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Washington Hood papers

Call Number: WA MSS S-2687
Scope and Contents

The papers consist of journals, correspondence, drawings, maps, architectural plans, family papers and business papers relating to Washington Hood, his father John McClellan Hood, and the Hood family. Journals document Hood's surveys of the Ohio and Michigan border in 1835 and of northeastern Oklahoma in 1839, and also include notes on painting and engineering. Family papers consist chiefly of correspondence and include letters to and from family members that describe Hood's expeditions. John Hood's business papers consist of correspondence, legal papers, and financial papers that document John Hood's personal finances and the business partnership of Hamilton and Hood in Philadelphia. One daguerreotype by photographer James M'Clees is included in the family papers, likely depicting John Hood circa 1850. Architectural plans include drawings that formed the basis of the Hood country home Bessie Bell in Limerick Township, Pennsylvania (built in 1834), and an 1834 proposal for a U.S. Government building designed to centralize executive staff. Maps include an early manuscript draft of Hood's 1835 map of Indian tribes west of Arkansas and Missouri. Printed maps depict charts and waterways in eastern North America.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Washington Hood Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from William Reese Co. on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana and the Walter McClintock Memorial Fund, 2000.


Organized into five series: I. Journals, 1834-1840. II. Correspondence, 1828-1840. III. John Hood and Hood Family Papers, 1787-1861. IV. Maps, 1829-1835. Series V. Architectural and Engineering Plans, 1772-1836.

1.46 Linear Feet ((4 boxes) + 2 broadside folders)
Related Names
Hood, Washington
Language of Materials