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William Hood Papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS427

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The William Hood Papers contain correspondence, manuscripts, and printed items comprising research materials for his collaboration with Richard M. Helms on Helms' memoirs "A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency," which was published in 2003. Documenting the history of the Central Intelligence Agency in general and Helms' career in particular, Hood's papers include notes from Helms to Hood concerning specific topics in the writing of Helms' memoirs. The William Hood Papers are stored in 4 archival boxes amounting to 2.0 linear feet. The William Hood Papers complement the vast intelligence holdings of the Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections. Related collections include the Richard M. Helms Papers: Parts 1, 2, and 3; the Cynthia Helms Papers; the Edgar J. Applewhite Papers; and the Russell J. Bowen Book Collection with thousands of books on intelligence topics.

SERIES SYNOPSIS: SERIES 1 - Correspondence. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent. SERIES 2 - Manuscripts. Arranged alphabetically by topic. SERIES 3 - Manuscript Materials/Drafts for Helms' memoirs. Arranged alphabetically. SERIES 4 - Printed Materials. Arranged chronologically.


  • 1936 - 2001
  • Majority of material found within 1990 - 1999

Collection-level Access Restrictions

Some folders from the William Hood Papers have been removed by the CIA, and they are not open to the public. Please consult manuscripts staff if questions arise. Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Biographical note

Born on April 19, 1920 in Waterville, Maine, William Hood is an author and a former officer in the Central Intelligence Agency. His parents were Walter J. Hood and Berthina (Hutchins) Hood. After attending the University of Southern Maine from 1939 to 1940, Hood entered the U.S. Army, first as part of an armored unit and then as part of the Office of Strategic Services. In addition, early in his career, Hood worked as a reporter for the "Portland Press Herald" in Portland, Maine. William Hood served in the Central Intelligence Agency for 30 years. He was posted in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, and England. After his intelligence career, Hood devoted his time to writing both novels and non-fiction books. He published the non-fiction book "Mole" in 1982. He has written three novels: "Spy Wednesday" (1986), "Cry Spy" (1988), and The Sunday Spy" (1996). He also assisted Richard M. Helms in the writing of Helms' memoirs, which were published in 2003 under the title "A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency." William Hood's first marriage to Cordelia Dodson in 1951 ended in divorce in 1975. Subsequently, Hood married Mary Carr Thomas in 1976.

[Source: "Contemporary Authors" Online, Gale 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008."]


2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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Acquisition Information

Gift of William Hood, 2008 ; Status: Open. Provenance: Gift of William Hood, 2008. Processed by Scott S. Taylor, May 2008.

William Hood Papers
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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