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The Bailey Collection

Amy Eileen Koda Bailey, The Bailey Collection, and the MSSU Archive and Special Collections

The Bailey Collection, which is available for consultation in MSSU's Archive, contains the papers of several members of the Bailey family, who were longtime residents of Carthage, Missouri. One member, Amy Eileen Koda Bailey (nee Koda Emiko), was born in 1926 in Kobe, Japan to Koda Shigetaro and Maude Koda (nee Emmons). Her mother, Maude, was a United States citizen who gave up her citizenship when she married Koda Shigetaro in 1906. Amy married Carroll Bailey in 1957. Carroll and Amy lived in Japan while she tried to obtain a visa. When Carroll was called back to the United States, he brought Amy with him where she worked as a musician. She received a marriage visa in 1958 and gained United States citizenship in 1962. In the mid 1960s she moved to North Carolina, where she was buried after she died in 2015. The Bailey Collection contains documents showing how she gained citizenship and what life was like for Carroll and Amy Bailey in Japan. The collection was organized by MSSU student Jedidiah Buck. If you would like to learn more, email to set up an appointment to consult the Bailey Collection for further research.

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