Finding Aid of the Horace McGuire Wood Papers, 1933 - 1972, PC.1517


Finding Aid of the Horace McGuire Wood Papers, 1933 - 1972, PC.1517


Horace McGuire Wood (1902-1972) came to Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.) in 1942 to become the school's business manager and director of the work experience program. He later taught design and construction courses. After leaving the college in December 1945, Mr. and Mrs. Wood continued to live in the town of Black Mountain, where he conducted a house planning and building seminar for many years.
This collection includes correspondence from both during and after Wood's time at Black Mountain College, work experience program materials, minutes of faculty meetings, Black Mountain College publications, house plans, site plans, and other materials.

Descriptive Summary

Horace McGuire Wood Papers
Call Number
Wood, Horace McGuire, 1902-1972
1933 - 1972
325.00 items
Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina

Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.1517, Horace McGuire Wood Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, NC, USA.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by type of material.

Biographical and Historical No

Horace McGuire Wood (1902-1972) of Pittsford and Rochester, New York, majored in art and aesthetics at Antioch College after graduation in 1926, he worked for the next several years as a designer and builder of small homes in Rochester and in Delray Beach, Florida. In 1942 he and his friend Gorman Mattison, who was directing the funding activities at Antioch College, were invited by Theodore Dreier to Black Mountain College; Wood to be business manager and to direct the work experience program, Mattison to handle publicity and the fund raising. Mrs. Dorothy Mattison, a newspaper woman, became director of the college news bureau; Wood later taught design and construction courses at the college. The Mattisons left Black Mountain in the summer of 1942 for a position with the community chest of Pittsburgh, PA. Wood was associated with the college until he resigned in December, 1945. However, Mr. and Mrs. Wood continued to live in the town of Black Mountain, where he conducted a house planning and building seminar for many years. For additional biographical information see Black Mountain College Records, Faculty File.

Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence

Box P.C. 1517.1

2. Work Program Materials

3. Miscellaneous

4. Printed and Mimeographed Materials, Black Mountain College, 1934-1972

Community Bulletins [Mimeographed]
Box P.C. 1517.2
Summer Quarter Ends, September 9, 1942
College Year 10
Bulletin 19,February 23, 1943
Bulletin 22,March 15, 1943
Bulletin 27,April 26, 1943
Bulletin 31,May 24, 1943
Summer Program,1943
Summer Bulletin 2,June 21, 1943
Summer Bulletin 3,June 28, 1943
Summer Bulletin 5,July 12, 1943
Summer Bulletin 6,July 19, 1943
Summer Bulletin 7,July 26, 1943
Summer Bulletin 9,August 9, 1943
College Year 11
Bulletin 29,April 24, 1944
Summer Bulletin 2,July 10, 1944
Summer Bulletin 3,July 17, 1944
Summer Bulletin 5,July 31, 1944
Summer Bulletin 7,August 14, 1944
Summer Bulletin 11,September 11, 1944
Summer Bulletin 12,September 18, 1944
College Year 12
Bulletin 1,September 25, 1944
Fall Quarter Announcements,September 30, 1944
Bulletin 2,October 2, 1944
Bulletin 3,October 9, 1944
Bulletin 4,October 16, 1944
Bulletin 5,October 23, 1944
Bulletin 6,October 30, 1944
Bulletin 7,November 6, 1944
Bulletin 8,November 13, 1944
Bulletin 9,November 20, 1944
Bulletin 13,January 11, 1945
Bulletin 15,January 29, 1945
Bulletin 19,February 26, 1945
Bulletin 20,March 5, 1945
________,June 20, 1945
College Year 13
________,June 1946
College Year 14
Bulletin 1,September 1946
Summer Session, 1948

