Ray Stannard Baker Collection, 1881-1996

Ray Stannard Baker stands in front of a tree
Ray Stannard Baker

Abstract


Ray Stannard Baker was a muckraking journalist and pastoral essayist who won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Woodrow Wilson and who achieved lasting popular fame for his quiet essays on simple rural life, written under the pseudonym "David Grayson."  Although the Ray Stannard Baker Collection primarily contains personal and family items and writings, correspondence, and other materials relating to his David Grayson books, letters and publications of his journalistic articles also figure significantly. Baker's long residence in the town of Amherst and particular connection with the Jones Library are also made clear by the contents of the collection.

Biographical Note


Ray Stannard Baker, muckraking reporter for McClure’s and American Magazines and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning official biography of Woodrow Wilson (1940), was born on April 17, 1870 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Joseph Stannard and Alice (Potter) Baker. Having spent much of his childhood in the small pioneer town of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, he returned to Lansing to attend Michigan Agricultural College where he earned a B.S. in 1889. After a few years working in his father’s real estate business and a semester studying law at the University of Michigan he moved to Chicago where in 1892 he began working as a reporter. From its humble origins as a city reporter for the Chicago News-Record, Baker’s journalistic career was by all accounts a success, and from the News-Record in 1897 he moved to New York City to work as an investigative journalist and editor of McClure’s Magazine and McClure’s Syndicate. In 1906 he and several colleagues, including Ida Tarbell and Lincoln Steffens, left McClure’s and founded their own publication, the American Magazine. Baker's American Magazine reporting and his freelance articles, particularly on such progressive topics as industrial labor unrest and racism, were widely read and by 1919 his well-entrenched journalistic reputation earned him the position of Director of the Press Bureau for the American delegation to the Paris Peace Conference. His personal friendship with Woodrow Wilson eventually resulted in his selection as Wilson’s official biographer. 

Baker did not limit himself solely to the role of journalist-crusader however - he also cared deeply about American rural life. He believed that true peace and contentment in the midst of the social upheavals that accompanied rapid industrialization could fully rise only from hard work on one’s own farm, rambles through the natural world, and broad-minded interactions with small-town neighbors.  This rather individualistic rural philosophy he enshrined in the David Grayson books, comprised of essays on quiet country experiences as narrated by “David Grayson,” Baker’s pseudonym and a character that Baker referred to as a part of himself - indeed, as the antidote to Baker’s fast-paced life as an eminent reporter. 

Baker’s 1910 move to Amherst arose from the same yearnings Grayson articulates: to leave the rat race of monetary success and fame and to take new delight in country life and country ways. Evidently, too, Baker/Grayson was not alone in dreaming of the rural life as the answer to modern (industrial) problems - reader response to the Grayson essays was such that after the first book (Adventures in Contentment, 1907) he continued writing books under the Grayson name until the end of his life. Although the essays themselves are fictional, they draw their inspiration from Baker’s rural childhood as well as from his country life in Amherst, where he kept bees and tended a garden in addition to writing in both Graysonian and journalistic/biographical veins. 

Baker’s ties with the Jones Library run deep. In 1930 he was elected to the library’s Board of Trustees, a body he remained heavily involved with throughout the rest of his lifetime. He helped librarian Charles Green acquire the Eugene Field papers for the library’s special collections, and he wrote much of his Wilson biography in a personal study on the third floor of the library.

Scope and Contents


The Ray Stannard Baker Collection primarily contains material relating to Baker’s personal life and to the David Grayson books. Highlights include original manuscripts and typescripts for nearly all nine of the Grayson books; family, personal, and extensive fan correspondence; various personal items, such as record books and class notes; copies of magazines, newspapers, and other publications that featured his work, both as a reporter and as an essayist; photographs of Baker himself and his home in Amherst; and biographical and scholarly works on Baker and his alter ego David Grayson written by students, fans, and academics (including Frank Prentice Rand’s The Story of David Grayson, which the Jones Library published in 1963).

Extent


48 manuscript boxes

Access Restrictions


This collection is open for research.

Provenance​


Ray Stannard Baker himself left much of the collection to the Jones Library in his will, a bequest largely based on his lengthy tenure as a Library trustee, personal friendship with Charles Green, and his longtime love of the town of Amherst, the place in which many of his Grayson books were inspired and subsequently written. The collection has since been added to by donations from Baker’s descendants. 

