A Guide to the J. Russell Bailey, Records, 1935-1986 Bailey, J. Russell, Records, 1935-1986 38513

A Guide to the J. Russell Bailey, Records, 1935-1986

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 38513


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Processed by: Vincent T. Brooks

Repository
The Library of Virginia
Accession Number
38513
Title
J. Russell Bailey, Records, 1935-1986
Physical Characteristics
5.7 cu. ft.
Creator
J. Russell Bailey
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

J. Russell Bailey. Records, 1935-1986. Accession 38513. Business records collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Barbara B. McBride, Northfield, IL, 9 October 2001.


Biographical Information

J. Russell Bailey (1905-1998) was born in Southampton, New York, on October 19, 1905. He studied architecture at the University of Michigan and at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. At Cranbrook, the young architect studied in the first class taught by architect Eliel Saarinen. Bailey's designs for the developement of Mantauk Point, Long Island, New York, from that time period were published in the Architectural Record in 1933. Needing to associate himself with a more established architect because of the on-going economic depression, Bailey joined the firm of Arthur H. Newman from 1933 until just prior to World War II. It was at that time that he joined the Architectural Section of the United States Coast Guard. There, he first ventured into library design with his work on the United States Coast Guard Library in New London, Connecticut.

After military service, Bailey was asked to join manufacturer and architect Angus Snead McDonald in a venture that included designing library buildings. McDonald was head of the well-known Snead and Company firm which manufactured multi-tiered bookshelves for libraries around the world. Modular designs for library buildings were coming into vogue and McDonald and his company had a great impact on their use. In 1946, Bailey resigned from Snead and Company to form his own practice in Orange, Virginia.

Under McDonald's supervision, Bailey had become proponent of modular design in library planning. Throughout his career, he consulted on or designed a significant number of university, college, private, and public library buildings utilizing this design theory. J. Russell Bailey's commissions include Yale University, University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Medical College of Virginia, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Beloit College, and University of Georgia, to mention a few. As his office became more prolific, Bailey took on a partner, Judson M. Gardner, and the firm became known as Bailey and Gardner, Architects. Eventually, the firm was renamed Bailey Gardner and Gillum Architects.

J. Russell Bailey died at his home in Orange, Virginia, on May 28, 1998, at the age of 92.

Scope and Content

This accession consists of the surviving office and project files of J. Russell Bailey, principal in the architectural firm of Bailey and Gardner and well-known library building designer. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, clippings, photographs, facsimiles, drawings, sketches, and renderings. Series have been designated for Office Records and Project Records. All project-specific materials are included in Series II: Project Records. All general materials, such as clippings not related to a specific project, are housed in Series I: Office Files. This arrangement was imposed by the records' creator(s) and maintained by the processing archivist.

Series I: Office Files, 1935-1986, contains mainly general correspondence, publicity materials, and writings and speeches by J. Russell Bailey. Biographical data on Bailey can also be found in this series.

Series II: Project Files, 1938-1981, consists of project-specific correspondence, publicity and construction photographs, publications, drawings, renderings, sketches, notes, and memoranda. The projects are arranged alphabetically by name. No differentiation has been made between the architect's consulting projects and those in which he was sole or collaborative designer.

Arrangement

Arranged by series number and alphabetically by folder title there under.


Contents List

Series I: Office Files 1935-1986

Arrangement: Alphabetical by folder title.

  • Box 1
    Folder 1
    Biographical Data, n.d.,
  • Box 1
    Folder 2
    Correspondence, General, 1946-1949,
  • Box 1
    Folder 3
    Correspondence, General, 1950-1951,
  • Box 1
    Folder 4
    Correspondence, General, 1952-1955, n.d.,
  • Box 1
    Folder 5
    Correspondence, General, 1985-1986,
  • Box 1
    Folder 6
    Photographs, J. Russell Bailey, ca. 1960-1969,
  • Box 1
    Folder 7
    Publicity Materials, 1947-1976,
  • Box 1
    Folder 8
    Speeches and Writings, J. Russell Bailey, 1935-1962,
  • Box 1
    Folder 9
    Speeches and Writings, J. Russell Bailey, 1963-1969, n.d.,
  • Box 1
    Folder 10
    Miscellaneous, n.d.,
Series II: Project Files, 1938-1981

Arrangement: Alphabetical by folder title.

