Robert Coldwell Wood Papers

  • 1964-1977
  • 43 boxes (21.5 linear ft.)
  • Call no.: RG 003/3 W66

A distinguished political scientist, specialist on urban affairs, and advisor to two U.S. Presidents, Robert Coldwell Wood was named the first President of the new University of Massachusetts system. A graduate of Princeton and Harvard (PhD 1949), Wood built his academic reputation on the faculty at MIT. An advisor to John F. Kennedy on urban policy, he served in the Johnson administration as Under-Secretary, and briefly Secretary, of Housing and Urban Development before coming to UMass in 1970. His Presidency was marked by considerable turmoil as he navigated the reorganization of the university into a system of three campuses and as he struggled with discontent among students and faculty and conflict with the legislature. Wood died in April 2005 at the age of 81.

Although far from a comprehensive record, the Wood papers offer insight into the tumultuous tenure of Robert C. Wood as President of the University of Massachusetts, 1970-1977. The largest series in the collection (Series 2) consists of the central office files from Boston, including a fairly full record of outgoing correspondence, materials on staff and facilities at the various campuses, minutes of meetings and reports, and records of Wood's numerous trips and lecture engagements while in office.

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Robert C. Wood

A distinguished political scientist, specialist on urban affairs, and advisor to two U.S. Presidents, Robert Coldwell Wood was named in 1970 as the first President of the new University of Massachusetts system. The son of a shoe salesman and school teacher, Wood was born in St. Louis on Sept. 16, 1923, and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Although his undergraduate work as a scholarship student at Princeton was interrupted by wartime service in Europe with the 76th Infantry, he returned to his studies with great energy, completing his BA in 1946, followed by three degrees from Harvard in quick succession, capped by a doctorate in government and political economy in 1949.

Focused the problems of urbanization and state and municipal governance, Wood straddled the worlds of public service and academia from early in his career. While still working on his doctorate, he was employed as associate director of the Florida Legislative Bureau, after which he gained experience at the federal level as a management organization expert with the U.S. Bureau of the Budget. His formal academic career began with his appointment as lecturer at Harvard in 1954, but took off after he relocated down Massachusetts Avenue in 1957 to join the political science faculty at MIT. An impeccable scholar, Wood made a name for himself in the burgeoning field of urban studies through a succession of influential articles and books, most notably a challenging monographic on the phenomenon of suburbanization, Suburbia: its people and their politics (1959), earning promotion to full professor in 1962 and department chair in 1965.

As his career accelerated, Wood increasing attracted the attention of politicians seeking to tap his expertise. Having advised John F. Kennedy on urban affairs during the election of 1960, Wood was rewarded with an appointment to the Committee for Economic Development in 1961. Lyndon Johnson selected Wood to chair the Task Force on Urban Problems in 1964, which recommended the establishment of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and when that recommendation was approved, Wood was named the first Under-Secretary for HUD. During his time in Johnson's cabinet, he was credited with helping to create the Model Cities Program (1966), which provided aid to poor neighborhoods, and for development of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, and he finished his tenure with a brief stint as Secretary of HUD during the closing weeks of the Johnson administration.

With the changing political tide in 1969, Wood left public service to return to MIT, holding three positions simultaneously: as chair of the Political Science Department, as successor to Daniel Patrick Moynihan as Director of the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies, and as Chair of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. With his experience in Washington, he rose immediately to the top of the list to become leader of the University of Massachusetts, and in August 1970, he left MIT to take the reins as the first President of the UMass system, presiding over the chancellors of the campuses at Amherst and Boston and the new medical school at Worcester.

Wood's arrival at UMass came at an unusually tumultuous time, even for a tumultuous place, not only coinciding with the peak of growth for the university, but at the peak of student unrest over the Vietnam War and civil rights. Chosen by the Trustees because he was viewed as sensitive to students' demands -- "with it," in the words of the day -- but capable of wielding power when necessary, Wood soon found the need for all the political acumen he had gained in Washington. Greeted in office by a deluge of controversies, he found himself in the first year alone dealing with the fall-out from moving the President's office to Boston; with the challenges of overseeing three independent chancellors and universities, navigating rivalries between the campuses and between the system and the state legislature; with the demands of managing the explosive expansion of academic programs and the equally explosive growth of student culture; and the need to fend off the continued efforts by the governor and legislature to seize control of the universities. Wood weathered the early storm and succeeded in many of his plans, including building the Columbia Point campus for UMass Boston and luring the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library there and building the medical school on a stable footing, but the unrelenting tensions over low levels of state funding and an often hostile faculty, who were making their first efforts at unionization, gradually eroded his base of support.