Newsletters and Bulletins

No. 13, Second Annual Visitors' Week, May 1941
No. 15, Ninth Year Begins in New Quarters, October 1941
No. 16, The College's Part in National Defense, November 1941
No. 2, Josef Albers, Concerning Art Instruction, June 1934
No. 5, Anni Albers, Work with Material, November 1938
No. 7, Erwin Straus, Education in a Time of Crisis [Address, May 1940], April 1941
No. 8, n.d., Kenneth Kurtz, Black Mountain College, Its Aims and Methods, reprint from Haverford Review, Winter 1944
Black Mountain College Bulletin
Vol. 1, No. 1, , Announcement of Wartime Scholarships, November 1942
Vol. 1, No. 2, Newsletter: Liberal Education Today as a Tool of War, January 1943
Vol. 1, No. 3, [sic], Learning and Living, February 1943
Vol. 1, No. 3, Newsletter: Three-Fold Summer Program at Lake Eden, April 1943
Vol. 1, No. 6, Annual Announcements, 1943-1944, November 1943
Vol. 2, No. 1, Newsletter: College Begins Eleventh Session, September 1943
Vol. 2, No. 3, Catalog, December 1943
Vol. 2, No. 7, Newsletter: Summer Session and Work Camp, 1944, April 1944
Vol. 3, No. 8, Now New Space [brochure], August 1945
__________, Special Issue for Announcements, 1945-1946, July 1945
Vol. 3, No. 5, Newsletter: Music Institute, Summer 1945, April 1945
Vol. 4, No. 1, Newsletter: Fall Term 1945, November 1945
__________, Art Institute, Summer 1946, April 1946
Vol. 5, No. 3, Announcements, 1947-1948, April 1947
Vol. 5, No. 7, Community News, etc., November 1947
Vol. 6, No. 1, Opinions of former Students: No Agreement, January 1948
Vol. 6, No. 3, Announcements, 1948-1949, April 1948
Vol. 7, No. 2, Summer Institute, 1949, April 1949
Vol. 7, No. 4, The New Year, November 1949
Vol. 8, No. 1, n.d., Bulletin, 1950-1951
Vol. 8, No. 2, Fall, 1950, August 20, 1950
Vol. 9, No. 1, Summer Session, 1951
Vol. 9, No. 4, Spring Semester, 1952
Vol. 10, No. 4, Bulletin, 1952-1953
Newspaper Articles
Miami Daily News, Walter Locke [editorial], Realm of the Road, reprint., November 16, 1934
John Evarts, College at Black Mountain Operated as an Experiment in New System of Education, December 16, 1934
Asheville Citizen-Times, James M. Rogers, Students Building New Plant, reprint., September 29, 1940
[Weekly Newspaper], Lorimer Heywood, Construction Job is Made a Part of College Training, December 22, 1940
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Students and Faculty Construct their College Building, January 12, 1941
New York World-Telegram, Eleanor Roosevelt, My Day, April 10, 1941
New York Herald Tribune, John O'Neill, Physicist Finds Humans Exhale Electric Smoke, May 3, 1941.
Asheville Citizen, Black Mountain College is Left Musical Library, September 30, 1941.
Asheville Citizen, Black Mountain College Founder John Rice Dies, November 28, 1968
Asheville Citizen, School Expands to Second Campus, Christian Day Opens Black Mountain Branch, August 27, 1970
Christian Science Monitor, Chaffee Castleton, Summer Visit to a Gropius House, March 23, 1972
Summer Art Institute Will Begin Monday at Black Mountain College, n.d.
Drama Department, Ethan Frome, March 11, 1943
Drama Department, The Imaginary Invalid, March 16, 1943
First Music Institute: Third Concert, Yella Pessl, Harpsicord, January 22, 1944
First Music Institute: Ninth Concert, Choral Music, September 2, 1944
Reading of Student Writing, August 26, 1951
Poster, A Summer of Music and Art, July 3-, September 16, [1944]
Black Mountain College, And Beyond The Duration, 1941-1942
Black Mountain College, List of students and faculty, 1949-1950
Black Mountain College, ca. 1950
Black Mountain College, These Artists have Chosen to Teach at BMC, Fall 1951
Black Mountain, North Carolina: A bulletin issued by the Chamber of Commerce, 1953-1954
Black Mountain College, A Research Project, October 1970
Black Mountain College, n.d.
Josef Albers, Newspaper and Magazine Articles About
Magazine Articles
Arts and Decoration, Grace A. Young, Art as a Fourth 'R', reprint., January 1935
Harper's Magazine, John A. Rice, Fundamentalism and the Higher Learning, reprint., May 1937
California Arts and Architecture, John Evarts, Democracy in Action, July 1941
Friends, A Stirring Example of Democratic Education, February 1942.
Mademoiselle, Virginia, College of the Future, March 1942
Click, The College that Built Itself, 1943
The Listener, Alastair Clayre, The Rise and Fall of Black Mountain College, March 27, 1969
Mountain Living, reprint in the Black Mountain News, Black Mountain College was Ahead of its Time, September 16, 1971

