Kathryn Shirey



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The David Woods Collections consists primarily of letters Woods wrote during his time serving in the Army, stationed in the Philippines. The letters are from August 1, 1946 to September 10, 1947. He was a consistent writer and sent letters home usually at least once a week. A concerned man, he frequently apologizes to his parents, and for not writing more often. All of the letters, except one, are addressed to his family, including his mother, Margaret McGaughy Woods, his father, David Walker Woods II and his little brother, William A. Woods. He liked to take photos and send them home, and he mentions a few times how thankful he is for the camera his father sent him. The collection does not include any letters that he received back from his family or friends.

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Collection Size

.75 cubic feet

Publication Date

June 2015


World War II, WWII, Second World War, War Correspondence, Philippines


European History | History | Military History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-178: David Woods ’52 Papers