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Special Folders

Office of the President (Guy Bailey) Records

Collection Summary

Repository
University of Vermont Archives
Creator
University of Vermont. Office of the President.
Creator
Bailey, Guy W., (Guy Winfred), 1876-1940
Title
Office of the President (Guy Bailey) Records
ID
RG.002.010
Date
1920-1940
Extent
54.836 Linear feet
Location
Library Research Annex
Language
English
Abstract
Guy Winfred Bailey (1876-1940), born in Hardwick, Vermont, atttended UVM, graduating in 1900 and was admitted to the Vermont bar in 1904. A member of the Vermont Legislature from 1904 to 1906, he was elected Vermont Secretary of State in 1908 until he resigned in 1917 to join the university administration as comptroller. Already a Trustee since 1914 and acting president from August 1919, he was elected in 1920 to the presidency and remained in office until his death in 1940. Most of the records are arranged chronologically by year and then alphabetically by author/subject within years, plus a number of series on special topics such as the Bailey Memorial Project and the James B. Wilbur correspondence.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Office of the President (Guy Bailey) Records, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 University of Vermont Archives 2013-01-31 

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the University Archivist.

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Biographical/Historical note

Guy Winfred Bailey (1876-1940), 1920-1940 was a native Vermonter, born in Hardwick, Vermont. He atttended UVM, graduating in 1900 and was admitted to the Vermont bar in 1904. A member of the Vermont Legislature from 1904 to 1906, he was elected Vermont Secretary of State in 1908 until he resigned in 1917 to join the university administration as comptroller. Already a Trustee since 1914 and acting president from August 1919, he was elected in 1920 to the presidency and remained in office until his death in 1940.

Bailey had a reputation among students as a benevolent, fatherly figure, who personally supported some students financially and strove to find funds in aid of students during the bleak days of the Great Depression. He was a president during difficult times financially, but managed to bring major donations to the university, not only from James Wilbur but from the Fleming family, who supported the building of the Fleming Museum; Charles and Anna Waterman, who provided major support for construction of the new administration building named after them; and a number of donors that made possible the purchase of the Redstone estate that was the beginning of new women's campus. Nevertheless, his illness during the last year of his life left the university financially rudderless, and in 1941, UVM was in crisis. Bailey's legacy, however, in addition to enlarging the infrasctructure, was that the student body nearly doubled and the faculty tripled during his administration.

Sources consulted in the preparation of this note and others in Record Group 2 include:

Daniels, Robert V. editor. The University of Vermont : The First Two Hundred Years Hanover, NH : University of Vermont : Distributed by University Press of New England, c1991.

Marshall, Jeffrey. Universitas Viridis Montis, 1791-1991: An Exhibition of documents and artifacts telling the story of the University of Vermont. Burlington, Vt.: University of Vermont, c1991.

Smallwood, Frank. The University of Vermont Presidents: Two Centuries of Leadership. Burlington, Vt.: University of Vermont, 1997.

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Scope and Content note

The Guy Bailey Papers reflect the development of more systematic record keeping as the twentieth century progressed. Most of the records are arranged chronologically by year and then alphabetically by author/subject within years, plus a number of series on special topics such as the Bailey Memorial Project and the James B. Wilbur correspondence (Wilbur left a trust fund that supported annual scholarships for students, funded the building of the Ira Allen Chapel, and provided for the acquisition of the library of Vermontiana that now bears his name. A group of "Special Folders" are arranged alphabetically but not chronologically, and include such subjects as the planning of construction of Waterman building, various organizations, and individuals. A number of boxes contain Bailey's addresses and speeches.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Vermont. -- Administration
  • University of Vermont. -- History

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