Register of the Virna Woods Collection, 1870-1956

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Register of the Virna Woods Collection, 1870-1956

Collection number: Mss3

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University Library

University of the Pacific

Contact Information

  • Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
  • University Library, University of the Pacific
  • Stockton, CA 95211
  • Phone: (209) 946-2404
  • Fax: (209) 946-2810
  • URL: http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections.html
Processed by:
Don Walker
Date Completed:
March 1998
Encoded by:
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© 1998 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Virna Woods Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1870-1956
Collection number: Mss3
Creator: J. William Harris
Extent: 6 linear ft.
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Stockton, CA 95211
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Virna Woods Collection, Mss3, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Biography

Virna Woods (1864-1903) was an American poet, playwright and novelist. Born to machinist, John B. Woods (1832-1905) and Virginia Pidgeon Woods (1837-1914), she grew up in Zanesville, Ohio, where she attended public high school and normal school. At age eighteen she came with her family to Sacramento, California (1883), where her father worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and her older sister, Anna, became a city librarian. Virna taught in various Sacramento and El Dorado County schools (1884-1889), while at the same time writing poetry and submitting her work for publication. Woods' mother was active in the Women's Christian Temperance Movement and the family apparently spent some time each year enjoying the liquor-free Chautauquas at Pacific Grove. There Virna Woods gave public readings of some of her earlier poems. By 1887 she had published poetry in The Overland Monthly, The Chautauquan and other periodicals of the day. Her work won first prize in a competition sponsored by the Magazine of Poetry (1890) and the following year she published a first volume, The Amazons, a verse play set in ancient Greece. The young author had a flair for languages and is said to have been fluent in French, Italian, Latin and Greek. She had a particular affinity for French, initiating correspondence with several French men of letters as early as 1889 and ultimately composing at least one play, Un chevalier errant, in French.
Woods seems to have given up school teaching for freelance writing at the time of her success in the Magazine of Poetry competition. From spring 1891 she devoted much energy to fiction, publishing several short stories, including "Two loves in a life" (1891), and three novels, "A modern Magdalene" (1894), "Jason Hildreth's identity" (1897) and "An elusive lover" (1898). Not much is known of her whereabouts during the 1890s, although she seems to have lived briefly in Pennsylvania (1893) and evidence in her writing suggests that she spent much time sightseeing in Arizona and along the Pacific Coast as far north as British Columbia and as far south as San Diego (1895). It is also possible that she spent some time in France, although this has not been established with any certainty. There is little question, however, that she continued to think of Sacramento as her home.
For reasons that are not entirely clear, Virna Woods' redirected her energies during the late 1890s from fiction to drama. While Woods' short stories and novels had all been set in California and Ohio and had been realistic and contemporary both in subject and in language, the greater number of her plays---a notable exception being "Lord Strathmore"---were historical in setting and written in a style more closely related to that of her poetry than of her prose. She nevertheless interested New York producer/actor Frederick Warde in "Horatius," a play set in ancient Rome (1900), and, when Warde took "Horatius" on a national tour (1901) Woods traveled with his company for the better part of a year, dispatching numerous letters to her sister that describe in detail what she saw of the country and its theatres. Early in 1903, while working in San Francisco with the cast of
"Lord Strathmore," Virna Woods became ill, developed pneumonia and suddenly died at the age of 38.
Although her sister, Anna, made some effort to see that Virna Woods' plays continued to be performed, by 1910, they had disappeared from sight. Evidence in Woods' correspondence suggests that these works had never been box office successes, and, in any case, the advent of moving pictures soon diverted public attention from all live theatrical epics. That Woods' fiction likewise drifted into obscurity is less easy to explain. There is much for a present-day Californian to appreciate in her loving, but not over-romantic, prose evocations of that long-lost, semi-rural coastal landscape of ruined missions and pepper trees that likewise inspired our California Arts and Crafts movement.

