Guide to the Benjamin H. Baldwin (1919-2005) Papers

Collection Title: Benjamin H. Baldwin (1919-2005) Papers
Dates: 1956-1984
Identification: 16/5
Creator: Baldwin, Ben H. (Benjamin Harrison), 1919-2005
Extent: 18 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Benjamin Baldwin Papers, filling seventeen boxes and spanning the period 1956 to 1984, are arranged in two subseries: correspondence and teaching files. These are Baldwin's personal papers, documenting his career as a teacher at Northwestern. Records relating to his involvement in the journalism section of the National High School Institute as well as the administrative records of the Medill School's Editorial Department have been separated and treated as distinct series.
Acquisition Information: Benjamin Baldwin donated these papers to the University Archives between June and October 1984 as accessions #84-94, #84-110, #84-130, and #84-171.
Processing Information: William K. Beatty; June-July, 1985
Separated Materials: Approximately six linear inches of faculty minutes, memoranda, publications, and other material relating to the Medill School of Journalism have been transferred to the University Archives' general reference files as have about ten linear inches of material concerning the journalism section of the National High School Institute.
Conditions Governing Access: Notes pertaining to Neil McNeil (Box 1, Folder 17) and the file on Edward P. Bassett (Box 1, Folder 15) as well as the teaching files (Box 1, Folder 20 – Box 17, Folder 12) and the Additions may be used only with permission of the University Archivist.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Benjamin Harrison Baldwin was born in East St. Louis, Illinois on March 1, 1919, the son of Benjamin H. and Ella Conley Baldwin. He received a B.Ed. from Southern Illinois University (1940) and an M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University (1946). Baldwin joined Northwestern University's faculty in 1956, where he remained until his retirement in 1984. He died in 2005.

After receiving his graduate degree, Baldwin worked as a sports writer, a news editor, and an assistant director for news at the Mutual Broadcasting System in New York (stations WOR and WOR-TV) and as a news editor for station WGN in Chicago.

In 1956 Northwestern University appointed Baldwin Associate Professor of Journalism. He was promoted to professor in 1966 and, that same year, he became Chairman of the School's Editorial Department. From 1958 to 1967 Baldwin directed the journalism section of the University's National High School Institute. Among Baldwin's major contributions to the Medill School were his curricular innovations, particularly the development of the Journalism D15 and D95 courses first taught in 1967. The former was a seminar on science and technology, designed to provide students with a historical and philosophical background as well as a basic knowledge of scientific and technological problems and applications. The latter, a lecture course, was designed to train students in the practical elements of science and technology news reporting and writing. Baldwin pioneered in this field and the success of his courses became widely known.

While his writings appeared primarily in newspapers and magazines, Baldwin did collaborate on two booklets published for use in Illinois high schools: Teaching About Smoking and Health, and Teaching About Beverage Alcohol.

Baldwin retired from the Northwestern University faculty in June 1984, and moved to Hilton Head, South Carolina. In July 1984, the Society of Professional Journalists awarded him its Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award.

Baldwin and Jeanne Helen Holliger were married on June 25, 1955. They have two children: Mark Frederick and Claudia Eloise.

Scope and Content

The Benjamin Baldwin Papers, filling seventeen boxes and spanning the period 1956 to 1984, are arranged in two subseries: correspondence and teaching files. These are Baldwin's personal papers, documenting his career as a teacher at Northwestern. Records relating to his involvement in the journalism section of the National High School Institute as well as the administrative records of the Medill School's Editorial Department have been separated and treated as distinct series.

Correspondence fills less than one box and is organized into general and subject categories. Most of the general correspondence, arranged chronologically, is routine and consists of letters pertaining to Baldwin's teaching. Very little of his personal or social correspondence is included. Subject correspondence documents Baldwin's role in the founding of the Medill School of Journalism Alumni Association, as well as his service on the Screening Committee of the AAAS-Westinghouse Science Writing Awards Competition. In 1983 Baldwin chaired the search committee for the Dean of Medill School. Edward P. Bassett was selected for the post; the correspondence folder under his name includes materials relevant to his appointment. Baldwin acted as an early advisor to the new Dean.

