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John and Katherine Bakeless papers

Call Number: MS 50

Scope and Contents

The John and Katherine Bakeless Papers consist mainly of edited type-scripts for books they have written together and individually. Also included are correspondence, research materials and images and negatives used in publications.


  • 1865-1966


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John E. and Katherine Bakeless, 1951-1962. Transferred from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 2011.


Correspondence is arranged alphabetically.


5 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Incoming correspondence, including letters from Irving Berlin, Aaron Copland and others, and edited typescripts for the books, Eyes of Discovery, Spies of the Revolution, In the Big Time, Lewis and Clark, Partners in Discovery, and Daniel Boone: Master of the Wilderness. Research materials, including copies of historical documents and photographs.The papers of Katherine Bakeless are also included in the collection.

Biographical / Historical

John Bakeless: born December 30, 1894, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; graduate of Williams College; received M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard; author and contributor to magazines; served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. Died August 8, 1978, in New Haven, Connecticut. Married Katherine Little on June 16, 1920.

Katherine Little Bakeless: born December 5, 1895, in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania; author, teacher, pianist; collaborated with her husband on books. She also wrote two books for young readers on her own. Died July 29, 1992, in Seymour, Connecticut.

Guide to the John and Katherine Bakeless Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Lisa Newman
January 1979
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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