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Louise Wood, Highlands Hammock State Park collection

 Collection — Folder: S1918
Identifier: S1918

Scope and Contents

This collection has four letters related to Louise Wood's inquiry regarding the Richard Leiber Memorial Trail in the Highlands Hammock State Park (Sebring, Florida), including an April 12, 1969 letter from Captain R. G. Baylor, superintendent of Highlands Hammock; an April 18, 1969 letter from Allen Altvater, former superintendent of the park, and copies of Wood's response letters to Baylor and Alvater written on June 26, 1969. In Mr. Altvater's letter, he shares stories about Col. Lieber's visits to the park and notes that he once lived in Indianapolis and his home almost backed up to Wood's home in Woodruff Place. The collection also includes a copy of "Highlands Hammock," a history of the park written and compiled by Mr. Altvater in 1966 and sent to Miss Wood by Capt. Baylor.


  • 1966-1969


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

Louise A. Wood was born October 2, 1901 in Sheldon, Iroquois County, Illinois, the daughter of Dr. Henry W. and Mildred Wood. She was a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin and was a librarian at the Indiana State Library for a number of years before retiring in 1965. While a resident of Indianapolis, Wood lived in the historic neighborhood of Woodruff Place, located a mile east of downtown. She later moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina and passed away there at the age of 95 on March 12, 1997.

Sources: "Louise Wood." 1920 United States Federal Census. Accessed September 2, 2020. "Louise Wood." North Carolina, Death Indexes, 41908-2004. Accessed September 2, 2020.

"Louise A. Wood." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), March 17, 1997.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Louise Wood in 1976.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/09/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/09/03 by Laura Eliason.
Louise Wood, Highlands Hammock State Park collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.