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Baird Leonard papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00093

Scope and Contents

The Baird Leonard Papers contain correspondence, writings, photographs, bookplates, drawings, and a scrapbook. The papers also contain correspondence with other writers and journalists, including Frank Bacon, David Belasco, Louis Bromfield, Charles Dana Gibson, Oliver Herford, William Lyon Phelps, Robert E. Sherwood, Sara Teasdale, Hendrik Van Loon, Carl Van Vechten and Carolyn Wells. The writings series includes original manuscripts and typescripts of columns, essays, articles, and verse; plus notebooks, reviews and clippings of her articles and columns. There are also a few photographs,a scrapbook, and the original drawing by Charles Dana Gibson of "Mrs. Pepys" at her typewriter which headed her column.


  • 1909-1937


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Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Biographical / Historical

Leola Baird Leonard (known professionally as Baird Leonard), was born 16 May 1888. She graduated from Smith College in 1909 and was a columnist, critic, poet, and humorist for Life magazine (1922-32), The New Yorker (1925), Harpers (1927-29), Judge (1932), and the New York Morning Telegraph (1912-24). She also published a book of poems entitled Simple Confession (1930). Her work was chiefly light and satiric verse and parodies. Her column, "Mrs. Pepys' Diary," a parody on Samuel Pepys with a "jazzy" New York slant, was featured in Life. She married Harry St. Clair Zogbaum. Baird Leonard died in 1941.


2 boxes (1 linear feet)


Columnist; Social critic; Poet; and Humorist. Papers contain photographs, bookplates, drawings, scrapbook and correspondence with famous and lesser known writers and journalists. Includes original manuscripts and typescripts of columns, essays, articles, and verse; plus notebooks, reviews and clippings of her articles and columns.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Baird Leonard's papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by her sister, Kate Zogbaum Linzboth in 1954 and 1955.

Processing Information

The collection is unprocessed. Finding aid revised in 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern.
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Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Young Library
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