Sue Ann Wood Papers

Accession Number: MA 16:04
MA 16:05
Location: Manuscript stacks
Dates: 1946-2010
Size: 18 boxes and 2 oversized posters; 9.84 cu. ft. 
Creator/Collector: Collected by Sue Ann Wood Poor 
Acquisition info: The bulk of the collection donated by the Estate of Sue Ann Wood Poor on April 28, 2016. 
Accruals: Further accruals not expected. 
Custodial history:

The collection assembled over time by Sue Ann Wood Poor.  The collection donated to the Media Archives after her passing.  

First accession received from Scott Pool, personal representative of the Estate of Sue Ann Wood Poor.

Second accession received from Tim Poor, Sue Ann Wood Poor’s stepson.

Language: English
Processed by: Kristina Impastato, May 2016
Conservation notes: All items placed into archival boxes and acid-free folders. Metal fasteners removed.  Selected photos placed in Mylar sleeves.  Envelopes belonging to letters are in front of accompanying letter. Not all letters have accompanying envelopes.  Acid free tissue used to wrap select memorabilia.  
Scope and Content:

The papers of Sue Ann Wood Poor (1930-2016) span the years

1946-2010, with the bulk of the material date ranging from 1960s1990s.  The papers consist of a large collection of personal correspondence, publications and professional articles, University of Missouri, Rotary International Foundation Fellow, photographs, clippings, along with St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and professional awards memorabilia.  

St. Louis journalist, Sue Ann Wood (1930-2016) was a native of Jefferson City, and the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Benson (Glee) Wood.  She attended Jefferson City public schools and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1952.  From 1952-53, Wood studied at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, on a Rotary International fellowship.  

Wood began her post-graduate journalism career working for the St. Petersburg, Florida Times as a copy editor and reporter from March of 1954 until June of 1955.  

She began as a general assignment reporter at the Globe-Democrat in 1955.  During the 1960s she wrote feature articles and covered a number of stories including the building of the Arch.  In the early 1970s, she received national awards for her series of articles on alcohol and  highway safety.   She was the first woman to hold the job of city night editor in September 1975, and was promoted to city editor in March of 1977.  The GlobeDemocrat named Wood assistant managing editor for administration in July of 1979.  

She remained at the Globe-Democrat until 1984 and then joined the St. Louis PostDispatch.  During her tenure at the Post-Dispatch she held position of reader’s advocate, feature writer and editor.   She retired on April 1, 1999. 

Wood was active in professional associations in St. Louis.  She was past president of the St. Louis Chapter of Women in Communications, Inc.; and past president of the St. Louis chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi.  She was a board member of the St. Louis Journalism Foundation, the Mid-American Press Institute and the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis.  She was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2013.  

In 1977, Wood married St. Louisan, Spencer Johnson, who died in 1979.  

Sue Ann Wood Poor died on March 10, 2016, at the age of 85.    

Arrangement:

Alphabetical by topic.  The collection organized into subseries.

Subseries 1:  Correspondence
Subseries 2:  Biographical
Subseries 3:  Photographs
Subseries 4:  Education
Subseries 5:  Professional
Subseries 6:  Manuscript
Subseries 7:  Awards and Memorabilia

Restrictions: Collection is open for research.  Copyright.   Permission required to reproduce images.  
Remarks:

The Media Archives Oral History Collection contains an interview (transcript & audio) of Ms. Wood.  A CD audio recording is located in the Media Archives Audiovisual Collection.  

The Glee Cardwell Wood Papers is held in Special Collections.

Radio Scripts Collection
1940s
1 letter slim Hollinger; 0.2 cu. ft.

