WOOD, CHARLES R., 1909-1981.
Charles R. and Ruth C. Wood family papers, 1890, 1927-2011

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/gs9nm

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wood, Charles R., 1909-1981.
Title: Charles R. and Ruth C. Wood family papers, 1890, 1927-2011
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1311
Extent: 14.75 linear feet (32 boxes), 4 oversized papers boxes (OP), 1 extra-oversized paper (XOP) and 1 oversized bound volume (OBV)
Abstract:Papers of the Charles and Ruth Wood family including correspondence, financial records, printed material, and photographs.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Printed or manuscript music in this collection that is still under copyright protection and is not in the Public Domain may not be photocopied or photographed. Researchers must provide written authorization from the copyright holder to request copies of these materials.

Separated Material

Some printed items from this collection have been cataloged individually. These materials may be located in the Emory University online catalog by searching for Wood, Charles R. and Ruth C., former owners.


Gift of Sherry E. Bailey, 2014.

Custodial History

Sherry E. Bailey is a real estate agent who was hired to clean out the Wood family home and dispose of contents.


[after identification of item(s)], Charles R. and Ruth C. Wood family papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Pellom McDaniels, III, Curator of African American Collections, acquired this collection as part of the Rose Library's holdings in African American history and the history of Atlanta, Georgia.


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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Charles Rupert Wood (1909-1981) was born in Newville, Alabama. He attended Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in Alabama and was the first licensed African American electrician in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as co-owner of Johnson and Wood Electric Company in Atlanta. Wood married Nettie Ruth Carr (1911-2011), the daughter of Paul Carr and Helen (Keith) Carr, and a graduate of Shaw University (Raleigh, North Carolina) and Atlanta University. The couple had four children: Charles Rupert Wood, Jr., Harry Keith Wood, Jeanie Marie Wood Shuffett, and Lynn Danielle Wood.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of the Charles R. and Ruth C. Wood family from circa 1900-2014 and includes school records, correspondence, financial records, printed material, and photographs. Correspondence contains letters between Charles and his mother while he was attending Tuskegee; Ruth and one of her sons while he was serving in the Vietnam War; and letters between Ruth and Charles and other friends and family. There is also a significant amount of correspondence belonging to Helen Carr, a relative of Ruth. Printed material includes yearbooks and ephemera from Tuskegee University and Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta. There is also a small amount of printed material advertising the Johnson and Wood Electric Company.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 5 series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Personal and financial papers, (3) Helen and Paul Carr papers, (4) Photographs, and (5) Printed materials.

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