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Ray Wood Papers

Identifier: MSS 0008

Scope and Contents

The main focus of the collection is upon Wood's years as a columnist for the Houston Chronicle and is rich in folklore verses. A small segment of the collection deals with the earlier years of his life. The collection should have special appeal for social-cultural historians and students of literature and folklore. A portion of the collection consists of World War II Associated Press photographs. Another portion, consisting of a large but incomplete file of Hit Parader(1949 - 1962) and other popular song magazines was transferred to the Fine Arts Department of the Houston Public Library.


  • 1889-1969
  • Majority of material found within 1950-1969

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Ray Wood Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Ray Wood was born in Girard, Kansas, on September 20, 1889, and died February 5, 1964 in Houston, Texas. His career included teaching, government employment and journalism. He first worked in Oklahoma and Arkansas, but from 1946 until his death, he worked for the Houston Chronicle. Wood specialized in folklore and published two books on the subject: "Mother Goose in the Ozarks" and "Mother Goose in Texas."


20 Linear Feet (32 document boxes)

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The information is arranged in alphabetical order by document type. Within each document type, the arrangement is both alphabetical and chronological.


  1. Clippings
  2. Correspondence
  3. Unpublished Manuscripts
  4. Notebooks
  5. Personal Records
  6. Printed Materials
  7. Publications
  8. Research Materials
  9. Resource Data
  10. Verses
  11. Photographs

Processing Information

Processed by Patrick J. Gilpin, completed August 4, 1976
Ray Wood Collection: An Inventory of his Records at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002