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Special Collections

MSU  Libraries

366 W. Circle Drive

East Lansing, MI 48824



URL: http://specialcollections.lib.msu.edu

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Acquisitions Information:

Donation of Ray Stannard Baker, 1946.

Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Box number, Folder number and/or title, Ray Stannard Baker Bee Research Collection, MSS 244, Special Collections, Michigan State University Main Library

Copyright Notice:

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this archive, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Usage Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on the access of this collection.

Photoduplication Restrictions:

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Collection Summary:

The Baker manuscript collection complements the collection of apiculture books donated to the MSU library. It includes biographical information, business correspondence (1924-1945), bibliographies. beekeeping publications, news clippings of bee books and apiculture history, and Baker’s personal beekeeping records. The biographical information is comprised of several obituaries and booklet from his memorial service. Baker’s correspondence includes business transactions, personal letters, and inquiries about other bee book collections, particularly the Cowen Collection in England. The bibliographical materials include lists of publishers, price lists, history of Baker’s collection of beekeeping books, and a Friends of the Library newsletter, dated winter-spring 1947, announcing the donation of the Baker collection to Michigan State University. The Baker collection also includes beekeeping publications from France, Germany and India.

There is an online exhibit of the Ray Stannard Baker Bee Collection.

Historical Background:

Ray Stannard Baker was born to Major Joseph Stannard and Alice Potter Baker in Lansing, Michigan on April 17, 1870. At the age of 19, Baker received a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University. In 1896, He married the daughter of noted MSU botanist, Professor William James Beal. During the period of 1892-1897 Baker was a reporter with the Chicago Record, later becoming a writer for Century Magazine, Youth’s Companion, associate editor of McClure’s magazine, and editor and co-purchaser of American Magazine. He possessed a great interest in sociological and economic problems, which were the subjects in many of his writings. Under the pen name of David Grayson, Baker published country life books Adventures in Friendship, Adventures in Contentment, Adventures in Understanding, and Adventures in Solitude. A close friend of Woodrow Wilson, he published Woodrow Wilson – Life and Letters, a biography that won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1940. Less well known is Baker’s fascination with bee culture, which began after he moved to Amherst, Massachusetts in 1910. Eventually he began to collect antique books on bees and in 1925 conceived the idea of establishing an apiary library at Michigan State University. Before his death on July 12, 1946, Baker arranged to have his collection of bee books donated to the MSU library.

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Box Folder Description
1 1 Biographical information
  2 Correspondence (1924 – 1929)
  3 Correspondence (1930 – 1934)
  4 Correspondence (1937 – 1945)
  5 Bibliography of collection
  6 Beekeeping publications
  7 Clippings of bee books, apiculture
  8 Baker’s beekeeping records

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