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Guide to the Will C. Wood Collection, 1900-1939
339-341, 365-367  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
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  • Biography
  • Correspondents
  • Material Transferred from the Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Will C. Wood Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1939
    Box Number: 339-341, 365-367
    Creator: Wood, Will Christopher, 1880-1939
    Extent: 6 boxes
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library 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 reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Will C. Wood Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Banks and banking--California--History
    Wood, Will Christopher, 1880-1939


    The main body of the collection is approximately 100 typed manuscripts of speeches written by Wood, circa 1904-1931. There are photographs of Wood, and ephemera, for the period 1900-1939. The collection also contains 50 typewritten manuscripts of Wood's speeches, primarily on education subjects (ca. 1919-1927); correspondence, 1927-1930, relating to banking and the Bank of Italy merger of 1927; photographs and ephemera.
    A scrapbook of newspaper clippings relating to California education controversies of 1922-1926, when Wood opposed Governor Richardson's cutbacks, is cataloged separately in the book collection.


    William Christopher Wood was born December 10, 1880 on his father's ranch in Solano County, California. He was educated in local public schools, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley. He began his career in education as a teacher in Fairfield, Solano County in 1901, and later moved to Alameda where he was a school principal and Superintendent of Schools. He advance to the state level, becoming California State Commissioner for secondary schools in 1914 and State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1919. He became State Superintendent of Banks in 1927, and joined Bank of America in 1931. Wood, best known as an educator and influential public speaker, died in Piedmont, California, May 15, 1939.


    Major Correspondents

    • Goode, Roy

    Other Correspondents

    • Abbott, Pansy Jewett
    • Adams, Charles Albert
    • Addicott, James Edwin
    • Alameda Teachers Association
    • Albee, George B.
    • Anthony, E. R.
    • Avey, William A.
    • Bachrodt, Walter L.
    • Baker, W. O.
    • Barnum (Mrs.) O. Shepard (Mary E.)
    • Beek, Joseph Allan
    • Bout[?], John
    • Cantley, S. L.
    • Cave. Elmer L.
    • Chaffey, Jack B.
    • Clarke, E. P.
    • Clement, Evelyn Atkinson
    • Condon, Randall J.
    • Cooper, Alice C.
    • Cubberly, Elwood P. (Prof.)
    • Elliott, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1874-1960
    • Ewing, M. M.
    • Finn, Thomas F.
    • Francis, John H.
    • Hart, Tom
    • Haynes, John Randolph
    • Johnson, Hiram, 1866-1945
    • Keppel, Mark
    • Kersey, Vierling, 1890-
    • Ketcham, Marion H.
    • Kienholz, William Sims
    • Kofoid, Charles A. (Charles Atwood), 1865-1947
    • Laugenour, Lillie L.
    • Madsen, Martin C.
    • Martin, David E.
    • Matthews, A. J.
    • McLean, Fannie W.
    • Moore, Fred T.
    • Moorhead, Glady Evelyn
    • Oliver, (Mr.)
    • O'Neill, Kate N.
    • Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946
    • Pitman, Paul M.
    • Platts, J. M.
    • Proctor, William Martin, 1875-
    • Rainey, Edward
    • Rea, Carrie
    • Reed, Charles Wesley
    • Riley, Ray L.
    • Rolph, James, Jr., 1869-
    • Search, Preston Willis, 1853-
    • Sherman, Wm. A.
    • Smith, C. O. (Unsigned)
    • Smith, Leon O.
    • Snyder, W. H.
    • Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891-1975
    • Stangland, Edna M.
    • Steinhart, Amy D.
    • Stern, Charles F.
    • Stolz, Herbert Rowell, 1886-
    • Swope, Caroline
    • Tigert, Jno. J.
    • Wailes, C. E.
    • Waterhouse, Alfred James, 1855-1928
    • William, Glenn D.

    Material Transferred from the Collection


    • Wood, William C.
      Title: [Education in California, 1922-1926]
      Identifier/Call Number: (** fcLA 243 W6)


    • Photographs transferred to the picture file.