After resigning from UMass in the summer 1977, leaving office on Jan. 1, 1978, Wood accepted an equally difficult position as Superintendent of the Boston public schools, assuming office at the time that U.S. District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity had mandated the system's desegregation. The position was no feather bed: Wood stirred opposition from the outset by hiring "idealistic out-of-towners" instead of selecting from within the system, and he faced not only the virulent backlash over busing, but a succession of labor disputes with teachers and workers in the schools. He was fired during the summer 1980, ostensibly over the system's budgetary woes.

During his career, Wood received his share of the accolades attending to a high profile academic life, including honorary degrees from St. Bonaventure, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, Rhode Island College, Bridgewater State College, University of Maine at Presque Isle, University of Massachusetts, and North Adams State College, and awards such as the Wiener Medal in Cybernetics (1968). After a lengthy battle with stomach cancer, he died at home in Boston on April 1, 2005. He was survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret Byers, and three children, Frances, Margaret (later to become the Governor of New Hampshire), and Frank.

Timeline of Robert Wood's life

1946
AB, Princeton
1947
MA, Harvard
1948
MPA, Harvard
1949-1951
Associate Director, Legislative Reference Bureau, State of Florida
1950
PhD, Havard
1951-1954
U.S. Bureau of the Budget, Management Organization, expert in the housing field
1954-1957
Harvard, lecturer, assistant professor of government, assistant director of the summer school
1957
MIT, assistant professor of political science
1961
President Kennedy's pre-inaugural Task Force on Housing
1962
Full professor, MIT
1964-1965
President Johnson's Task Force on Urban Problems, Chair
1965-1966
Head of department, member of MIT-Harvard Joint Center for Urban Studies Faculty Policy Committee
1958
Visiting professor of public administration, Syracuse Univ.
1966-1968
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Under-Secretary
1968
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary, during the last month of the Johnson administration
1969-1970
MIT professor and head of department of political science Director MIT-Harvard Joint Center for Urban Studies
1969-1970
Chairman Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
1970 July 1
President, University of Massachusetts. Took office, July 1; Inaugurated Dec. 9.
1978
Resigned as President, Jan. 1

Scope of collection

Although far from a comprehensive record, the Wood papers offer insight into the tumultuous tenure of Robert C. Wood as President of the University of Massachusetts, 1970-1977. The largest series in the collection (Series 2) consists of the central office files from Boston, including a fairly full record of outgoing correspondence, materials on staff and facilities at the various campuses, minutes of meetings and reports, and records of Wood's numerous trips and lecture engagements while in office. Files for the individual campuses are sparser, but include content relating to searches for administrators

Series descriptions

1969-1977
0.5 lin. feet
Contents:

Includes resumes and summaries of Wood's educational history, academic positions at Harvard and MIT, his position as under-secretary and secretary of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and his memberships on boards and committees of U.S. and Massachusetts governmental agencies and educational organizations, as well as a bibliography of books and articles.

Also included are several folders containing materials relating to Wood's inauguration, some press material, and a small quantity of personal correspondence (the bulk of correspondence, consisting mostly of outgoing letters, is found in Series 2-5), along with selected writings, information about courses taught, and both notes for an oral historical interview slated for 1977, as well as a formal oral history conducted by Doris Holden on Jan. 27, 1989.

1969-1977
14 lin. feet
Contents:

The President's Office files, the largest part of the collection, is arranged with subseries for office facilities, staffing and organization, "general" materials pertaining to operations, clippings, outgoing correspondence, appointment books, telephone logs, and records of travel.

The first subseries includes materials on the various, often controversial, locations of the President's Office after it was moved from the Amherst campus. Among other materials are blueprints and information on bids, leases, preparations, and furnishings, as well as some materials relating to the controversy with state government over the "exorbitant" rent costs in Boston.

