Collection - Alice L. Paddleford Wood papers

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Alice L. Paddleford Wood papers


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Biographical history

Alice L. Paddleford Wood was born in Birmingham, Kansas on December 25, 1903 and graduated from Erie High School in 1921. She then attended college at Kansas State University, known as Kansas State Agricultural College and graduated in 1925 with a degree in journalism. After college, she worked with several different employers in advertising until 1931 when the great depression caused a shortage of jobs and she became unemployed. She married Leon Fenton Wood in 1934. She had four children who survived to adulthood. Alive died in Canandaigua, New York on August 15, 1995.

Archival history

It received accession number P2006.05.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acqusition Source: Meredith McCaughey
Acqusition Method: Donation.
Acqusition Date: 20060314

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The Alice L. Paddleford Wood Papers contain personal writing, newspapers items from her college days, and advertising. The papers are housed in ten boxes.
The advertisements and the printed materials are from Wood's work in advertising from 1925 to 1933. Most of these are from the Periodical Publishing Company and the Jaqua Company, although there are some ads from the Chapin's and Martin's department stores. The printed materials are mostly catalogs and journals that advertise furniture or give tips on how to make a house look nice.
The Literary Works contain articles and writings from college that Wood wrote as well as clippings that that were about her. Some of the articles written by Wood are from the Brown Bull. These have been transferred to the cataloged publications area of the University Archives.
The Edited Works contain edited documents by Wood and the Subject Series focuses on important people, times or events. Wood edited the Kansas State Collegian in 1924 and 1925, and the Manhattan Daily Nationalist from September 8, 1924 to November 18, 1924, excluding the Sunday editions. These papers are in the Edited Works. The Subject Series is organized alphabetically by subject heading. Topics include important events and people such as the sinking of the Titanic, President Harding's death, Theodore Roosevelt, and World War I.
The remainder of the series is smaller. The Correspondence Series has some memos from her work at the Periodical Publishing Company and letters to Clementine Paddleford. The Invitations Series has invitations that could have possibly been designed by Wood as well as those she received. The Photographs Series contains photos of furniture and room layouts. The Sign Series includes patriotic signs from World War I.

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The papers are organized in ten series which include: 1) Advertising, 2) Correspondence, 3) Edited Works, 4) Invitations, 5) Literary Works, 6) World War I Signs, 7) Subjects, 8) Photographs, 9) Oversize, and 10) Printed Materials. The builk of the collection is made up of Wood's word from college and advertising companies as well as many newspapers.

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No access restriction: All materials are open for research.

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The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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  • English

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Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Alice L. Paddleford Wood papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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  • English



Archivist's note

Finding Aid Author: Mallory Peterson
Processing Info: Processed by Mallory Peterson and entered into Archon by Jarrod Kuckelman, student processor in 2017.

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  • Box: box 7
  • Box: boxes 1-6, 8-10