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Sam B. Woods papers

Identifier: L181

Scope and Contents

This collection includes autographed and signed and typed and signed correspondence from various people in the United States; typed, carbon copies and autographed articles from Bartlett and Sam B. Woods in Lake County, Indiana; typed foreward to book, "First Hundred Years of Lake County by Sam B. Woods; articles and addresses written by various people in the United States; newspaper articles and complete issues of newspapers; a typed and autographed list of members of the House of Representatives; ranging from 1848-1941 regarding many subjects, including politics; family history; and the history of Lake County, Indiana.


  • 1848-1941; undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Samuel B. Woods was born to Bartlett (a native of England) and Ann [Anna] Eliza [Elisa] (Sigler) Woods (of the state of Virginia, then later of Lake County, Indiana) on January 7, 1856 in Indiana. Bartlett Woods served as a Lake County commissioner, then in the Indiana General Assembly, in the House in 1861 and 1865, and he wrote extensively. Bartlett and Ann had eleven children, three of whom died in infancy or early childhood, those living into adulthood, including Caroline, William, Jefferson, Samuel, Charlotte, Henry, Walter and Arthur.

Samuel B. Woods married Mellue [Melluyma] C. Vilmer on March 15, 1882 in Lake County, and they had three children: Harold E., Whilma, and Margaret. He was a farmer, who specialized in dairy farming, and writer. He wrote "WOODS: The First Hundred Years of Lake Co., Indiana, as lived and acted by Bartlett Woods and family and Sam B. Woods and family" in 1936, as well as many newspaper articles and opinion pieces. Woods died in 1956 and is buried in the Maplewood Historic Cemetery in Crown Point, Indiana. The Hammond High School Junior Historical Society was known as the Sam B. Woods Society in 1952.


Information found within the collection. "Mellue C. Vilmer." Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed February 8, 2016. "Samuel Woods." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 8, 2016. "Samuel Woods." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 8, 2016. "Sam B. Woods." U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012. Accessed February 8, 2016. "Samuel B. Woods" Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed February 8, 2016.


1.6 Cubic Feet (5 manuscript boxes)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in the Genealogy and Indiana collections, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

ISLG 977.201 L192W: The first hundred years of Lake county, Indiana. As lived and acted by Bartlett Woods and family and Sam B. Woods and family

[q] ISLI 977.201 L192S V. 1-8, 10-15: Scrapbooks, chiefly of their writings

ISLH 815 W897 no. 2: Paper ... [read before] Merrillville Woman's club, Mar. 2, 1932

ISLH 815 W897 no. 1: Paper ... read before the Old settlers' and historical society of Lake county, Indiana, August 30, 1930

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/02/22 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/02/22 by Edythe Huffman.
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