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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3093

Jonathan Bayliss papers

Personal, professional, and family papers of Gloucester (Mass.) author, Jonathan Bayliss.


  • 1937-2007


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.
Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff (series Digital and Audiovisual material).
The bulk of this collection is shelved offsite. Retrieval requires advance notice. Check with Houghton Public Services staff.


48.25 linear feet (44 boxes)

16.153 Gigabytes (3 boxes)

Collection includes drafts of Bayliss's tetralogy, Gloucesterman, comprised of Gloucesterbook, Gloucestertide, Gloucestermas, and Prologos; The Gilgamesh Plays and other compositions; correspondence, diaries, family papers, and financial records; travel documents; and records from Gorton's of Gloucester and Kellogg Associates where Bayliss served in management roles and promoted the use of computers in business management.
Includes audiovisual and/or digital media: CDs, floppy disk, audiocassette, Zip disk.
For more detail on contents, see lists in curatorial file.

Biographical / Historical

Jonathan Bayliss (1926-2009) was an American novelist and playwright who lived and wrote in Gloucester, Massachusetts.


Collection is minimally processed. Materials are loosely arranged in eight series: Correspondence, Compositions, Subject Files, Notes on Computer Punchcards, Biographical Material, Digital and Audiovisual Material, Business, and Travel Documents.

Physical Location

b, Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2015M-146. Gift of Jonathan Bayliss Trust, 2016.
2018M-030. Gift of Jonathan Bayliss Trust, 2017.

Separated Materials

Born-digital material has been separated: Am3093BD

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Melanie Wisner, 2017 March, and Magdaline Lawhorn 2017 September.
Processing Information Collection was packed up on site by repository staff who maintained original order as much as possible; hence, the order of subject file "drawers" and computer punchcard "containers" was retained and is used in this listing.
Link to catalog
Bayliss, Jonathan. Jonathan Bayliss papers, 1926-2009 (MS Am 3093): Guide.
Melanie Wisner
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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