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Alice L. Paddleford Wood Papers

Introduction

The papers of Alice L. Paddleford Wood (1903-1995) were donated to Kansas State University in March, 2006, by her children. Most of the papers in the collection are either college or work related.

The papers are housed in ten boxes. They are divided into ten series: 1) Advertising, 2) Correspondence, 3) Edited Works, 4) Invitations, 5) Literary Works, 6) World War I Signs, 7) Subjects, 8) Photographs, 9) Oversize, and 10) Printed Materials.

Alice L. Paddleford Wood was born in Birmingham, Kansas on December 25, 1903 and graduated from Erie High School in 1921. She then attended college at Kansas State University, known as Kansas State Agricultural College and graduated in 1925 with a degree in journalism. After college, she worked with several different employers in advertising until 1931 when the great depression caused a shortage of jobs and she became unemployed. She married Leon Fenton Wood in 1934. She had four children who survived to adulthood. Alice died in Canandaigua, NY on August 15, 1995.

The collection's accession number is P2006.05. The processing of the papers was completed by Mallory Peterson, archives student processor, in November 2006.

Biographical Sketch

1903        Dec 25, born in Birmingham, Kansas

1921        Graduated from Erie High		
            Began college at Kansas State Agricultural College (KSAC)
            Joined Kappa Delta sorority

1922        Feature editor for the Kansas State Collegian

1923        Assistant editor for the Kansas State Collegian
            Joined Theta Sigma Phi, a professional fraternity for women in journalism
            Secretary for the college's Quill Club

1924        Managing editor for the Kansas State Collegian
            Feature editor for the Royal Purple, the college's yearbook
            President of Theta Sigma Phi

1925        Graduated from KSAC with degree in Journalism

1925-1926   Wrote advertising copy for Bellas Hess

1926-1927   Wrote advertising copy for Martin's Department Store

1927        Advertising manager at Chapin's 

1927-1928   Copywriter at Jaqua Company

1928-1931   Job at Periodical Publishing Company (Wrote copy and edited Within the   
               Home, Homes Charming, and Home Furnisher)

1932        Pioneer Youth Publicity 

1933        Play director for New England Producing Company

1934        June 27, Married Leon Fenton Wood in Holton, Kansas 

1937        Lauralee Alice Wood, daughter born

1939        Aug 13, William Merton Wood, son born 	
            Dec 05, William Merton Wood, son died (Crib Death) 

1941        Barry Fenton Wood, second son born

1943        Apr 25, Stephen Gelder Wood, third son born

1945        Meredith Louise Wood, second daughter born

1979        Sep 14, Leon Fenton Wood, husband died 

1995        Aug 15, Alice Louise Paddleford Wood died in Canandaigua, NY 

1999        Jan 30, Stephen Gelder Wood, son died 

Scope and Content Note

The Alice L. Paddleford Wood Papers contain personal writing, newspapers items from her college days, and advertising. The papers are housed in ten boxes.

The papers are organized in ten series which include: 1) Advertising, 2) Correspondence, 3) Edited Works, 4) Invitations, 5) Literary Works, 6) World War I Signs, 7) Subjects, 8) Photographs, 9) Oversize, and 10) Printed Materials. The bulk of the collection is made up of Wood's work from college and advertising companies as well as a many newspapers.

The advertisements and the printed materials are from Wood's work in advertising from 1925 to 1933. Most of these are from the Periodical Publishing Company and the Jaqua Company, although there are some ads from the Chapin's and Martin's department stores. The printed materials are mostly catalogs and journals that advertise furniture or give tips on how to make a house look nice.

The Literary Works contain articles and writings from college that Wood wrote as well as clippings that that were about her. Some of the articles written by Wood are from the Brown Bull. These have been transferred to the cataloged publications area of the University Archives.

The Edited Works contain edited documents by Wood and the Subject Series focuses on important people, times or events. Wood edited the Kansas State Collegian in 1924 and 1925, and the Manhattan Daily Nationalist from September 8, 1924 to November 18, 1924, excluding the Sunday editions. These papers are in the Edited Works. The Subject Series is organized alphabetically by subject heading. Topics include important events and people such as the sinking of the Titanic, President Harding's death, Theodore Roosevelt, and World War I.

The remainder of the series is smaller. The Correspondence Series has some memos from her work at the Periodical Publishing Company and letters to Clementine Paddleford. The Invitations Series has invitations that could have possibly been designed by Wood as well as those she received. The Photographs Series contains photos of furniture and room layouts. The Sign Series includes patriotic signs from World War I.