In 2017 the Baker family donated a Buffalo honey scale, a No. 4 Cartridge Kodak Model F camera, and three school notebooks, all owned by Baker. Rob Napier, grandson of Baker, donated a fountain pen and fraternity lapel pin in 2018.

This is an active collection, and additions may be made at any time.

Preferred Citation


Ray Stannard Baker Collection, Special Collections, Jones Library, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Processing information

Processed in July-August 2012 by Margaret Barthel. Additions processed in 2019 by Cynthia Harbeson.

Related Materials


For related materials at the Jones Library, see:
Ray Stannard Baker: books from his personal library (in Curator’s Office and third floor storage)
Ray Stannard Baker: large framed photographs (in long-term storage room)
Ray Stannard Baker: personal furniture (in Curator’s Office and in storage)
Ray Stannard Baker: tuxedo worn to Paris Peace Conference proceedings (in Stone Room)

Related Materials at Other Institutions

Ray Stannard Baker Papers at the Library of Congress
Ray Stannard Baker Papers at Princeton University
Ray Stannard Baker Bee [Book] Collection at Michigan State University
Baker’s article “Talks with Our Boys and Girls In & Out of School”, published weekly from 7 December 1895 to 29 January 1898 in the Chicago Record newspaper. Newspaper is on microfilm at the Chicago Public Library.
Century Magazine is viewable through HathiTrust

Arrangement


The collection is organized into seven series.

Series Descriptions


Series 1: Writings
Comprised of Baker’s writings, published and unpublished. Most notably, contains all surviving manuscripts, typescripts, and galley proofs from the David Grayson books and Baker’s autobiographical works, Native American and American Chronicle.  Also included here are copies of various publications containing Baker’s work, including McClure’s and American Magazines; and, interestingly, selections from Baker’s personal notebooks and unpublished writings at the time of his death that incorporate Graysonian philosophy and sketches, indicate Baker’s thoughts on Grayson and his Graysonian work, or outline a new Grayson book.

Series 2: Correspondence
Includes extensive outgoing as well as incoming correspondence. Although letters written to his sweetheart and later wife, Jessie, form the bulk of the personal correspondence (Baker’s courtship letters 1892-1896 were compiled and edited in Alice Newell’s Masters’ thesis, in the Scholarship series), the collection also contains letters written to the Baker children and other family members, letters received from numerous friends and acquaintances, including William Allen White, Frank and Dorothy Waugh, Ida Tarbell, Martha Dickinson Bianchi, and W. E. B. DuBois, and professional correspondence with publishers, magazine editors, Hollywood and Broadway writers hoping to turn the Grayson works into plays and movies, and people asking permission to use the Grayson works in various school essay collections and over the radio.  The Correspondence series also contains letters relating to Jones Library business, dating to the years of Baker’s service as a trustee as well as posthumous correspondence between the library and the Baker family on the subject of the library’s Baker Collection. Finally, the series includes a significant amount of fan mail, received throughout Baker’s years publishing as Grayson (1906-1946). It provides an excellent window onto the thoughts, longings, concerns, and hopes of his readership, particularly regarding the “spiritual good” they thought Graysonian ideals did them, their oftentimes deep distrust of industrialization and urbanization, and their nostalgia for simple rural life.

The Correspondence series has been split into subseries by letter genre/topic as well as based on authorship (incoming/outgoing). In some cases--notably, in the professional and library correspondence--Baker’s responses that were not signed or handwritten have not been separated out from their incoming counterparts. This was done in an effort to preserve more nearly the story within the correspondence, since many of these letters lose their meaning when taken out of context.  In the instance of the fan letters, most of which were responded to with near-form letters of appreciation, the outgoing correspondence has been split further, into handwritten or signed responses, substantive typed responses, and typed (almost form) responses.      