Scope and Content

BOX LIST
BOX 1: Biographical Materials; Correspondence; Business Papers
BOX 2: Poetry
BOX 3: Prose: Manuscripts
BOX 4: Prose: Published Works
BOX 5: Drama: Early Plays (through 1899)
BOX 6: Drama: Griselda & Lalla Rookh (1900)
BOX 7: Drama: A Knight Errant (1901)
BOX 8: Drama: Miscellaneous Plays
BOX 9: Literary Fragments & Notes
BOX 10: Memorabilia
BOX 11: Photographs: Individual Prints
BOX 12: Photographs: Albums

Container List

Box Box 1

Biographical Materials; Correspondence; Business Papers

Folder Folder 1

Virna Woods--Biographical

Folder Folder 2

Clippings [incl. reviews of "The Amazons" (1891); "A Modern Magdalene" (1894); "Jason Hildreth" (1897); "An Elusive Lover" (1898); "Horatius" (1900-02); "Lord Strathmore" (1902-03); "Charles IX" (1902)]

Folder Folder 3

Clippings scrapbook [apparently kept by Anna Woods; incl. reviews of VW from 1901- ; obituaries of VW & her parents]

Folder Folder 4

Gladstone letter (12-8-92); letter from Tolstoy's daughter (6-10-95) [letters from British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone and from Tatiana Tolstoy expressing praise and thanks for her work]

Folder Folder 5

Corresp. to VW [1 item] 1889

Folder Folder 6

Corresp. to VW [5 items; incl. letter of appreciation from Edwin Markham] 1891-1892

Folder Folder 7

Corresp. to VW [4 items; original & 3 photostats of letter of appreciation for "The Amazons" from Edmund C. Thomas] 1893

Folder Folder 8

Corresp. to VW [5 items; incl. one letter from Anna Woods] 1897

Folder Folder 9

Corresp. to VW [1 item] 1898

Folder Folder 10

Corresp. to VW [9 items; incl. 6 letters from Anna Woods, 2 letters from Frederick Warde, one of which characterizes "Columbus" as poorly conceived for stage] 1899

Folder Folder 11

Corresp. to VW [3 items] 1900

Folder Folder 12

Virna Woods corresp. to Anna Woods [30 items; written while VW was "on the road" w/ Frederick Warde Co.] 1901

Folder Folder 13

Corresp. to VW [20 items; 8 from Anna Woods; 2 from Frederick Warde; 1 from French Bureau de la presse regarding her French copywrites] 1901

Folder Folder 14

Corresp. to VW [3 items] 1902

Folder Folder 15

Corresp. to VW [5 items] 1903

Folder Folder 16

Corresp. to VW, undated [7 items; 4 from Anna Woods, 1 from Frederick Warde]

Folder Folder 17

Corresp. to Anna Woods: Letters of condolence following VW's death [9 items] 1903

Folder Folder 18

Anna Woods corresp. re VW [12 items] 1904-1913

Folder Folder 19

J. William Harris corresp. re VW [2 items] 1956

Folder Folder 20

VW Business Papers: Corresp. [31 items; chiefly letters from VW publishers; incl. 3 autograph letters from V 1890-1903

Folder Folder 21

VW Business Papers: Contracts, etc. [12 items; incl. contracts for "Jason Hildreth's identity" Lippincott (1896); "An Elusive Lover" Constable (1898) & Houghton-Mifflin (1899); "Horatius" Frederick Warde (1900); "Lord Strathmore" David Traitel (1902); "Charles IX" Arthur F. Warde (1902); also real estate in Los Angeles (1887); 2 certificates of teaching record in Sacramento & El Dorado counties (1889)] 1896-1902

Folder Folder 22

VW Business Papers: Play Receipts Ledger, etc. [4 items; Ledger (1902) shows earnings of "Lord Strathmore" ? by city; incl. loose notes on earnings of "Horatius" (1901?) & "The two orphans"] 1901-1902

Folder Folder 23

VW Business Papers: VW theatre receipts for "Lord Strathmore" [121 items; rcpts. represent theatres from Seattle to Pensacola 1902-1903

Folder Folder 24

VW Business Papers: Copyright forms [20 items ;incl. Library of Congress copyrights for: "Christopher Columbus" (1899);"Horatius" (1899); "King of Northumberland" (1899); "That affair of Brown's (1899); "As it is written" (1900); "Griselda" (1900);"Lalla Rookh" (1900); "A knight errant" (1901); "Charles IX" (1902); "Lord Strathmore" (1902); "The mask of a king" (1902); "Unto the fourth generation" (1902); and French copyright for "A Knight Errant" (1901)] 1899-1902

