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Preliminary Guide to the Robert H. Woody papers, 1927-1985

Abstract

Contains the personal and professional papers of Robert Hilliard Woody, a professor of history at Duke University from 1929 to 1970. Types of materials include correspondence, manuscripts, short writings, vitae, certificates, diplomas, committee reports, printed material, photographs, 8 mm films, and VHS tapes. Major subjects include Robert H. Woody, the Civil War, the South, South Carolina, North Carolina, reconstruction, republicans, southern newspapers, biographies, mountain culture, folklore, history instruction, Duke University, the Duke University history department, and the George Washington Flowers Collection of Southern Americana. Major correspondents appearing in the collection include: William Preston Few, Francis B. Simkins, William K. Boyd, William T. Laprade, Francis Warrenton Dawson, Stanly Godbold, Jr., Arthur Hollis Edens, Paul M. Gross, Stanley Godbold, the Southern Historical Association, and the Historical Society of North Carolina. Some materials are restricted. Materials range in date from 1927 to 1985.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Robert H. Woody papers 1927-1985.
Creator
Woody, Robert H. (Robert Hilliard), 1903-
Extent
6 Linear Feet , 6,000 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Contains the personal and professional papers of Robert Hilliard Woody, a teacher and historian at Duke University from 1929 to 1970. Materials include correspondence with individuals and professional organizations, films, clippings, and writings (including original Civil War correspondence) pertaining to Woody's research, and manuscript materials for biographies of Civil War statesmen and Duke University President William Preston Few. Major correspondents include colleagues at Duke University: Arthur Hollis Edens, Paul M. Gross, William Preston Few, Francis B. Simkins, William K. Boyd, and William T. Laprade. Correspondence is ordered alphabetically. Films are 8mm format. Some materials are restricted

