Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Baatz mss., 1940- , consist of correspondence from prominent literary and political figures to Wilmer Henry Baatz, 1915- , librarian, dealing with literary topics and Federal aid to libraries.

Wilmer Henry Baatz began his library career in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and served successively at Beloit College, the Veterans Administration, University of Rochester, Milwaukee Public Library, the Federal Aviation Agency, and Indiana University.

Correspondents represented in the collection include Birch Evans Bayh, Ralph Albert Beals, John Brademas, William Blackwell Branch, William Gilmer Bray, Ralph Johnson Bunche, Cecil Kash Byrd, William Rea Cagle, Lee Corso, James Gould Cozzens, James Thomas Farrell, Rupert Vance Hartke, H. D. Kneeland, Robert Montgomery Knight, Sarah Catherine (Wood) Marshall LeSourd, Richard Green Lugar, John Thomas Myers, Bonaro (Wilkinson) Overstreet, Claiborne Pell, Hyam Plutzik, John Pont, John W. Posey, David Anton Randall, John Edward Roush, Mary E. Ryan, Upton Beall Sinclair, Mary Elinore Smith, Matthew Empson Welsh, and Alexander Wiley.

Writings include a bibliography of the works of Harry Allen Overstreet by John George Lorenz, dated August 12, 1940, and a bibliography of the works of Harry Allen and Bonaro (Wilkinson) Overstreet by Wilmer Henry Baatz in February, 1966, consisting of final typed copy, draft, and a set of cards.

Gift. Wilmer H. Baatz, Indiana University Library, Bloomington, Indiana. 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1987

94 items

Additions to the Baatz mss., ca. 1942-1946, include correspondence of Wilmer Baatz, chiefly to his wife and fmily while serving overseas in World War II, and mimeographed newsletters written and reproduced by Baatz during the war for distribution in the army camp.

Gift. Wilmer Baatz. Bloomington, IN 1987

Collection size: 35 items

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