Box Box 2

Poetry

Folder Folder 1

"Flowers of the Foam" [collected poems divided in six sections: "On sea & shore," pp. 1-37; "In the mountains," pp. 38-62; "In the valley," pp. 63-85; "Juvenile," pp. 86-95; "Occasional," pp. 96-120; "Pansies & Rosemary," pp. 121-213; typescript]

Folder Folder 2

Do. [2nd incomplete copy lacks: "In a ruined Mission," "The First Ridge of the Sierras," "A California rain," p.1; "The Lost Dawn" & "Sometimes amid the garish hours of day"]

Folder Folder 3

Do. extra copies of a few poems [typescript]

Folder Folder 4

"The March of the Mothers of Men" from "Flowers of the Foam" [ms. & 2 typescript copies]

Folder Folder 5

Misc. poems in manuscript [those in "Flowers of the Foam" are marked "ff"]

 

A dead linnet [ff]

 

A night ride in San Francisco

 

A woman's songs [ff]

 

After the rain [ff; 2 copies]

 

At the grave

 

At twilight

 

Combat of Achilles & Penthesilea, The

 

Happy clime, The

 

Harvests [selections; ff]

 

Hidden sorrow, The

 

In a California canyon [ff]

 

In Canadian canyons

 

In Rome [3 pp.]

 

In San Francisco

 

In silent halls

 

In the White City

 

Legend of Wannemunume, The [2 copies]

 

Maid of Gerthick...

 

Margarita: The Mission bells

 

Memory [2 copies]

 

Morning by the sea [ff]

 

Night's secret [ff]

 

On Puget Sound [ff]

 

On the shore [ff]

 

Respite [8 pp.]

 

Rowing song [ff; 2 copies]

 

Soul beautiful, The [ff]

 

Terra Scientiae

 

Unfaithful lover, The [ff]

Folder Folder 6

Misc. poems NOT in "Flowers of the Foam" [typescript]

 

Asphodel, The [26 pp.; last page in ms.]

 

By the Pacific

 

Dream, The [16 pp.]

 

House of life, The [3 pp.]

 

In California hills

 

In retrospect

 

In the California desert

 

In wind & rain

 

In the ruins of a California mission

 

Incompletion

 

Lotus, The

 

Mariposa lilies [2 pp.]

 

Night at Echo Mtn. House

 

North wind, The

 

On a By-Path

 

On the Mt. Lowe electric railway

 

Pilgrimage, The

 

Quotation

 

Repetition

 

To Mt. Shasta [2 copies]

 

Song Unsung, The

 

Sunset on Mt. Tamalpais

 

Terra Scientiae

 

Two unident. fragments

Folder Folder 7

"The Star," St. Nicholas Magazine (Aug 1899)

Folder Folder 8

"Pansies for thought" [scrapbook containing most of VW's published verse] 1886-1903

Folder Folder 9

The Amazons. Meadville, Pa.: Flood & Vincent, 1891.

Box Box 3

Prose Manuscripts & Typescripts

Folder Folder 1

Manuscripts: "The qualifications of a novelist" [essay; 13 pp.]

Folder Folder 2

Manuscripts: "Authors vs. reviewers" [essay; 14 pp.]

Folder Folder 3

Manuscripts: "Rival Suitors" (1897) [novella; 201 pp.]

Folder Folder 4

Manuscripts: "The last look" [short story; 14 pp.]

Folder Folder 5

Manuscripts: "Order of development of literature" [essay; 24 pp.]

Folder Folder 6

Manuscripts: "Beauty" [essay; 24 pp.]

Folder Folder 7

Typescripts: "The hallucination of Gilbert Armstrong" [short story; 28 pp.; 2 copies]

Folder Folder 8

Typescripts: "The Castellina Apollo" [short story; 13 pp.]

Folder Folder 9

Typescripts: "At La Quasina" [2 copies; short story; 11 pp.]

Folder Folder 10

Typescripts: "Dream & shadow" [short story; 15 pp.]

Folder Folder 11

Typescripts: "A fable for idlers" [short story; 2 pp.]

Folder Folder 12

Typescripts: "The dream of Charmides" [short story; 13 pp.]

Folder Folder 13

Typescripts: "The soul of the organ grinder" [short story; 27 pp.]

