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Bailey-Wood Family Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-250
This collection contains Edith's diaries from when she was 16 years old until she was 30, with gaps between 1896 and 1903; they describe attending church meetings, Bible school, and married life. The grammar and composition books include essays written by Edith Bailey and Bible studies lessons. Herbert Wood's account books document the family's finances from 1892 until 1914. Letters from various family members and friends to Edith's mother, Mary Bailey, give an account of daily life, 1847-1859. Other materials show the involvement of Edith and Herbert Wood in Quaker churches in New York, Iowa, and Maine.

Organized into four series:
  1. Diaries and Notebooks
  2. Correspondence
  3. Financial
  4. Miscellaneous


  • 1847-1957


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 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.


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This collection contains papers of the Bailey and Wood families, including diaries and school lesson books of Edith M. B. Wood and an account book kept by her husband, Herbert W. Wood, a Quaker pastor. Also family correspondence, 1847-1859, primarily to Edith's mother, and a small number of miscellaneous Quaker-related items. Edith Maria Bailey, a Gurneyite Friend, was born in 1877. In 1901, she married Herbert Wilbur Wood. Herbert Wood was born in 1881 and served as pastor at Unadilla Friends Church, N.Y., and New Sharon Friends Church, 1924-1927, in Iowa.

Biographical / Historical

Edith Maria Bailey, a Gurneyite Friend, was born on January 17, 1877, in Litchfield, Maine, and later moved to New York, Massachusetts, and Iowa. She was the daughter of Mary Nichols Bailey and William Haskell Bailey, and she was active in her Quaker meetings.

On June 12, 1901, Edith Bailey married Herbert Wilbur Wood, son of Edward George Wood and Olive Edna Sherbondy. Herbert was born on June 26, 1881. About 1917, they moved to Athens, Maine (a town in Somerset County) with their three children: Edith Viola Wood, Vernice B. Wood, and Myrtle V. Wood. In June 1918, they transferred to Unadilla Monthly Meeting, New York, where their eldest daughter Viola soon died. Herbert was Pastor of the Friends Church. About 1922 they moved to South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to pastor the Friends Meeting there. In 1923, the family transferred to Iowa Falls Monthly Meeting, Iowa, and the following year, they moved to New Sharon MM where Herbert served as pastor 1924-1927 and about 1929-1939. He then pastored at Rubio Friends until near his death in 1945.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Phyllis Blume, 6/7/2005 (Accession number: 2005-012); donor: Mary Ann Stuart, 4/13/2017.

Existence and Location of Originals

Photocopies of diaries, 10/1/1896-1900, were donated by Mary Ann Stuart; donor does not know the location of the originals or if they still exist.

Processing Information

Photocopy of contents made by donor at time of donation. Genealogical information compiled by donor stored in folder at beginning of collection.
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  • 2016: This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.

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