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Wood Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-192

Scope and Contents

The Wood Family Papers contains papers from a Quaker family active in 19th century New York City Friends affairs, compiled by M. S. (Mary Sutton) Wood. Included are business correspondence concerning the printing house founded by Samuel and William Wood, correspondence from prominent Friends concerning abolition, the Civil War, freedmen, prisoners, First Day schools, peace, and other Quaker concerns. Also included is a scrapbook of genealogical material, writings, and reminiscences by Mary S. Wood compiled in 1885 for her granddaughter, Mary Underhill Wood. It includes her reminiscences about life in New York City as a Friend active in such concerns as abolition, First Day Schools, and prison visitation. The collection includes letters from Elihu Burritt, Angelina Grimke, and others.

Dates

  • 1784-1874

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Wood (1760-1844) of New York was a convinced Friend, and he married Mary Searing. He taught school until 1803 when he moved to New York City and operated a book store and printing press producting children's books. By 1815 he had established a publishing company, Samuel Wood & Sons, which became a successful business operated by succeeding generations.

In 1822, he and his son, William Wood (1797-1877), operated the printing house. In 1835 William Wood was married to Mary S. Underhill (1805-1894) under the care of New York Monthly Meeting. William and Mary Wood were active in Quaker concerns, and he served as clerk of New York Yearly Meeting for twenty years. William Wood retired in 1868, and the business was continued by his son, William H. S. (Henry S.) Wood (1840-1907) and his sons.

Mary and William's daughter, Elisabeth Underhill Wood (1842-1922), was married to David S. Taber (died 1914) in 1869.

Mary S. (Underhill) Wood (M. S. (Mary Sutton) Wood) was an author and poet and known in the family as an enthusiastic creator of scrapbooks. In an article entitled "Our Autograph books" in Friends Review in February 1868, Mary Wood described her efforts to preserve autographs and letters of Friends, modeling her collection on similar public and private collections. The scrapbook of letters was made for her grandson, David S. Taber, II, son of David S. and Elizabeth U. Taber. A note by Mary S. Wood, indicates that this scrapbook was compiled in 1879 and intended for her eldest grandson. The family scrapbook was compiled for her granddaughter, Mary Underhill Wood, in 1885.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

The Wood Family Papers contains papers from a Quaker family active in 19th century New York City Friends affairs, compiled by M. S. (Mary Sutton) Wood. Included are business correspondence concerning the printing house founded by Samuel Wood and his sons, correspondence from prominent Friends concerning work for social causes including abolition, freedmen, prisoners, First Day schools, and peace, and genealogical material, writings, and reminiscences by Mary S. Wood.

Arrangement

The scrapbook of letters has been dismantled and placed in folders in the order of the original. The second scrapbook, of reminiscences and family memorabilia, is retained in its original form as a bound volume.

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information:

Donor: Ruth and David Taber, 1948

Donor: Purchase, Tolles Fund, 1976

The scrapbook of letters was given by Ruth and David Taber, and, according to the donor, it was made by Mary S. Wood for David S. Taber. The genealogical and reminiscences scrapbook by Mary S. Wood was purchased from a rare book store.

Related Materials

See also the following books by Wood, M. S. Wood:
  1. Social hours with Friends. New York: W. Wood, 1867.
  2. Questions for Bible classes and families. New York: William Wood & Co., 1865.
  3. Narratives of colored Americans... / Printed by order of the Trustees of the residuary estate of Lindley Murray. New York: W. Wood & Co., 1877.
  4. The mother's Scripture question book. New York: W. Wood & Co., 1879.
  5. The barrel of shells: a true story.

Processing Information

The scrapbook of letters which was received in 1948 was dismantled in 1976, and the letters were placed in folders in the order in which they had been pasted into the album. The second scrapbook, purchased in 1976, was rebound by bookbinder Shihadeh in 1977 and added to the collection. The collection was formerly known as Wood Manuscripts and was transferred to RG 5 in 1988. A new finding aid was prepared in 11/2001.

Processing Information

A similar scrapbook compiled by M. S. Wood is deposited in the Quaker Collection, Haverford College.

Scrapbook and journal by M. S. Wood entitled "History of the Society of Friends in the City of New York/New York Yearly Meeting/ Compiled by Mary S. Wood, 1880" is in the manuscript collection of the New York Historical Society.

Creator

Title
Wood Family Papers, 1784-1874
Author
FHL staff
Date
2001
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
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Language of description note
English

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