Container List

Box Folder

01                  Advertising Series, 1926-1931
 	01          A Pot of Gold, 1927 Apr-1927 Oct
 	02          Chapin's Advertisements, 1927
	03-06       Furniture Ads, 1928-1931
	07-09       Jaqua Company, 1927-1928
	10          Margaret Mary Modes, 1927 Sep-1928 Apr
	11          Martin's Advertisements, 1926-1927
	12          The Jaqua Way, 1927-1928

                    Correspondence Series, 1931, 1954, 1967
	13          Letters to Clementine Paddleford, 1954 Jan 27, Aug 15, Aug 18, 1967 Sep 18 
	14          Memos, 1931 Feb 24, May 25, Aug 25

                    Edited Series, 1924-1925
                    Kansas State Collegian
	15               1925 Feb 03
	16               1925 Feb 06
	17               1925 Feb 10
	18               1925 Feb 13
	19               1925 Feb 17
	20               1925 Feb 20
	21               1925 Feb 24
	22               1925 Feb 27
	23               1925 Mar 03
	24               1925 Mar 06
	25               1925 Mar 10
	26               1925 Mar 15
	27               1925 Mar 17
	28               1925 Mar 20
	29               1925 Mar 24
	30               1925 Mar 27

02                  Manhattan Nationalist
	01-06            1924 Sep 08-13
	07-12            1924 Sep 15-20
	13-18            1924 Sep 22-27
	19-24            1924 Sep 29-Oct 04
	25-30            1924 Oct 06-11
	31-35            1924 Oct 13-17

03	01               1924 Oct 18
	02-07            1924 Oct 20-25
	08-13            1924 Oct 27-Nov 01
	14-19            1924 Nov 03-08
	20-25            1924 Nov 10-15
	26-27            1924 Nov 17-18
      
                    Invitation Series, 1927 
	28          Invitations, 1927 Jun 25, Sep 25, and n.d.

                    Literary Works, 1922-1923
	29-31       Articles by or about Alice Wood, n.d.
	32          Clippings and envelope, n.d.
	33          Brown Bull Articles, Feb and Nov 1922, Mar 1923
	34          College writing, n.d.
	35          Job history - written by Alice Wood, n.d

04	            World War I Sign Series, 1914-1918
	01          World War I patriotic signs, 1914-1918

                    Subject Series, 1898-1923
	02          Political cartoons, n.d.
                    President Warren G. Harding & President Calvin Coolidge
	03               1923 Jul 31
	04               1923 Aug 04
	05               1923 Aug 10
	06               1923 Aug 11
	07          Prohibition, 1919 Jul 01
	08-09       Russian Revolution, 1917, Mar 16-17
	10-12       Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 Apr 18-20
	13          Spanish War, ca. 1898
                    Theodore Roosevelt
	14-15            1916, May 30-31
	16               1916 Jun 03
	17               1916 Jun 06
	18               1919 Jan 07, death of
                    World War I
	19               1916 Jun 02
	20               1917 Apr 16
	21               1917 Mar 19, America enters
	22-24            1917 Apr 04-06, America enters
	25-26            1917 Jul 20-21, Draft
	27               1918 Jul 28, End of 
	28               1918 Nov 02, End of
	29               1918 Nov 08, End of
	30-31            1918 Nov 11-12, End of
	32               1919 May 01, Troops return

05	01-03            1919 May 04-06, Troops return
	04-05            1919 May 08-09, Troops return
	06               1919 May 12, Troops return
	07               1919 Jun 29, Troops return

06	            Photographs Series, 1928-ca. 1932 
	01          Furniture, 1928-ca. 1932
	02          Home of Edmund P. Kelly, ca. Fall 1929
	03          Home of Edgar T. Wolfe, ca. Fall 1929

07	            Oversize Series, 1928-1931 
	            Large prints from various publications 
	            Publications include Country Life, The Conde Nast Travel Service,
	                 and The Furniture Record and Journal.   
	            Catalog and Service Book.  (Gardner: John A Dunn Company), 1929
	            Furniture Advertising. (Grand Rapids: Periodical Publishing), 
   	                 1928 Nov-1931 Jan
	            Furniture Record Merchandised Advertising Service. (Grand Rapids: 
	                 Periodical Publishing), 1928 Oct-Nov
      
08	            Printed Material Series, 1928-1932
	            Furniture Record and Journal.  (Grand Rapids: Periodical Publishing 
	                 Company), 1928 Sep, 1928 Nov, 1930 May, 1931 Aug

09	            Distinctive Draperies.  (Grand Rapids: The Cargill Company), n.d. 
	            The Kirsch Book of Suggestions for Window and Door Draping. (Grand Rapids: 
	                 The Cargill Company), n.d.
	            The Home Furnisher.  (Grand Rapids: Periodical Publishing Company), 
	                 1928 Mar-1931 Dec

10	            Homes Charming.  (Grand Rapids: Periodical Publishing Company), 
	                 1928 Mar/Apr-1932 Jan/Feb
	            Within the Home.  (Grand Rapids: Periodical Publishing Company), 
	                 1928 Spring-1931 Winter




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