The Wallace Bacon Papers comprising 25 boxes are arranged in eight main subseries: biographical material, educational material, correspondence, Philippines trips, class material, research material, addresses, and writings.
The Biographical material includes several curricula vitae, personal items relative to Bacon's education, career, and war service, and three short diaries. A partial list of Bacon's publications also is filed here.
The Educational material consists primarily of notes from lectures and readings and a few class papers primarily from Bacon's graduate student days at Michigan.
The General Correspondence deals mainly with Bacon's publications, readings, and addresses, his work with organizations, and some personal matters. Correspondence arranged in subject folders related to Bacon's committee work at Northwestern and with several scholarly organizations. Of special interest are the correspondence and related material emanating from Bacon's duties as an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech, his consultation work for the University of Washington, and with Charlton Heston concerning Heston's direction of the movie, “Antony and Cleopatra.”
The Philippines material includes correspondence, much it with Consuelo V. Fonacier, head of the Discipline of Speech and Drama, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines (who is one of Bacon's former students), relating to the field of interpretation. Bacon's letters to colleagues in the United States provide full and colorful descriptions of his travels, work, and experiences.
The class material consists primarily of lecture notes, a few papers and examination books, and reading lists. Grade books are also included.
The research material consists primarily of notes, with some correspondence.
The addresses are in the form of drafts and presentation copies.
Bacon's writings include drafts and revisions of books, articles, poems, and short stories. There is some related correspondence, but most is filed with the general and subject correspondence.
Two oversize items are filed separately: A scrapbook containing material relating to the war against Japan, and a folder containing posters for recitals, menus and other items relating to “Alice B. Toklas” dinners (1955, 1959) arranged by Bacon in Pasadena, California.