Bailey Collection

The Bailey Collection of American Wit & Humor


This collection of several hundred volumes was given to the College in 1921 by Union alumnus, trustee, and treasurer Frank Bailey Class of 1885.  Although modest in size, this collection contains wonderful examples of late nineteenth and early twentieth century American (United States) humor.  Many of the titles in the Bailey Collection reflect a humor that is unsophisticated and naïve.  Among the authors included in this collection are Burgess Gelett, George Ade, Will Rogers, and Mark Twain.