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Collection Number RG1074.AM
Collection Name RG1074 Woods, William Henry, 1839-1927
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 5.0 cu.ft.; 10 boxes + oversize
Title William Henry Woods papers
Date or Date Span 1864-1927
Year Range from 1864
Year Range to 1927
Admin/Biographical History William Henry Woods was born in England, and was brought to America in 1849 because of poor health. He was orphaned in 1850 and made his way as a printer's devil, boot black, or stable boy. In 1861 he enlisted in Company B, 10th Missouri Infantry, where he was given medical training. He married in 1863, and was discharged from the Army in 1864. Then he worked as a drug store clerk, and got into mission and YMCA work. Between 1870 and 1872, he was a circuit rider around Ft. Calhoun. In the early 1880's he seems to have gone into journalism and, at the urging of Governor Furnas, began his study of Fort Atkinson. He wrote a series of articles on pioneer history and was recognized as an authority on early Nebraska. Woods died on February 8, 1927 and was buried in the Fort Calhoun Cemetery.
Scope & Content This collection consists of ten manuscript boxes of material consisting mainly of information accumulated by William Henry Woods for his newspaper column, "Pioneer Days." Also included are various materials relating to people and events around Washington County. There is a great deal of information in letters and clippings concerned with the history and location of Fort Atkinson.

Correspondents include: Jacob Adriance, 1919; Robert J. Burdette, 1902, 1905, 1913; Lorenzo Crounse, 1906; Eugene Fontanelle, 1915, 1918-1919; Robert W. Furnas, 1902; John Goss, 1905-1906, 1909; Gilbert M. Hitchcock, 1903, 1910-1911; Robert R. Latta, 1919; Charles S. Lobingier, 1902-1905; Nellie Magee, 1913; Samuel R. McKelvie, 1921; Roscoe Pound, 1904; Charles W. Pool, 1916; and A.E. Sheldon.
Creator Woods, William Henry, 1839-1927
Finding Aids William Henry Woods finding aid
Related units of description See the photo component [RG1074.PH] for related images.
Subjects Frontier & pioneer life
People Adriance, Jacob, 1835-1922
Burdette, Robert J.
Crounse, Lorenzo, 1834-1909
Fontenelle, Eugene, 1863-1944
Furnas, Robert Wilkinson, 1824-1905
Goss, John Q., 1827-1918
Hitchcock, Gilbert Monell, 1859-1934
Lobingier, Charles Sumner, 1866-
Magee, Nellie Throop, 1874-1964
McKelvie, Samuel Roy, 1881-1956
Pound, Nathan Roscoe, 1870-1964
Pool, Charles Wesley, 1856-1930
Sheldon, Addison Erwin, 1861-1943
Woods, William Henry, 1839-1927
Search Terms Fontenelle Family
Fort Atkinson (Neb.) -- History
Fort Calhoun (Neb.) -- History
Frontier and pioneer life
Journalists -- Nebraska
Washington County (Neb.) -- History