Jane Taylor Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Taylor, Jane L.
Jane Taylor collection
Date [inclusive]
1.25 Cubic feet 1 box, 1 oversize folder, 1 lantern slide box

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Jane Taylor was the former Michigan State University Director of Annual Gift Programs for the Michigan 4-H Foundation. She received her B.A. at Marietta College in 1957 and her M.S. in 1959 from the University of Illinois. She was affiliated with the Michigan Association for State 4-H Youth Staff, Michigan Botanical Club, Friends of Historic Meridian, National Wildflower Association, Association of Living Historical Farms and Agricultural Museums, and Michigan Nut Growers Association. She was the founding curator of the 4-H Children’s Garden at MSU and the first recipient of the Jane L. Taylor Great American Gardeners Award in 2000, an annual show award from the American Horticulture Society.

She retired in 1998 and along with her husband, Lee, who also was a professor of horticulture for MSU for almost thirty years, moved to Portland, Maine.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of materials about Liberty Hyde Bailey including articles about him from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly publications. Included are photocopies of original documents relating to Bailey. Other materials include photographs (some are copies from Cornell), an issue of Country Life from 1902, items written by Bailey, and information on the Donley School and Carl School both with ties to Bailey. Also included is the handle of a fountain pen belonging to Bailey that the donor received from Cornell University.

In this collection are also the materials from another collection (c.00596) that were merged with this collection. These materials includes a teacher's record for the Carl School and Harry E. Saier seed materials, which includes seed catalogs, empty seed packets, and a membership card.

The collection also includes hand tinted lantern slides of flowering trees and shrubs from 1932 and a Pioneer Seed Company sign.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections May 2016

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Harry E. Saier Co.
  • Michigan Agricultural College.


  • Ephemera
  • Genealogies (histories)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Maps
  • Negatives (Photographs)
  • Photographs
  • Publications
  • Serial publications

Geographic Name(s)

  • Ingham County (Mich.)
  • South Haven (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Bailey, L. H., (Liberty Hyde), 1858-1954


  • Agricultural colleges
  • Agricultural colleges -- Michigan
  • Horticulture -- Study and teaching
  • Horticulturists
  • Public schools -- Michigan
  • Seeds

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

ASHS Horticulture Hall of Fame Nomination of Liberty Hyde Bailey 1988-1991, 2005 

5595 1


Box Folder

Bailey Articles 1954-1971 

5595 2

Liberty Hyde Bailey's birth place cover and a list of Bailey's books at the museum 1968, undated 

5595 3

Photocopied articles from "Agricultural History" 1941, 1942, undated 

5595 4
Box Folder

Audio recordings from the Vincent Voice Library of Liberty Hyde Bailey 1983-1991, undated 

5595 5

Copies of Original Documents Relating to Liberty Hyde Bailey 1881-1956, undated 

5595 6


Box Folder

"Hatch Act" Photographs 1987-1988, undated 

5595 7

Letters to and from Jane Taylor 1985-1995 

5595 8

Liberty Hyde Bailey to Family (Photocopies from Cornell University) 1854-1918 

5595 9
Box Folder

Dedication of the Bailey Birthsite Museum as a National Historic Site May 12, 1984 

5595 10-11

Envelope with Liberty Hyde Bailey March 15, 1958 

5595 12


Box Folder

Family History of Liberty Hyde Bailey and Nettie Smith and Maps undated 

5595 13

History of the 4-H Clubs 1916-1982, undated 

5595 14

History of the Carl School 1976, 1987, undated 

5595 15

History of the Departments of Horticulture Circa 1945-1955 

5595 16

Histories and Newspaper Clippings from South Haven about L.H. Bailey (Photocopies) 1912-1983 

5595 17
Box Folder

Invitation to the Liberty Hyde Bailey Centennial Celebration Circa 1958 

5595 18

Liberty Hyde Bailey Bookplates undated 

5595 19

Memories of Liberty Hyde Bailey 1983, undated 

5595 20

Newspaper Articles about Liberty Hyde Bailey 1980-1999, undated 

5595 21

Newspaper Articles. Photocopied Newspaper Articlese about Liberty Hyde Bailey 1907-1994 

