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Merton G. L. and Lula Bailey Papers, 1904-1967, n.d. (bulk 1914-1948)

0.75 linear feet.

Catalog Number: M7

Agency History / Biographical 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.). It includes 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.


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