Scope and Contents

The fonds consists of 15 metres (112 cases and 2 boxes of tapes) of textual records and other material, including 35 reel-to- reel tapes, ca. 5 coloured photographs and ca. 65 black and white photographs, ca. 20 postcards, 2 glass plates, 1 coloured map, 1 rock, and sets of blueprints. Some materials date back to the early nineteenth century, although the predominant dates for the fonds are 1940-1994. This fonds documents the pivotal role of Dr. Bailey in the history of the University of New Brunswick, and his contributions to the field of Canadian literature and Canadian history and ethno-history. The collection also documents Dr. Bailey's significant impact on the development of higher education in the Atlantic Provinces, and his influence in encouraging the development of a regional library system and a Provincial Archives in New Brunswick.

A large portion of this fonds consists of the official records of the various offices which Dr. Bailey held during his long tenure at the University of New Brunswick from 1938-1970. Material relating to Dr. Bailey's extensive literary contributions also forms a significant part of the collection, and includes many of his articles, published and unpublished books and manuscripts, and substantial documentation for his editorial role in the standard Canadian reference work The Literary History of Canada. The fonds also consists of some personal papers of Dr. Bailey, and a small portion of his family's papers.

Time and financial constraints necessitated describing this collection at the series level, with file listings. Based upon case and file contents and existing arrangement of materials, the overall fonds has been arranged into 12 series. Many of the series consist of records maintained by Dr. Bailey in the various administrative positions which he held at the University of New Brunswick. The largest series, series 12 - Vice-President (Academic), consists primarily of materials accumulated while Dr. Bailey served as the UNB Vice-President (Academic) from 1965-1969. While Vice-President, Dr. Bailey headed the Bailey Commission on the Future of the University, and series 11: Bailey Commission on the Future of the University, includes the extensive records generated by the activities of the Bailey Commission. Records generated during Dr. Bailey's tenure as Dean of Arts from 1946-1965 are represented in a number of different series, including series 1: Committees, including Faculty Fine Arts Committee and Arts Council; series 2: Arts Faculty; series 5: Graduate Students, and series 6: Library.

Correspondence, both personal and business, also comprises a large portion of the Alfred Goldsworthy Bailey Fonds, and is concentrated in three major series, including series 8: Correspondence (Individuals); series 9: Personal Correspondence; and series 10: Beaverbrook Correspondence. Most of the major series also contain large portions of correspondence, and researchers are advised to consult the file listings as well as the three primary correspondence series.

Dr. Bailey kept detailed records relating to his activities in various societies and associations, and these files are represented in series 7: Societies, Associations, etc.

Two of the series, series 13: Lecture notes and series 14: History 3020 Lectures present an overview of Dr. Bailey the scholar and professor, and contain taped and written lectures presented by Dr. Bailey.

Series 3: Literary Works, contains a substantial amount of the published and unpublished works written by and about Dr. Bailey, including poems, scholarly articles and works, and review articles.

The final three series, series 4: Miscellaneous; series 15: Photographs, and series 16: Awards, comprise smaller collections of personal materials relating to Dr. Bailey's academic career.

The principal documentary forms found within this fonds are personal and business correspondence, telegrams, memoranda, minutes of meetings, poems and manuscripts of books and articles, periodicals, photographs, maps, blueprints, newspaper clippings, new releases, and reports relating to UNB activities and to the operations of the many historical, literary, cultural and academic organizations with which Dr. Bailey was affiliated.

The title for the fonds has been supplied based on the contents.


The majority of records in this fonds are written in English, although there is some French material, and a copy of a Hindu book.

Restrictions on Access

At Dr. Bailey's request, correspondence with Colin B. Mackay, former President of UNB, will be accessible only with his permission during his lifetime. This affects only a small portion of the collection, and is primarily a courtesy extended to Mackay; denial of access to these files is not anticipated. Access to materials relating to student records and marks will be restricted at the discretion of the University Archivist. Again, this affects only a very small portion of the fonds.

Restrictions also apply to the Arts Council minutes.

Related Collections

The UNB Archives and Special Collections Department contains extensive administrative records for the university, and researchers should consult the staff for assistance with related collections. Of particular note are the Bailey Family Papers, which include material on Dr. A.G. Bailey. An inventory to this collection is located in the UNB Archives and Special Collections department.


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Last Update: 95/11/06