Wood, Charles L., Papers, 1901-1981 and undated

Now Available

This collection of nine boxes contains materials pertaining to Wood’s career as a teacher, a professor of history at Texas Tech University, and as an author of Agricultural history.  Includes course lecture notes for classes including a general survey of American history, Agricultural history, and Ranching history.  Also includes history class notes Wood produced as a student.  Bulks (1976-1981) with materials related to the operations of the history department, which include faculty reports, department newsletters and course publicity.  Some of the correspondence and research files pertain to Alexander Mackay and Murdo Mackenzie.  Also includes personal correspondence and scrapbook material.  Bulks with literary productions including research and articles related to ranching history and the publication of The Kansas Beef Industry (1980).

Wood was a public school teacher and administrator and Texas Tech University Agricultural history professor.  Born in 1937 in Hemingford, Nebraska, he received a B.A. degree from Benedictine College (1959) and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kansas (1969; 1974).  He joined the Texas Tech University History Department in 1976.  Wood authored The Kansas Beef Industry (1980) and performed extensive research on a biography of Murdo Mackenzie.  Wood died in 1981 in Lubbock, Texas.  The collection can be accessed at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library during opening hours.