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Box/Folder Description
 1/1  Finding aid
1/2 1960 June (1)
1/3 1964 February, March, September, October (7)
1/4 1965 June, July, Aug, Dec (11)
1/5 1966 Jan., Feb, March, Aug, Sept (24)
1/6 1968 March, July, Dec (4)
1/7 1969 March, April, May, June, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec (35)
1/8 1970 Jan-Dec (65)
1/9 1971 Jan-Dec (73)
1/10 1972 Jan-Dec (73)
1/11 1973 Jan-Dec (80)
1/12 1974 Jan-Dec (78)
1/13 1975 Jan-Dec (70)
1/14 1976 Jan-Dec (83)
1/15 1977 Jan-Dec (71)
1/16 1977 Letters from Mr. Johnson Poor to M/M Wood (2)
  Box 2: Correspondence: Letters to Mr. & Mrs. Benson (Glee) Wood
2/17 1978 Jan. – Dec. (51)
2/18 1979 Jan. – Dec. (54)
2/19 1980 Jan. – Dec. (63)
2/20 1981 Jan. – Dec. (58)
2/21 1982 Jan. – Dec. (51)
2/22 1983 Jan. – Dec. (50)
2/23 1984 Jan. – Dec. (41)
2/24 1985 Jan. – Jun. (20)
2/25 1986 Feb., Jul. - Dec. (23)
2/26 1987 Jan. – Dec. (45)
2/27 1988 Jan. – Dec. (50)
2/28 1989 Jan. – Dec. (51)
2/29 1990 Jan., Mar. – May, Jul., Sept., Nov. (9)
2/30 Miscellaneous, n.d.
  Subseries 2:  Biographical 
  Box 3  Biographical
3/1 Obituary
3/2 Arch book project 2004
3/3 Clippings, biographical 1955-1999
3/4 Clippings, Jefferson City News & Tribune 1948, 1952, 1953
3/5 Clippings, personal interest
3/6 Correspondence 1949, 1958-63, 1968-70
3/7 Correspondence 1977
3/8 Commencement program, Jefferson City Junior College 1956
3/9 Distinguished Alumna, Jefferson City Senior High School, letters & program, 1971
3/10 First day cover, University of Missouri School of Journalism, 1958
3/11 Memoir, Lake of the Ozarks: The Early Days
3/12

Miscellaneous publications - 1969 Grandfather Mountain Highland Game,

House of Howard’s Bluff:  Missouri’s Executive Mansion, 

Echoes from the Woods Centennial Edition 1870-1970, and
Westminster College Magazine, Summer 1969

