Guide to the Bailey Willis Papers

Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
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Overview

Call Number: SC0200
Creator: Willis, Bailey, 1857-1949
Title: Bailey Willis papers
Dates: circa 1900-1962
Physical Description: 0.75 linear foot
Summary: Collection includes diagrams from Appalachian structures labeled "Experiments in Folding"; a pamphlet "Bailey Willis Speaks"; two typescript papers on geology, 1944 and undated; report on the San Andreas Fault Valley, ca. 1933; report of the Golden Gate Bridge & Highway District regarding Willis' criticism of the bridge foundation and his comment on the report, 1934-35; biographical materials, 1949-62; and a manuscript poem by Willis, 1939.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Provenance

In part, gift of Branner Earth Sciences Library, 1979.

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

Bailey Willis Papers (SC0200). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

After early studies in Germany, Bailey Willis attended Columbia University and was awarded the degree of Mining Engineer in 1878 and of Civil Engineer in 1879. In 1884 he began his career with the United States Geological Survey, working chiefly in the Pacific Northwest. He made geological research trips to China and Argentina, before coming to Stanford University in 1915 to succeed John C. Branner as head of the Department of Geology. Willis was a popular teacher and lecturer and taught at Stanford until his retirement in 1922.

Description of the Collection

Collection includes diagrams from Appalachian structures labeled "Experiments in Folding"; a pamphlet "Bailey Willis Speaks"; two typescript papers on geology, 1944 and undated; report on the San Andreas Fault Valley, ca. 1933; report of the Golden Gate Bridge & Highway District regarding Willis' criticism of the bridge foundation and his comment on the report, 1934-35; biographical materials, 1949-62; and a manuscript poem by Willis, 1939.

Access Terms

Stanford University. Dept. of Geology--Faculty.
Willis, Bailey, 1857-1949
Appalachian Mountains.
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.)
San Andreas Fault (Calif.)


Collection Contents

 

Papers

Box 1, Folder 0

Diagrams from Appalachian structures labeled "Experiments in Folding" and a pamphlet "Bailey Willis Speaks"

Box 2, Folder 1

Biographical memorials, 1949-62

Box 2, Folder 1

Aaron C. Waters, "Memorial to Bailey Willis," Geological Society of America Bulletin, 1962

Box 2, Folder 1

Memorial Resolution [Stanford], 1949

Box 2, Folder 2

Continental Drift, typescript paper, 1944

Box 2, Folder 3

Golden Gate Bridge & Highway District, 1934-35

Box 2, Folder 3

Report of Building Committee, Investigation of Criticism of Foundation by Dr. Bailey Willis, 1934 (2 cc) along with letter and comment by Willis, 1935

Box 2, Folder 4

Growth of the Earth as an Abode of Life, typescript lecture to California Academy of Sciences, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 5

Miscellany: genealogy chart (?) and letter regarding transfer of materials to Stanford University Libraries, 1961

Box 2, Folder 6

Poem, "The Borrowed Gown," possibly read at Stanford commencement, 1939

Box 2, Folder 7

San Andreas Fault Valley, report by Willis, ca. 1933

Box 2, Folder 8

Photocopies of letters by Willis to a nephew and niece, 1941-47, and photocopy of a Christmas card to relatives [originals held by Nell Scruggs]