Series 3: Subject Files
Much of this series contains items related to Baker’s work, including addresses and tributes he delivered, three separate bibliographies of his work, clippings related to his books and their publication, fan gifts and writings sent to David Grayson, plays that adapt Baker’s novel, Hempfield, book publicity material, illustrations from his books, and records relating to manuscript submissions and writing expenses. A sizable portion is also devoted to personal and family material - family ephemera and genealogy information, clippings made by Baker, publications and letters related to clubs Baker participated in, Jones Library material (especially regarding the acquisition of parts of the present collection), and personal account books and land sales records spanning most of Baker’s adult life.

Series 4: Biography & Criticism
Comprised of scholarly and biographical books, theses, articles, and essays about Baker, along with magazines containing minimal mentions of his name and work. High points of the series include manuscript and typescript of Frank Prentice Rand’s book, The Story of David Grayson; two theses, one a discussion of Baker’s early journalism as an example of the inherent problems of Progressivism (Feinberg), and one an edited version of Baker’s courtship letters to his future wife, Jessie (Newell); a number of fan tribute essays that demonstrate the enduring power of Graysonian philosophy in their writers’ minds (see John Phillips’ “Alias David Grayson,” the Victor Haas articles, and Letitia Barnes’ “Our Friend David Grayson,” for example); and three essays about Baker written by his daughters, Rachel Baker Napier and Alice Baker Hyde.  The series presents both scholarly and fan responses to Grayson through the twentieth century and also frequently addresses Baker’s identity and relation to his David Grayson character. 

Series 5: Biographical & Personal Ephemera
This series contains material relating to Baker’s personal life and biographical chronology. Notably, it includes various educational materials, especially class notes, and posthumous items such as programs and speeches from Baker’s memorial service. 

Series 6: Photographs
Loose photographs as well as family photograph albums appear in this series.  Loose photographs have been grouped generally by subject (e.g. portraits of Baker), and negatives have been separated into a single folder. The Baker family photograph albums are in chronological order and range from pre-1893 to 1946.

Series 7: Ray Stannard Baker Materials in Other Collections
Baker collections are also archived at the Library of Congress and the Princeton University Library. This series contains finding aids for these other Baker papers, as well as descriptions of the Library of Congress Wilson Papers and Baker Papers written by archivist Katharine Brand, formerly Baker’s secretary and assistant during his years composing the Wilson biography.

Collection Inventory
Series 1: Writings


 Box  Title  Year
1 Books: Adventures in Contentment 1907
Books: Adventures in Contentment proofs 1907
Books: Adventures in Friendship 1910
2 Books: The Friendly Road 1913
Books: Hempfield 1915
Books: Hempfield proofs 1915
Books: Great Possessions 1917
Books: Great Possessions excerpt 1917
Books: Adventures in Understanding 1925
4 Books: Adventures in Understanding Introduction 1925
Books: Adventures in Understanding proofs 1925
Books: Adventures in Understanding serial 1925
Books: Adventures in Solitude 1931
Books: Adventures in Solitude - A Captivity Enriched 1931
Books: Adventures in Solitude - A Captivity Enriched 1931
5 Books: The Countryman's Year 1936
Books: The Countryman's Year Foreword 1936
Books: The Countryman's Year proofs 1936
6 Books: Native American proofs 1941
Books: Under My Elm  1942
7 Books: Under My Elm  1942
Books: Under My Elm printer's copy 1942
Books: Under My Elm proofs 1942
Books: Under My Elm illustration proofs 1942
8 Books: American Chronicle  1945
9 Books: American Chronicle  1945
10 Books: American Chronicle proofs 1945
10  Books: David Grayson Omnibus Edition Introduction 1946
10  Other Publications: "On Crow Grade"  1898
10  Other Publications: "How Uncle Sam Spends Your Income Tax Dollar"  1914
10  Other Publications: American Magazine 1906 Nov.-1924 Sept.
10  Other Publications: Amherst Graduates' Quarterly 1931 Aug.
10  Other Publications: Century Magazine 1902 May-Nov.
11 Other Publications: Century Magazine 1903 Mar-Sept., 1904 June, 1908 Apr.
11  Other Publications: Current History 1924 Jan.
11  Other Publications: Christian Endeavor World 1909 Oct.
11  Other Publications: Forest and Outdoors 1941 Dec.
11  Other Publications: Harper's Weekly 1897 April
11  Other Publications: The Independent 1896 Sept.-1909 Sept.
12 Other Publications: McClure’s Magazine
1897 May-1914 May
12  Other Publications: Munsey’s Magazine
1899 Oct.-1904 Nov.
12  Other Publications: National Printer-Journalist 1900 March
12  Other Publications: New York Herald Tribune 1929 Jan.-Feb. 
12  Other Publications: New York Herald Tribune 1931 Nov.-Dec.
12  Other Publications: Nickell Magazine 1897 Feb.
12  Other Publications: Outlook Magazine
1895 July-1901 Aug.
12  Other Publications: The Public 1916 Dec.
12  Other Publications: The Quaker
1899 Nov.
12  Other Publications: Reader’s Digest 1940 May
12  Other Publications: The Rotarian 1935 April
12  Other Publications: The Scroll 1909-1942
12 Other Publications: The Springfield Republican 1919 Dec.,
1920 Feb.
12  Other Publications: The Tourney 1894 May
12  Other Publications: Various newspapers 1929 Jan.
12  Other Publications: World Affairs Interpreter 1944 Winter 
12  Other Publications: World’s Work
1902 Aug. 
12 Other Publications: Youth’s Companion 1898 Feb.-1926 July 
 13 Other Publications: 2 bound books of collected articles
Note: Baker himself gathered these articles, specifically with the intention
of grouping all his journalistic articles that had not been included later in
one of his books.

