Dorothy K. MacDowell Collection

Identifier: MSS.0269

  • Staff Only


The Dorothy K. MacDowell Collection, 1934-1988, consists of Vanderbilt family research materials collected by genealogist Dorothy K. MacDowell Wood, 1917-2013.


  • 1934 - 1988

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact

Biographical / Historical

Dorothy Lee Kelly MacDowell Wood (1917-2013) was born on November 8, 1917, to Gladys Lee and Harrison Barron Kelly in Monticello, Georgia. She received a BA in English from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1939. In the same year, she married McNeely DuBose MacDowell (1914-1976). She married Henry Charles Wood in 1979. Wood was an avid writer, writing for various newspapers and magazines, and her play, “Drums Along the Savannah,” was produced during the Tercentennial of South Carolina’s statehood. Wood published twenty genealogical books, including “Commodore Vanderbilt and His Family: A Biographical Account of the Descendants of Cornelius and Sophia Johnson Vanderbilt” (1989). She died in Hendersonville, North Carolina, on October 9, 2013.


3.75 Linear Feet (3 Paige boxes)

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Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

Finding Aid for the Dorothy K. MacDowell Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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