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Wood Family Collection

Identifier: AC 363

Scope and Content

The Wood Family collection consists of the Owen L. Wood section, the Laura Wood section, and a miscellaneous section. The Owen L. Wood section consists of a very extensive body of correspondence (boxes 1-23; primarily with students and former students from the Allison-James School in Santa Fe), National Guard material, college notes and material, and miscellaneous tax/financial and organization memberships material. Among his papers, were also a set of Spanish-American War letters written by a soldier [Hugh A. Owen] to his mother [Lucinda Bland] in Ohio.

The Laura Wood section contains her correspondence with family and friends, greetings card, Ottawa University (KS) material, material pertaining to organizations in which she maintained memberships, newspaper clippings of Santa Fe social events, and a collection of comic sheets. This section also contains her diaries and one scrapbook.

The miscellaneous section contains certificates and other material of their father James A. Wood, issues of the POLICE GAZETTE, and a poster of "Chariot Race" (1894, adapted from Lew Wallace's Ben Hur).


  • 1877-1960

Language of Materials

English Spanish

Access Restrictions


Copy Restrictions

Duplication allowed for research purposes. User responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Note

The Wood family has been a long-time resident of Santa Fe. James A. Wood was born in the 1840s [26 September 1848] and died on [22 January 1941]. He maried [Mary Ella Owen] with whom he had two children, Owen and Laura. James A. Wood held various positions, among others, he was the superintentend of the Santa Fe school district at the turn of the century and later in the Las Vegas , New Mexico school district.

Owen Wood, who inherited the family home at 511 Armijo, graduated from the Rose Rolytechnic Institute at Terre Haute, IN. He persued a career as draftsman with the U.S. Public Survey office and then as an officer with Mutual Building and Loan Association untit his retirement in 1965. In addition, Owen Wood was a Captain in the New Mexico National Guard and in charge of the Santa Fe Armory. He participated in social activities in the Santa Fe community, particularly with the Allison-James Presbyterian Mission School and its students. He also had two (yet not likely legally) adopted daughters, Elizabeth Jimenez and Toni Medina. He was born in 1883 (?) and died in 1971.

Laura Wood, who also lived at 511 Armijo, was the chief clerk of the Santa Fe office of the United States Attorney and retired after thirty-five years of service. Laura was married to Jack Lowe whom she divorced in 1929. She died in 1964. She was a member of Eastern Star, Yucca Shrine, PEO, and the Business and Professional Women's Club.


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Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. New Mexico History Museum
  3. P.O. Box 2087
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2087, U.S.A.
  5. Phone: (+)505.476.5090
  6. Fax: (+)505.476.5093
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Guide to the Wood Family Collection, 1877-1960
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Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090