The second subseries includes content on the initial efforts to organize the new office, with descriptions of senior staff positions and material on the searches for candidates, along with some correspondence documenting the activities of individual staff members.

1971-1977
1 lin. feet
Contents:

Material (a partial record at best) regarding searches of the Amherst campus for senior administrators, faculty meetings, commencements and other ceremonial occasions. Information on conflicts with administrators, faculty, staff, and students are located in Series 7 (Restricted files).

1971-1977
1 lin. feet
Contents:

Material (a partial record at best) regarding searches of the Boston campus for senior administrators, the location of the campus at Columbia Point, and faculty meetings. Information on conflicts with administrators, faculty, staff, and students are located in Series 7 (Restricted files).

1971-1976
0.5 lin. feet
Contents:

Material (a partial record at best) regarding searches of the Worcester medical campus for senior administrators and faculty meetings.

1969-1977
1.5 lin. feet
Contents:

Subseries 1. National Organizations. Includes material on only two organizations with one of them being Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Subseries 2. N. E. Organizations. Very incomplete as is apparent from the scattering of dates.

Subseries 3. Committees and Boards. Has to do with President Wood's personal activities as an on-going member of various foundations, institutes, and advisory committees. These papers were assembled from the chronological travel files so that all materials for each organization would be together.

1969-1977
1.5 lin. feet
Contents:

Subseries 1. Staff and Students. Includes confidential papers concerning administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

Subseries 2. Recommendations. Letters of Recommendation.

