The George Bailey collection includes manuscripts, subject files, correspondence, printed material, audio recordings, photographs, personal memorabilia, and other material.
Manuscripts by Bailey in the collection include The Experts (with Seymour Friedin; Macmillan, 1968); Germans: The Biography of an Obsession (World Publishing, 1972; also second edition, Macmillan, 1991); Munich (with others; Time-Life, 1981); Kontinent Four: Contemporary Russian Writers (Avon, 1982); Armageddon in Prime Time (Avon, 1984); The Making of Andrei Sakharov (English and German versions; Allen Lane/Penguin, 1989); Galileo's Children (proofs of German version, Arcade Publishing, 1990); Battleground Berlin; and Epilogue .
Other manuscripts by Bailey in the collection include articles (in English and German), speeches, poems, lectures; various notes and fragments; and several papers written by Bailey while attending Magdalen College, Oxford University (ca. 1946-1949).
Also present in the collection is Bailey's introduction to The Service, by Reinhard Gehlen (World, 1973; translated by David Irving) as well as a set of bound galley proofs of the entire book.
The subject files in the collection are arranged by title and subject as according to Bailey. Contents of the files include manuscript material, correspondence, printed items, professional material, and other items. Prominent subjects with several files include the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), Andrei Sakharov, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Radio Liberty. The Radio Liberty material is especially extensive, and covers all aspects of Bailey's career as director of the program from 1982 to 1985. Other file subjects include Günter Grass, The Reporter magazine, and Freedom House.
Correspondence in the collection consists primarily of professional letters to and from various individuals, publishers, and agencies, such as ABC, Axel Springer Verlag, and Ullstein-Springer Verlag. A significant portion of the correspondence is letters exchanged between Bailey and The Reporter while Bailey was on assignment in Central Europe; these date from 1956 to 1967. As a whole, the correspondence dates from 1945 to 2001. Notable correspondents include Dick Cavett, William Randolph Hearst, Jr., Jiri Pelikan, Henry Regnery, Andrei Sakharov, Viktor Sokolov, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Simon Wiesenthal.
Printed material in the collection includes several articles by Bailey (dating from 1953 to 1981); reviews of Bailey's books, and others' works; several Radio Free Europe reports on Eastern Europe (1990-1991); and several magazines, including Radio Liberty's and Radio Free Europe's house organ, On Air (June-Aug. 1983).
Audio recordings in the collection consist of nine audio cassettes regarding various subjects. Photographs in the collection consist of prints, twenty-three black and white and twenty-five color, all regarding Bailey. Personal memorabilia in the collection includes government documents pertaining to Bailey's Army service (1945-1946), five press passes (1964-1986), various diplomas, and other items. Other material includes two diaries, several notebooks, and miscellaneous documents.