Administrative Information

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warning Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Recollections, 1985
Box 1 Folder 1
Dinner honoring Professor Woody, November 9, 1973. Festschrift announced.
Box 1 Folder 2
Abbott, W.W.
Box 1 Folder 3
Adams, Randolph G.
Box 1 Folder 4
Akerman, Hugh
Box 1 Folder 5
Alden, John
Box 1 Folder 6
American Association of University Professors
Box 1 Folder 7
American Historical Review
Box 1 Folder 8
Archives Committee, Raleigh, N.C.
Box 1 Folder 9
Askew, W.C.
Box 1 Folder 10
Association of American Universities
Box 1 Folder 11
Awards
Box 1 Folder 12
Baker, Maury
Box 1 Folder 13
Baldwin, (Dean) Alice
Box 1 Folder 14
Barnwell, R.W., Sr.
Box 1 Folder 15
Barnwell, R.W., Jr.
Box 1 Folder 16
Barry, R.S.
Box 1 Folder 17
Basler, Roy P.
Box 1 Folder 18
Beale, Howard K.
Box 1 Folder 19
Beers, Burton F.
Box 1 Folder 20
Bell, Albert Atwood, Jr.
Box 1 Folder 21
Bennett, Floyd S.
Box 1 Folder 22
Bennett, William L.
Box 1 Folder 23
Block, Robert Hoyt
Box 1 Folder 24
Bornet, Vaughan
Box 1 Folder 25
Bowles, Robert C.
Box 1 Folder 26
Branscomb, H.
Box 1 Folder 27
Braverman, Howard
Box 1 Folder 28
Brice, Ashbel
Box 1 Folder 29
Briceland, Alan
Box 1 Folder 30
Brousard, James H.
Box 1 Folder 31
Bryan, J.C.
Box 1 Folder 32
Buchanan, Carol Phipps
Box 1 Folder 33
Burrows, Edward F.
Box 1 Folder 34
Candler, Frances G.
Box 1 Folder 35
Cannon, Carl F., Jr.
Box 1 Folder 36
Cappon, Lester J.
Box 1 Folder 37
Carolina Charter Corporation
Box 1 Folder 38
Carroll, Eber Malcolm
Box 1 Folder 39
Chaffin, Nora C.
Box 1 Folder 40
Chambers, M.B.C.
Box 1 Folder 41
Civil War History,(James I. Robertson, Editor)
Box 1 Folder 42
Clark, Thomas D.
Box 1 Folder 43
Cockrell, Monroe F.
Box 1 Folder 44
Coleman, J. Winston
Box 1 Folder 45
Colvin, Thomas Bethel
Box 1 Folder 46
Committees
Box 1 Folder 47
Commonwealth--Studies Center
Box 1 Folder 48
Committee on Publications
Box 1 Folder 49
Daughters of the Confederacy
Box 1 Folder 50
Confederate Centennial Commission, 1959-1961
Box 1 Folder 51
Copper, Mildred Jo
Box 1 Folder 52
Cotterill, R.S.
Box 1 Folder 53
Corbitt, David Leroy
Box 1 Folder 54
Coulter, E.M.
Box 1 Folder 55
Crisp, James
Box 1 Folder 56
Crittenden, C.C.--Sir Walter Award, 1954
Box 1 Folder 57
Crittenden, C.C.--Writings for North Carolina Historical Review
Box 1 Folder 58
Crittenden, C.C.
Box 1 Folder 59
Cunningham, H.H.
Box 1 Folder 60
Cunningham, Noble E., Jr.
Box 1 Folder 61
Curry, R.W.
Box 1 Folder 62
Curtiss, John S.
Box 1 Folder 63
Daniel, Harrison Cunningham
Box 1 Folder 64
Davis, Lambert
Box 1 Folder 65
Dawson, Francis Warrington
Box 1 Folder 66
Dean, Gordon
Box 1 Folder 67
DesChamps, Margaret
Box 1 Folder 68
Dean of Graduate School, Marcus E. Hobbs
Box 1 Folder 69
Delaney, Norman
Box 1 Folder 70
Director of Graduate Studies
Box 1 Folder 71
Dorris, J.T.
Box 1 Folder 72
Drozdowski, Gene
Box 1 Folder 73
Duke University Council
Box 1 Folder 74
Duke University Council on Research
Box 1 Folder 75
Duke University Library, ca. 1953
Box 1 Folder 76
Duke University Press
Box 1 Folder 77
Duke University Undergraduate Faculty Council, 1954-1961
Box 1 Folder 78
Duncan, Bingham
Box 1 Folder 79
Durden, Robert F.
Box 1 Folder 80
Easterby, J.H.
Box 1 Folder 81
Edens, Arthur Hollis
Box 1 Folder 82
Emory University newsletter
Box 1 Folder 83
England, J. Merton
Box 1 Folder 84
Erwin, Clyde A.
Box 1 Folder 85
Faculty Council
Box 1 Folder 86
Farish, Hunter D.
Box 1 Folder 87
Fellowship in history
Box 1 Folder 88
Few, Benjamin F.
Box 1 Folder 89
Few, Ellie
Box 1 Folder 90
Few, William Preston, biography and correspondence
Box 1 Folder 91
Few, William Preston, biography notes
Box 1 Folder 92
Few, William Preston, biography, draft 1
Box 1 Folder 93
Few, William Preston, biography, draft 2
Box 1 Folder 94
Few, William Preston, biography, draft 3
Box 1 Folder 95
Fields, J.E., Dr.
Box 1 Folder 96
Flanders, Ralph B.
Box 1 Folder 97
Flowers, R.L.
Box 1 Folder 98
Flowers, W.W.
Box 1 Folder 99
Flowers collection, 1952
Box 1 Folder 100
Flowers collection, 1958
Box 1 Folder 101
Flowers collection
Box 1 Folder 102
Flowers collection committee
Box 1 Folder 103
Folmsbee, Stanley J.
Box 1 Folder 104
Forest History Foundation
Box 1 Folder 105
Fries, Adelaide L.
Box 1 Folder 106
Ganyard, Robert Loyal
Box 1 Folder 107
Garber, Paul N.
Box 1 Folder 108
Garrison, Curtis W.
Box 1 Folder 109
Geary, James J.
Box 2 Folder 110
Graduate Office, 1941-1949
Box 2 Folder 111
Graduate office, 1950-
Box 2 Folder 112
Goff, Richard
Box 2 Folder 113
Gray, Joe D.
Box 2 Folder 114
Green, E.L.
Box 2 Folder 115
Green, Fletcher
Box 2 Folder 116
Gregorie, A.K.