Subseries 3. Applicants. Letters from and to applicants for positions

Inventory

Series 1. Personal material
1969-1977
0.5 lin. feet
Biography
Box 1: 2
Inauguration: Planning and Expense
1970
Box 1: 3
Inauguration: Press
1970
Box 1: 4
Inauguration: Press Packet A
1970
Box 1: 5
Inauguration: Press Packet B
1970
Box 1: 6
Inauguration: Program
1970
Box 1: 7
Inauguration: Seating and Schedule
1970
Box 1: 8
Personal Correspondence
1971-1977
Box 1: 9
Writings
1970-1976
Box 1: 10
Invitations
1971-1977
Box 1: 11-14
Consulting
1975
Box 1: 15
Courses Taught
1969-1973
Box 1: 16
Interview After Seven Years as President
undated
Box 1: 17
Oral History Interview
1979
Box 1: 17a
Resignation
1977
Box 1: 18
Series 2. President's Office
1969-1977
14 lin. feet
Subseries 1. Facilities
1970-1977
85 Devonshire Street and 258 Washington Street
1970-1972
Box 2: 19
Space Available
1970-1973
Box 2: 20
Bids
1971-1972
Box 2: 21-22
Leases, One Washington Mall
1970-1972
Box 2: 23-24
One Washington Mall: Furniture and Decoration
1971-1973
Box 3: 25
One Washington Mall: Preparation
1971-1973
Box 3: 26-30
State Superintendent of Buildings
1970-1975
Box 3: 31
Rent Payment Controversy
1972-1973
Box 3: 32
One Washington Mall: Miscellaneous
1973-1975
Box 3: 33
100 Arlington Street
1977
Box 3: 34
Subseries 2. Staff
1970-1977
Organization
1970-1977
Box 4: 35-36
Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs: Ernest A. Lynton
1972-1976
Box 4: 37
Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs: Search
1973
Box 4: 38
Sr. Vice President for Management and Finance: Jay Janis
1975-1976
Box 4: 39
Sr. Vice. President for Management and Finance: Search
1975
Box 4: 40
Vice President for Administration: Franklyn W. Phillips
1971
Box 4: 41
Vice President for Planning: Nan S. Robinson
1971-1977
Box 4: 42
Vice President for Policy and Plans: Peter Edelman
1972-1974
Box 4: 43
Associate Vice President for University Policy: John T. Eller
1975-1977
Box 4: 44
Secretary of the University and Assistant to the President: Robert McCartney
1971-1975
Box 4: 45
Secretary of the University and Frank L. Boyden Professor: Franklin Patterson
1971-1977
Box 4: 46
Treasurer: Kenneth W. Johnson
1971-1973
Box 5: 47-50
Ralph Waldo Emerson University Professor: Adam Yarmolinsky
1974-1977
Box 5: 51
Advisor to the University for External Affairs
1973
Box 5: 52
Director of Policy Analysis: Chester (Checker) E. Finn
1970-1973
Box 5: 53-55
Counsel
1971-1976
Box 5: 56
Miscellaneous Staff
1975-1977
Box 5: 57
Subseries 3. General
1971-1977
Academic Advisory Group
1971-1972
Box 6: 58
Buckley Amendment (Access to Student Files)
1974
Box 6: 59
Budget
1972-1973
Box 6: 60
Budget FY '74
1974
Box 6: 61-63
Budget
1975-1977
Box 6: 64
Citywide Coordinating Council (Boston School Desegregation)
1975
Box 6: 65
Commonwealth Colloquium; Institute for Governmental Success
1975
Box 6: 66
Community Colleges
1975-1976
Box 6: 67
Collective Bargaining
1973-1977
Box 6: 68-71
Contact Hours (Required of Faculty)
1974
Box 6: 72
Correspondence Manual
1971
Box 6: 73
Dinners and Parties
1971-1974
Box 7: 74
Educational Policy Conference
1974
Box 7: 75
Faculty and Staff: Personnel Matters
1971-1976
Box 7: 76
Fair Information Practices Act
1977
Box 7: 77
Fiscal Affairs and Automatic Data Processing Working Groups
1971-1972
Box 7: 78
Gifts and Grants
1973-1975
Box 7: 79
Hay Report, Organization Study
1975
Box 7: 80
Higher Education Organization
1975-1977
Box 7: 81
Kennedy Library
1974-1976
Box 7: 82
Law School Committee Report
1972
Box 7: 83
Management Task Force on Purchasing
1974
Box 7: 84-85
Management Task Force on Purchasing
1974-1975
Box 8: 86-87
Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (Mass PIRG)
1972-1976
Box 8: 88-89
Meetings, Retreats
1971-1977
Box 8: 90
Miscellaneous
1972-1977
Box 8: 91
Multi-Year Contracts for Non-Academic Professional Staff
1975
Box 8: 92
Newspapers, Radio, and Television
1971-1976
Box 8: 93
Open University
1972
Box 8: 94
Planning
1971-1976
Box 8: 95
President's Annual Reports
1971-1977
Box 9: 96-98
President's Committee on the Future of the University
1971
Box 9: 99
