All incoming letters are originals and in good condition; letters from Bailey Willis to his family are originals but many
have been cut with portions extracted and many have pages missing; the outgoing letters of Bailey Willis (other than to family)
are typewritten carbon copies of drafts of letters.
Bailey Willis (1857-1949), geologist, now is principally known for his research on earthquakes and earthquake resistant building.
He was the son of poet and journalist Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867) and Cornelia (Grinnell) Willis (1826?-1904) of the
prominent New England Grinnell family. Their children were: Cornelius Grinnell Willis (known as Nelt or Grinnell), Edith (Willis)
Grinnell (who married her cousin, Lawrence Grinnell), Lilian (Willis) Boit, and Bailey. Imogen was Bailey's half sister, being
the daughter of N. P. Willis and his first wife.
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