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Charles Winter Wood collection

 Collection
Identifier: MC 118

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised primarily of photocopies of news and magazine articles and play programs, as well as a small number of original correspondence documents to and from Charles Winter Wood. The correspondence dates from his time at the Tuskegee Institute. A detailed item list is included in the collection.

Dates

  • 1888-1985, bulk 1888-1946

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research; however, certain materials are fragile and require Archives staff for handling, or use may be restricted altogether.

Biographical / Historical

Longer biographies available here and here.

Extent

0.21 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 78 rpm audio disc recording)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Charles Winter Wood, class of 1895, was one of Beloit College's earliest African American students and an accomplished theatre actor and professor of English at the Tuskegee Institute. Wood entered Beloit College Academy in 1887 and joined the college proper in 1891. Although he played on Beloit's popular football team, he became best known for his public speaking and acting. After graduating, Wood continued his education at Chicago Theological Seminary, where he received a doctorate of divinity, and then moved on to Columbia University where he earned a master's degree in the philosophy of education. Booker T. Washington hired Charles Winter Wood as head of Tuskegee Institute's English and Drama departments, where he also became their second football coach. He taught at Tuskegee for over 30 years before resuming his acting career, achieving success as "De Lawd" in the hit Broadway play, Green Pastures.

This collection is comprised primarily of photocopies of news and magazine articles and play programs, as well as a small number of original correspondence documents to and from Charles Winter Wood. The correspondence dates from his time at the Tuskegee Institute. A detailed item list is included in the collection.

Related Materials

Beloit College Forensics records (AC 52)
Beloit College Theatre records (AC 105)
Title
Charles Winter Wood collection
Status
Completed
Author
Michelle Tom
Date
March, 2013
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Beloit College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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