1895-1912
13  Personal writings: notebook material
Note: These loose notebook pages are excerpted from the full notebooks,
which are included in their entirety in the Library of Congress’s Baker
collection. They contain various personal thoughts, descriptive writings, and
other snippets, as well as chapter-by-chapter plans for the Grayson books
which demonstrate Baker’s Graysonian writing process, which incorporated many previously-written items from his notebooks.

circa 1913-1945
 14 Personal writings: unpublished work
Similar to Baker’s notebooks, this compilation of his unpublished work at
the time of his death is a mixture of Baker’s own musings and his unrealized
and somewhat unformed plans for a new Grayson book.
circa 1946

Series 2: Correspondence



Subseries A: Personal Correspondence - Outgoing

Please note: This is a folder-level inventory.


Box Title Year(s)
14  to James Stannard and Francis Baker 1922-1945
14  to Jessie Beal Baker
Note: Baker’s letters to Jessie during their courtship, 1892-1895, appear typed and edited in Alice Newell’s thesis, “My Own Dear Girl.” See Series 4.
1892-97, undated
15 to Jessie Beal Baker
1898-1935
16  to Dr. and Mrs Beal
Note: several of these letters to Jessie’s parents also contain portions authored by Jessie herself. Short descriptions of these letters may be found in the printed list of Baker family correspondence placed at the beginning of Box 16.
1896-99, undated
16   to Alice Beal Baker Hyde
Note: The 1900 letter of the first folder was later published by Alice Baker Hyde in “Ray Stannard Baker’s Stories to His Children.”
1900, 1946
16   to Rachel Baker Napier
1918, 1944
16   to Baker family members
1898-1942
16   to friends and acquaintances
 

Subseries B: Personal Correspondence - Incoming


 Box  Title  Years
16 from Baker family
 1894-1942
16  from John N. Adams  1937-1939
16  from Harlan and Jessie Ballard
 1908-1945
16  from Kenyon Butterfield   1925, 1931
16  from Calvin Coolidge
 1924 
16  from W.E.B. DuBois
 1924
16  from Goodhue family
 1914
16  from Audobon Hardy
 1925-1943
16  from Clarence Hawkes
 1915-1938
16  from Sydney Raine
 1932-1938
16  from Frank Prentice Rand
 1923, 1941
16  from Ernest Seeman
 1933-1941
16  from Ida Tarbell  1915-1941
16  from Frank and Dorothy Waugh
 1927-1945
16  from George Whicher  1926-1946
16 from William Allen White  1918-1919
16  General friends and acquaintances
 circa 1908-1945

Subseries C: Baker Family Correspondence



 Box  Title  Years(s)
16 Jessie Beal Baker outgoing
 1894-1946
16  Jessie Beal Baker incoming
 1917-1941
16  Baker family incoming - condolences   1946-1947
16  Baker family and Frank Prentice Rand
 1961-1963
16  Rachel Napier general correspondence  1948, 1951