3/13 Newspaper Guild
3/14 Press Club caricature (copy)
3/15 Red & Black Senior Memory magazine 1971
3/16 Report cards & scholarship award 1948
3/17 University of Missouri Faculty-Alumni Awards 1971, clippings
3/18 University of Missouri Faculty-Alumni Awards 1971, letters and program
  Box 3: Biographical - Career
3/19 Awards, Missouri Press Women, 1964 & 1965
3/20 Awards, Who Done It, 2000
3/21 Golden Key Scholarship Fund
3/22 Programs – 1976 Gridiron Program, Advertising Women of St. Louis
3/23 Resumes
3/24 Speech draft, Southern Illinois Editorial Association, n.d.
  Box 3A – Biographical – Scrapbook
3A/- Scrapbook, 1947-48
  Box 4:  Biographical – Ephemera memorabilia
4/1 Pin. ERA YES
4/2 Keyring. Newspaper Guild
4/3 Name badge. Rotary International
4/4 Identification card. St. Louis Post-Dispatch 1984
4/5 Name badge. Visit of the President, St. Louis, Missouri, February 14, 1964
4/6 Pin. Sue Ann Wood, St. Louis Globe-Democrat. University of Missouri School of Journalism 50 Years. [1958]
4/7 Lapel ornament. R.F. [Rotary Fellow] S.A. Wood Journalism [hand painted]
4/8 Press Ribbon
4/9 Membership card. Jefferson City High School Quill and Scroll
  Subseries 3: Photographs
  Box 5: Photographs
5/1 Negatives
5/2 Childhood photos
5/3 Family photos, n.d.
5/4 Family photos, 1950s-1960s
5/5 Globe-Democrat, Commander Edward Whitehead 1956
5/6 Globe-Democrat miscellaneous
5/7 Jefferson City High School 55th & 60th Reunion group photos
5/8 [Jefferson City] Hot Dog We’re Open, n.d.
5/9 Kappa Kappa Gamma Theta Chapter 1992
5/10 Missouri Press Women, May 1987
5/11 Personal photos, 1994-95
5/12 Portraits, 1950s-2001
5/13 Quest Award Luncheon May 1987
5/14 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Retirement Luncheon
  Subseries 4:  Education
  Box 6:  Education - University of Missouri
6/1 Commencement 1952
6/2 Fraternity-Sorority Directory, 1949-50, 1951-52
6/3 Grade cards 1948-1952
6/4 Great News Events of the 1950, History and Principles of Journalism 1/10/1951
6/5 Honor convocation programs & letters 
6/6 Kansas City Press Club
6/7 Kappa Kappa Gamma
6/8 Miscellaneous
6/9 Mortar Board
6/10 Women’s Panhellenic date cards 1948
6/11 University of Missouri Bulletin, Vol. 50, no. 31)
  Box 6:  Education - Rotary International Foundation Fellow
6/12 44th Annual Convention Paris 1953
6/13 Jefferson City Rotary Whirl newsletter 10/29/1953
6/14 Letters from Rotary Clubs 1953-59
6/15 Letters from Rotary International 
6/16 Letters to parents, 1953
6/17 Letters, miscellaneous 1953
6/18 The Log, 1953 
6/19 Miscellaneous envelopes, 1953
6/20 Rotary programs 
6/21 Travel brochures and programs
6/22 Travel notes and itineraries
  Box 7: Publications - University of Missouri
7/- Missouri Alumnus, May 1957, Vol 45, Nos 8
7/- Missouri Alumnus, September-October 1970, Vol 59, no. 1
7/- Missouri Alumnus, September-October 1971, Vol 60, no. 1
7/- Missouri Alumnus, September-October 1973, Vol 62, no. 1
7/- Missouri Alumnus, March-April 1974, Vol 62, no. 3
7/- Missouri Showme, n.d.
7/- Missouri Showme, January 1951, Vol 27, no. 5
7/- Missouri Showme, February 1951, Vol 27, no. 6
7/- Missouri Showme, March 1951, Vol 27, no. 7
7/- Missouri Showme, April 1951, Vol 27, no. 8
7/- Missouri Showme, June 1951, Vol 27, no. 9
7/- Missouri Showme, September 1951, Vol 28, no. 1
7/- Missouri Showme, November 1951, Vol 28, no. 3
7/- Missouri Showme, February 1952, Vol 28, no. 6
7/- Missouri Showme, March 1952, Vol 28, no. 7
7/- Missouri Showme, April 1952, Vol 28, no. 8
7/- Missouri Showme, November 1952, Vol 29, no. 3
7/-  Saturday Evening Pest, November 1950
7/- Tiger Gridiron News, October 24, 1970
7/- Tiger Gridiron News, September 9, 1952
  Subseries 5: Professional
  Box 8: St. Louis Globe-Democrat
8/1 Article drafts
8/2 Bouquets & Brickbats, 1981-83
8/3 Business card
8/4 Correspondence, Assistant Managing Editor Promotion, 1983
8/5 Correspondence, Christopher ‘Kit’ Bond
8/6 Correspondence, General 1981, 1983
8/7 Correspondence, General and Readers 1958-1977
8/8 Correspondence, Globe-Democrat Staff, 1975, 1979
8/9 Correspondence, Highway Safety/American Trucking Association 1970
8/10 Correspondence, George Killenberg
8/11 Correspondence, Night City Editor Promotion, Sept. 1975
8/12 Directory 1983
