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Some recollections of a long life.
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between approximately 1850 and 1939 (Creation)
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54 cm of textual records and other material.
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This subseries focuses on the unpublished memoir of Casey A. Wood, which consists of manuscripts, typescripts, notes, research project notes and publications, correspondence (1888-1939), photographs, clippings and printed material, and journals (1891, 1930-1931) from approximately 1850-1939. Wood had assistance from family members, professional connections, and friends to compile his biographical information for the memoir. Wood was living in Rome during the mid- to late-1930s, so much of the Canadian research was conducted by family members Samuel Casey Wood III, Alan Wood, and Edith Hayes. There is correspondence between Wood and his family on the progress of the memoir, their family, and personal lives. The subseries consists of approximately 110 letters and 1 telegram with additional correspondence, clippings, and other materials integrated into the memoir’s manuscript and typescripts.
Individuals addressed within the correspondence and other materials include Alan Wood, Samuel Casey Wood III, George Iles, H. Clay Evans, Dr. George H. Mathewson, Francis J. Shepherd, Harvey Cushing, Dr. George H. Simmons, Casey Hayes, Josephine Seymour, Dr. Charles P. Small, Ms. Slaughter, Major J. C. Dawson, Dr. J. C. Simpson, J. R. Slonaker, Irving S. Cutter, Dr. H. D. Birkett, Dr. Franck Brawley, Dr. Maude Abbott, Elizabeth E. Abbott, Dr. W. W. Francis, Harry Harris, G. R. Lomer, Dr. Harry Vanderbilt Wurdemann, Dr. C. F. Wylde, V. C. Wynne Edwards, Dr. Andreas Nell, Sir William Osler, C. F. Wylde, Frank Allport, and Norma Shearer.
Throughout the subseries common topics include providing information for the memoir, travel, careers, education, Italy during the late 1930s, politics, ornithology, zoology, donations of materials by Casey Wood, family, Emperor Frederick II and “the Art of Falconry,” Emma Shearer Wood and Blacker Library collections, aviculture, John III, the Feather book, animal protection, history of medicine, “Coloured Plates of the Birds of Ceylon,” Ali ibn Isa, and Wood’s research, career, and health.
The printed material includes a variety of leaflets, brochures, cards, invitations, tickets, bookplates, booklets, clippings etc. from or about various current events, travel experiences, publications, etc.. Within the subseries' photographs are images of Dr. Thomas Woodruff, Emma Shearer Wood, Casey Wood, Marjorie Fyfe, James Shearer, Eliza Shearer, Dr. Richmond, Dr. Ridgway, other family members and friends, and from research trips. Places related to Wood’s life mentioned in this subseries include the United States, Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka, England, Italy, Ethiopia, Vienna, France, Afghanistan, British Guiana, Australia, Fiji, McGill and Emma Shearer Wood Libraries, Bishops’ College, Western General Hospital, Stanford University, and the Chicago Ophthalmological Society.
Some items are damaged from wear, moisture, and rust stains.
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MSG 1203-1-2-1 to MSG 1203-1-2-14 were donated on September 5,1962 by Alan Wood who assisted Casey A. Wood on the memoir. Publication reprints for "Curious and Beautiful Birds of Ceylon" and "Some of the Commoner Birds of Ceylon" were donated by the Estate of the late Dr. Casey A. Wood to the Wood Library on July 21, 1942.
This series was largely unorganised as materials indicating they were a part of the memoir were not located together and the majority of the files were within one large cardboard box without any obvious order, aside from the two distinct memoir manuscript drafts. Minor rearrangement of the manuscripts was needed due to movement within the box. Items that were inserted within MSG 1203-1-2-13, the rough draft of the manuscript, were kept in original order while the remaining items were organised according to genre, followed by date. Where items were contained within a bag or envelope, these were arranged together as a file in their original order. MSG 1203-1-2-15 was removed from a large flat box and rehoused in folders.
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Some files have been interleaved due to discoloration or colour transfer. Rusted metal staples and paper clips have been removed.
Also including 64 photographs, 23 postcards, 10 photograph photostats, 5 bookplates, 2 daguerreotype photographs, 1 palm leaf manuscript fragment, 1 mounted photograph and 1 undeveloped photo negative.