John Wood, Jr. and Jean Brown Wood Collected Papers, 1934-1943
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Wood, John Jr. (1915 - ) and Wood, Jean Brown (1924? - )
John Wood, Jr. and Jean Brown Wood Collected Papers
Language of Materials
Materials in English
5 linear inches [papers only]
John 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).
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Gift of John Torelli, Millville, New Jersey [Acc. 04A-006]
Collection processed and checklist prepared by Anne Yoder, May 2004; this finding aid revised by Eleanor Fulvio, August 2010
[Identification of item], in the John Wood, Jr. and Jean Brown Wood Collected Papers (CDG-A), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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For more information on the Wood extended family, contact the Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College.
John Henry Wood Jr. was born on October 25, 1915, the son of John H. Wood and Elizabeth Cadwallader Wood of Langhorne (Pennsylvania). 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 August 15, 1924(?). 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.
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.
Detailed Description of the Collection
John: diary kept while at Swarthmore College, 1935 (January 1 – May 22) [graduated in 1937]
John: service at Big Flats CPS Camp #46 (New York) – discussions re: AFSC vs. government sponsorship of camp/s, etc. [includes correspondence; Wood was Acting Director]
John: writings re: CPS [unpublished]
John: writings [unpublished] and notes re: relief and 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 (September 8 – October 2) [wedding photograph removed]
John: letters from misc. persons, 1943, undated
Jean: letters from misc. persons, 1934, 1941
Jean: letters from John Wood Jr., 1940 (August) - 1941 (April)
Jean: letters from John Wood Jr., 1942 (October-November) [written while at Big Flats CPS Camp #46]
Jean: letters from John Wood Jr., 1942 (December) [written while at Big Flats CPS Camp #46]
Jean: letters from John Wood Jr., 1943 (January-October) [written while at Big Flats CPS Camp #46 and at Guilford College (Unit #101)]
John: letters to misc. persons, 1943
John: reference material
John: reference material re: relief and reconstruction work in Europe (includes AFSC)