Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Summary Information

Repository:
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Creator - ctb:
Wood, Edith M.B. (Edith Maria Bailey), b. 1877
Creator - ctb:
Wood, Herbert Wilbur, b. 1881
Title:
Bailey-Wood Family Papers
ID:
SFHL.RG5.250
Date [inclusive]:
1847-1957
Physical Description:
0.5 Linear Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
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.

Preferred Citation

[Indicate the cited item or series here], Bailey-Wood Family Papers, RG5/250, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

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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.

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Scope and Contents

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

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Administrative Information

Publication Statement

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

500 College Avenue Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081 friends@swarthmore.edu URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/friends-historical-library.xml

Revision Description

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. 2016

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Processing Information

Photocopy of contents made by donor at time of donation. Genealogical information compiled by donor stored in folder at beginning of collection.

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Quakers -- Maine
  • Quakers -- Iowa
  • Society of Friends -- Maine
  • Society of Friends -- Iowa
  • Evangelical Quakers
  • Quaker women
  • Bailey family
  • Wood family

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Edith M. Bailey Wood Diaries and Notebooks (1888-1984)

Title/Description Instances
Diary, 1/1/1893- 12/31/1893

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Diary, 1/1/1894 - 12/31/1894

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Diary, 1/1/1896 - 9/30/1896

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Edith M. Bailey Wood Diary, 10/1/1896-12-31-1896

Physical Description: 1 Volume (Photocopy)

Existence and Location of Originals: Location of original is unknown.

box 1
Edith M. Bailey Wood Diary, 1897

Physical Description: 1 Volume (Photocopy)

Existence and Location of Originals: Location of original is unknown.

box 1
Edith M. Bailey Wood Diary, 1898

Physical Description: 1 Volume (Photocopy)

Existence and Location of Originals: Location of original is unknown.

box 1
Edith M. Bailey Wood Diary, 1899

Physical Description: 1 Volume (Photocopy)

Existence and Location of Originals: Location of original is unknown.

box 1
Edith M. Bailey Wood Diary, 1900

Physical Description: 1 Volume (Photocopy)

Existence and Location of Originals: Location of original is unknown.

box 1
Diary, 4/14/1903 -4/11/1905

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Diary, 4/12/1905 -6/1908

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Bailey, Edith M. : Composition Book, ca. 1892

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Contents: Essays, letter, and books read

box 1
Bailey. Edith M. : Grammar Topics Notebook, ca. 1888

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Contents: Notebook with lessons on grammar and added entries by another writer on Bible studies

box 1
Bailey, Edith M. : Bible Studies Notebook, ca. 1890

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Contents: Lessons on Devil/Satan and How To Read the Bible.

box 1

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Series 2: Bailey Family Correspondence (1847-1859)

Title/Description Instances
Letters from Hannah Lizzie Nichols to her sister Mary Nichols Bailey and husband William H. Bailey, 1847-1859

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Letters to Mary Nichols Bailey from friends and family, 1857-1858

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Contents: Includes letter from Jennie (1/7/1857) and letter from Mira

box 1

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Series 3: Account books

Title/Description Instances
Wood, Herbert W. : Account Book, 6/12/1901 - 7/1914

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Contents: Bound account book which includes itemized purchases.

box 1
Sunday School Register, 12/1/1892 - 1/1905

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Contents: Later intended as a scrapbook for Vernice, but never used as such.

box 1

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Series 4: Miscellaneous

Title/Description Instances
Newspaper Clippings (4), ca. 1914

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Public School Admission for Edith M. Bailey, 6/18/1892

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Article on daughter of Mary Nichols Jenkins, Lavinia Jenkins Taber, 92d birthday, ca. 1914

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Mr. F.C. Bailey's wedding

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Atkinson preached at Friends Church

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Portrait of Dr. Benjamin Trueblood

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Quotations from Harry Emerson Fosdick, The Modern Use of the Bible with a passage on Friends

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Bailey, Edith M. : Nature prose, 8/3/1891

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Butternuts Meeting of Friends pamphlet, 10/17-18-19/1919

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Contents: Pastor at the time was Wood, Herbert W.

box 1
Winthrop Monthly Meeting of Friends centennial card, 1913

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
A Message to Friends in Iowa Yearly Meeting from Hopewell-Rubio Monthly Meeting, ca. 1945

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1
Faith and Practice of the Five Years Meeting of Friends in America, 4/1944

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Contents: Herbert Wood's personal copy of Faith and Practice of the Five Years Meeting of Friends in America with annotations.

box 1
Friends Church, New Sharon, Iowa, centennial pamphlet, 1957

Physical Description: 1 folder

box 1

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