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Register of the Richard Coke Wood Papers, 1930-1978
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Richard Coke Wood Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1978
    Collection number: Mss70
    Creator: Richard Coke Wood
    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


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard Coke Wood Papers, Mss70, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


    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).
    His writings include Murphys, Queen of the Sierra (1949); Calaveras, Land of Skulls (1957); The California Story (co-author, 1958); Stockton Album Through the Years (co-author, 1959); Stockton Memories (co-author, 1977); and, Mother Lode Memories (co-author, 1979). His many awards and honors include: Award of Merit, California Historical Society (1965); and the honorary title, "Mr. California," California State Legislature (1969).

    Scope and Content

    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).