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Collection Number: 04113

Collection Title: James Osler Bailey Papers, 1924-1976

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract Writings and addresses by James Osler Bailey (1903-1979) about Thomas Hardy, Victorian literature, science fiction, and the teaching of reading and writing. Subject files include teaching plans, course syllabi, course examinations, subject notes, and a few letters from graduate students. Also included are a play, "Strike Song: A play of the Southern mills," written by Bailey and his wife, Loretto Carroll Bailey, in 1929; material relating to William T. Couch; the Friends of the Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Turkey, where Bailey taught, 1954-1957.
Creator Bailey, James Osler, 1903-
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James Osler Bailey papers #4113, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from James Osler Bailey, Chapel Hill, N.C., November 1976, and from the English Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, September 1981. An addition was received from the English Department in June 1985.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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James Osler Bailey was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, 12 August 1903. He received his BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the PhD in 1934. He was a high school teacher for one year, was an assistant professor at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and advanced from instructor to Alumni Distinguished Professor in the English Department, UNC-CH, 1927-1971. Under the auspices of the U. S. State Department, Bailey taught in Istanbul, Turkey, 1956-1957.

Bailey's principal scholarly interest was the work of Thomas Hardy, about which he published numerous essays and two books. Other interests included other writers of the Victorian period, the teaching of writing skills, and early science fiction (the subject of his dissertation). His books included Pilgrims Through Space and Time: Trends and Patterns in Scientific and Utopian Fiction (1947, reprinted 1972), Creative Exercises in College English: A Year's Work in the Practice of Writing and Reading (1952), Thomas Hardy and the Cosmic Mind: A New Reading of the Dynasts (1956), and The Poetry of Thomas Hardy: A Handbook and Commentary (1970).

Bailey married twice, first to Loretto Carroll, and second to Mary M. He had one daughter, Nancy. Bailey died 30 October 1979, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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About one-half of these papers are typed and printed versions of writings and addresses by J. O. Bailey, from an article published as an undergraduate in The Carolina Magazine to speeches delivered after his retirement. Filed with a few of these works are letters relating to them. Other material consists of subject files, which include teaching plans, course syllabi, subject notes, course examinations, graduate student files, and reflections on JOB's year in Turkey, and a collection of miscellaneous items.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Writings and Addresses, 1924-1975 and undated.

About 150 items.

Principally typed and printed versions of essays, book reviews, book-length manuscripts, and speeches by J. O. Bailey, totaling eighty-five different works. Some of these works are annotated with publication data or date and place of delivery; some are unpublished. Pertinent letters, chiefly relating to publication arrangements, are filed with the writings to which they refer.

Forty-one of these works relate primarily to Thomas Hardy. Other prominent subjects are the work of other literary figures of the Victorian period, science fiction, and teaching and learning reading and writing skills. Also included is the text of Strike Song: A Play of the Southern Mills, written by JOB and his wife Loretto Carroll Bailey in 1929. The titles of works included are noted in the Container List.

Folder 1

About Thomas Hardy "Ancestral Voices in Jude the Obscure"

Folder 2

About Thomas Hardy "Astrology?: Stats, Sun, and Moon in Hardy's Work"

Folder 3

About Thomas Hardy "Autobiography in Hardy's Poems"

Folder 4

About Thomas Hardy "Changing Fashions in Hardy Scholarship"

Folder 5

About Thomas Hardy "The Conference on English Literature in Transition, MLA, 1966" (Remarks on Hardy's Poetry)

Folder 6

About Thomas Hardy "Dreams and Disasters in Hardy's Poetry"

Folder 7

About Thomas Hardy "Echoes of Hardy's Life in His Works" (a review of Thomas Hardy: A Critical Biography, by J. I. M. Stewart

Folder 8

About Thomas Hardy "Evolutionary Meliorism in the Poetry of Thomas Hardy"

Folder 9

About Thomas Hardy "Fact and Fiction in Hardy's Poetry"

Folder 10

About Thomas Hardy "Far From the Madding Crowd" and "Hardy, Thomas," in The Encyclopedia Americana

Folder 11

About Thomas Hardy "The Ghosts of 'Wessex Heights'"

Folder 12

About Thomas Hardy "Hardy, Thomas," in New Catholic Encyclopedia

Folder 13

About Thomas Hardy "Hardy and the Modern World"

Folder 14

About Thomas Hardy "Hardy's 'Imbedded Fossil'"

Folder 15

About Thomas Hardy "Hardy's "Immortal Will" as 'Cosmic Mind'"

Folder 16

About Thomas Hardy "Hardy's Italian Pilgrimage-, with Baedeker"

Folder 17

About Thomas Hardy "Hardy's Living World"

Folder 18

About Thomas Hardy "Hardy's 'Mephistophelian Visitants'"

Folder 19

About Thomas Hardy "Hardy's 'Poems of Pilgrimage'"