Folder Folder 14

Typescripts: "My strange experience" [short story; 21 pp.]

Folder Folder 15

Typescripts: "The peculiar case of Mrs. Winthrop" [short story; 20 pp.]

Folder Folder 16

Typescripts: "The Zampogna Player" [short story; 23 pp.]

Folder Folder 17

Typescripts: "A celestial passion" [short story; 29 pp.]

Folder Folder 18

Typescripts: "On Barbary Coast" [novel; ch. 1-10]

Folder Folder 19

Typescripts: "On Barbary Coast" [novel; ch. 11-21]

Folder Folder 20

Typescripts: "On Barbary Coast" [novel; ch. 22-36]

Folder Folder 21

Typescripts: "The King of Northumberland" [novel; ch. 1-8]

Folder Folder 22

Typescripts: "The King of Northumberland" [novel; ch. 9-15]

Folder Folder 23

Typescripts: "At Deadman's Cove" [novel; 233 pp.]

Folder Folder 24

Typescripts: "In El Dorado" [essay; 11 pp.]

Folder Folder 25

Typescripts: "An analysis of Beauty" [essay; 24 pp.]

Box Box 4

Prose---Published

Folder Folder 1

"Two loves in a life," Frank Leslie's Illustrated Magazine (Mar 1891).

Folder Folder 2

A modern Magdalene. Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1894.

Folder Folder 3

"The waifs of the white city," New England Magazine (May 1897).

Folder Folder 4

"Jason Hildreth's identity," Lippincott's Monthly Magazine (May 1897).

Folder Folder 5

An elusive lover. London: Constable, 1898.

Box Box 5

Drama---Before 1900

Folder Folder 1

"Christopher Columbus, a Drama." [notes, cast, synopsis, dialogue, etc. manuscript, cloth/staplebound notebook, 21 cm.]

Folder Folder 2

"Columbus" fragment [typescript; ca 60 pp.]

Folder Folder 3

"Columbus" fragment [typescript w/ pencil additions; ca. 40 pp.]

Folder Folder 4

"Horatius: A tragedy in 5 acts by Virna Woods" [manuscript; cast & synopsis]

Folder Folder 5

"Horatius: A Tragedy, by Virna Woods, copyright, 1899." [typescript w/ pencil additions & corrections, 92 pp., blk. cover; 2nd carbon copy, 93 pp., loose-bound, brown cover, 29 cm.; 3rd carbon copy with illus. pasted in, 93 pp., loose-bound, brown cover, 29 cm.; 4th carbon copy, loose bound manila cover]

Folder Folder 6

"King of Northumberland, A Historical-Romantic Drama, by Virna Woods, copyright, 1899." [typescript w/ pencil corrections; 89 pp., loose-bound, brown cover, 29 cm.; 2nd carbon copy, loose bound manila cover; 3rd carbon copy, same;

Folder Folder 7

"King of Northumberland" [typescript, incl. synopsis; unbound, 73 pp. + unnumbered synopsis pp.]

Folder Folder 8

"King of Northumberland" [typescript; unbound, 52 pp.]

Box Box 6

Drama: "Griselda" & "Lalla Rookh"

Folder Folder 1

"Griselda: The Peasant Duchess, a Romantic Drama, by Virna Woods, copyright 1900." [typescript; black leatherette bound volume, 75 pp., 25 cm.; 2nd copy, loose bound brown cover, 94 pp., 26 cm.]

Folder Folder 2

"Griselda: the Peasant Duchess." [incomplete typescript, ca. 30 pp., unbound]

Folder Folder 3

"Lalla Rookh: A Romantic Comedy In Four Acts." [typescript, bound black leatherette cover, 81 pp., 26 cm.; 2nd copy, typescript, loose bound brown cover, 89 pp., 27 cm.; 3rd copy, typescript, unbound; 4th copy, typescript, loose bound manila covers, 74 pp., 27 cm.; 5th copy, same]

Folder Folder 4

"Lalla Rookh," "Griselda," and "King of Northumberland." [incomplete drafts; pencil manuscript, black & red leather bound notebook, ca. 300 pp., 25 cm.]

Box Box 7

Drama: "Un Chevalier errant" (A Knight Errant)

Folder Folder 1

"Un Chevalier Errant" [manuscript in French; unbound, ca. 150 pp., 21 cm.]

