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Baird Leonard Papers, 1909-1937
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 93

Abstract:
Columnist; Social critic; Poet; and Humorist. Papers contain photographs, bookplates, drawings, scrapbook and correspondence with famous and lesser known writers and journalists. Includes original manuscripts and typescripts of columns, essays, articles, and verse; plus notebooks, reviews and clippings of her articles and columns.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Drawing of Baird Leonard by O. Cushing, undated

Drawing of Baird Leonard by
O. Cushing, undated

Leola Baird Leonard (known professionally as Baird Leonard), was born 16 May 1888. She graduated from Smith College in 1909 and was a columnist, critic, poet, and humorist for Life magazine (1922-32), The New Yorker (1925), Harpers (1927-29), Judge (1932), and the New York Morning Telegraph (1912-24). She also published a book of poems entitled Simple Confession (1930). Her work was chiefly light and satiric verse and parodies. Her column, "Mrs. Pepys' Diary," a parody on Samuel Pepys with a "jazzy" New York slant, was featured in Life. She married Harry St. Clair Zogbaum. Baird Leonard died in 1941.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Baird Leonard Papers contain correspondence, writings, photographs, bookplates, drawings, and a scrapbook. The papers also contain correspondence with other writers and journalists, including Frank Bacon, David Belasco, Louis Bromfield, Charles Dana Gibson, Oliver Herford, William Lyon Phelps, Robert E. Sherwood, Sara Teasdale, Hendrik Van Loon, Carl Van Vechten and Carolyn Wells. The writings series includes original manuscripts and typescripts of columns, essays, articles, and verse; plus notebooks, reviews and clippings of her articles and columns. There are also a few photographs,a scrapbook, and the original drawing by Charles Dana Gibson of "Mrs. Pepys" at her typewriter which headed her column.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Baird Leonard Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Baird Leonard's papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by her sister, Kate Zogbaum Linzboth in 1954 and 1955.

Processing Information

The collection is unprocessed. Finding aid revised in 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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Language
English.