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Woods Family papers, 1796-1896.

 Collection
Identifier: MS1009

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of letters written by Leonard Woods, his wife Abigail Woods and both their close family and extended family. Also included are at least two published sermons, some manuscript sermons with annotations and family histories.

Dates

  • 1796-1896

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Access to this collection is unrestricted and open to the public.

Restrictions on Use

Items in this collection are subject to U.S. Copyright Law. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine the copyright status of collection items and to secure any permissions necessary for their reproduction and publication. Requests for permission to publish material must be discussed with the archivist or librarian.

Biographical / Historical

Leonard Woods was born in Princeton, Massachusetts and eventually graduated from Harvard in 1796. He was ordained at Second Church of West Newbury, Massachusetts on December 5, 1798; He held onto that position until May 25, 1808 to become Professor of Theology at the Andover seminary and stayed there until his resignation in 1846. Leonard Woods received his Doctor of Divinity from Dartmouth in 1810 and another D.D. soon after from Nassau Hall. He played a role in the Unitarian controversy in 1821. He published lectures in five volumes and wrote a history of the Andover Seminary. He died August 25, 1854, age 81, of heart disease. Leonard was married to Abigail Wheeler with whom he had ten children. His son Leonard Woods Jr. would eventually become a President of Bowdoin College.

Extent

.75 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Leonard Woods was born in Princeton, Massachusetts and eventually graduated from Harvard in 1796. He was ordained at Second Church of West Newbury, Massachusetts on December 5, 1798; He held onto that position until May 25, 1808 to become Professor of Theology at the Andover seminary and stayed there until his resignation in 1846. Leonard Woods received his Doctor of Divinity from Dartmouth in 1810 and another D.D. soon after from Nassau Hall. He played a role in the Unitarian controversy in 1821. He published lectures in five volumes and wrote a history of the Andover Seminary. He died August 25, 1854, age 81, of heart disease. Leonard was married to Abigail Wheeler with whom he had ten children. His son Leonard Woods Jr. would eventually become a President of Bowdoin College. This collection is composed of letters written by Leonard Woods, his wife Abigail Woods and both their close family and extended family. Also included are at least two published sermons, some manuscript sermons with annotations and family histories.

Arrangement

Collection is arranged into six series and each series is arranged chronologically.
Series 1: Leonard Woods' Notes and Letters, 1796-1875
Series 2: Abigail Woods' Letters, 1808-1867
Series 3: Leonard Woods Jr.,'s Letters, 1816-1869
Series 4: Extended Woods Family Letters, 1802-1896
Series 5: Extended Smith Family Letters, 1807-1882
Series 6: Wheeler Family Letters, March 30, 1828-February 19th, 1840

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to the Congregational Library and Archives, but the date of reciept is not available and it was not given an accession number.

Related Materials

The works of Leonard Woods, 10.3.5.35

The life and character of Leonard Woods, 15.4.5287.3

A sermon delivered in the meeting-house of the Second Baptist Church in Boston on the evening of Lord's day, Oct. 28, 1821 at the ordination of the Rev. Alva Woods as a minister of the gospel and a professor in Columbian College in the District of Columbia, 15.0.8 5663 1839

The minister wholly in his work : a sermon at the ordination of Daniel Bates Woods as pastor of Presbyterian church in Springwater, Livingston Co., N.Y., 15.0.8 5663 1839

Leonard Woods : a discourse by Prof. Charles Carroll Everett before Bowdoin College and the Maine Historical Society, Wednesday, July 9, 1879, 20.3.1 WOO

Christ a sympathizing saviour : a sermon preached at the funeral of Mrs. Abby Woods, wife of the Rev. Leonard Woods, D.D., Andover, Mass., Feb. 24, 1846, 15.0.7 5653 WILM-Z

Answer to Dr. Woods' Reply, in a second series of letters addressed to Trinitarians and Calvinists, 16.8.98

Processing Information

Processed by William McCarthy, October 2018, using DACS Second Edition.
Title
Woods Family papers, 1796-1896.
Status
Completed
Author
William McCarthy
Date
2018-10-09
Description rules
Dacs2 2013
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Congregational Library & Archives Repository

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