Ray Stannard Baker bee research collection Edit


MSS 244 large


  • 1924-1945 (Creation)


  • 1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 box (8 folders)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

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

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Ray Stannard Baker Bee Research collection, MSS 244, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI,

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donation of Ray Stannard Baker in 1946.

  • Processing Information

    Processing information is unknown.

  • Biographical / Historical

    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.

  • Scope and Contents

    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{u2019}s personal beekeeping records. The biographical information is comprised of several obituaries and a booklet from his memorial service. Baker{u2019}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{u2019}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. Online exhibit of the Ray Stannard Baker Bee Collection: http://www.lib.msu.edu/exhibits/bees/index.jsp

  • Arrangement

    The materials are arranged by biographical information, correspondence, bibliography of the collection, clippings, and business records.