Fonds Wood - Papers of James Wood

Identity area

Reference code

Wood

Unique identifier

GB 275 Wood

Title

Papers of James Wood

Date(s)

  • 1754–1817 (Circa, mostly undated) (Creation)

Level of description

Fonds

Extent and medium

6 boxes paper

Context area

Name of creator

(1760-1839)

Biographical history

Mathematician. James Wood was born in 1760 in Bury, Lancashire. His father ran evening classes where Wood learnt the rudiments of mathematics. He then attended Bury Grammar School, where he won an endowed exhibition to St John's College. He entered the College in 1778, graduated BA in 1782, as Senior Wrangler and first Smith's Prizeman, and was elected to a Fellowship. Wood was a College tutor from 1789 to 1814, and during this time he published his 'Principles of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy', a four-volume work intended to prepare students for the Tripos. Each volume ran through several editions, with 'The Elements of Algebra' being reprinted in its last edition in 1861. Wood was ordained deacon in 1785 and priest in 1787, and was appointed Dean of Ely in 1820. He served as President of St John's from 1802 to 1815, and as Master from 1815 until his death in 1839. A considerable benefactor to the College during his lifetime, Wood left his library to the College upon his death.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Manuscript notebooks in various hands on mathematics, astronomy, moral and natural philosophy, theology and classics, with some printed items.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Note

Preferred citation: St John's College Library, Papers of James Wood

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

14 Feb 2007

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Accession area