Ray Stannard Baker



*The following is adapted from the bibliography of my RAY STANNARD BAKER: THE MIND AND THOUGHT OF A PROGRESIVE (YALE PRESS 1966). The collections are described as they were organized in the early 1960s, with the exception of reference to additional materials at the Jones library. Some may have been reorganized.

In theory, the division of Baker's among three separate collections follows clear lines. The Library of Congress has the papers dealing with Baker's work as a reporter and as Wilson's biographer; Princeton, the materials relating to the Peace Conference; and the Jones Library, in Amherst, Massachusetts, the items pertaining to David Grayson, plus a significant body of purely personal and family correspondence donated by James Stannard Baker of Glencoe, Illinois, Baker;s eldest son. In practice, because of the richness and complexity of the materials, there is some overlap.

1. Ray Stannard Baker Papers, Library of Congress. Housed in 210 boxes, this collection is arranged in two series. Series I (boxes 1-78 and A-P) contains materials relating to the Life and Letters. It includes contemporary correspondence of Woodrow Wilson (1-17); Baker's correspondence, interviews, and printed matter concerning the biography (18-61a and A-H); miscellaneous interviews, photostats, and memos (I-M); and reviews of the eight volumes of the Life and Letters (N-P). Series II (boxes 79-194) contains Baker's personal correspondence from 1875 to 1946 (79-115); letters between Baker and Mrs. Edith B. Wilson (116-2o); Baker's journals, Notebooks, Diaries, and Pocket Diaries (121-38); his literary output, including both clippings and unpublished manuscripts (139-75); scrapbooks of news articles, pictures, and miscellaneous printed matter (185-93); and a bibliography of Baker's writings (194). Although the correspondence is rich for the early years, it is disappointingly thin for the period 1890-1920, since Baker kept few copies of outgoing letters and was apparently too busy to save many of the personal letters he received. The correspondence with Mrs. Wilson reveals the anxieties he experienced while writing the Life and Letters and provides unusual insight into his relationship with a complex and sometimes difficult woman. Baker's journals are invaluable; with the help of the Pocket Diaries it is possible to trace and date almost every move he made between 1893 and 1946. For further description see the short titles. Among the clippings and in the scrapbooks are reviews and notices of most of Baker's books and many of his articles. The scrapbooks containing his contributions to the Chicago Record provide the sole means for identifying these unsigned works.


2.Ray Stannard Baker Papers, Jones Library, Amherst, MA.The Baker/Grayson Collection contains correspondence between Baker and his associates on the American Magazine, although at least some of these letters were apparently lost when the company records were disposed of. The bulk of the material consists of (a) the more than one thousand letters that David Grayson received from his readers; and (b) a rich collection of letters and other materials relating to Baker's family and personal life, previously in the possession of James Stannard Baker, Baker's eldest son. The exchanges between Baker and his wife Jessie Beal Baker (1892-1946) reveal aspects of his personality often obscured in more formal letters and contribute useful details concerning his professional activities. The Jones Library collection also includes some of the books Baker owned and read as a young man, a notebook he used in a zoology course in college, his writing desk, and numerous personal effects.

3. Ray Stannard Baker Papers. Princeton University Library. This collection deals primarily with Baker's activities during 1918 and 1919 and his subsequent work on Woodrow Wilson and World Settlement. Many of the materials pertain to his work for the Press Bureau at Versailles from December 1918 to June 1919. This collection also contains a typewritten list of all the books on Wilson which Baker donated to the Princeton library .In addition, a substantial number of these books, some with interesting marginalia, remain in the Princeton collection. Although the general correspondence (1905-44) relates primarily to Peace Conference affairs, a great deal concerns the Life and Letters as well as other matters.

4. Ray Stannard Baker's Collection of Books on Bees and Bee Keeping. Michigan State. A CATALOG OF EARLY WORKS IN THE RAYSTANNARD BAKER BEE COLLECTION


 Prepared by: Robert Bannister (rbannis1@swarthmore.edu). Latest revision4/2/00. Send comments or suggestions to Robert Bannister Department of History, Swarthmore (emeritus)