Box 2 Folder 117
Grimball, Berkeley
Box 2 Folder 118
Gross, Paul M.
Box 2 Folder 119
Hall, Arthur
Box 2 Folder 120
Hallowell, John H.
Box 2 Folder 121
Hamilton, Tom
Box 2 Folder 122
Hamilton, W.B.
Box 2 Folder 123
Harwell, R.B.
Box 2 Folder 124
Hayes Memorial
Box 2 Folder 125
Hay, T.R.
Box 2 Folder 126
Heartman, Martha E.
Box 2 Folder 127
Henry, R.S.
Box 2 Folder 128
Hilty, Hiram
Box 2 Folder 129
Historical Society of North Carolina
Box 2 Folder 130
Historical Society of North Carolina, committee
Box 2 Folder 131
Historical Society of North Carolina, program
Box 2 Folder 132
History Department, regulations and minutes
Box 2 Folder 133
Hobbs, Marcus
Box 2 Folder 134
Holley, I.B.
Box 2 Folder 135
Holton, Holland
Box 2 Folder 136
Honeycutt, Ava L., Jr.
Box 2 Folder 137
Hoole, W.S.
Box 2 Folder 138
Huff, A.V., Jr.
Box 2 Folder 139
Indiana Magazine of History
Box 2 Folder 140
Ingram, Bern
Box 2 Folder 141
Inman, Anne
Box 2 Folder 142
James A. Rogers Library, Francis Marion College, Florence, S.C.
Box 2 Folder 143
Johnson, Ludwell H.
Box 2 Folder 144
Jones, Houston Gwynne
Box 2 Folder 145
Jordan, Weymouth T.
Box 2 Folder 146
Jordan, William H.
Box 2 Folder 147
Journal of Southern History
Box 2 Folder 148
Journal of Southern History, Detweiler
Box 2 Folder 148
Journal of Southern History, J.M. England
Box 2 Folder 150
King, Doris
Box 2 Folder 151
King, Willard L.
Box 2 Folder 152
Kirwan, A.D.
Box 2 Folder 153
Lanning, John Tate
Box 2 Folder 154
Lefler, Hugh T.
Box 2 Folder 155
Lemple, Leland L.
Box 2 Folder 156
Lerner, Eugene M.
Box 2 Folder 157
Logan, S. Frank
Box 2 Folder 158
Luthin, Reinhard H.
Box 2 Folder 159
Luvaas, Jay
Box 2 Folder 160
McAnear, Beverly
Box 2 Folder 161
McCaim, James R.
Box 2 Folder 162
McCain, Paul M.
Box 2 Folder 163
McCloy, S.T.
Box 2 Folder 164
McLaurin, Jean
Box 2 Folder 165
McLendau, Jonathan C.
Box 2 Folder 166
McMillan, James B.
Box 2 Folder 167
McMurtrie, Douglas C.
Box 2 Folder 168
McMurtry, R. Gerald
Box 2 Folder 169
Marby, W.A.
Box 2 Folder 170
Maryland Historical Society
Box 2 Folder 171
Manarin, Louis
Box 2 Folder 172
Mann, Harold D.
Box 2 Folder 173
Matchette, Robert Berry
Box 2 Folder 174
Matthews, Don G.
Box 2 Folder 175
Matthews, A.J.
Box 2 Folder 176
Matthews, Roy, Jr.
Box 2 Folder 177
Mayflower award
Box 2 Folder 178
Methodist College, Fayetteville
Box 2 Folder 179
Miscellaneous writings
Box 2 Folder 180
Miscellaneous writings
Box 2 Folder 181
Mississippi Valley Historical Association
Box 2 Folder 182
Mitchell, Norma Taylor
Box 2 Folder 183
Moore, A.B.
Box 2 Folder 184
Morse, Thomas W.
Box 2 Folder 185
Murray, Paul
Box 2 Folder 186
Nelson, E.W.
Box 2 Folder 187
Nettels, Curtis P.
Box 2 Folder 188
Nevins, Allan
Box 2 Folder 189
Nichols, Roy
Box 2 Folder 190
Noggle, Burl
Box 2 Folder 191
North Carolina Historical Review
Box 2 Folder 192
North Carolina Literary and Historical Association
Box 2 Folder 193
University of North Carolina Press
Box 2 Folder 194
O'Donnell, James
Box 2 Folder 195
Oliver, George B.
Box 2 Folder 196
Parker, Harold T.
Box 2 Folder 197
Patton, James W.
Box 2 Folder 198
Pearce, H.J.
Box 2 Folder 199
Phi Beta Kappa
Box 2 Folder 200
Pegg, C.H., summer session
Box 2 Folder 201
James K. Polk commission
Box 2 Folder 202
Posey, W.B.
Box 2 Folder 203
Potter, David M.
Box 2 Folder 204
Powell, Ben
Box 2 Folder 205
Prior, Granville T.
Box 2 Folder 206
Publications committee
Box 2 Folder 207
Reid, Robert H.
Box 2 Folder 208
Research Council, Duke University
Box 2 Folder 209
Rice, Carew
Box 2 Folder 210
Richards, Jane
Box 2 Folder 211
Rivers, Robert Hayne
Box 2 Folder 212
Robertson, William Glenn
Box 2 Folder 213
Robert, Joseph Clark
Box 2 Folder 214
Robinson, William M., Jr.
Box 2 Folder 215
Ropp, Ted
Box 2 Folder 216
Russell, Mattie
Box 2 Folder 217
Scheffel, Kenneth
Box 2 Folder 218
Schuyler, Robert Livingston
Box 2 Folder 219
Seale, William, Jr.
Box 2 Folder 220
Simkins, Francis B.
Box 2 Folder 221
Sisk, Glenn N.
Box 2 Folder 222
Smith, Clarence M.
Box 2 Folder 223
Smith, Culver H.
Box 2 Folder 224
Smith, H. Shelton
Box 2 Folder 225
Snider, David Kelley
Box 2 Folder 226
Southern Historical Association
Box 2 Folder 227
Southern Historical Association, council
Box 2 Folder 228
Southern Historical Association, program
Box 2 Folder 229
Southern Historical Association, nominating committee
Box 2 Folder 230
Southern Historical Association, Ramsdell award, 1955-1965, 1958-1959
Box 2 Folder 231
Sowle, Patrick
Box 2 Folder 232
Stark, John D.
Box 2 Folder 233
Stephens, George M.
Box 3 Folder 234
Stephenson, Wendell H.
Box 3 Folder 235
Stevens, Harry R.
Box 3 Folder 236
Stone, Marjorie S.
Box 3 Folder 237
Stroupe, Henry S.