President's Council Minutes
1970-1975
Box 9: 100
President's Council
1971-1977
Box 9: 101
Report: New Realities and New Directions
1973
Box 9: 102
Report: The Independent University in Time of Testing
1976
Box 9: 103
ROTC and Recruitment
1972-1976
Box 9: 104-07
Speeches
undated
Box 9: 108
Student Financial Aid and Tuition
1972-1977
Box 9: 109
Trust Funds
1971
Box 9: 110
Trustees
1971-1977
Box 9: 111
Westover A.F.B.
1972
Box 9: 112
Subseries 4. News clippings
1970-1980
Newspaper Clippings
1970-1980
Box 10: 113-122
Subseries 5. Correspondence
1977
Outgoing Letters
1971 Jan.-1972 May
Box 11: 123-125
Outgoing Letters
1972 June-1973 June
Box 12: 136-148
Outgoing Letters
1973 July-1974 Apr.
Box 13: 149-159
Outgoing Letters
1974 May-1974 Dec.
Box 14: 160-168
Outgoing Letters
1975 Jan.-1975 June
Box 15: 169-177
Outgoing Letters
1975 July-1975 Dec.
Box 16: 178-187
Outgoing Letters
1976 Jan.-1976 Sept.
Box 17: 188-198
Outgoing Letters
1976 Oct.-1977 May
Box 18: 199-208
Outgoing Letters
1977 June-1977 Dec.
Box 19: 209-215
Subseries 6. Appointment books
1971-1976
Appointment books
1971-1974
8 vols.
Box 20
Appointment books
1975-1976
4 vols.
Box 21
Subseries 7. Telephone logs
19711977
Telephone Logs
1971 Dec.-1974
Box 22: 216-222
Telephone Logs
1975-1977
Box 23: 223-227
Subseries 8. Travel
1964-1977
Advisory Panel for Flower Mound New Town, Ltd. Dallas
1972 Apr.-1973 Feb.
Box 26: 257
All-American City Award Presentation, Gardner, Mass.
1975 Apr.
Box 28: 301
Alumni Congressional Reception, Washington D.C.
1973 Apr.
Box 26: 273
Alumni Congressional Reception, Washington D.C. Apr.1977
1977
Box 31: 355
Alumni Congressional Reception, Washington D.C.
1975 May
Box 28: 304
Alumni, Southern Maine
1972 Sept.
Box 26: 261
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Mexico City
1973 June
Box 26: 276
American Council on Education. Annual Meeting
1974 Oct.
Box 27: 293
American Express, Sea and Surf Restaurant
1971-1974
Box 24: 228
American Footwear Industries Association
1972 Feb.
Box 27: 280
American Institute of Planners Conference
1977 Oct.
Box 31: 373
American Society for Public Administration Seminar for Academic Leaders, Washington D.C.
1976 Apr.
Box 28: 330
American Society of Newspaper Editors, Atlanta Conv.
1974 Apr.
Box 27: 284
Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies: "Presidential Leadership and University Change"
1973 Dec.
Box 26: 279
Aspen Institute Site Visit for National Endowment of the Humanities
1975 Mar.
Box 28: 300
Association for Institutional Research Forum, "Public Policy: Issues and Analyses"
1974 May
Box 27: 285
Black Caucus: Harvard
1972 Apr.
Box 26: 254
Boston Center for Adult Education
1973 Nov.
Box 26: 278
Boston Chamber of Commerce
1974 Nov.
Box 27: 296
Boston Citizen Seminar on the Quality and Cost of Education in the Boston Schools
1977 June
Box 31: 367
Brown University Graduate School of Savings Banks, Commencement
1977 June
Box 31: 369
Cape Cod Community College Commencement
1974 June
Box 27: 286
Citizen's Committee on Population and the American Future. A.S.P.O. Conference
1973 Apr.
Box 26: 272
City College of New York Conference on a National Policy for Urban America
1976 May
Box 28: 334
Commission on Non-Traditional Study, Atlanta
1973 Feb.
Box 26: 267
Commonwealth Colloquium. Inst. for Gov. Services
1975 Sept.
Box 28: 306
Conference Board, Northeast Conference, Woodstock, Vt.
1975 Sept.
Box 28: 312
Conference on Institutions of Higher Education Washington D.C.
1972 May
Box 26: 259
Council for Northeast Economic Action Conference
1977 Feb.
Box 30: 351
Council on Foundations, New York
1976 Sept.
Box 30: 340
Dartmouth College
1972 Feb.
Box 25: 250
E.C.P.O. Wentworth, Portsmouth, N.H.
1972 Oct.
Box 26: 262
Education Commission of the States. Boston Conference on Post-Secondary Financing
1974 Dec.
Box 27: 297
Federal Executive Institute, Executive Development Days
1976 Apr.
Box 28: 327
Federal Reserve Bank. Boston Luncheon
1976 Dec.
Box 30: 347
Fine Arts Center Opening, Amherst
1975 Oct.
Box 28: 314
Five College Radio Observatory Dedication
1976 Oct.
Box 30: 343
Five-Colleges Meeting
1975 Sept.