Folder Folder 2

"Un Chevalier Errant, Comedie Heroique en Cinq Actes par Virna Woods" [3 copies, Act I only; typescript in French; unbound, 30 pp.; 4th copy loose bound, brown cover, 29 pp., 27 cm.]

Folder Folder 3

"Un Chevalier Errant, Quatrieme Acte" [typescript in French; loose bound, brown cover, 123 pp., 27 cm.]

Folder Folder 4

"A Knight Errant" [manuscript; 3 "Bank Stock Composition Book" notebooks; labelled "Acts I & II," "Act III" & "Acts IV & V"]

Folder Folder 5

7.5 "A Knight Errant, a Heroic Comedy in Five Acts, by Virna Woods, Copyright 1901." [typescript; loose bound, brown cover, 123 pp., 27 cm.; 2nd, 3rd & 4th copies: typescript, loose bound, manila covers]

Box Box 8

Drama: Misc. Plays

Folder Folder 1

"Charles IX, A Historical Play, by Virna Woods, copyright, 1902." [typescript w/ pencil corrections; loose-bound, manila cover, 75 pp., 27 cm.]

Folder Folder 2

"Courtier & King, A Historical Romantic Drama in 4 Acts" [synopsis; carbon typescript; unbound, 6 pp.]

Folder Folder 3

"For the Graves of Our Nation" [3 copies; manuscript & 2 typescript; unbound, 9 pp.]

Folder Folder 4

"The Fourth Generation" [2 copies; synopsis; tyepscript; unbound, 7 pp. ea.]

Folder Folder 5

"The Horns of a Dilemma, A Farce" [carbon typescript; unbound, 11 pp.]

Folder Folder 6

"Jephthah: Or, As It Is Written" [typescript; loose bound, brown cover, 81 pp., 27 cm.; 2nd copy typescript; loose bound, manila cover]

Folder Folder 7

"Lord Strathmore" [typescript; loose bound, manila cover, 89 pp., 27 cm.]

Folder Folder 8

"Lord Strathmore" [typescript; unbound, 89 pp.]

Folder Folder 9

"Mask of a King" [synopsis; carbon typescript; unbound, 10 pp.]

Folder Folder 10

"Miriam" [synopsis; carbon typescript; unbound, 7 pp.]

Folder Folder 11

"Roland de France"; "Garin, le Loherain"; "Bertrand de Born"; "Jefte; o, come e scritto" [synopses, lst three in French & last in Italian; 1st two carbon typescript, last two manuscript; loose bound, heavy paper cover, ca. 30 pp.]

Box Box 9

Fragments & Notes

Folder Folder 1

"Columbus"; "Surely he is satisfied"; "The peculiar case of Mrs. Winthrop"; "The biography of Phyllis"; "The high places" [pencil manuscript notes & drafts; "Composition" notebook w/ dove on cover]

Folder Folder 2

"At Deadman's Cove" [fragment; typescript; ca. 75 pp.]

Folder Folder 3

"That Affair of Brown's" fragment [typescript + 3 carbons ea. pg.; 6 pp.]

Folder Folder 4

"Lalla Rookh"; "Courtier & King"; Drida, Queen of Mercia" [manuscript synopses; notebook w/ Wm. Morris style design & "Notes" on cover]

Folder Folder 5

"Florine" [pencil manuscript notes & draft; "Bank Stock Composition Book" notebook]

Folder Folder 6

"Horatius"; "Griselda"; "Lalla Rookh"; several pp. addresses in back [pencil manuscript notes & drafts; black leatherette notebook w/ red spine]

Folder Folder 7

"Flora" [pencil manuscript notes & drafts: "Act II"; "Act III" 2 smaller fragments; unbound on lined paper]

Folder Folder 8

"Hallucination of Gilbert Armstrong"---fragment [typescript; 2 pp.]

Folder Folder 9

"A Knight Errant" ---fragment [typescript; ca. 12 pp.]

Folder Folder 10

Misc. Notes [manuscript; "Hale's California Stores" notebook; some loose pp.]

Folder Folder 11

[Untitled essay on virtues of reading]---fragment [pencil manuscript; unbound, pp. 2-13]

Folder Folder 12

[Unident. speech? on American values]---fragment? [pencil manuscript; unbound, pp. 1-11]

Folder Folder 13

Speech given at Crocker Art Gallery to "Legislature ladies" [pencil manuscript; unbound, 3 pp.]

