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Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858–1954)

Botanist, horticulturist
Director, College of Agriculture, Cornell University

Manuscript Sample, The Garden of Bellflowers (New York, 1953)


HI Archives collection no. 4
Folder file box 1


Bailey, Liberty Hyde
Date: ca.1898 (age 40)
HI Archives portrait no. 5

Biographical note
Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858–1954) was born in South Haven Township, Michigan, and raised rurally. He earned a B.S. from Michigan State (Agricultural) College in 1882 and went to work for Asa Gray at Harvard University’s herbarium. Bailey was professor of horticulture and landscape gardening at Michigan State from 1885 to 1888, when he moved to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. At Cornell he served as chair of practical and experimental horticulture, the first title of its type in America. In 1903 he became second director of the College of Agriculture. When the College of Agriculture was renamed the New York State College of Agriculture in 1904, Bailey was appointed the first Dean. It is now known as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. A specialist in Carex, Rubus, and Cucurbita, Bailey collected in China, South America, New Zealand, and the West Indies. Even after his 1913 retirement, he was a prolific writer and a frequently honored botanist. Compiled from an obituary in The New York Times (27 December 1954) and the Dictionary of Scientific Biography (New York, Charles Scribener’s and Sons, 1970).


Content notes
Four handwritten noncontiguous pages (including a title page) of the manuscript of Bailey’s The Garden of Bellflowers in North America, with Decorations (New York, MacMillan, 1953; HI Library call no. DT100 308 B155G). One file folder.

Bailey, Liberty Hyde
Date: 1941
Location: Rubus-collecting trip in West Virginia
HI Archives portrait no. 10a


Other resources
Individual and group portraits of this subject are available from the Hunt Institute portrait collection. Thumbnails of the individual and group portrait holdings are available as PDFs for research purposes. For publication-quality images, contact the Archivist to place an order.

Biographical citations for this subject are available from the Hunt Institute biographical collection as a PDF.

Bailey’s papers are available at Harvard University: http://oasis.harvard.edu/html/gra00011.html

His letters are available at the Library of the Gray Herbarium: http://www.huh.harvard.edu/libraries/sb.htm

Bailey, Liberty Hyde
with daughter Ethel Zoe Bailey
Date: 1924 (at age 66)
Location: Orinoco River, Venezuela
HI Archives portrait no. 18


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