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Woods Family papers

Call Number: RH MS P660


The Woods Family papers are of a family whose members resided in Leavenworth and Tonganoxie, Kansas from the late 1800s to the late 1900s. The Papers document the family line of Benjamin Franklin and Sally (James) Woods.


  • Creation: 1884 - 1983


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Woods Family

On 24 December 1877, Benjamin Franklin Woods (b. 31 March 1849 in Smithville, Missouri) and Sallie James (b. 13 February 1868 in Glasco, Missouri) married. The couple had two children, Mary Alice (b. 2 March 1878) and William Joseph (b. 30 March 1880). By 1884 the family had moved to Leavenworth, Kansas and, in 1892, the Woods bought land in Tonganoxie, Kansas. There, William worked as an engineer at the Franklin Ice Cream plant.

William Woods married Martha Rose Davis (b. 5 July 1883, Leavenworth, Kan.) on 16 January 1902. The couple had four children. May Marie Woods, born 6 November 1903, died in 1916 at the age of 13. William Zelmarian, born 18 April 1907, became a Kansas City, Kansas lawyer. On 17 May 1912, Hazel Alice arrived. In 1946 Hazel married Henry Lee Davis at Indianapolis, Indiana and, subsequently, had two children, Lyle and Rosemary. Geraldine Thelma Woods, born 13 January 1916, married G. C. Hall.

Ben Woods died 17 September 1928 and Sallie died 17 May 1933. William Joseph Woods passed away 2 July 1948 followed by his wife, Martha, on 24 April 1968.


.25 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Woods Family papers date from 1884 to 1983 and are comprised solely of photocopies, many from a single album/scrapbook. The papers include biographical information on the family, legal documents, and funeral programs. Folders are arranged alphabetically.

There are a number of photographs, located at RH MS-P P660, which were made from originals found in the same album from which most of the papers originated. Most of the photographs have copy negatives available.

Physical Location

RH MS P660

Physical Location

RH MS-P P660

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Geraldine T. Woods-Bragg, 1988.

Guide to the Woods Family Collection
Woods Family papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2006; revised by, cl 2010; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2006; revised by skt, 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Woods Family Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P660, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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