Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081 U.S.A.
& Jean Brown Wood
Papers, 1934-1943 (circa)
Document Group: CDGA
Provenance: donated by John Torelli, Millville, New Jersey (acc. 04A-006)
Size: 5 linear inches
Finding Aid: Collection processed & checklist prepared by Anne Yoder, May 2004
This checklist is the property of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.
John Henry Wood Jr. was born on Oct. 25, 1915, the son of John H. Wood and Elizabeth Cadwallader Wood of Langhorne (PA). He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1937. Wood earned a LL.B degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1940, and later became a partner in Wood and Floge of Langhorne (PA). He is a birthright Quaker, who married Jean Robertson Brown on Aug. 15, 1942. They have four children: John C. (b. 1945), Roger F. (b. 1947), Elizabeth R. (b. 1951), and Susan Y. (b. 1957).
Wood served in Civilian Public Service (CPS) at the Big Flats CPS Camp (#46) in Big Flats, New York, during 1942-1943, and for a short time in 1943 at Guilford College (unit #101). His interests at this time, as documented in his papers in this collection, lay mostly in finding ways for CPSers to be involved in relief and reconstruction work in war-torn Europe, and in the controversy about whether the Big Flats CPS Camp should be run by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) or should become a government camp. However, the letters to and from his wife during his CPS experience also provide a view of the lives of two newly-married people separated by war, and their reflections on the personal concerns facing them.
Scope of the Collection
The material in this collection was bought at an auction in 2003 in New Jersey. It is unknown how the papers came up for sale there. The buyer of the collection sent them to the Peace Collection because of their content regarding CPS.
Photographs, mostly concerning what is guessed to be the buildings and people from the Big Flats CPS Camp #46 , have been removed to the Photograph Collection.
For more information on the Wood extended family, contact the Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College.
Contents of the Collection
John: diary kept while at Swarthmore College, 1935 (Jan. 1 – May 22) [graduated in 1937]
John: service at Big Flats CPS Camp #46 (NY) – discussions re: AFSC vs. government sponsorship of camp/s, etc. [includes correspondence; Wood was Acting Director]
John: writings re: CPS [unpublished]
John: writings [unpublished] & notes re: relief & reconstruction, ca. 1943
John: misc. notes; statement/s; prayer/s
John: notes from study of European history, 1943 [removed from binder]
John: notes from study of German language, 1943? [removed from binder]
John: letters from Jean Brown Wood, 1943 (Sept. 8 – Oct. 2) [wedding photograph removed]
John: letters from misc. persons, 1943, n.d.
Jean: letters from misc. persons, 1934, 1941
Jean: letters from John Wood Jr., 1940 (Aug.) - 1941 (April)
Jean: letters from John Wood Jr., 1942 (Oct.-Nov.) [written while at Big Flats CPS Camp #46]
Jean: letters from John Wood Jr., 1942 (Dec.) [written while at Big Flats CPS Camp #46]
Jean: letters from John Wood Jr., 1943 (Jan.-Oct.) [written while at Big Flats CPS Camp #46 & at Guilford College (Unit #101)]
John: letters to misc. persons, 1943
John: reference material
John: reference material re: relief & reconstruction work in Europe (includes AFSC)
Swarthmore College Peace Collection [http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/index.html]
For more information, contact Wendy Chmielewski, Curator, at wchmiel1@ swarthmore.edu or call 610-328-8557.
For other resources, see the college's online library catalog (Tripod).
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