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James Playsted Wood (AC 1927) Papers

 Collection — Box: 1-36
Identifier: MA.00345

Scope and Contents

The papers of James Playsted Wood (AC 1927), a writer, editor and professor of English at Amherst College from 1937 to 1946. Contains notes, working drafts and published works. Also included is his business and personal correspondence. A guide to this collection is not yet available. Please contact Archives and Special Collections for access to this material.

Dates

  • Creation: circa 1920-1973

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes. This collection is housed in off-site storage and requires advance notice before use. Please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

James Playsted Wood was born in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Amherst College from 1924 to 1925 and and went on to graduate from Columbia with an A.B. in 1927 and M.A. in 1933. After teaching in secondary schools, he taught in the English Deptartment at Amherst College from 1937 to 1946. From 1943 to 1946 he served in the US Air Force. He worked at the Curtis Publishing Company from 1946 to 1966 and on the editorial staff of Jack and Jill from 1954 to 1964. From 1957 to 1965 he was an instructor at the Southern Writers Workshop at the University of Georgia. Wood wrote poetry, biographies, fiction and short stories, including works for children. Among his numerous books are: The beckoning hill, Magazines in the United States, The story of advertising, The life and words of John F. Kennedy, Of lasting interest: the story of the Reader’s digest, and Washington, D.C. He died on August 19, 1983.

Extent

35.5 Linear feet (35 record cartons, 1 flat box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The papers of James Playsted Wood (AC 1927), a writer, editor and professor of English at Amherst College from 1937 to 1946. Contains notes, working drafts and published works. Also included is his business and personal correspondence. A guide to this collection is not yet available. Please contact Archives and Special Collections for access to this material.

Related Materials

  1. James Playsted Wood papers, Children's Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries.
  2. Amherst College English Department Records. Amherst College Archives & Special Collections.
Status
Unprocessed
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299