Wood's committee papers consist principally of applications by various
site sponsors for placement of their sites on the National Register of Historic
Places. They are of particular interest in that they contain background and
detailed research information about little-known buildings and locales. The
papers also include applications for Registered California Landmark and Point
of Historical Interest status, as well as minutes and agendas, policy and
procedural information, and correspondence relating to the activities of the
State Landmarks Advisory Committee.
Richard Coke Wood (1905-1979) was a professor of California History at
the University of Pacific in Stockton, Calif. (1950-1976). During those years
he published several works on the history of the southern Motherlode, including
Calaveras,The Land of Skulls (1955) and Murphys, Queen of the Sierra (1968).
Wood also published a college textbook: CaliforniaHistory (1963). In 1965 he
was first named to the California State Landmarks Advisory Committee by Gov.
Edmund G. Brown. He was later reappointed by Gov. Ronald Reagan. Wood served as
a member of the Commission through 1976.
Collection is open for research.