Box 28: 313
Florida Atlantic University
1973 Feb.
Box 26: 268
Florida Dept. of Community Affairs. Conference on Housing and Community Development
1974 Mar.
Box 27: 282
Gifts
1971
Box 24: 229
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Boston Citizen Seminar on Metropolitan Government
1975 Jan.
Box 28: 299
Hokkaido University Centennial
1976 Sept.
Box 30: 338-39
Holyoke Community College Dedication
1975 Apr.
Box 28: 302
Home Builders Association, Springfield
1972 Oct.
Box 26: 264
Housing and Urban Development: "Seminar in Community Decision Making"
1974 Mar.
Box 27: 281
Hunter College: Evaluation of Master's Program in Urban Planning
1974 Nov.
Box 27: 294
International. Council for Educational Development German-U.S. study Group on Access to Higher Education, New York
1976 Nov.
Box 30: 345
Israel. University Presidents Trip
1976 Mar.
Box 28: 324
Israel: Photos.
1976 Mar.
Box 28: 325
Israel
1974 June
Box 27: 287
Junior Chamber of Commerce
1973 Jan.
Box 26: 266
Kennedy Library Site Deed Transferred to GSA
1977 Sept.
Box 31: 370
Kettering Found/The Academy for Contemporary Problems, National Conference on Urban Leadership
1974 Sept.
Box 27: 291
Kettering Foundation. Russian-American Dialogue, Dartmouth College
1972 Dec.
Box 26: 265
L.B. Johnson Library, Austin
1976 Feb.
Box 28: 321
Leadership Savannah
1976 Nov.
Box 30: 346
League of Women Voters of Massachusetts Convention
1977 May
Box 31: 363
League of Women Voters of Massachusetts Symposium on Land Use
1977 Feb.
Box 30: 352
Lincoln Foundation Board Meeting, Phoenix
1977 Jan.
Box 30: 348
Lincoln Inst. of Land Policy Symposium
1976 June
Box 30: 337
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Phoenix
1976 Jan.
Box 28: 320
Macy Foundation Conference on Opportunities for Philanthropy, Lake Como, Italy
1976 Oct.
Box 30: 342
Massachusetts Cherry Sheet Conference 2nd Annual Institute for Governmental Services
1975 May
Box 28: 305
Massachusetts Cherry Sheet Conference 4th Annual. Inst. for Governmental Services
1977 Mar.
Box 31: 353
Massachusetts Committee on Local Government Management Meeting
1977 Feb.
Box 30: 349
Massachusetts League of Cities and Towns, Braintree
1975 Oct.
Box 28: 315
Massachusetts Sociological Association Meeting, Worcester
1975 Nov.
Box 28: 319
Massachusetts State Transfer Articulation Comm. Mtg.
1977 May
Box 31: 359
MBTA Malden Station Dedication
1975 Oct.
Box 28: 317
METROCOM Workshop/Conference Norumbega Association
1975 Sept.
Box 28: 310
Middlesex Community College Commencement
1977 May
Box 31: 366
MIT New England Executive Conference
1971 Nov.
Box 25: 246
Nantucket Field Station
1974 July
Box 27: 290
National Association Of College and University Bus. Officers National Convention, Boston
1974 July
Box 27: 289
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials "State of Affairs" Conversation
1975 Sept.
Box 28: 309
National Association of Mutual Savings Banks, Montreal
1971 May
Box 25: 242
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges Convention
1971 Nov.
Box 25: 245
National Association Of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges Convention
1974 Nov.
Box 27: 295
National Housing Conference Annual Dinner honoring Nat Rogg
1977 May
Box 31: 361
National Housing Conference, Wilmington, Del.
1976 Apr.
Box 28: 328
National League of Cities. Urban Observatory Conference
1971 Sept.
Box 25: 244
National Municipal League. National Conference on Government, Williamsburg, VA
1976 Nov.
Box 30: 344
National Science Foundation
1972 Apr.
Box 26: 258
New Bedford and Cape Cod
1977 Apr.
Box 31: 356
New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in Boston
1971 Dec.
Box 25: 248
New England Association of School Superintendents
1975 Sept.
Box 28: 308
New England Association of Schools and Colleges Regional Meeting
1977 Oct.
Box 31: 374
New England Center for Continuing Education, U.S.-Japan Trade Symposium
1972 Oct.
Box 26: 263
New England Chapter, Public Relations Society of America Luncheon
1977 Feb.
Box 30: 350
New England Conference of the American Association of Museums
1975 Sept.
Box 28: 311