Box 3 Folder 238
Students, miscellaneous
Box 3 Folder 239
Summer session
Box 3 Folder 240
Summers, Festus P.
Box 3 Folder 241
Sutor, Jack
Box 3 Folder 242
Tally, David K.
Box 3 Folder 243
Talmadge, John E.
Box 3 Folder 244
Tarlton, William S.
Box 3 Folder 245
Taylor, Rosser H.
Box 3 Folder 246
Taylor, Rosser H.
Box 3 Folder 247
TePaske, John J.
Box 3 Folder 248
Thomas, Robert N.
Box 3 Folder 249
Todd, Richard C.
Box 3 Folder 250
Todd, Richard C. and Confederate Finance
Box 3 Folder 251
Trent, Mark P., Jr.
Box 3 Folder 252
Trinity College Historical Society
Box 3 Folder 253
U.S. Quarterly Book List
Box 3 Folder 254
Van Dusen, Albert E.
Box 3 Folder 255
Van Hook, J.O.
Box 3 Folder 256
Veith, Paul F.
Box 3 Folder 257
Wade, John D., Georgia Review
Box 3 Folder 258
Wallace, Lillian Parker
Box 3 Folder 259
Wannamaker, W.H.
Box 3 Folder 260
Wallace, Wesley H.
Box 3 Folder 261
Watson, Richard
Box 3 Folder 262
Weaver, Herbert
Box 3 Folder 263
Webb, John M.
Box 3 Folder 264
Weissfield, Jerry C.
Box 3 Folder 265
Whitener, D.J.
Box 3 Folder 266
Wilburn, H.C.
Box 3 Folder 267
Wilkerson, M.M.
Box 3 Folder 268
Williams, Gary
Box 3 Folder 269
Williams, T. Harry
Box 3 Folder 270
William and Mary Quarterly
Box 3 Folder 271
Ziring, Stanley
Box 3 Folder 272
Zuher, R.L.
Box 3 Folder 273
Racine thesis, correspondence, and unfoldered materials
Box 3 Folder 274
Clippings
Box 3 Folder 275
Correspondence and other unfoldered materials
Box 3 Folder 276
South Carolina During Reconstruction
Box 3 Folder 277
General biographical materials, Robert H. Woody
Box 3 Folder 278
Correspondence, miscellaneous
Box 3 Folder 279
Asheville paper, November, 1963
Box 3 Folder 280
Civil War clippings
Box 3 Folder 281
Civil War, soldier's letters (transcriptions)
Box 3 Folder 282
Civil War memorabilia, printed items
Box 3 Folder 283
Carpetbaggers ("Northerners in the South")
Box 3 Folder 284
Hoor, E., transcripts of "Abolitionists in the South"
Box 3 Folder 285
The Bookmark
Box 3 Folder 286
Berrien, J.W.M. to Baber, ca. 1840
Box 3 Folder 287
History and the Changing South
Box 3 Folder 288
Jones, C.E., submarine torpedoes in the Civil War, clippings
Box 3 Folder 289
Civil War Centennial Commission, 1958-1969
Box 3 Folder 290
M. Bryant, University of Tennessee Press
Box 3 Folder 291
Godbold, Stanley, Jr.
Box 3 Folder 292
Godbold, Stanley, Jr.
Box 3 Folder 293
Godbold, Stanley, Jr.
Box 3 Folder 294
Parker-Daniel letters, 1980-1981
Box 3 Folder 295
American Historical Association
Box 3 Folder 296
Bryan, T. Conn
Box 3 Folder 297
Department of Archives and History
Box 3 Folder 298
Williams, Gary Lee
Box 3 Folder 299
Broussard, James H.
Box 4 Folder 300
Buchanan, Carol Phipps
Box 4 Folder 301
Correspondence, miscellaneous
Box 4 Folder 302
Carolina Charter Corporation, Educational Advisory Board
Box 4 Folder 303
Colton, Joel
Box 4 Folder 304
Daniel, Harrison
Box 4 Folder 305
Davis, Curtis Carroll
Box 4 Folder 306
Delaney, Norman C.
Box 4 Folder 307
Durden, Robert F.
Box 4 Folder 308
Eaton, James N.
Box 4 Folder 309
Edens, A. Hollis
Box 4 Folder 310
Emory University
Box 4 Folder 311
Encyclopedia of Southern History
Box 4 Folder 312
Finnie, Gordon E.
Box 4 Folder 313
Gadsden biography
Box 4 Folder 314
Gadsden, Jeanne
Box 4 Folder 315
Gadsden, Mary J.
Box 4 Folder 316
Gadsden, Philip H.
Box 4 Folder 317
Gadsden, Philip H. correpsondence
Box 4 Folder 318
Graduate students
Box 4 Folder 319
Greene, Jack
Box 4 Folder 320
Huff, A.V.
Box 4 Folder 321
King, Robert T., University of South Carolina Press
Box 4 Folder 322
Francis Marion College, library collection
Box 4 Folder 323
Laprade, William T.
Box 4 Folder 324
Louisiana State University Press
Box 4 Folder 325
McCloy, Shelby T.
Box 4 Folder 326
McCarter, Linda
Box 4 Folder 327
McLean, Ross H.
Box 4 Folder 328
Manarin, Louis
Box 4 Folder 329
Matthews, Antoinette Johnson
Box 4 Folder 330
Matthews, John Michael
Box 4 Folder 331
Mitchell, Norma
Box 4 Folder 332
Moore, Marie D.
Box 4 Folder 333
Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, sketches and drafts
Box 4 Folder 334
Nolan, Louis C. (Buck)
Box 4 Folder 335
North Carolina Department of Archives and History
Box 4 Folder 336
Powell, Bill
Box 4 Folder 337
Rachal, W.M.E.
Box 4 Folder 338
Renberg, James
Box 4 Folder 339
Sandburg, Carl
Box 4 Folder 340
Sanders, Charles R., Jr.
Box 4 Folder 341
Seale, William
Box 4 Folder 342
Snider, David K.
Box 4 Folder 343
South Carolina Historical Association
Box 4 Folder 344
Spalt, Allen E.
Box 4 Folder 345
Stayer, Samuel Nessly
Box 4 Folder 346
Sydnor, Charles S., Jr. and Victor Sydnor
Box 4 Folder 347
Sydnor, Betty
Box 4 Folder 348
Davis, Jefferson, correspondence

