Sidney Baldwin papers, 1891-1986
Collection Scope and Content
This collection is composed largely of newspaper columns written by Baldwin, mostly for The Peoria Star (Illinois), dating from the late 1890s through the 1950s. There is also biographical and genealogical information included, as well as some early family correspondence and several photographs of Baldwin in her later years. Also included in the collection is unpublished poetry, student responses to Ben of Old Monhegan, engraving plates, and a reel tape of a radio interview.
Sidney Baldwin (1885-1978) was born in Peoria, Illinois. In 1898 she began writing for The Peoria Star, founded by her father, Eugene F. Baldwin. She later became a drama critic and wrote the column “In My Opinion” for The Star. Baldwin also wrote for Ladies’ Home Journal, was a commentator on radio programs and was a regular columnist for The Boothbay Register. She wrote several books, including two children’s books set on an island off the coast of Maine–Ben of Old Monhegan and Marjorie of Monhegan.