Wood family papers and business records
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Wood family papers and business records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Wood family.
Title: Wood family papers and business records
Dates: 1934-1984
Extent: 5.54 cubic feet (4 ledgers, 3 binders, 5 boxes, 3 rolls)
Identification: MS 2374

Biographical/Historical Note

The Woods were a local Savannah family from at least the 1930s to the 1980s. Thomas S. Wood, Jr. and his wife, Margaret Frederick, were the parents of Gilbert and Katherine Wood. Gilbert's wife was Vera Wood. Thomas, Jr. and his brother Frederick Wood were employed at Thomas S Wood and Co., a Savannah-based plastering and stucco contractors, with Thomas' father, Thomas S Wood, Sr.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the financial records of Thomas S. Wood and Co. as well as the financial records of the Wood family. Company records are primarily cancelled checks and check stubs from the 1960s to 1970s and ledgers detailing company accounts. Family records are primarily income tax papers, bank and credit card statements and documents related to the management and condition of the estate of Thomas S. Wood. There is also approximately half a box of gardening clippings and brochures, as well as three rolls of architectural plans: two for the Savannah Civic Center and one for the Ardsley Park neighborhood. The collection also contains a letter opener with an alligator shaped metal handle inscribed with "Miami" and a small plastic box containing buttons and pins.


This collection is arranged into 4 ledgers, 3 binders, 5 boxes and 3 rolls:

Ledger 1: Thomas S Wood and Co., 1939-1951.

Ledger 2: Thomas S Wood and Co., 1952-1957.

Ledger 3: Thomas S Wood and Co., 1958-1963.

Ledger 4: Thomas S Wood and Co., 1964-1971.

Binder 1: Contains sections for journal, accounts payable (such as taxes, light bill), and pages listing personal and business accounts, 1938.

Binder 2: Chatham Savings Bank; 1970-71 tax return documents; Rent ledgers; Outstanding checks-1966; GA Mercer Company undelivered liquidating checks for certificates outstanding and unpaid, 1957-8.

Binder 3: Chatham Savings Bank; 1970 Quarterly interest chart; 1914 constitution by-laws; Extract from 1946 annual meeting of stock holders; In-house accounts, 1960-1968.

Box 1: Gardening clippings and brochures, 1970s-1980s; Thomas S Wood and Co. cancelled checks, 1967; Check Stubs-Citizens and Southern Bank, 1962-1983; Check stubs-no bank indicated, 1972-1976; Check stubs-Savannah Bank and Trust, 1968-1969; Thomas Wood and Co Bank statements, 1978-1986; Check stubs-Savannah Bank and Trust, 1965-1973.

Box 2: Alligator letter opener, "Miami"; Plastic box containing buttons, pins and miniature gin keg; Bank pamphlets and clippings, 1931-1971; Mexican travel guide, circa 1950s; Miami Herald War Songs booklet, 1943; Oglethorpe University bulletin and address, 1934-1936; Thomas S Wood estate income tax, 1976; Thomas S Wood and Co tax working papers, 1972-1979; Margaret Wood tax working papers, 1979; Thomas and Margaret Wood income tax working papers, 1968-1979; Fred Wood income tax working papers, 1967-1979; Gilbert Wood income tax working papers, 1965-1979; Gilbert Wood life insurance papers, 1941-1946; acceptance letter to the Masons, 1941; draft papers, 1942; recommendation letter to Captain Richard Bartholomew.

Box 3: Gilbert Wood tax deductions, 1984; Gilbert Wood tax papers, 1980; Gilbert Wood bank receipts, 1981; Gilbert Wood investments, bank and credit card statements, 1986; Thomas Wood estate financial and legal documents, 1963; Unidentified ledger papers, 1986; Estate of Thomas Wood bank books, 1967-1982; Thomas Wood and Co tax returns, 1972-1986; Kathy Wood pay stubs, income taxes, banking papers, 1977-1985; Thomas Wood and Co. tax working papers, 1980-1986; Gilbert Wood social security, 1976-1985; Estate checkbooks, 1967-1980s.

Box 4: Margaret Wood estate documents, 1948-1951; Thomas Wood Estate documents, 1967-1982; Wood bank statements and tax documents, 1974; Kathy Wood insurance and medical bills, 1973-1974; Gilbert Wood house bills, 1955-1973; Gilbert Wood robbery claim documents, 1987; Thomas S Wood and Co. cancelled checks 1965-1966.

Box 5: Thomas Wood Estate documents, 1976-1981; Gilbert wood bank and credit card statements, 1979; Margaret Wood receipts, 1969; Gilbert Wood income tax, 1978. ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬

Roll 1: Savannah Civic Center Fountain architectural plans- 3 sheets by William Hobbes Ltd.

Roll 2: Savannah Civic Center Fountain architectural plans- 2 sheets by William Hobbes Ltd.

Roll 3: 45th Street and Battey Park, Ardsley Park, Savannah architectural plan- 1 sheet by John F. McEllen

Index Terms

Administration of estates.
Architectural drawings (visual works)
Ardsley Park (Savannah, Ga.)
Artifacts (object genre)
Bank statements.
Check stubs.
Checks (bank checks)
Independent contractors--Georgia.
Ledgers (account books)
Loose-leaf binders.
Receipts (financial records)
Savannah (Ga.)
Savannah Civic Center (Savannah, Ga.)
Tax records.
Thomas S. Wood and Co.
Wood family.
Wood, Frederick.
Wood, Gilbert G.
Wood, Katherine.
Wood, Margaret G.
Wood, Thomas S., Jr.
Wood, Vera.

Administrative Information

Processing information

This collection is processed at the Basic Level (or collection level). There is no detailed inventory for this collection as it is not fully processed. To request that this collection be added to our priority list of collections to be fully processed as staffing and funding allow, please contact the Library and Archives staff.


Access restrictions

Boxes 2-5 contain sensitive material and access to them may be restricted.


Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.