New England Governors' Conference
1972 Jan.
Box 25: 249
New England Habitat Conference UMass/Boston
1976 Mar.
Box 28: 323
New England Regional Assembly
1971 May
Box 25: 243
New Jersey Institute of Technology Conference on an Assessment of Newark
1977 Oct.
Box 31: 372
North Adams State College Academic Convocation Honorary Doctorate of Law
1977 Sept.
Box 31: 371
North Shore Community College Commencement
1972 June
Box 26: 260
Northeast Institute on Maternal and Newborn Health, Boston
1977 June
Box 31: 368
Princeton University, Sociology Dept.: Advisory Council
1972 Apr.
Box 26: 255
Princeton, Board of Trustees Symposium
1977 May
Box 31: 360
Princeton: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Seminar
1974 Oct.
Box 27: 292
Publicity Club of Boston
1976 Apr.
Box 28: 326
Radner Lecture, Columbia University
1970 Apr.
Box 25: 235
Red Cross Blood Program, Annual Meeting
1976 June
Box 30: 336
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: The University and the Community Lecture Series
1973 Feb.
Box 26: 269
Rep. James Collins "Roast", Amherst
1976 June
Box 30: 335
Rotary Club of Boston
1975 Sept.
Box 28: 307
Rutgers University, Public Higher Education in N.J. Conference
1976 May
Box 28: 332
Salem, Beverly, and Gloucester
1977 May
Box 31: 364
Salzberg Seminar in American Studies
1964 Mar.
Box 25: 237
Salzberg Seminar in American Studies
1971 Jan.
Box 25: 238
Scouter Banquet, Goshen
1975 Nov.
Box 28: 318
Sigma Theta Tau Installation, Amherst
1972 Apr.
Box 26: 256
South Shore Chamber of Commerce
1970 Dec.
Box 25: 236
Southern Methodist University Conference on Urban Growth and Community Revitalization, Dallas
1976 May
Box 28: 331
Special Activity Fund
1969-1977
Box 24: 230
Springfield Century Club. Address
1975 Apr.
Box 28: 303
State University of New York Binghamton
1973 Nov.
Box 26: 277
Stonehill College and Brockton
1977 Apr.
Box 31: 357
Suburban Action Institute Dinner, New York
1976 Apr.
Box 28: 329
Temple University: "The Suburban Reshaping of American Politics"
1973 Apr.
Box 26: 271
Travel Expense
1970-1977
Box 24: 231-234
U.S. Congress, Joint Economic Committee Conference on the Crisis in American Cities Washington, D.C.
1976 May
Box 28: 333
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Dev. and Other Meetings, Washington, D.C.
1977 May
Box 31: 365
U.S. Dept. of State Testimony on the Planning of Human Settlements for Environmental Quality
1972 Mar.
Box 26: 253
U.S. House of Representatives: Supporting the Establishment of a Dept. of Community Development
1972 Feb.
Box 25: 251
U.S. House of Reps. Committee on Banking, Currency and Housing Hearing
1976 Oct.
Box 30: 341
U.S. Senate Inter-government Relations Testimony on Nixon's "New Federalism" Proposals
1973 Feb.
Box 26: 270
U.S. Senate Testimony supporting the Establishment of a Dept. of Community Development
1971 Nov.
Box 25: 247
U.S.-Venezuelan Symposium, Caracas
1976 Feb.
Box 28: 322
UMass Building Association Annual Meeting
1975 Oct.
Box 28: 316
Unitarian Society of Amherst
1977 Mar.
Box 31: 354
University Heads Meeting with Senators Brooke and Mathias, Washington D.C.
1977 May
Box 31: 362
University of Alabama: Honors Day
1971 Apr.
Box 25: 241
University of Freiburg, Germany, Visit
1971 Jan.
Box 25: 240
University of Illinois Conference on the University and the Emerging Federalism
1972 Mar.
Box 26: 252
University of Maine, Commencement
1973 May
Box 26: 274
University of Nebraska Symposium, "Power, Politics and the Crisis of Confidence in American Society"
1974 Apr.
Box 27: 283
University of New Hampshire, Commencement
1973 June
Box 26: 275
University of Oxford: School of Geography Lecture
1971 Jan.
Box 25: 239
Venezuelan-American Symposium, Tufts University
1975 Jan.
Box 28: 298
Wellesley, Framingham and Waltham
1977 May
Box 31: 358
Williams College: Public/Private Forum
1974 July
Box 27: 288
Series 3. Amherst Campus
1971-1977
1 lin. feet
Academic Departments
1971-1976
Box 32: 375-76
Administration: Miscellaneous
1972-1976
Box 32: 377
Aquacultural Engineering Lab, Wareham
1975
Box 32: 378
Alumni
1970-1976
Box 32: 379
Athletics
1974-1976
Box 32: 380
Chancellor
