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Dorothea E. Woods Papers

Identifier: SCPC-DG-213

Scope and Contents

Papers include personal items; correspondence; items that document Woods' involvements and efforts; writings; and reference material used for research.


  • Creation: 1951-2001


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access Note

All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Contact Swarthmore College Peace Collection staff at at least two weeks in advance of visit to request boxes.

Conditions Governing Use


Historical Note

Dorothea Eleanor Woods was born in 1925 in Rochester, New York. She was a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker). Woods received a Ph.D. from University of Illinois in 1957 in French. She joined World YWCA that year and worked for a decade in the development of youth and adult education programs. In the 1970s she pioneered work about child soldiers, researching and writing extensively on this topic. Woods was later affiliated with the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, for whom she wrote monthly child soldier updates and which the QUNO distributed to individuals and organizations. Woods died on December 4, 2001 in Wolcott, New York.


10.4 linear ft. (10.4 linear ft.)


Dorothea Eleanor Woods was a Quaker who joined the World YWCA in 1957 and worked for ten years in development of youth and adult education programs. In the 1970s she was a pioneer researcher and writer about child soldiers.

Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Estate of Dorothea E. Woods, 2002 [acc.02A-006].

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Legal Status

Copyright may have been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection or may have been retained by the creators/authors (or their descendants), in this collection, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Please contact the SCPC Curator for further information.

Processing Information

Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, in October, 2014.

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Revision Statements

  • 2018: The file list was standardized in Summer 2017 by Mary Olesnavich in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace. Elisabeth Miller added the notes in Fall 2017.

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