Folder 20

About Thomas Hardy "Hardy's 'President of the Immortals'"

Folder 21

About Thomas Hardy "Hardy's Repeated Scenes"

Folder 22

About Thomas Hardy "Hardy's Treatment of Facts in His Fiction" (a review of Hardy's Wessex Reappraised, by Denys Kay-Robinson, and Thomas Hardy and Rural England, by Merryn Williams

Folder 23

About Thomas Hardy Hardy's Vision of Man, by F. R. Southerington (a review)

Folder 24

About Thomas Hardy "Hardy's Vision of the Self"

Folder 25

About Thomas Hardy "Heaven Versus Utopia: Concepts of the Moral Order in Dickens, Eliot, and Hardy"

Folder 26

About Thomas Hardy "Heredity as Villain in the Poetry and Fiction of Thomas Hardy"

Folder 27

About Thomas Hardy "Heredity in the Works of Thomas Hardy"

Folder 28

About Thomas Hardy "Notes on The Queen of Cornwall"

Folder 29

About Thomas Hardy One Rare Fair Woman: Thomas Hardy's Letters to Florence Henniker, 1893-1922. Evelyn Hardy and F. P. Pinion, eds. (a review)

Folder 30

About Thomas Hardy "Pessimism and Meliorism in Hardy's Poetry"

Folder 31

About Thomas Hardy The Poems of Thomas Hardy: A Critical Introduction, by Kenneth Marsden (a review)

Folder 32

About Thomas Hardy "'The President of the Immortals' in the Works of Thomas Hardy"

Folder 33

About Thomas Hardy "Professor Page's '"Wessex Heights" Revisited'"

Folder 34

About Thomas Hardy "A Reinterpretation of Hardy's The Dynasts"

Folder 35

About Thomas Hardy "Sacred and Profane Time in Thomas Hardy's Novels and Poems," by Dwayne Howell (a commentary)

Folder 36

About Thomas Hardy "Temperament and Motive in The Return of the Native"

Folder 37

About Thomas Hardy "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," in The Encyclopedia Americana

Folder 38

About Thomas Hardy Thomas Hardy: His Career as a Novelist, by Michael Millgate (a review)

Folder 39

About Thomas Hardy Thomas Hardy's Epic-Drama: A Study of The Dynasts, by Harold Orel (a review)

Folder 40

About Thomas Hardy "The Whirligig of Time in Hardy's Novels"

Folder 41

About Thomas Hardy Untitled (about Thomas Hardy and religion)

Folder 42

About Other Topics After the Trauma: Representative British Novels Since 1920, by Harvey Curtis Webster (a review)

Folder 43

About Other Topics "Alfred in Puppet Land"

Folder 44

About Other Topics "Bernard Shaw Letters Donated to the Library of the University of North Carolina by Dr. Archibald Henderson"

Folder 45

About Other Topics Carlyle and His Contemporaries: Essays in Honor of Claude Richard Sanders. John Clubbe, ed. (a review)

Folder 46

About Other Topics Charles Dickens: His Tragedy and Triumph, by Edgar Johnson (a review)

Folder 47

About Other Topics Circle of Fire: Dickens' Vision and Style and the Popular Victorian Theater, by William F. Axton (a review)

Folder 48

About Other Topics "Devil's Angel"

Folder 49

About Other Topics The Early H. G. Wells: A Study of the Scientific Romances, by Bernard Bergonzi (a review)

Folder 50

About Other Topics "Effects of Science on the Language" (introduction to a panel with that title)

Folder 51

About Other Topics "The Evolution of Pilgrims"

Folder 52

About Other Topics "An Experiment in Teaching Freshman English to a Large Class"

Folder 53

About Other Topics George Eliot: A Biography, by Gordon S. Haight (a review)

Folder 54

About Other Topics "Gilbert's Voice in the Wilderness"

Folder 55

About Other Topics "Harvard, Yale, Princeton Required English"

Folder 56

About Other Topics "'The Historia Calamitatum of Peter Abelard and His Wife, Eloise'" (a dramatization)

Folder 57

About Other Topics "The Historical, Social, and Industrial Background of the Prose Literature in the Victorian Period"

Folder 58

About Other Topics Matthew Arnold and American Culture, by John Henry Raleigh (a review)

Folder 59

About Other Topics More Nineteenth Century Studies: A Group of Honest Doubters, by Basil Willey (a review)

Folder 60

About Other Topics Nineteenth-Century Literary Perspectives: Essays in Honor of Lionel Stevenson. Clyde de L. Ryals, ed. (a review)

Folder 61

About Other Topics "Noah Webster's Advice"

Folder 62

About Other Topics "An Old Timer's Message to New Students"

Folder 63

About Other Topics "On Science Fiction"

Folder 64

About Other Topics The One Act Plays of Lee Arthur. Paul Nolan, ed. (a review)

Folder 65

About Other Topics "Poe's Interest in Science and Pseudo-Science"