Inclides typewritten copies of the Fourteenth Amendment and printed material (mostly editorial)

Box 4 Folder 349
Hammond, James Henry
Box 4 Folder 350
Historical letters, typewritten copies
Box 4 Folder 351
Printed materials on publishing historical documents
Box 4 Folder 352
Hart, Liddell, The Psychology of a Commander, and General R.E. Lee: His Latest Biography
Box 4 Folder 353
Foreign military writers and Civil War
Box 4 Folder 354
Southern literacy
Box 4 Folder 355
Sevier, J. and Telfair, 1786, letter, typewritten copy
Box 4 Folder 356
Gardens Parade and Faculty Club Picnic, 1949
Box 5
Reversal original, 8mm, si., col. (200 ft.)
Box 5
Catalochee reunion, 1948
Box 5
Reversal original, 8mm, si., col. (175 ft.)
Box 5
Mountains, undated
Box 5
Reversal original, 8mm, si., col. (175 ft)
Box 5
History Department, Duke University, 1948
Box 5
Reversal original, 8mm, si., col. (200 ft)
Box 5
History Department II, undated
Box 5
Reversal original, 8mm, si., col. (25 ft.)
Box 5
Southern Historical Association, 1949
Box 5
Reversal original, 8mm, si., col (200 ft.)
Box 5
July 13-14, 1963
Box 5
Reversal original, 8mm, si., col. (25 ft.)
Box 5
July 14, 1963
Box 5
Reversal original, 8mm, si., col. (25 ft.)
Box 5
History Department, undated
Box 5
Reversal original, 8mm, si., col. (25 ft.)
Box 5
Biltmore House, 1948
Box 5
Reversal original, 8mm, si., col. (25 ft.)
Box 5
Columbia, 1954
Box 5
Reversal original, 8mm, si., col. (25 ft.)
Box 5
Novick, May 1950
Box 5
Reversal original, 8mm, si., col. (25 ft.)
Box 5
Unidentified
Box 5
Reversal original, 8mm, si., col. (25 ft.)
Box 5
Unidentified
Box 5
Reversal original, 8mm, si., col. (25 ft.)
Box 5