Subseries D: Professional Correspondence



 Box  Title  Year(s)
16 American Magazine  1906-1936
17 Andrew Melrose Limited (UK publisher)
 1909, 1924
17  Charles Scribner and Sons  1941
17  Cosmopolitan Magazine  1932-1941
17  Doubleday, Page and Company 1924-1935 
17  George M. Adams Syndicate  1937-1942
17  Reader’s Digest  1936, 1942
17  Illustrators - Thomas Fogarty
Note: file includes announcement of Fogarty’s death as well as correspondence.
 1916-1938
17  Illustrators - David Hendrickson   1942, 1943
17  Permissions - Hempfield Play  1916-1940
17  Permissions - General   1914-1945
17 Reviews  1925-1941
17  Solicited articles from publishers
 1916-1937
17  Other professional correspondence - general  1916-1942
17  Other professional correspondence - Vrest Orton  1931-1938
17  Other writers - Zoda Anderson
 1932-1942
17  Other writers - Walter Dyer  1921-1943
17  Research Queries from Baker  1921, 1944
17 Research Query to Baker (Barbara Bayne)
 1930-1932

Subseries E: Jones Library Correspondence



 Box  Title  Year(s)
17 Baker with Charles Green
 1926-1946
18 Baker with Martha Dickinson Bianchi    1931
18 Baker with Charles Dennis
Note: much of Baker’s correspondence with Dennis had to do with the Jones Library’s Eugene Field Collection. Field and Baker were reporters under Dennis’s editorship of the Chicago News-Record at the turn of the century.
 1923-1943
18 Baker with Charles K. Field
1927-1942 
18  James Stannard Baker with Charles Green
1948-1952
18  Jessie Baker with Charles Green   1946-1951 
18  Baker family with Charles Green
1963-1971 
18  Baker Collection Research Queries - General
1959-1974 
18  Baker Collection Research Queries - Vivian Rosenberg  1955-1968 
18  Baker Collection Research Queries - Tom Taylor  1961-1964 
18 Bee Books Donation  1946-1976 
18  Reprints of Grayson books  1946-1986 

Subseries F: Fan Correspondence - Outgoing



 Box  Title  Year(s)
18  Handwritten and autograph letters  1915-1945, undated 
18  Substantive unsigned typed letters  1921-1945 
18  Typed letters   1914-1938 
19 Typed letters continued   1938-1946 

Subseries G: Fan Correspondence - Incoming



 Box  Title  Year(s)
19 Fan correspondents - Lois Glover
1940 
19  Fan correspondents - Heber Grant  1941 
19  Fan correspondents - Albert Grier  1928-1932 
19  Fan correspondents - Edward Macauley  1948 
19  Fan correspondents - Edward Mathews  1931-1935 
19  Fan correspondents - Hudson Maxim  1924 
19  Fan correspondents - Andrew Snyder  1931 
20 General fan correspondence
1906-1913 
21 General fan correspondence  1913-1915 
22  General fan correspondence  1915-1917 
23  General fan correspondence
1917-1920 
24  General fan correspondence   1921-1915 
25  General fan correspondence  1925 
26  General fan correspondence  1926-1927 
27  General fan correspondence  1928-1931 
28  General fan correspondence   1931-1934 
29  General fan correspondence   1935-1937 
30 General fan correspondence   1937-1939 
31  General fan correspondence  1940-1942 
32  General fan correspondence   1943-1946 
32  posthumous fan letters  1946-1950 
32  letters between individuals about Grayson   1908-1944 