5595 22


Box Folder

"The Agricultural Status" address by Liberty Hyde Bailey undated 

5595 23

"The Life and Accomplishments of Liberty Hyde Bailey" by Grace Howard, University of Michigan Masters Thesis undated 

5595 24

"The Pay-Off at Harvestime" by Liberty Hyde Bailey October 1947 

5595 25

"A Philosophy of Life" by Liberty Hyde Bailey December 3, 1948 

5595 26

"The Survey-Idea in Country-Life Work" by Liberty Hyde Bailey July 26-27, 1911 

5595 27

"The Thankful Heart" by Liberty Hyde Bailey undated 

5595 28

"Liberty Hyde Bailey: Michigan's Gift to the World" by Jane Taylor undated 

5595 29

"Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1858-1954" by Jane Taylor undated 

5595 30
Box Folder

Permission to Reproduce Photo from Iowa State University Press June 1986 

5595 31

Phyllis Busch Materials - Article, Correspondence, Liberty Hyde Bailey 1954, 1991 

5595 32

Poems by L.H. Bailey (Photocopies) 1912, 1919, undated 

5595 33


Box Folder

"The Apple-Tree" by L.H. Bailey (Photocopied) 1922 

5595 34

Articles written about Liberty Hydy Bailey 1938-1959 

5595 35

Articles written about Liberty Hyde Bailey 1970-2004 

5595 36

Articles written about Liberty Hyde Bailey undated 

5595 37

The Cornell Plantations 1947-2003 

5595 38

"The Cultivation of Orchards" by L.H. Bailey, Cornell University Experiment Station January 1899 

5595 39

"Living Memorials" by L.H. Bailey? August 1944 

5595 40

"My Great Oak Tree and Other Poems" by L.H. Bailey (Keepsake from Cornell University) September 1952 

5595 41

"Program: Liberty Hyde Bailey Centennial, 1858-1958" March 14, 1958 

5595 42

"Words Said About a Birthday: Addresses in Recognition of the Ninetieth Anniversary of the Natal Day of Liberty Hyde Bailey" April 29, 1948 

5595 43
Box Folder

Recipes for Food and Directions for Drying Racks 1918-1924 

5595 44

South Haven/Liberty Hydy Bailey Museum 1967, 1984, 1987, undated 

5595 45

South Haven and Van Buren County 4-H'ers July 15, 1985 

5595 46

Youth of Liberty Hydy Bailey (Photocopies) 1874-1987 

5595 47


Dedication of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Birthsite Museum as a National Historic Site May 12, 1984 

    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5595 48
    Box Folder
Photographic materials   5595 48

Family of Liberty Hyde Bailey undated 

    Box Folder
Photographic materials   5595 49
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5595 49

Box Folder

Grounds of the Bailey Birthplace Museum November 1982 

5595 50


Box Folder

Family of Liberty Hyde Bailey undated 

5595 51


Box Folder

Liberty Hyde Bailey's Pen undated 

5595 60


Oversize Drawer

Article. "The Budding Genius" by Jan Weist June 5, 1983 

Drawer 14

Publication. "Country Life in America", Vol. 2 No. 2 June 1902 

Drawer 14

Publication. "The Furrow" January-February 1945 

Drawer 14

Publication. "Michigan Farmer" April 18, 1987 

Drawer 14

Materials originally part of c.00596 

Box Folder

Carl School, District 7 Teacher's Record 1875-1876 

5595 52

William Donley/Carl School Article 1951 

5595 53

Harry Saier 

Box Folder

Society of American Florists and Ornamental Horticulturists Membership Card 1922 

5595 54

Market Gardner's Catalog 1929 

5595 55

Catalog of Seeds 1965 

5595 56

Catalog of Seeds 1969 

5595 57

The Saier Catalog of Seeds 1972 

5595 58

Seed Packets undated 

5595 59
Oversize Drawer

Oversize. Pioneer Seed Company Sign undated 

Drawer 14

Photograph. Lantern Slide. Flowering Trees and Shrubs 1932