  • Box 2
    Folder 1
    Alexandria Public Library, Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch (VA), ca. 1969,
  • Box 2
    Folder 2
    Allegheny College (PA), 1976,
  • Box 2
    Folder 3
    Alliance Chapel (PA), 1963,
  • Box 2
    Folder 4
    Appalachian State University (NC), n.d.,
  • Box 2
    Folder 5
    Arlington Public Library, Central Branch (VA), 1961-1969,
  • Box 8
    Folder 1
    Arlington Public Library, Central Branch (VA), ca. 1961,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 2
    Folder 6
    Arlington Public Library, Cherrydale Branch (VA), 1962,
  • Box 2
    Folder 7
    Arlington Public Library, Glencarlyn Branch (VA), n.d.,
  • Box 2
    Folder 8
    Arlington Public Library, Shirlington Branch, 1962-1963,
  • Box 2
    Folder 9
    Arlington Public Library, Westover Branch (VA), 1963,
  • Box 2
    Folder 10
    Austin Seminary (TX), 1968,
  • Box 2
    Folder 11
    Beloit College (WI), 1958-1963,
  • Box 2
    Folder 12
    Berkeley Divinity School (CT), 1955,
  • Box 2
    Folder 13
    Botetourt-Rockbridge Regional Library (VA), 1967,
  • Box 2
    Folder 14
    Bridgewater College (VA), 1964,
  • Box 8
    Folder 2
    Carter, Claiborne B. (VA), 1947,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 2
    Folder 15
    The Citadel, n.d.,
  • Box 2
    Folder 16
    Concordia College (IL), ca. 1960,
  • Box 8
    Folder 3
    Converse College (SC), n.d.,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 2
    Folder 17
    Covington-Alleghany Library (VA), 1961,
  • Box 2
    Folder 18
    Danville Public Library (VA), n.d.,
  • Box 2
    Folder 19
    Davidson College (NC), 1974,
  • Box 2
    Folder 20
    DePauw University (IN), 1957,
  • Box 2
    Folder 21
    Eastern Mennonite College (VA), 1961-1971,
  • Box 2
    Folder 22
    Elkhart Public Library (IN), n.d.,
  • Box 2
    Folder 23
    Emory University (GA), 1956-1961,
  • Box 2
    Folder 24
    Emory and Henry College (VA), 1966,
  • Box 3
    Folder 1
    Falls Church Library (VA), 1950-1955,
  • Box 3
    Folder 2
    Falls Church Library (VA), 1956,
  • Box 3
    Folder 3
    Falls Church Library (VA), 1957,
  • Box 3
    Folder 4
    Falls Church Library (VA), 1958, n.d.,
  • Box 3
    Folder 5
    Fairfax Co. Public Library, Headquarters (VA), ca. 1962,
  • Box 8
    Folder 4
    Fairfax Co. Public Library, Headquarters (VA), ca. 1962,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 3
    Folder 6
    Fairfax Co. Public Library, Richard Byrd Branch (VA), ca. 1965,
  • Box 3
    Folder 7
    Fairfax Co. Public Library, Thomas Jefferson Branch (VA), 1962,
  • Box 3
    Folder 8
    Fairfax Co. Public Library, Dolly Madison Branch (VA), 1966-1967,
  • Box 3
    Folder 9
    Fairfax Co. Public Library, George Mason Branch (VA), ca. 1966,
  • Box 3
    Folder 10
    Fairfax Co. Public Library, Sherwood Reference Center (VA), 1970-1971,
  • Box 3
    Folder 11
    Fairfax Co. Public Library, Martha Washington Branch (VA), 1969-1970,
  • Box 3
    Folder 12
    Fairfax Co. Public Library, Woodrow Wilson Branch (VA), 1967,
  • Box 4
    Folder 1
    Goldsboro-Wayne Co. Public Library (NC), 1976,
  • Box 4
    Folder 2
    Gordonsville Community Hospital (VA), 1948-1951,
  • Box 4
    Folder 3
    Gordonsville Community Hospital (VA), 1952-1953,
  • Box 4
    Folder 4
    Gordonsville Motor Court (VA), 1947-1948,
  • Box 4
    Folder 5
    Institute of Textile Technology (VA), 1938-1949,
  • Box 4
    Folder 6
    Institute of Textile Technology (VA), 1953-1954,
  • Box 4
    Folder 7
    Institute of Textile Technology (VA), 1955, n.d.,
  • Map-case 4-G-8
    Drawer 3
    Institute of Textile Technology (VA), 1947,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 4
    Folder 8
    Jefferson-Madison Public Library, Gordon Ave. Branch (VA), 1966,
  • Box 4
    Folder 9
    Kentucky Flooring (VA), ca. 1946,
  • Box 8
    Folder 5
    Kentucky Flooring (VA), 1946,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 4
    Folder 10
    Kenyon College (OH), n.d.,
  • Box 4
    Folder 11
    Louisa Baptist Church (VA), 1954,
  • Box 4
    Folder 12
    Louisa High School (VA), 1958-1959,
  • Box 4
    Folder 13
    Madison Co. Courthouse (VA), 1952,
  • Map-case 4-G-8
    Drawer 3
    Madison Co. Courthouse (VA), 1952,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 4
