Baldwin, Faith (1893-1978)

The Faith Baldwin collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, professional material, printed material, personal memorabilia, photographs, audio recordings, and film.

Manuscripts by Baldwin in the collection primarily consist of her later novels (all published by Holt except where noted). These include Harvest of Hope (1962); There is a Season (1966); Evening Star (1966); Rain Forest (New York: Popular Library, 1968); The Velvet Hammer (1969); Take What You Want (1970); Any Village (1971); One More Time (1972); Search for Tomorrow (New York: Popular Library, ca. 1972); No Bed of Roses (1973); Time and the Hour (1974); New Girl in Town (1975); Thursday’s Child (1976); Adam’s Eden (1977); and Summer’s Lease (unfinished, ca. 1977).

Other manuscripts by Baldwin in the collection include short stories, articles, memoirs, poetry, juvenilia, and several examples of “The Open Door,” her column published in Women’s Day . Several of these works are unpublished.
Manuscripts by others in the collection include the play
Liza, by Elsie Lee, based on Baldwin’s book Look Out for Liza (Rinehart, 1950); and Moments in Time, a collection of poetry by Hervey Moores (Baldwin’s daughter).

Correspondence in the collection consists of both professional and personal letters, to and from Baldwin; they date from the 1910s to the 1970s. Notable correspondents include Jacques Barzun, Edward Brooke, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Betty Ford, John Galsworthy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Helen Keller, Joyce Kilmer, Ogden Nash, Richard M. Nixon, Norman Rockwell, May Sarton, Wallace Stegner, John Steinbeck, Booth Tarkington, Walter Winchell, and numerous other writers, editors, publishers, and public figures.
Professional material in the collection consists of documents related to Baldwin’s work for the U.S. government during World War II (1942-1945). These documents include texts for broadcasts into Germany for the Office of War Information; manuscripts of articles by Baldwin for the Writers’ War Board; and letters to Baldwin from various officials at the American National Red Cross, the Office of Price Information, the Office of War Information, the Treasury Department, the Writers’ War Board, and others (these items include a letter to Baldwin from Prescott S. Bush).

Printed material in the collection includes published versions of Baldwin’s works, including short stories, poems, and so forth, primarily in magazines. These include Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Photoplay, Pictorial Review, and Women’s Day . Also included are numerous reviews of Baldwin’s writings, as well as articles about her.

Personal memorabilia in the collection includes a bronze cast of Baldwin’s hand, made ca. 1930. Awards and certificates for Baldwin include items from the National League of American Pen Wimen, Save the Children Federation, the Silver Hill Foundation, Stamps for the Wounded, and the U.S. Office of Price Administration.

Photographs in the collection include several prints of Baldwin, from the 1930s to the 1970s. Other photographs include signed and inscribed photographs given to Baldwin by Grace Coolidge, Cary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marie Dressler, and P. C. Wren.

Audio in the collection consists of three long-playing record albums produced by The Famous Writers School, in which Baldwin is interviewed by Bennett Cerf, as well as three audio cassettes of Baldwin reminiscing about her life, dated 1977.

The film in the collection includes a recording of Edward R. Murrow’s interview of Baldwin for his program Person to Person on CBS. Also in the collection are four reels labeled “California to Australia, 1939” (16mm).

Notable Figures
1. Baldwin, Faith, 1893-1978
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Popular Fiction Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Radio Subject Guide
4. Propaganda Subject Guide
5. Helen Deutsch Research Section