Folder Folder 14

Misc. Notes in French [chiefly drafts of correspondence; 2 items; manuscript]

Box Box 10

Memorabilia: Family Papers; Writing by others

Folder Folder 1

Family Papers

 

Ella, Fred & Elmer to John B. Woods & family, Salt Lake City (3-26-99)

 

Emma S. Marshall to "Mrs. Woods", Portland OR (3-9-03) [telegram]

 

Charlie & Lettie to "Mrs. Woods & Miss Anna", Monterey (3-11-03)

 

Mrs. Woods? to Mr. Gett (11-2-13) [2 pp.]

 

C.I. Pidgeon & family to Mrs. Woods & Anna, Lees Creek OH (3-20-12) [2 pp.]

 

Aurora Pidgeon Hazard to J. Wm. Harris, Washington C.H.O. (5-13-56) [3 pp.]

 

"Citizens' Pledge" [not to drink alcohol] signed by entire Woods family

 

Henry Blandy to John B. Woods (1874) [Deed to Zanesville property]

 

John B. Woods et al. to Artemisia Sanders (1899) [Deed to Ohio property]

Folder Folder 2

"Postal Cards" [album, containing ca 200 cards, many of which were sent to family by VW on her 1901 tour w/ "Horatius"; brown, 27 cm.]

Folder Folder 3

Memorabilia miscellany

 

Zanesville H.S. Report Card, 1877 [Anna Woods]

 

Zanesville H.S. Reunion admission ticket, 1877

 

Zanesville H.S. Commencement Program, 1877 [Anna Woods' class]

 

Do., 1880 [VW class---she read "Terra Scientiae"; 2 copies]

 

California. State Dept. Public Instruction. Teaching Credential, 1889 [VW]

 

Unsigned handmade oversize Christmas card from Monterey, 1889

 

"The Amazons" publishers' flyer, c1891

 

Lorenzo Waugh. "San Francisco acrostic," 1891 [2 copies]

 

L.E. Smith & Geo. T. Hesser, C.L.S.C. calling cards, 1892

 

"Jacksonville, Fla.," 1894 [souvenir booklet of photographs]

 

Mt. Lowe Railway, 1895 [adv. flyer]

 

"California Alumni C.L.S.C., 9th Anniversary, Sacramento," 10-25-95

 

Red Cross Soc., Sacramento. "Artistic Weyler Punch Exhibit," 1898

 

Reds Cross Soc. pass allowing bearer to visit US Navy vessel, SF, 1898

 

Mary E. Stackhouse/Frederic H. Patton, wedding announcement, 1899

 

"Pierce's Memorandum & Account Book," 1900 [unused]

 

Frederick Warde Co. flyer, 1901-02 season [incl. photos of F.W.]

 

Frederick Warde Co. flyer, 1901-02 season [incl. photo of Antoinette Ashton]

 

"Horatius" flyer, n.d. [c1901]

 

Tulane Theatre, New Orleans 2 advertising cards, "week of Sep 29," c1901

 

Tulane Theatre, New Orleans 2 programs [incl. "Horatius"], c1901

 

"The Mountebank" Frederick Warde Co. program, c1901

 

Do. [different format from preceding]

 

Queen Victoria Memorial Service, Sacramento, 1901 [booklet]

 

Wm McKinley Memorial Service Program, Sacramento, 1901 [3 items]

 

1903 poppy calendar in form of fan

 

H.Kramer Modes & Gowns, SF flyer, 1905

 

Tribute to VW by Frederick Warde (1905) [pencil on scrap]

 

Mr. & Mrs. Albert Boschke Silver Wedding Anniv. announcement, 1906

 

Otis Skinner in "Sancho Panza," 1906 [adv. flyer]

 

"The fondest remembrance" [illus. card], c1890

 

"To my true love" [unsigned valentine card], c1890

 

VW business card [7]

 

Hazel Hinnichson to VW, n.d. [greeting card]

 

"Mills Meetings...I hereby promise to be present as a member of the choir...," n.d.

 

Anna Woods hand drawn name tag, n.d.

 

"Virna Woods library inquiries" [list of libraries checked for VW holdings by ?]

