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Journals of Maxwell Goulter Wood


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Journals containing nature notes and bird observations, mainly written while in Nigeria, with some cuttings, letters, photographs and printed ephemera inserted.


  • Creation: 1930-1952


0.82 Linear metres (5 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, where available, e.g. MS. 15504/1, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. 15504/1-5

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15504


Journals of Maxwell Goulter Wood, 1930-1952.

Biographical / Historical

Maxwell Goulter Wood (1906-1995) was born in Bath of an old Bath family of newspaper proprietors, printers and stationers. He was educated at King Edwards' School, Bath, and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, gaining an Honours Degree in Modern History, and then a Diploma of Education. In 1929 he was appointed to the Education Department, Northern Nigeria, serving as an Education Officer until retirement in 1951. Back in Bath he took over management of the family business for some fifteen years, and then handed over to another branch of the family. In 1956 he married Sylvia May Hannah. In 1973 he moved to Toowoomba on the Great Dividing Range in Southern Queensland, Australia, to get away from the English winters and the increasing motor traffic.

Biographical information found with the journals (in box MS. 15504/1).


Material arranged as received from the Alexander Library of Ornithology.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.

Catalogue of the journals of Maxwell Goulter Wood
EAD version 2019 by Jen Patterson and Marion Lowman
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Script of description

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom