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Jane Taylor collection

Identifier: UA-17.292

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials about Liberty Hyde Bailey including articles about him from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly publications. Included are photocopies of original documents relating to Bailey. Other materials include photographs (some are copies from Cornell), an issue of Country Life from 1902, items written by Bailey, and information on the Donley School and Carl School both with ties to Bailey. Also included is the handle of a fountain pen belonging to Bailey that the donor received from Cornell University.

In this collection are also the materials from another collection (c.00596) that were merged with this collection. These materials includes a teacher's record for the Carl School and Harry E. Saier seed materials, which includes seed catalogs, empty seed packets, and a membership card.

The collection also includes hand tinted lantern slides of flowering trees and shrubs from 1932 and a Pioneer Seed Company sign.


  • Creation: 1859 - 2005

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.


Jane Taylor was the former Michigan State University Director of Annual Gift Programs for the Michigan 4-H Foundation. She received her B.A. at Marietta College in 1957 and her M.S. in 1959 from the University of Illinois. She was affiliated with the Michigan Association for State 4-H Youth Staff, Michigan Botanical Club, Friends of Historic Meridian, National Wildflower Association, Association of Living Historical Farms and Agricultural Museums, and Michigan Nut Growers Association. She was the founding curator of the 4-H Children’s Garden at MSU and the first recipient of the Jane L. Taylor Great American Gardeners Award in 2000, an annual show award from the American Horticulture Society.

She retired in 1998 and along with her husband, Lee, who also was a professor of horticulture for MSU for almost thirty years, moved to Portland, Maine.


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 box, 1 oversize folder, 1 lantern slide box)

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Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Jane Taylor Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
Jennie Russell
May 2016
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US