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Merton G. L. and Lula Bailey papers (M007)

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Title:
Merton G. L. and Lula Bailey papers
Creator:
Bailey, Merton G.L., 1888-1969
ID:
M007
Date [bulk]:
Bulk, 1914-1948
Date [inclusive]:
1904-1967, undated
Extent:
1.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Merton G. L. Bailey (Bowdoin 1911) worked in publishing, real estate, and government. His wife, Lula Bailey, was an avid bookplate collector. Their papers contain notes, photographs, clippings, and correspondence, much of which relates to Lula Bailey's bookplate collection, to Merton Bailey's Bowdoin classmates and colleagues, and his efforts to get books signed by notable authors. Lula Bailey's sizable bookplate collection is also included.
Preferred Citation:

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

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.

The collection contains correspondence, notes, drafts, photographs, and clippings. 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.

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.

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.

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

Box 1 Folder 1a

1930 Mar 31-1937 Oct 12

Box 1 Folder 1

1937 Oct 13-Oct 30

Box 1 Folder 2

1937 Nov

Box 1 Folder 3

1937 Dec

Box 1 Folder 4

1938 Jan 4-14

Box 1 Folder 5

1938 Jan 17-31

Box 1 Folder 6

1938 Feb 1-13

Box 1 Folder 7

1938 Feb 14-28

Box 1 Folder 8

1938 Mar 1-15

Box 1 Folder 9

1938 Mar 16-30

Box 1 Folder 10

1938 Apr 4-9

Box 1 Folder 11

1938 Apr 11-30

Box 1 Folder 12

1938 May

Box 1 Folder 13

1938 Jun 6-Jul 29

Box 1 Folder 14

1938 Aug 4-Sep 30

Box 1 Folder 15

1938 Oct 2-24

Box 1 Folder 16

1938 Nov 1-28

Box 1 Folder 17

1938 Dec 1-14

Box 1 Folder 18

1938 Dec 15-30

Box 1 Folder 19

1939 Jan

Box 1 Folder 20

1939 Feb

Box 1 Folder 21

1939 Mar 1-15

Box 1 Folder 22

1939 Mar 16-29

Box 1 Folder 23

1939 Apr 1-18

Box 1 Folder 24

1939 Apr 19-29

Box 1 Folder 25

1939 May 1-15

Box 1 Folder 26

1939 May 19-29

Box 1 Folder 27

1939 Jun 5-16

Box 1 Folder 28

1939 Jun 18-28

Box 1 Folder 29

1939 Jul 2-15

Box 1 Folder 30

1939 Jul 17-Aug 28

Box 1 Folder 31

1939 Sep 10-28

Box 1 Folder 32

1939 Oct 17-Nov 28

Box 1 Folder 33

1939 Dec 4-11

Box 1 Folder 34

1939 Dec 12-31

Box 1 Folder 35

1940 Jan

Box 1 Folder 36

1940 Feb 1-27

Box 1 Folder 37

1940 Mar 8-31

Box 1 Folder 38

1940 Apr 1-25

Box 1 Folder 39

1940 May 1-Sep 14

Box 1 Folder 40

1941 Jan 28-1958 Sep 7

Box 1 Folder 41

1965 Apr 27-1966 Mar 1

Box 1 Folder 42

1967

Box 1 Folder 43

Undated

Box 1 Folder 44

Undated

Box 1 Folder 45

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.

1914-1918

Box 1 Folder 46

1919-1923

Box 1 Folder 47

1924-1948, Kennebec Historical Society, Levi Williams correspondence

Box 1 Folder 48

1925-1948, Edward C. Caswell correspondence

Box 1 Folder 49

1928-1930

Box 1 Folder 50

1931 Jul-Dec

Box 1 Folder 51

1932 Jan-1933 Jun

Box 1 Folder 52

1933 Jul-Dec

Box 1 Folder 53

1934

Box 1 Folder 54

1935

Box 1 Folder 55

1936

Box 1 Folder 56

1937 Jan-Aug

Box 1 Folder 57

1937 Sep-Dec

Box 1 Folder 58

1938

Box 1 Folder 59

1939

Box 1 Folder 60

1947-1948

Box 1 Folder 61

Undated

Box 1 Folder 62

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.

Adamic, Louis - clippings, 1938, 1951, undated

Box 1 Folder 63

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

Box 1 Folder 64

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

Box 1 Folder 65

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

Box 1 Folder 66

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

Box 1 Folder 67

Newspaper clippings, 1939-1943, undated

Box 1 Folder 68

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

Box 1 Folder 69

Notes - miscellaneous, undated

Box 1 Folder 70

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

Box 1 Folder 71

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

Box 1 Folder 72

Printed material re: bookplates, 1937-1960, undated

Box 1 Folder 73

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

Box 1 Folder 74

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

Box 1 Folder 75

Series Description:

Compiled by Lula Bailey of Augusta, Maine, in the 1930s and 1940s, it was bequeathed to Bowdoin by her husband, Merton G. L. Bailey (Bowd. 1911). Although most of the more than two thousand pieces are American and British, some early Japanese bookplates and correspondence concerning her collection are included.

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