Guide to The Papers of Dorothy and Howard Baker, 1926-1990

Processed by Special Collections staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Steven Mandeville-Gamble
Department of Special Collections
Green Library
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
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The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the The papers of Dorothy and Howard Baker, 1926-1990

Collection number: M0903

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

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  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
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Date Completed:
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Steven Mandeville-Gamble
© 1999 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: The papers of Dorothy and Howard Baker,
Date (inclusive): 1926-1990
Collection number: Special Collections M0903
Creator: Baker, Howard, d1905-
Extent: 33 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions


Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


Purchased, 1996.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] The papers of Dorothy and Howard Baker, M0903, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Scope and Content

Includes manuscripts, correspondence, photographs.

Access Terms

Baker, Dorothy, 1907-1968.
Baker, Howard, 1905-
American literature--20th century.

Container List

Box 1

(HB) Autobiography, temples, horses, his own early papers Stavely, "Individualism" and Wasteland, Shaman, Plates, leather notebook, (red) campus notes notebook, black 3 ring: Temples, black 3 ring: Provinces, general correspondence #9, #10, #11

Box 2

(DB & HB) Whittier H S docs and "iana", UCLA papers and docs, UC-B grad school papers, stories: Safe conduct, vote for Hoover, Matter of habit, No sale, Fletcher Mills, Sane Fourth, For your convenience, Nocturnal conversation; beginnings of "Young man with a horn," family and personal honeymoon pics/doc/yearbooks, HB's letters to his parents (& DB), periodical appearances of DB

Box 3

HB: essays, stories, to Virginia: loves of Andy & Rosy, scholarship

Box 3

DB: get well, 1947, Trio, Ninth Day, Life with Father, Stories (10)+1, Gifted son clippings, letters to: supplements: Freidel, O'Hare, Murdock, Cassandra (major file)

Box 4

Scholarship, 11 folders, Endoxus, etc.

Box 5

HB & DB: Little Orpheus (version), The other one (versions), The ninth day (versions of play /screenplay), Orange Valley (setting TS), Ode to the Sea (galleys), HB's poetry (6 folders), Stories: Bedwell Bar, Tokaywabbie special.

Box 6

HB: Scholarship & essays: Persephone's cave, Letters on the English, Essays on novels (Hardy et al), Monterey: Acorn gathereres, Folders/Binders on scholarship not valued, Med Fly invention, Essays on Squires, Goldstein, K.A. Porter, etc, box of old snaps/photos some deteriorating.

Box 7

Trio (versions) (play), Young man with a horn (versions) (play & screenplay), Willow Street chronicle (play), Sparrow and the characters (play)

Box 8

HB: English 262, English 114A: 44B, Hardy, Williams (Annie L), Sullivan - agents, musical rummy, General Lightfoot, Trio 1945, A map in the sand, The Shrew, AVIS (150p jumbled), AVIS & ms map, Antiquity & modernism, Ode to sea (page proofs), A letter from the country TS, English 225 etc (1929), general correspondence #7, #8

Box 9

Supplement box 1/3. DB's letters to parents, early + final roundup + early mss, Bronson endorsement, 1937, for H.M. fellowship, etc. Not foldered, need rubber bands removed.

Box 10

HB: Life adv. Of Vicente Felix, AVIS, letters to parents from France, Fed 1040 (1942), Cassandra, The lonely summer, DB's death (medical file)

Box 11

DB (chiefly): Orange Valley contract/royalty, DB bio/specs, Nial/Cowley, DB to parents, DB's parents to Alice, 9th Day clipping file, many DB stories, essay (Reluc Provias?), speech, YMWAH (play) drafts & UK stencil, YMWAH play/screenplay (2), YMWAH play/act 2 (drafts), YMWAH (play) 125 pp, ditto 127 pp, ditto Act 1, scene 3, Cassandre at the wedding (galleys - 2 sets), radio/tv, Eddie Blatt, Fletcher Markle, McIntosh & Otis, Annie Laurie Williams, Houghton-Mifflin, clipping service files/YMWAH, Sabinson

Box 12

HB & DB: novel ASIS etc drafts, UC Davis files, Trio novel drafts by DB, etc.

Box 13

HB: Dilemma, thesis, misc drafts, Sackville & Norton, D's journal, Our gifted son (responses), oral history DB, A final time jazz memoirs, 2nd annual fiction conv., Ellen's birth, Stewart, Mildred (fol. 7), general correspondence #6 (DB)

Box 14

HB: manuscript file, Persephone's cave (box 2)

Box 15

Specific correspondence: A - Lytle

Box 16

Letters to DB: HB, Mildred Stewart, Marjory Harris Simpson, Eliz Freidel, Louise Stoll, French docs (marriage cert.), HB on Dannenbaum, A letter from the country & baby pic, letters from D's parents, Dorothy to Howard

Box 17

HB: manuscript file, Persephone's cave (box 1 of 2)

Box 18

Specific correspondence (box 2): McCambridge to Wright (to end) + Stewart, Baker, Sullivan, 1970-1971 (important file)

Box 19

Supplement box 3/3. Printed matter, galleys, page proofs, Ninth day early drafts, + other mss

Box 20a

DB: letters to (etc)/general correspondence (5 folders)

Box 20b

HB: letters to/general correspondence (6 folders)

Box 21

HB: on Ramsey, French ed YMWAH (A of 4), Whittier HS year books (2), Gyroscope complete with Lesis & Winters TS, HB lc recordings, Cassandra galleys, Hearst/Cosmopolitan, Harvard Advocates (3), DB correspondence (retained carbons, drafts), final folder all scraps

Box 22

HB: Supplement box 2/3. Early letters to Dorothy (rubber bands), photos, etc.