Beatrice Wood papers, 1894-1998, bulk 1930-1990

Wood, Beatrice, b. 1893 d. 1998
Educator, Author, Ceramicist
Active in Calif.

This site provides access to the papers of Beatrice Wood in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2011. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 51,326 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


Collection size: 26.6 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of California ceramicist Beatrice Wood measure 26.6 linear feet and date from 1906 to 1998, with the bulk dating from 1930-1990. There is extensive correspondence with gallery owners, fellow artists, clients, friends, and family. The collection also contains biographical materials, personal business records, writings, printed materials, photographs, and works of art. Of particular interest are the 28 diaries that Wood maintained from 1916 until her death in 1998 and 42 glazing formula notebooks dating from 1934-1997. Also found are documents of Steven Hoag and Esther Rosencranz, her husband and aunt respectively, that consist of correspondence, business records, and photographs given to the Archives of American Art as part of the Beatrice Wood papers.

Biographical/Historical Note: Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) was a ceramacist, painter, and writer who relocated to Ojai, California in 1948.

Beatrice Wood donated her papers in several accretions between 1976 and 2002. Additional material was donated by Francis Naumann in 1993 and the Beatrice Wood Personal Property Trust in 1999. Material from a 1977 loan was included in Wood's later donations.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

How to Use this Collection

  • Read the Finding Aid for this digitized collection
  • The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2011 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website. Personal tax returns, duplicate materials, and slides have not been scanned. Exhibition catalogs, published monographs, and miscellaneous printed material have had their covers and relevant pages scanned. Business papers of Wood's husband Stephen Hoag and papers created by Wood's aunt Esther Rosencratz were not scanned.
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The Archives of American Art holds two oral history interviews with Beatrice Wood completed by Paul Karlstrom in 1976 and 1992.