 

stitchery rose w/ sobriquet "Love Anna," n.d.

Folder Folder 4

Kindergarten Review (Jan 1900) [2 copies; contains no writing by VW]

Folder Folder 5

Lillian H. Shuey. "In memory of Virna Woods," c1903 [manuscript, 3 pp.]

Folder Folder 6

Anna Woods? or Mrs. Virginia Woods---Misc. writings [manuscript, ca 10 items; chiefly poems & essays on religious themes]

Folder Folder 7

Poetry by Others [possibly collected by VW; consists of 24 scraps cut from periodicals, incl. several poems by Edwin Markham & by Lillian Shuey + James F. Clarke's "The Shadow" in manuscript ]

Folder Folder 8

Speech (by whom?) regarding Portsmouth Race Commission & settlement of Russo-Japanese War, 1905 [manuscript, 3 pp.]

Folder Folder 9

Rudyard Kipling poetry, copied by Anna Woods?, c1914 [manuscript; 16 items]

Box Box 11

Photos: Individual Prints

Folder Folder 1

Virna Woods [11 items; most are portraits taken between 1893 and 1903]

Folder Folder 2

Woods Family

 

Anna Woods [7]

 

John B. Woods' father [2 items]

 

John B. Woods [3]

 

Virginia Pidgeon Woods [2]

 

Mrs. Pidgeon [2 items; Virginia's mother?]

 

Family at Pacific Grove

 

Family plot, Sacramento [2]

Folder Folder 3

Loose photographs originally in Woods' family album [48 items; virtually all unident. residents of Zanesville OH (ca. 1870-1883)

 

Joseph D. Harris [2]

 

Grandma Harrison & Cousin Dakin

 

Sizzie Langton

 

Alta Pidgeon

 

Virna Smith

Folder Folder 4

Identified males

 

Charles D. Herman

 

Barry Johnstone [2 items; "Horatius" cast]

 

Abraham Lincoln

 

David Traitel [Frederick Warde Co. mgr.]

Folder Folder 5

Identified females

 

Antoinette Ashton [Frederick Warde Co.]

 

Mrs. Gavignon

 

Virginia Trescott [Frederick Warde Co.]

 

Mrs. Claire Utter

Folder Folder 6

California Women---Unidentified [27 items; chiefly women betw. 20 and 40 taken from 1885-1895]

Folder Folder 7

California Men---Unidentified [33 items; chiefly men betw. 20 and 40 taken from 1885-1895]

Folder Folder 8

Men from Other States---Unidentified [6 items]

Folder Folder 9

Women from Other States---Unidentified [4 items]

Folder Folder 10

Group pictures---Unidentified [4 items; all groups of men, all taken in 20th c.; one street scene, Sacramento ]

Folder Folder 11

California Sierra Scenery [6 cyanotypes, 3 sepia; all alpine scenes in California taken ca. 1900]

Box Box 12

Photos: Albums

Folder Folder 1

Black w/ gold lettering "Compliments of Derthick Club/Miss Virna Woods--1902." [14 portraits of women by "Bushnell Fotografer, Sacramento"; 28cm.]

Folder Folder 2

Brown leatherette; front cover w/ oval female portrait, mock pearl studs & metal clasp [20 portraits taken in Zanesville & other Ohio locations, ca. 1870-80; at least two of these are probably portraits of VW as a girl & one other is probably John B. Woods, two other identified individuals are members of Pidgeon family, 14 cm.]

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Dark Blue Green velvet w/ metal clasp [ca. 20 portraits, ca. 1870-80; at least two of these are probably portraits of VW as a girl, also portrait of John B. Woods' father & many members of Pidgeon family, 21 cm.]

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Brown leatherette w/ metal clasp [16 photos & 2 negs. taken in Zanesville & other Ohio locations, ca. 1850-1880; at least two are probably portraits of VW as a girl; incl. calling card of Anna Woods, photo of business block in Zanesville & engravings of James Garfield & Chester A. Arthur, 14 cm.]

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Portrait in leather case [Daguerreotype; unident. male, possibly Virginia Pidgeon Woods' father, 9 cm.]

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Double portrait in leather case [Daguerreotype; unident. females, possibly Virginia Pidgeon Woods & her sister as girls, 9 cm.]