president of the board of Friends Hospital; vice president of the Board of Trustees of the Cooper Hospital; and serving as treasurer of the Mohonk Arbitration Conference for fifteen years. In 1866 he married Mary Emma Stokes and they had three children: Edward S., Alexander Cooper, Jr., and Anna. (obituaries and memorial)
Mary Emma Stokes Wood (1842-1920)
Mary Emma Stokes Wood was the wife of Alexander Cooper Wood and the mother of Edward S. Wood.