Thomas Bond Wood papers
The Thomas Bond Wood Papers, 1860-1940, consist primarily of letter press volumes of copies of Rev. Wood's outgoing correspondence. The letters cover the period when he was engaged in missionary activity throughout South America. Other manuscripts include diaries and journals from Thomas Wood's student days at Indiana Asbury University, through his time at Wesleyan University and into the 1880s when he was in mission work. Also included are obituaries of Wood family members, Wood and Hitt genealogies, and publications relating to Methodism and South America.
Letter Press Volumes, 1870-1913
The 53 letter press volumes, or copybooks, number approximately 25,505 pages. They contain the family and business letters and reports of T.B. and Ellen Dow Wood. In order to make these copies, a piece of damp felt was evidently pressed over the original and it then pressed on a fresh piece of paper. Most of the letters are in English, but many are in Spanish. Reports of various kinds are included. Some volumes should be read from back to front. Pages are missing in some volumes.
- 1835 - 1982
- Majority of material found within 1870 - 1913
- Wood, Thomas Bond (class of 1863) (Person)
Papers are to be used only for scholarly purposes.
Copyright interests for this collection have been transferred to DePauw University.
Thomas Bond Wood was born March 17, 1844 in Lafayette, Indiana to Aaron and Maria Hitt Wood. His father, Aaron, was a Methodist Episcopal preacher in Indiana. He received his A.B. from Indiana Asbury University in 1863, traveled to Connecticut to attend Wesleyan University where he received his license to preach in 1864 and an A.M. in 1867. While a student at Wesleyan University, Thomas Wood taught German and natural sciences at the Wesleyan Academy. Following graduation, he accepted the position as president of Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana until 1869. Thomas Wood began his career in mission work with an appointment to Rosario, Argentina in 1870. He remained there until moving to Montevideo, Uruguay in 1877. From 1879-1887, he was superintendent of all work in South America under the Board of Missions, Methodist Episcopal Church. He continued in his South American mission work until 1915 when he retired due to ill health. He died in Tacoma, Washington in 1922.
6.88 Cubic Feet (16 document cases)
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- Thomas Bond Wood papers Class of 1863
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