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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

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Contents


Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence



Adams, Franklin Pierce,
1919, n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Bacon, Frank,
1919

Box 1: folder 3
Belasco, David,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Broomfield, Louis,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dana,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Hamilton, Cosmo,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Herford, Oliver,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Hughes, Rupert,
1916-17

Box 1: folder 9
Hughes, Adelaide Maud (Mrs. Rupert),
n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
Jordan, Kate,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Knox, Rose Markward (Mrs. Charles),
1924

Box 1: folder 12
Liverwright, Horace,
1924

Box 1: folder 13
Maxwell, W. B.,
1925

Box 1: folder 14
Robinson, Theodore Douglas,
1928

Box 1: folder 15
Roche, Arthur Somers,
1918

Box 1: folder 16
Sears, Zelda,
1923

Box 1: folder 17
Sherwood, Robert E.,
1918

Box 1: folder 18
Shipman, Louis Evan,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 19
Teasdale, Sara,
1918-21

Box 1: folder 20
Van Loon, Henrick Wilhelm,
1882-1944

Box 1: folder 21
Van Vetchen, Carl,
1923

Box 1: folder 22
White, James Terry,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 23
White, Mary Cornelius,
1926

Box 1: folder 24
Woollcott, Alexander,
1937

Box 1: folder 25
Notebooks: for Morning Telegraph and general,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 26-27
Notes on lectures


Box 1: folder 28
Photographs and book plate


Box 1: folder 29
Writings



The Book Market,
1914

Box 2: folder 1
"Mrs. Pep's Diary,"
1928

Box 2: folder 2
Clippings and miscellaneous,
1929-31, n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
"Woman About Town," articles,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 4
The Polo Grounder (Hits Pinched at the Polo Grounds),
1914

Box 2: folder 5
Manhattan Monotypes,
1926, n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Verses,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 7
Verses--Answers to Famous Questions,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 8
Crazy Quilt,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
Scrapbook: reviews and correspondence re: Simple Confessions,
1912-30, n.d.

Box 2
Drawing by Charles Dana Gibson of "Mrs. Pepys" at her typewriter with "Life" (as cupid) looking on (inscribed by artist),
n.d.

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Subjects
  • American wit and humor--Women authors-19th century--Sources
  • Humorous poetry, American--History--20th century--Sources
  • Journalism--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Leonard, Baird, d. 1941
  • New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs--20th century--Sources
  • Women--Humor--History--Sources


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