Folder 66

About Other Topics "Poe's 'Stonehenge'"

Folder 67

About Other Topics The Red Lily, by Anatole France (a review)

Folder 68

About Other Topics "A Road to a Brave New World" (a review of The Human Condition, by William T. Couch)

Folder 69

About Other Topics "Science in the Dramas of Henry Arthur Jones"

Folder 70

About Other Topics "Shaw's Life Force and Science Fiction"

Folder 71

About Other Topics "The Short Story"

Folder 72

About Other Topics "The Significance of Science Fiction, 1871-1914"

Folder 73

About Other Topics "Sources of William Morris' Defence of Guenevere"

Folder 74

About Other Topics Strike Song: A Play of the Southern Mills (with Loretto Carroll Bailey)

Folder 75

About Other Topics Suskind, Albert Irving (Faculty Memorial, with J. P. Harland, Alfred Engstrom, and P. H. Epps)

Folder 76

About Other Topics Tennyson, Sir Charles (introduction before an address)

Folder 77

About Other Topics "The Utopian Search for Social Order"

Folder 78

About Other Topics "Victorian Compromise'" (a review of The New Republic or Culture, Faith, and Philosophy in an English Country House, by W. H. Mallock)

Folder 79

About Other Topics "Vocabulary as a Factor in Reading Efficiency"

Folder 80

About Other Topics "Voyages to the Moon in Science Fiction"

Folder 81

About Other Topics "What Happens in Poetry?"

Folder 82

About Other Topics "What Happens in 'The Fall of the House of Usher'?"

Folder 83

About Other Topics "Words in Reading"

Folder 84

About Other Topics "Yellow from the Mustard Pot" ( a review of The Yellow Book, Norman Denny, comp.)

Folder 85

About Other Topics Untitled ("..how I came to write Pilgrims through Time and Space")

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About 340 items.

Files devoted to William T. Couch, The Friends of the Library, Archibald Henderson, teaching material, and Turkey, consisting of: copies of letters principally about The Human Potential, by W. T. Couch, and a letter to JOB from A. N. J. den Hollender, a mutual friend of JOB and WTC; letters from JOB as chairman of The Friends of the Library (UNC-CH) to members of that organization, and other material about The Friends, 1975-1976; two letters from Archibald Henderson to JOB about the value of George Bernard Shaw material given by AH to the UNC library and about a silhouette which AH had made of himself and GBS; teaching material, including plans, syllabi, synopses, and annotated copies of works by Thomas Hardy, for an undergraduate course and graduate seminars; and reminiscences and reflections about Turkish culture and education and Turkish-American cultural exchanges, reports, and other documents relating to JOB's year of teaching in Turkey, 1956-1957. The 1985 addition of subject files included subject notes on literature and various authors; teaching material, including syllibi, examinations, and synopses; and three graduate student files.

Folder 86-87

Folder 86

Folder 87

Arnold, Matthew

Folder 88

Bennett, Arnold

Folder 89

Bradford, J. Kenneth

Folder 90

Brontes, Charlotte and Emily

Folder 91

Browning, Robert

Folder 92

Carlyle, Thomas

Folder 93

Couch, William T.

Folder 94

Eliot, George

Folder 95

English 73-174

Folder 96

English 78

Folder 97

English 81

Folder 98

English 175

Folder 99

English 273

Folder 100

English 274

Folder 101

English 320-Dickens

Folder 102

English 320-Hardy and Eliot

Folder 103

English 373

Folder 104

English 373-Hardy seminar

Folder 105

English 373-Late Victorians

Folder 106-107

Folder 106

Folder 107

Exams - Graduate

Folder 108

Exams - Shakespeare

Folder 109

Friends of the Library

Folder 110

Garrow, Scott

Folder 111

General College 9: Seminar on Hardy

Folder 112

Gregory, Lady

Folder 112a

Hardy Society of Japan

Folder 113

Henderson, Archibald

Folder 114

Holland, Gil

Folder 115

Kerrick, George

Folder 116

Macaulay, Thomas B.

Folder 117

Meredith, George

Folder 118

Mill, John Stuart

Folder 119

Morris, William

Folder 120

Newman, J. H.

Folder 121

Nineteenth Century Drama

Folder 122


Folder 123

Osborne, Lowell

Folder 124

Pater, Walter

Folder 125


Folder 126

Roetzel, Priscilla

Folder 127

Ruskin, John

Folder 128

Teaching Materials

Folder 129

Thomas, Augustus

Folder 130


Folder 131

Wilde, Oscar

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About 15 items.

A list of "articles by J. O. Bailey, not available in typed copies;" material related to Modern Language Association sessions on science fiction; a copy of "Sacred and Profane Time in Thomas Hardy's Novels and Poems," by Dwayne Howell; and other material related to studies of Hardy and Victorian literature.

Folder 132-133

Folder 132

Folder 133

Miscellaneous material, 1957-1980 and undated

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