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Guide to the Papers of William Halsey Wood
circa 1865-1982
  MS 141

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Collection processed by Luis Rodriguez

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 11, 2014
Description is in English.

Container List

Series I: Personal Papers (circa 1865-1938)

Scope and Contents

The personal papers consist of correspondence, travel sketches, and biographical material related to the life and death of William Halsey Wood.

Subseries A: Correspondence (1889-1897)

Scope and Contents

The correspondence consists primarily of letters written by William Halsey Wood to his fiancé Florence Hemsley in the months leading up their marriage in 1889. Wedding preparations are the focus of this correspondence, but there is also mention of the work being done on Peddie Memorial Church, the plans for the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and a meeting with Andrew Carnegie. There are also letters to WHW from Florence Hemsley (Florence H. Wood) and her mother, Emily Hemsley, as well as correspondence regarding the illness and death of WHW. The correspondence is partially catalogued at item level in the onsite manuscript card catalog.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 William Halsey Wood to Florence Hemsley
1889 September 8-15
Box: 1 Folder : 2 William Halsey Wood to Florence Hemsley
1889 September 16 - 1889 October 4
Box: 1 Folder : 3 William Halsey Wood to Florence Hemsley
1889 October 7-15
Box: 1 Folder : 4 William Halsey Wood to Florence Hemsley
1889 October 16-25
Box: 1 Folder : 5 William Halsey Wood to Florence Hemsley
1889 November 3-13
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Outgoing from William Halsey Wood, additional recipients
1890-1897
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Florence Hemsley to William Halsey Wood
1889
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Emily Hemsley to William Halsey Wood
1889
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Various senders re: wedding, illness and death
1889, 1897

Subseries B: Sketchbooks (1875-1881)

Scope and Contents

There are two sketchbooks. The first (1875-1876) contains rough drawings of existing buildings and hypothetical designs. The latter contains drawings from a European trip in July and August 1881. Both are reflective of Halsey Wood’s design education.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Early sketchbook
1875-1876
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Travel sketchbook
1881

Subseries C: Biographical Records (circa 1865-1938)

Scope and Contents

The subseries contains a copy of "Memories of William Halsey Wood by his wife" (Florence Hemsley Wood), accompanied by additional copies of plates and illustrations. There are also memorial and obituary clippings, a will, and related ephemera.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Personal ephemera
1889-1918
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Portraits
circa 1865-1890
Box: 2 Folder : 4 "Memories of William Halsey Wood" by his wife [Florence H. Wood]
1938
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Illustrations from "Memories of William Halsey Wood"
1938
Box: 4 Folder : 1 St. Hilda's Guild photographs
circa 1918-1919

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