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K. (Katherine) Wood Papers

Identifier: MSS-596-BC

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection documents K. Rose Wood's career in social services in New Mexico. The collection contains correspondence, clippings, publications, reports, brochures, legislation, and notes.

The collection is divided into six basic categories:Aging, Vision, Hearing, Speech Public Health and Welfare, Youth, Juvenile Affairs, Recreation, Criminology Personal/Personnel, and Public Service and Community Involvement. Aging includes state, federal, and general materials pertaining to committees, commissions, MSS 596 BC Wood Page conferences on aging, as well as legislation, programs, resources, and services. Vision, Hearing, Speech consists largely of materials pertaining to school testing, with general information as well as data specific to Hobbs and Gallup public schools, the Santa Fe Indian School, and the Intermountain Indian School (UT). This section also contains general materials, class notes, and information about rehabilitation and handicapped programs. K.'s involvement with the New Mexico State Reorganization Committee and with various social programs in New Mexico is documented in the section, Public Health and Welfare. The relatively small section on Youth, Juvenile Affairs, Recreation, Criminology contains information that deals with the problems of youth and juvenile delinquency, as well as clippings about crime and materials about the New Mexico State Penitentiary. This segment of the collection contains materials related to Wood's work on the Governor's Advisory Committee on Recreation. Personal/Personnel includes biographical information, as well as employment-related correspondence and records. This portion of the collection contains research and correspondence relating to Wood's educational endeavors. The final series, Public Service and Community Involvement, contains materials from various service organizations. These include the American Association of University Women and the New Mexico Federation of Women’s Clubs. There are also some New Mexico legislative documents.

Additional material was added to the collection in 2008. Contained in boxes 4 and 5, it includes documents that are listed under these series: Aging, Public Health and Welfare, Personal/Personnel Information, and Public Service and Community Involvement.

Photographs have been transferred to the Center for Southwest Research Photoarchives, although many of them have been photocopied for the manuscript collection.


  • 1924-1992 (bulk 1945-1975)


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Katherine Rose Wood, known as 'K.' was born to F. William and Sine Caroline (Hansen) Collet in Chicago, Ill. on April 22, 1905. She earned her B.S. at the University of Minnesota in 1928 and became certified from the School of Social Work in 1932. Wood did post-graduate work at the University of Southern California, University of Utah, University of Denver, University of New Mexico, and Brandeis University between 1938 and 1966.

Prior to moving to New Mexico in 1934, Ms. Wood held various positions in the social services arena. Her career in New Mexico continued to focus on public welfare and social services. She served as Director of the New Mexico Emergency Relief Administration in Raton from 1935-1936. She was field representative for the New Mexico Department of Public Welfare in Las Cruces between 1936 and 1941. As a consultant for the New Mexico Department of Public Health, K. was involved with school testing for hearing and vision disabilities between 1948 and 1953. She worked with the Committee for Study and Recommendation of Reorganization of the Executive Branch, State of New Mexico in 1951-1952, researching Health and Welfare agencies in New Mexico, and recommending a combined Department of Health and Welfare. She was also involved with issues surrounding youth and juvenile delinquency. Governor John Simms appointed K., along with Dorothy Cline to the Governor's Advisory Committee on Recreation in 1956. In 1959, she returned to the Department of Public Welfare, where she began concentrating her energy on services for the aging. Wood served as director of the New Mexico Commission on Aging from 1969 until her retirement from public service in 1975. She was the first retiree appointed to the Board of Directors for the Public Employees Retirement Association in 1979.

K. Rose Wood was married three times. Her first marriage was to Edward W. Peterson in 1929. They were divorced in 1935. In 1941, she married E. A. Rose, who died in 1948. And, in 1953, she married Charles H. Wood, who died in 1965. K. died at her home in Santa Fe on May 13, 1994.


5 boxes ( 3.14 cu. ft. )

Related Archival Material

Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Council for Older Persons Constitution and Meeting Minutes Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Myron Carson Papers Pertaining to Workers' Compensation and Employment of the Handicapped in New Mexico Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to the Katherine Wood Photograph Collection.
Finding Aid of the K. (Katherine) Wood Papers, 1924-1992 (bulk 1945-1975)
Processed by B. Silbergleit
©2000, ©2008
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131