Series III: Subject Files


 Box Title  Year(s)
33 Addresses and Tributes: Adult Education Address
1933
33  Addresses and Tributes: “America and the Peace of Europe"
1923
33  Addresses and Tributes: “Culture” 1915
33  Addresses and Tributes: Jones Library Founder’s Day 1932-1938
33  Addresses and Tributes - Kenyon Butterfield tribute  1935
33  Addresses and Tributes: “A Maker of Understandings” undated
33  Addresses and Tributes: “The New Evangelism” 1909
33  Addresses and Tributes: “Panama Canal as an Example of Efficiency and Service”
1913
33  Addresses and Tributes: Remarks on Libraries
1945
33  Addresses and Tributes: Rollins College
1931-1945
33  Addresses and Tributes: “Should the United States Remain Outside the League of Nations?” 1920
33  Addresses and Tributes: “Spirit of Progressivism in American Life" 1912
33  Addresses and Tributes: Walter Page Tribute 1925
33  Addresses and Tributes: “Wilson’s Message Today” 1927
33  Addresses and Tributes: Woodrow Wilson: Prophet
1943
33  Art: prints of Southwestern scenes  undated
33  Art: Thomas Fogarty illustrations
undated
34 Baker Family: genealogy
1955-1996
34  Baker Family: Hugh Potter Baker UMass building dedication 1951
34  Baker Family: “Ray Stannard Baker’s Stories to His Children” (Alice Baker Hyde) 1945
34  Baker Family: “The Life of William James Beal” 1984
34  Baker Family: miscellaneous family material
circa 1930-1950
34  Baker Family: reunions 1990-1996
34  Bibliography: Rachel Napier bibliography 1943
34  Bibliography: Andrew K. Peters bibliography 1936
34  Bibliography: Baker’s personal bibliography 1939
34  Bibliography: Baker’s personal bibliography - periodicals undated
35 Clippings: Baker’s personal scrapbook
undated
35  Clippings: Baker’s personal interests 
These clippings, made by Baker himself, are categorized into clippings dealing with Thomas Edison, clippings about Woodrow Wilson, and miscellaneous clippings lightly annotated by Baker. 
1879-1940
35  Clippings: Baker and Baker family biographical
circa 1910-1996
35  Clippings: Adventures in Contentment
circa 1907
35 Clippings: Adventures in Friendship  circa 1910
35  Clippings: The Friendly Road circa 1913
35  Clippings: Hempfield  circa 1915
35  Clippings: Great Possessions circa 1917
35  Clippings: Adventures in Understanding circa 1925
35  Clippings: A Day of Pleasant Bread  circa 1926
36 Clippings: Adventures of David Grayson  circa 1925
36  Clippings: Adventures in Solitude circa 1931
36  Clippings: The Countryman’s Year
circa 1936
36  Clippings: Native American  circa 1941
36  Clippings: Under My Elm  circa 1942
36  Clippings: American Chronicle  circa 1945
36  Clippings: David Grayson Identity circa 1915-17
36  Clippings: David Grayson Miscellaneous 1913-1942
36  Clippings: Obituary 1946
36  Clubs: Agassiz Association  1882-1916
37 Clubs: Franklin Harvest Club  1919-1931
37  Clubs: Shubenacadies (Intellectuals)
1921-1946
37  Fans: writings 1907-1946
37  Fans: ephemera and gifts 1907-1946
37  Graysonian Clubs clippings and pamphlets 1913-1940
38 Hempfield Plays: introductory note  undated
38  Hempfield plays: correspondence 1918-1941
38  Hempfield plays: “Anthy of Hempfield” script undated
38 Hempfield plays: “Hempfield” undated
38 Hempfield plays: “Hitch Your Wagon”  undated
38 Hempfield plays: “There Was Adventure Then” 1937
39 Impersonators of Grayson and Baker
Note: This file contains a variety of documents relating to several incidences of individuals impersonating Grayson, and, on one occasion, Baker. It includes relevant correspondence, newspaper clippings, and telegrams that together tell the stories of these instances.
1904-1945
39  Jones Library: Collection Acquisitions 1978-1979
39  Jones Library: Baker Memorial Room guestbook 1947-1990
39  Jones Library: Baker Memorial Room inventory  1947-1949
39  Jones Library: Trustee election announcement
1930
39  Jones Library: Ten Books Every Library Should have 1935
39  Jones Library: Wilson exhibit  1926
39  Miscellaneous material
1918-1940
39 Political and social action correspondence, pamphlets 1915-1946
39  Publicity: book ads and book jackets
1915-1950
40 Record books: account books  1891-1927
41 Record books: account books continued
1928-1939
41  Record books: garden notebook 1913-1927
41  Record books: manuscript record, other writing records, land sales record 1900-1936