8/13 Moranisms
8/14 Newspaper Guild, contract/provisional agreement, 1981-85
8/15 Old Globies
8/16 Strike Bulletin, March 25 [newsletter]
8/17 WRTH First Lady of the Day 1970
8/18 Notepad, n.d.
  Box 9:  St. Louis Globe-Democrat Clippings
9/1 News clippings 1955-59
9/2 Arch clippings 1960s
9/3 Feature articles 1967-68
9/4 News stories & features 1950s-60s
9/5 New stories 1970s
9/6 News stories 1982-83
9/7 Highway Safety 1969
9/8 Don Spicer
9/9 Christopher ‘Kit’ Bond
9/10 Christmas feature articles 1979-1983
  Box 10:  St. Louis Post-Dispatch
10/1 1986 Pulitzer Publishing Company Annual Report
10/2 Article, News Ombudsman by Sue Ann Wood
10/3 Clippings, miscellaneous
10/4 Clippings, Reader’s Advocate columns, 1/1/1989-8/26/1990
10/5 Correspondence from readers
10/6 Office directories
10/7 Photo, P-D Features Department 1998
10/8 Readers complaints and notes 
  Box 11:  Professional Articles
11/1 Analogy [Allstate Insurance Company] No.8, 1970 with letter
11/2 Catfish Courier, n.d.
11/3 Globe-Democrat, Alcohol and Highway Safety series, 1969
11/4 Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, August 1974 
11/5 Journal of American Insurance, November-December 1969
11/6 Matrix: A Magazine for Women who Write, January/February 1959
11/7 Midwest Motorist, 1968-69
11/8 Missouri Bus & Truck Association, October 1970
11/9 Missouri Highway News, April 1968
11/10 Missouri Highways, August-September 1970
11/11 Mound City Carrier, January 1960
11/12 Outboard Progress 1958
11/13 Page One St. Louis Newspaper Guild, November 26, 1958
11/14 Replay, November 1969
11/15 Saint Louis Magazine, October [1960s] Vol. II, No. 4
11/16 St. Louis Journalism Review, May 2008
  Subseries 6:  Manuscript
  Box 12:  Manuscript, Ides of Murder 
12/1 1st draft, Chapters 10-19
12/2 1st draft, Chapters 20-end
12/3 Original print out of 3rd revised version, 2002
12/4 First draft 3rd person 
12/5 Correspondence
  Subseries    Awards & Memorabilia
  Box 13:  Awards and Plaques (lidded Hollinger storage)
13/- Plaque.  Allstate Safety Crusade Certificate of Commendation, 1970
13/- Declaration.  Alumni Association of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Faculty-Alumni Award, 1970 [framed]
13/- Plaque.  American Osteopathic Association Journalism Award, 1968
13/- Certificate.  American Trucking Associations, Inc. Newspaper Safety Writing Award, 1969 [folder]
13/- Citation.  Jefferson City Public Schools Alumni Association, 1971 [framed] 
13/- Plaque.  President’s Award, Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, 1999
13/- Certificate.  St. Louis Media Halls of Fame [framed]
13/- Diploma.  University of Missouri, Bachelor of Journalism, 1952 [framed]
  Box 14:  Awards and Plaques 
14/- Plaque.  Governor Warren E. Hearnes, State of Missouri, Saving of Lives on Missouri Highways, 1972
14/- Paperweight.  Mid America Press Institute, 1982-1984
14/- Virginia Betts White Quest Award, Missouri Press Women, 1987
14/- Plaque.  Missouri Safety Council, President’s Award, 1970
14/- Plaque.  National Foundation for Highway Safety, Inc., Outstanding Service in the Cause of Highway Safety, 1974
14/-  T.P.A. Safety Award, 1973
14/- University of Missouri, Faculty-Alumni Award, n.d.
 14/- Plaque.  Women in Communications, Inc. St. Louis Professional Chapter, Founders Award, 1997-98
  Box 15:  Memorabilia
15/- Pen holder, The Newspaper Guild, 1933-1973
15/- Silver hard hat with strap (worn during coverage of the Arch)
15/- Pottery vase with St. Louis Post-Dispatch imprint
15/- St. Louis Post-Dispatch binder
15/- Letter press initials with Globe-Democrat image
  Box 16:  Memorabilia 
16/- Post-Dispatch Weatherbird [stuffed], Hand written note on back, “For SAW may your retirement by sunny!  - Dan Martin” 
  Box 17  Memorabilia
17/- Globe-Democrat jacket
  Oversized:   Map drawer 2
[oversized]  Poster.  Congratulations Sue Ann! [poster with original watercolor caricature and Post-Dispatch weather bird] by Dan Martin.  Signed by Post-Dispatch co-workers [April 1999] 
[oversized]  Newspaper full page.  St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “The 20th Century:  St. Louis and Sue Ann Wood, Our Own Brenda Star”, Wednesday, April 1, 1999.
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