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Collection Title: Margaret J. Baker Papers

Collection Number: DG0056

Inclusive Dates: 1965-1967

Volume: .30 cu. ft. (1 box)

Provenance : Materials donated by Margaret J. Baker in 1970.

Copyright: The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code).  Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research."  It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials, other than that noted above.

Biographical Sketch:

Margaret Joyce (Peggy) Baker was born on May 21, 1918 in Reading, Berkshire, England. She attended King's College at the University of London from 1936 to 1937. She began writing children's books in 1948 and published her first book, Nonsense Said the Tortoise, in 1949. This book was also the first in a series of books about a talking, intellectual tortoise named Homer. Many of Ms. Baker's books are family adventure stories, sometimes humorous, for middle readers. She has also several books which she describes as magic books for younger children." Two of her books were adapted and serialized for television programs.

Margaret J. Baker passed away in 2010 at the age of 92.


Something About  the Author, vol.  12.

.Scope and Content:

The collection contains material for two titles: Bears Back in Business (1967), and Homer Goes West (1965). The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. There is a book jacket for Bears Back in Business, a book about a lower middle class bear family's quest to obtain employment and a typescript for Homer Goes West, a book concerning the adventures of a highly intelligent talking tortoise, and three sisters who take care of him.

Series and Subseries:

A. Books (1965-1967)


  • HOMER GOES WEST (1965)

Box Inventory


A. Books

Bears Back in Business by Margaret J. Baker, illustrated by Daphne Rowles (New York: Farrar, Straus, 1967).


Book jacket, 1 item.


Homer Goes West by Margaret J. Baker, illustrated by Terry Freeman (n.p.: Brockhampton Press, 1965).




Front matter, 3 pp., and pp. 1-46.

1/3 pp. 47-115.

Processed: January 1999

This finding aid is a product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Created by: Dee Jones
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