Series IV: Biography and Criticism


 Box  Title  Year(s)
42 Books: The Story of David Grayson
1963
42  Books: The Story of David Grayson working index 1963
42  Books: The Story of David Grayson proofs 1963
42  Books: The Story of David Grayson ads
1963
42  Books: The Story of David Grayson reviews 1963
42  Books: Mind and Thought of a Progressive review 1966-1967
42  Scholarship: “The American Magazine: Principle vs. Profit” article
Note: This article was written by one of Baker’s biographers, John Semonche.
1963
42  Scholarship: Dictionary of American Biography entry undated
42  Scholarship: “My Own Dear Girl” thesis
1994
42  Scholarship: “Ray Stannard Baker: Another Apostle of Futility” thesis 1952
 43 Magazines: “Alias David Grayson”
Note: This article, which argues for a Graysonian piece of Baker’s personality, was written by Baker’s former American Magazine editor and friend, John Phillips.
1916
43  Magazines: “Causes of Race Riots”
1907
43  Magazines: “Casual Comment”
1916
43  Magazines: “Chronicle and Comment”  1916
43  Magazines: “David Grayson, Essayist”  1927
43  Magazines: “Fake Authors”
1939
43  Magazines: “My Friend, David Grayson”  1962
43  Magazines: “The Real Character of ‘David Grayson’” 1932
43  Magazines: “The Real David Grayson”
1925
43  Magazines: “Surveys and Reflections”
1928
43  Newspapers: reviews
1933-1937, undated
43  Newspapers: Walter Dyer “Notes of a Connecticut Valley Observer” column 1925
43  Newspapers: Victor Haas articles 1977
43  Tributes: Atkinson, “Ray Stannard Baker and David Grayson" 1936
43  Tributes: Harry Baker tribute
1946
43  Tributes: Letitia Barnes “Our Friend David Grayson”  1961
43  Tributes: Rachel Napier essays
1941-1942
43  Tributes: Rachel Napier and Alice Hyde essay  undated
43  Tributes: Frank P. Rand, “Myth and Magic of David Grayson" 1961
43  Tributes: O. Grant Schafer, “Ray Stannard Baker”
1983
43 Tributes: Louise Weiscopf, “Ray Stannard Baker Alias David Grayson” 1937
43 Tributes: Katharine Yull, “Ray Stannard Baker”
1965

Series 5: Biographical and Personal Ephemera 



 Box  Content Year(s) 
44  Artifacts: honey scale, camera, fountain pen, fraternity pin
undated
45  Biographical: Chronology undated
45  Biographical: Massachusetts Electoral College  1929 
45  Education: class notes   1887-1888 
46  Education: class notes  1892 
46  Education: diplomas 
46  Education: exams  1881 
46  Education: Michigan State College alumni award  1946 
46 Fraternity: David D. Banta Library Catalogue
Note: The reasons behind Baker’s possessing this inventory of books at a fraternity’s library is not certain. Baker was involved in Greek life at Michigan Agricultural College, and this may account for the item. 
1940 
46  Fraternity: The Signet publication
Note: It is unclear why this pamphlet was included in the collection. His name is not mentioned anywhere.  One possible reason for its inclusion is that Baker’s personal friend Frank Prentice Rand was its editor. 
1925 
46  Obituary: memorial book   1946 
46  Obituary: memorial notice from Winter Park   1946 
46  Obituary: memorial service programs   1946 
46  Obituary: memorial service Victor Butterfield tribute  1946 
46  Obituary: more in oversize   1946 
46  Miscellaneous   1926-1939 

Series 6: Photographs



 Box  Content  Year(s)
46 Amherst house
circa 1910-1945
46  Miscellaneous  circa 1920-1940 
46  Negatives circa 1929-1935 
47 Portraits  1918-1945
47  Baker Family photograph albums   pre-1893-1910
48  Baker Family photograph albums  1910-1946

Series 7: Ray Stannard Baker Material in Other Collections



 Box  Content  Year(s)
48 Library of Congress: finding aid  1948
48  Library of Congress: Katharine Brand, “The Personal Papers of Ray Stannard Baker”  1948
48  Library of Congress: Katharine Brand, “Index to the Woodrow Wilson Papers”   1973
48  Library of Congress: Katharine Brand, “Woodrow Wilson Papers”  1945
48  Princeton University Library: finding aid   1946
48  Woodrow Wilson Birthplace: Katharine Brand Book Collection undated