    Folder 14
    Marshall Terrace (VA), 1948-1952,
  • Box 4
    Folder 15
    Mary Baldwin College (VA), n.d.
  • Box 4
    Folder 16
    Mercer University (GA), 1965,
  • Box 4
    Folder 17
    Mississippi State University (MS), 1971,
  • Map-case 4-G-8
    Drawer 3
    NAHB-Forum House Design Competition, n.d.,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 8
    Folder 6
    Orange Baptist Church (VA), n.d.,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 4
    Folder 18
    Orange Co. Historical Society (VA), 1975-1977,
  • Box 8
    Folder 7
    Orange Co. Historical Society (VA), 1976,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 5
    Folder 1
    Orange Co. Nursing Home (VA), 1980-1981,
  • Map-case 4-G-8
    Drawer 3
    Orange Co. Nursing Home (VA), 1980-1981,
  • Box 5
    Folder 2
    Orange Co. Public Library (VA), n.d.,
  • Box 5
    Folder 3
    Orange Presbyterian Church (VA), 1969-1972,
  • Box 5
    Folder 4
    Parkersburg and Wood Cos. Public Libraries (WV), 1976,
  • Box 5
    Folder 5
    Presbyterian Colleges (SC), n.d.,
  • Box 5
    Folder 6
    The Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary (a.k.a. Virginia Theological Seminary)(VA), 1952-1954,
  • Box 5
    Folder 7
    The Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary (a.k.a. Virginia Theological Seminary)(VA), 1955,
  • Box 5
    Folder 8
    The Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary (a.k.a. Virginia Theological Seminary)(VA), Jan. 1956 - Jly. 1956,
  • Box 5
    Folder 9
    The Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary (a.k.a. Virginia Theological Seminary)(VA), Aug. 1956 - Jan. 1957,
  • Box 5
    Folder 10
    The Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary (a.k.a. Virginia Theological Seminary)(VA), n.d.,
  • Box 8
    Folder 8
    The Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary (a.k.a. Virginia Theological Seminary) (VA), 1955,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 6
    Folder 1
    Randolph-Macon College (VA), 1962-1963,
  • Box 6
    Folder 2
    Randolph-Macon Women's College (VA), 1966,
  • Box 6
    Folder 3
    Randolph-Macon Women's College (VA), 1967,
  • Box 6
    Folder 4
    Richmond Public Library (VA), ca. 1965,
  • Box 6
    Folder 5
    Roberts Wesleyan College (NY), 1962-1965,
  • Box 6
    Folder 6
    Robeson Co. Public Library (NC), 1969,
  • Box 6
    Folder 7
    South Boston Public Library (VA), 1980,
  • Box 6
    Folder 8
    South Carolina State Library (SC), 1965,
  • Box 8
    Folder 9
    Snead and Co. Houses, n.d.,
  • Box 6
    Folder 9
    Sweetbriar College (VA), 1964-1977,
  • Box 6
    Folder 10
    Thomas Nelson Community College (VA), 1971-1973,
  • Box 6
    Folder 11
    Union Theological Seminary (VA), 1966-1967,
  • Box 8
    Folder 10
    Union Theological Seminary (VA), 1969,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 6
    Folder 12
    University of North Carolina (NC), n.d.,
  • Box 6
    Folder 13
    University of North Dakota (ND), 1961,
  • Box 6
    Folder 14
    University of Richmond, Boatwright Library (VA), 1976-1977,
  • Box 6
    Folder 15
    University of Richmond, Boatwright Library (VA), 1976-1977,
  • Box 7
    Folder 1
    University of Richmond, Chapel (VA), 1977-1979,
  • Box 7
    Folder 2
    University of Virginia, Alderman Library (VA), 1969-1973,
  • Map-case 4-G-8
    Drawer 3
    University of Virginia, Alderman Library (VA), 1976-1977,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 7
    Folder 3
    University of Virginia, Health Sciences Library (VA), 1976-1977
  • Map-case 4-G-8
    Drawer 3
    Unidentified Drawings, n.d.,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 8
    Folder 11
    Unidentified Recreation Building, n.d.,

    OVERSIZE materials.

  • Box 7
    Folder 4
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VA), 1949-1956,
  • Box 7
    Folder 5
    Washington College (MD), 1967-1970,
  • Box 7
    Folder 6
    Washington College (MD), 1967-1981,
  • Box 7
    Folder 7
    Waynesboro Public Library (VA), 1969,
  • Box 7
    Folder 8
    Wesleyan Campus (GA), 1958,
  • Box 7
    Folder 9
    Westminster Theological Seminary (PA), 1963,
  • Box 7
    Folder 10
    Woodberry Forest (VA), 1947-1951,