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Margaret J. Baker Papers

Identifier: DG0056

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1965-1967

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; Available for research

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical / Historical

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.


.30 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated by Margaret J. Baker in 1970.

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

Repository Details

Part of the de Grummond Childrens Literature Collection Repository

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