Historical Note

Robert Hilliard Woody was born in 1903 in the Little Cataloochee Creek community of Haywood County in western North Carolina. Woody attended grammar schools in Kentucky and graduated from high school in London, Kentucky in 1923. That fall, he entered Emory University and studied history under Professor Francis Butler Simkins. Woody received his B.Ph. degree from Emory in 1927, then earned an M.A. (1928) and a Ph.D. (1930) from Duke University. Woody's dissertation was part of a collaborative work with mentor Francis Butler Simkins. Their book, South Carolina During Reconstruction (1932), earned the John H. Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association in 1931.

In 1929, Woody began teaching history as a full professor at Duke University. For the first seven years of his teaching career, he taught modern European history. In 1932, he began to teach United States history. Some of his courses were about American colonial history, the United States from 1850-1900, historiography of the South, and the Old South. Woody directed thirty-two doctoral dissertations and at least fifty-eight master's theses. In 1937, Woody reduced his teaching load to part-time so that he could act as the director of the George Washington Flowers Collection of Southern Americana in the Duke University Library. Woody retired from the Department of History in 1970.

Woody took an active approach to documenting history on a personal and professional level. He recorded activities of his vacations, his thoughts on teaching, the Duke University academic climate (including the Gross-Edens Affair), and historical society meetings. Woody corresponded with Duke University colleagues and mentors in the history field: Arthur Hollis Edens, Paul M. Gross, William Preston Few, Francis B. Simkins, William K. Boyd, and William T. Laprade.

Woody published over 220 articles on the Civil War period, southern newspapers, the South, reconstruction, and North Carolina communities. Some article titles are: "The Labor and Immigration Problem of South Carolina During Reconstruction," "Christopher Gadsden and the Stamp Act," "The Army of Northern Virginia," and "Franklin J. Moses, Jr., Scalawag Governor of South Carolina." The culture of Western North Carolina mountain residents were described in his article "Catalochee Reunion." He also wrote significant biographies about William Preston Few, Francis Warrington Dawson, and Civil War statesmen.

Woody was a member of the American Historical Association, the Southern Historical Association, the Mississippi Valley Historical Association, the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, the South Carolina Historical Association, the Historical Society of North Carolina, and Phi Beta Kappa. Some of his books include: South Carolina During Reconstruction (1932), Republican Newspapers of South Carolina (1936), and The Papers and Addresses of William Preston Few (1951). He was also a contributor to the Dictionary of American Biography and Dictionary of American History. In 1942, he was selected to review Jule B. Warren's History of North Carolina, a textbook for use in public schools that was found to be riddled with errors.

Woody married Louise Wills in 1929. Their children are Dorothy Jean and Stephen Boyd. In 1983, Woody moved from Durham, N.C. to San Diego, California. He died in San Diego in 1985.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Duke University. President. William Preston Few records, 1910-1940. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Duke University. President. Arthur H. Edens records, 1949-1960. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Paul M. Gross papers. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert H. Woody Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

Gift; 1964; 64-66

Gift; 1966; 66-120

Gift; 1967; 67-91

Gift; 1969;69-176

Transfer; 1973; 74-15

Gift; 1973; 74-35

Gift; 1983; 83-36

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Processed by Emily J. Glenn

Completed March 17, 2003

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