The Coke Wood papers contain biographical material, including diaries,
scrapbooks and photographs, as well as the writings and teaching materials of
Richard Coke Wood (1930-1978).
Richard Coke Wood (1905-1979), California historian, author, teacher,
was born in Oklahoma and was raised in Owens Valley, California. He attended
the University of Hawaii, College of the Pacific (B.A. 1932, M.A. 1934), and
the University of Southern California (Ph.D., 1950). A high school teacher in
the 1930's, he developed a lasting interest in Mother Lode history while
recovering from tuberculosis at the Bret Harte Sanitarium in Murphys
(1938-1941). During his career he held many administrative and teaching
positions, including that of proprieter of the Old Timers Museum in Murphys
(ca. 1949-1978); Education Director, Bret Harte Sanitarium (1941-1950);
Instructor and Chairman of the Social Sciences Division at Stockton and San
Joaquin Delta College (1950-1971); holder of the Rockwell D. Hunt Chair in
California History at the University of the Pacific (1951-1971); and, Director
of the Pacific Center for Western Historical Studies (1976).