5. House Plans and Site Plans,1935-1965

House Plans
Box P.C.1517.3-4
1. Mr. and Mrs. Robin Amoss
2. Mr. and Mrs. John R. Beamen
3. Miss E. H. Behre
4. Mr. and Mrs. William Birzil
5. Blue Ridge Assembly
6. Blue Ridge Plan
7. R. C. Bowness
8. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph P. Bridgman
9. Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Christy
10. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert J. Coman
11. Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Connelly
12. Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Coston, Jr.
13. Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Crisp
14. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. De Vore
15. Miss G. V. Eisele and Miss E. C. Dickinson
16. Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Garton
17. Mr. and Mrs. Seth Gilkerson
18. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Glenn
19. Granger
20. Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Greene
21. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Gwin
22. Mr. and Mrs. Corly Hansen
23. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hartis
24. Mr. and Mrs. J. N. C. Helgreen
25. Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Hiller, Jr.
26. Miss Edna Hixen
27. Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Holcombe
28. Holiday House No. II
29. Mr. and Mrs. James G. Hollandsworth
30. Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Howard
31. Mr. and Mrs. William G. Hutchins
32. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Johnson
33. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Klumb
34. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kolton
35. Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Leitenberger
36. Mr. and Mrs. J. Le Vine
37. Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Lindholm
38. Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Link
39. Mr. and Mrs. John D. McCready
40. Mr. and Mrs. William McMurray, Jr.
41. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Maret
42. Mr. and Mrs. George Mayer
43. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Meadows
44. Meyer Construction Co.
45. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Montgomery
46. Mr. and Mrs. David Nache
47. Dean R. Ogden
48. Mr. and Mrs. Furman J. Owenby
49. Mr. and Mrs. Barclay K. Read
50. Angelika Reckendorf
51. Dr. Lillian L. Rich
52. Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Richert
53. Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Robinson
54. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond D. Robinson
55. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sanders
56. Mr. and Mrs. Craig Smith
57. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith
58. Spegel Job
59. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Sporberg
60. Mrs. J. E. Stuckey
61. Tait Plan
62. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Turner
63. Mr. and Mrs. James A. Uzzell
64. Mr. and Mrs. John A. Vaillancourt
65. Walters House
66. Mr. and Mrs. James M. Weil
67. Mr. and Mrs. Milton Weiss
68. Mr. and Mrs. Rush Whiteside
69. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Williams
70. A. M. Wood
71. Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Wyant
72. Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Yerkes
Development and Town Plans
1. Town of Black Mountain
2. Camp Dorothy Walls Property
3. CharmeldeeAcres [Charles Meyer]
4. Craggy View [D. M. Connelly]
5. Jones Mountain
6. North Fork Acres [H. M. Wood]

Subject Headings

  • Albers, Josef
  • Dreier, Theodore, 1902-1997
  • Gregory, Mary, 1914-
  • Wood, Horace McGuire, 1902-1972
  • Mattison, G. S.
  • Kurtz, Kenneth, 1907-
  • Orr, Robert C.
  • Rice, John Andrew, 1888-
  • Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)
  • Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.). Board of Fellows
  • Architects--North Carolina--1930-1970
  • Architecture, Domestic--United States--20th century--Designs and plans
  • College teachers--North Carolina
  • College teachers
  • Universities and colleges
  • Design and construction
  • Dwellings
  • Study and teaching
  • Business
  • Finance
  • College students
  • Employment
  • Education, Humanistic
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Farms
  • Dairy farms
  • Mica Mines and Mining
  • Artists
  • Classrooms
  • Designs and plans
  • Real estate development
  • College presidents
  • Administration
  • Planning
  • New York
  • Black Mountain (N.C.)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Received from Mrs. H. McGuire Wood, Black Mountain, North Carolina, July, 1972. Some items were added to the collection by Mr. and Mrs. Gorman E. Mattison of Charlotte about the same date. During March-April, 2012, these records were moved from the State Archives building in Raleigh to the Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Ellen Z. McGrew, October, 1972
  • Encoded by Ashley Yandle, May 13, 2002; additional encoding, May, 2010