Amongst many other noble pursuits, Liberty Hyde Bailey was a prodigious 20th century author. His skill in the craft of writing spanned eighty-one years and covered a broad range of literature. Bailey's name appears on over 700 titles, with subjects including agriculture, botany, conservation, horitculture, democracy, and education. His expertise often entered the realm of poetry as well, taking on more spiritual themes. Bailey published a number of poems and a series of philosophical texts known as the Background Books, outlining his thoughts on life and our interaction with nature.
Bailey's stock of titles include encyclopedias, poems, and educational volumes—influencing contemporary environmental writers such as Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Wendell Berry, and Wes Jackson. More than any other person, Bailey was responsible for a new American literature of horticulture. His many writings still inform us today.
The Bailey Museum has a proud collection of Bailey's books and letters, some available for the public to enjoy. We are currently expecting to catalogue digital versions of many of Bailey's writings. Below you will find links to some currently available resources.
Museum Holdings (PDF)
Books in Print
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