Guide to the Will C. Wood Collection, 1900-1939

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Guide to the Will C. Wood Collection, 1900-1939

California State Library

Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California History Room
  • California State Library
  • Library and Courts Building II
  • 900 N. Street, Room 200
  • P.O. Box 942837
  • Sacramento, California 94237-0001
  • Phone: (916) 654-0176
  • Fax: (916) 654-8777
  • Email:
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Processed by:
The California State Library staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 California State Library. All rights reserved.

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.

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[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.

Container List

Box 339

Speeches #1-50 (arranged by author=s number)

Box 340

Speeches #51-93

Box 341

Letters, political and banking speeches, and ephemera

Box 365

Correspondence as received in two binders: incoming letters are alphabetically by correspondent's name, file adjacent to related outgoing correspondence. Miscellaneous material.

Box 366

Banking papers and speeches #94-110

Box 367

Speeches #111-142