1971-1975
Box 32: 381-87
Chancellor Search
1971-1972
Box 33: 388-89
Commencement
1971-1976
Box 33: 390-93
Convocation
1971
Box 33: 394
Faculty Senate
1972-1977
Box 33: 395
Faculty Senate Long Range Planning Comm. Report
1970
Box 33: 396
Hokkaido University
1976-1977
Box 33: 397
Homecoming Weekend
1974-1977
Box 33: 398
School of Engineering. Deans Advisory Council
1975
Box 33: 399
Students: Miscellaneous
1975-1977
Box 33: 400
Urban Transportation Demonstration Proposal
1971
Box 33: 401
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost
1975
Box 33: 402
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
1972-1973
Box 33: 403
Series 4. Boston Campus
1971-1977
1 lin. feet
Chancellor
1971-1975
Box 34: 404-13
Chancellor Search Candidates
1972-1973
Box 34: 414-15
Chancellor Search Candidates
1972-1973
Box 35: 416-17
Columbia Point
1971-1977
Box 35: 418
Commencement
1972-1977
Box 35: 419-22
Current Developments. Appendices to Chancellor's Report
1976
Box 35: 423
Dean of College III, Search Candidates
1971-1972
Box 35: 424-26
Dedication of Harbor Campus
1974
Box 35: 427
Faculty Meetings
1971-1976
Box 35: 428
Miscellaneous
undated
Box 35: 429
Search Committees
1974
Box 35: 430
Series 5. Worcester Campus
1971-1976
0.5 lin. feet
Chancellor/Dean
1971-1976
Box 36: 431-34
Commencement
1976
Box 36: 435
Faculty Meeting
1973
Box 36: 436
Miscellaneous
1976
Box 36: 437
Series 6. Extra-University files
1969-1977
1.5 lin. feet
Subseries 1. National organizations
1972-1977
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
1972-1976
Box 37: 438
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
1976-1977
Box 37: 439
Subseries 2. New England organizations
1969-1977
New England Center for Continuing Education
1972-1974
Box 37: 440
Land Grant Universities of New England, Joint Operations Committee
1973
Box 37: 441
Land Grant Universities of New England, President's Council
1975-1977
Box 37: 442
Yankee Conference Academic
1972
Box 37: 443
Yankee Conference Athletics
1970-1975
Box 37: 444-446
Yankee Conference Athletics: Reports and Manuals
1969-1972
Box 37: 447
Subseries 3. Committees and boards
1969-1977
Advisory Committee to the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (ACHUD) of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering
1971-1974
Box 38: 448-451
Citizens' Committee on Population and the American Future
1972-1973
Box 38: 452-453
Flower Mound New Town
1971-1975
Box 38: 454-456
Kettering Foundation
1970-1975
Box 39: 457-460
Rhodes Scholarship Trust. Massachusetts Committee
1974-1975
Box 39: 461
Rockefeller Public Service Awards
1969-1974
Box 39: 462-465
Stanford Research Institute
1971-1977
Box 39: 466-468
Series 7. Restricted files
1969-1977
1.5 lin. feet
Subseries 1. Staff and students
1972-1977
Chancellor Frank Broderick
1972
Box 40: 469
Chancellor Carlo Golino
1973-1975
Box 40: 470
Chancellor Oswald Tippo
1971
Box 40: 471
Faculty and Staff: Miscellaneous
undated
Box 40: 472
President's Office
1971-1977
Box 40: 473
Salaries, Amherst
1975
Box 40: 474
Salaries, Boston
1974-1975
Box 40: 475
Salaries and Tenure, Medical School
1972-1976
Box 40: 476
Tenure, Amherst
1971-1977
Box 40: 477-78
Tenure, Boston
1972-1977
Box 40: 479-80
Student Admissions
1975-1976
Box 40: 481
Student Problems
1972-1977
Box 40: 482
*** (student) and the Hare Krishna
1976
Box 40: 483
Subseries 2. Recommendations
1972-1977
Recommendations
undated
Box 41: 484-86
Recommendations Requested
undated
Box 41: 487
Subseries 3. Applications
1972-1977
Applications
Undated
Box 42: 488-494
Press releases
Undated
Box 42: 495

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Acquired from Mrs. Chads O. Skinner, 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by Virginia Conrad, 1986.

Related Material

Additional collections of Wood's papers are housed in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, and the Library of Congress.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Robert Coldwell Wood Papers (RG 003/3 W66). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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