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historian , Museum director , author

Richard Clayton Bailey was museum director, historian, author. Recipient Principal's Service to Children's Education award Bakersfield City School District, 1959.


Bailey, Richard Clayton was born on April 20, 1911 in Muskegon, Michigan, United States. Son of Irving Jacob and Blanche Arvilla (Hosler) Bailey.


Bachelor, Fresno State University, California, 1945.


Elementary school teacher Mount View School District, Lamont, California, 1946-1948. Assistant director, education director Kern County Museum, Bakersfield, 1948-1955, director, 1955-1981, Pioneer Village, Bakersfield, 1955-1981. Instructor county history Bakersfield Community College, 1970-1980.

Instructor local history and tours California State University, Bakersfield, 1974-1981. Chairman Fort Tejon Restoration Committee, 1949-1973.



Member California Bicentennial Commission, 1969-1970. Member Red Rock Canyon Advisory Committee, 1969-1973. Treasurer Kern County Centennial Committee, 1966-1968.

Advisory Kern County Heritage Commission, 1976-1981. Member Kern County History Records Commission. Member American Association Museums (past president Western regional conference), California Conference History Societies (past president), Kern County History Society (president 1948-1949, 53-54, lifetime honorary vice president) Clubs: Petroleum Production Pioneers, Death Valley 49ers, Masons.


Married Dorothy Jean Searles, June 17, 1971. Children: Richard Hugh, Joyce Carol.

Irving Jacob Bailey

Blanche Arvilla (Hosler) Bailey

Dorothy Jean Searles

Richard Hugh Bailey

Joyce Carol Bailey