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Carlos Wood Papers
MSS 318  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Carlos Wood papers
    Dates: 1936-1992
    Bulk Dates: 1960-1965
    Collection number: MSS 318
    Creator: Wood, Carlos Claude
    Collection Size: 1 foot
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections
    Stockton, California 95211
    Abstract: The majority of the collection consists of materials generated during Wood's time at Douglas Aircraft and Sikorsky Aircraft.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections 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 the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Carlos Wood papers. MSS 318. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Carlos C. Wood (1913-1997) was born in Turlock, California. He did his undergraduate work at the College of the Pacific (COP) and graduated in 1933 with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Math. In 1934 he received a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and then in 1935 received his Masters in Aeronautical Engineering, also from Caltech. Wood participated in the first Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (GALCIT) rocket motor test on October 31, 1936. Also in 1936 Wood married Madeline Walker. The following year he was employed by Douglas Aircraft of Santa Monica, California (1937-1960) where he reached the position of Director of Advanced Engineering Planning from his starting position as a draftsman. While at Douglas he was involved with the design and development of the DC-6, DC-7, and DC-8 series airplanes, and the XB-19 bomber. In 1960 he left Douglas to work for Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford, Connecticut, which was a division of United Aircraft Corporation. He retired in 1970 as Vice President of the Engineering Division. Wood was involved with several organizations including: National Academy of Engineering, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Helicopter Society, and American Ordinance Association. He was a consultant for the US Army Test and Evaluation Command as well as the US Air Force Division Advisory Group.
    Wood remained involved with COP, later University of the Pacific, even after his graduation. In 1948 he gave a discussion for Pacific's Philosophy Institute. In 1963 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He was appointed to the Board of Regents in 1971 and continued in that capacity until 1991. As a regent he served on the Academic Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee, and as a treasurer.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The majority of the collection consists of materials generated during Wood's time at Douglas Aircraft and Sikorsky Aircraft. There are some materials included that were created during his time as a member of the Board of Regents for Pacific. The materials include both personal and business correspondence, memos, photos, and other publications. Included is biographical information that gives great detail on both Sikorsky and Douglas Aircraft, which involves management and aeronautical matters, as well as insight into the life of an aircraft engineer from the late 1920s to 1970s.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Sikorsky Aircraft (Firm)
    Douglas Aircraft Company
    College of the Pacific
    University of the Pacific
    Aerospace engineering