Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Merton G. L. and Lula Bailey Papers, 1904-1967, undated
ID
M7
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1914-1948
Date [inclusive]
1904-1967
Extent
1.0 linear foot.
Language

Preferred Citation

Merton G. L. and Lula Bailey papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library


Biographical/Historical Note

Merton G.L. Bailey (1888-1969), of Bowdoin's class of 1911, was circulation manager, managing editor, and director of Vickery & Hill Publishing Co. of Augusta, Maine, 1911-1941. From 1930 to 1941, Bailey was also director of Needlecraft Publishing Co. After leaving Vickery & Hill, Bailey worked for Williams Realty in Augusta (1941-60), serving as Vice-President from 1946-48. He was also active in city government and in the state and national Unitarian associations.

In 1931, Bailey, a book collector, married Lula Barber (d.1969), an avid bookplate collector who corresponded actively with other collectors and with celebrities from whom she hoped to obtain bookplates.


Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence (1914-67, n.d.), notes, drafts, photographs, clippings, etc. (1904-60, n.d.). There are letters relating to Lula Bailey's bookplate collection, to Merton Bailey's Bowdoin classmates and colleagues, and his efforts to get books signed by authors such as Booth Tarkington, Edna Ferber, Stephen Vincent Benet, Pearl Buck, and Upton Sinclair, as well as an extensive exchange with illustrator Edward C. Caswell. There are notes concerning Louis Adamic, and a fragmentary draft of Thames Williamson's Hunkey. The papers are supplemented by Lula Bailey's extensive bookplate collection.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Collection Inventory

M7.1: Correspondence, 1914-1967, undated   0.75 linear feet.

Series Description:

The correspondence of Lula Bailey and the correspondence of Merton G. L. Bailey. Lula Bailey's letters mostly relate to her bookplate collection and include correspondence with libraries, other collectors, and celebrities, such as the wives of political figures. There are extensive exchanges with and about bookplate artists Elisha Bird, Edwin Davis French, John William Jameson, Arthur Nelson MacDonald, Sidney L. Smith, and J. Winfred Spenceley. Merton G. L. Bailey's letters are mostly correspondence with his Bowdoin classmates and colleagues and with authors such as Booth Tarkington, Edna Ferber, Stephen Vincent Benet, Pearl Buck, and Upton Sinclair. Also included is correspondence with illustrator Edward C. Caswell and the president of the Kennebec Historical Society.

Arrangement:

Organized in two sub-series: Lula Bailey Correspondence, 1930-1967, undated and Merton G. L. Bailey Correspondence, 1914-1948, undated.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

M7.1.1: Lula Bailey Correspondence, 1930-1967, undated   0.45 linear feet.

General note

There is an index card file (Box 1a) arranged alphabetically by correspondent that is cross-referenced to a tablet (Box 1, folder 1a) that has the date of the correspondence.

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1a

Tablet with dated correspondence that is referenced in the index card file, Box 1a 

1 1

1930 Mar 31-1937 Oct 12 

1 2

1937 Oct 13-Oct 30 

1 3

1937 Nov 

1 4

1937 Dec 

1 5

1938 Jan 4-14 

1 6

1938 Jan 17-31 

1 7

1938 Feb 1-13 

1 8

1938 Feb 14-28 

1 9

1938 Mar 1-15 

1 10

1938 Mar 16-30 

1 11

1938 Apr 4-9 

1 12

1938 Apr 11-30 

1 13

1938 May 

1 14

1938 Jun 6-Jul 29 

1 15

1938 Aug 4-Sep 30 

1 16

1938 Oct 2-24 

1 17

1938 Nov 1-28 

1 18

1938 Dec 1-14 

1 19

1938 Dec 15-30 

1 20

1939 Jan 

1 21

1939 Feb 

1 22

1939 Mar 1-15 

1 23

1939 Mar 16-29 

1 24

1939 Apr 1-18 

1 25

1939 Apr 19-29 

1 26

1939 May 1-15 

1 27

1939 May 19-29 

1 28

1939 Jun 5-16 

1 29

1939 Jun 18-28 

1 30

1939 Jul 2-15 

1 31

1939 Jul 17-Aug 28 

1 32

1939 Sep 10-28 

1 33

1939 Oct 17-Nov 28 

1 34

1939 Dec 4-11 

1 35

1939 Dec 12-31 

1 36

1940 Jan 

1 37

1940 Feb 1-27 

1 38

1940 Mar 8-31 

1 39

1940 Apr 1-25 

1 40

1940 May 1-Sep 14 

1 41

1941 Jan 28-1958 Sep 7 

1 42

1965 Apr 27-1966 Mar 1 

1 43

1967 

1 44

Undated 

1 45

Undated 

M7.1.2: Merton G. L. Bailey Correspondence, 1914-1948, undated   0.3 linear feet.

General note

There is an index card file (Box 1a) arranged alphabetically by correspondent that is cross-referenced to a tablet (Box 1, folder 1a) that has the date of the correspondence.

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 46

1914-1918 

1 47

1919-1923 

1 48

1924-1948, Kennebec Historical Society, Levi Williams correspondence 

1 49

1925-1948, Edward C. Caswell correspondence 

1 50

1928-1930 

1 51

1931 Jul-Dec 

1 52

1932 Jan-1933 Jun 

1 53

1933 Jul-Dec 

1 54

1934 

1 55

1935 

1 56

1936 

1 57

1937 Jan-Aug 

1 58

1937 Sep-Dec 

1 59

1938 

1 60

1939 

1 61

1947-1948 

1 62

Undated 


M7.2: Clippings, Notes, and Ephemera, 1904-1960, undated   0.25 linear feet.

Series Description:

Notes, newspaper clippings, miscellaneous printed material, and ephemera related to the activities of Lula and Merton G. L. Bailey. The bulk of the printed material and newspaper clippings concern bookplates. Ephemera includes a photograph of Lula Bailey's ninth grade class, Merton Bailey's high school graduation program, and the announcement of the Bailey's marriage. There is an incomplete collection of galley sheets from Louis Adamic's book "My America," an incomplete typescript of Thames Williamson's "Hunky," and a print of a sketch by Edward C. Caswell.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 63

Adamic, Louis - clippings, 1938, 1951, undated 

1 64

Adamic, Louis - "My America," galley sheets (incomplete), undated 

1 65

Bookplates - list of plates exhibited at opening of M.I.T. buildings in Cambridge, undated 

1 66

Caswell, Edward C. - clipping, printed sketch, program, and review, 1937, 1943, undated 

1 67

Marriage announcement - Lula to Merton G. L. Bailey, 1913 

1 68

Newspaper clippings, 1939-1943, undated 

1 69

Notes by Merton G. L. Bailey re: Louis Adamic and others, undated 

1 70

Notes - miscellaneous, undated 

1 71

Photographs - group class picture, 1904 and unidentified ship, undated 

1 72

Printed ephemera - Merton G. L. Bailey, 1906-1936, undated 

1 73

Printed material re: bookplates, 1937-1960, undated 

1 74

Realia - leather book cover and World War I victory medal, undated 

1 75

Williamson, Thames - partial typescript for "Hunky," 1930 Jun 16