Comprising the bulk of the papers are Baldwin's teaching files. These files are arranged first in course number and then chronological sequence. Included are syllabi, bibliographies, detailed grade sheets, records and evaluations of student work, and the texts of many lectures. A small number of files on general curricular and Medill administrative matters follow. A folder of reprints may be found at the end of the papers.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Medill School of Journalism--Faculty

Personal Name

Baldwin, Ben H. (Benjamin Harrison), 1919-2005

Subjects

Journalists--United States--20th century


Container List / Contents

  • Correspondence
    • General Correspondence, 1956-1964Box 1, Folder 4
    • General Correspondence, 1965-1968Box 1, Folder 5
    • General Correspondence, 1969Box 1, Folder 6
    • General Correspondence, 1970Box 1, Folder 7
    • General Correspondence, 1971Box 1, Folder 8
    • General Correspondence, 1972-1979Box 1, Folder 9
    • General Correspondence, 1980-1984Box 1, Folder 10
    • General Correspondence, n.d..Box 1, Folder 11
    • Alumni Association, Medill School of Journalism, 1983Box 1, Folder 12
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1969-1974Box 1, Folder 13
    • American Society of Magazine Editors, 1977-1980Box 1, Folder 14
    • Bassett, Edward P., 1983-1984Box 1, Folder 15
    • Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Science and Technology, 1970-1972Box 1, Folder 16
    • McNeil, Neil (Notes), n.d..Box 1, Folder 17
    • Undergraduate Studies, 1979-1980Box 1, Folder 18
    • Robert H. Wieder Foundation, 1980-1984Box 1, Folder 19
  • Teaching Files
      Scope and Contents: Access to this series is restricted.
    • A01-0, 1958Box 1, Folder 20
    • A03-1, Winter, 1962Box 1, Folder 21
    • A03-1, Winter, 1963Box 1, Folder 22
    • A03-1, Winter, 1964Box 2, Folder 1
    • A03-1, Winter, 1965Box 2, Folder 2
    • A03-1, Winter, 1966Box 2, Folder 3
    • A03-2, Spring, 1960Box 2, Folder 4
    • A03-2, Spring, 1963Box 2, Folder 5
    • A03-2, Spring, 1964Box 2, Folder 6
    • A03-2, Spring, 1965Box 2, Folder 7
    • A03-2, Spring, 1966Box 2, Folder 8
    • B01-1, Fall, 1958Box 2, Folder 9
    • B01-1, Fall, 1959Box 2, Folder 10
    • B01-1, Fall, 1960Box 2, Folder 11
    • B01-1, Spring, 1961Box 3, Folder 1
    • B01-1, Fall, 1961Box 3, Folder 2
    • B01-1, Fall, 1962Box 3, Folder 3
    • B01-1, Fall, 1964Box 3, Folder 4
    • B01-1, Fall, 1965Box 3, Folder 5
    • B01-1, Fall, 1966Box 3, Folder 6
    • B01-1, Winter, 1980Box 3, Folder 7
    • B01-2, Winter, 1959Box 3, Folder 8
    • B01-2, Winter, 1960Box 3, Folder 9
    • B01-2, Winter, 1961Box 3, Folder 10
    • B01-2, Winter, 1962Box 3, Folder 11
    • B01-2, Winter, 1964Box 3, Folder 12
    • B01-2, Fall, 1967Box 3, Folder 13
    • B04, Spring, 1958Box 3, Folder 14
    • B06, Spring, 1959Box 4, Folder 1
    • C20-1, Fall, 1962Box 4, Folder 2
    • C20-1, Fall, 1963Box 4, Folder 3
    • C20-1, Fall, 1964Box 4, Folder 4
    • C20-1, Fall, 1965Box 4, Folder 5
    • C20-1, Fall, 1966Box 4, Folder 6
    • C20-1, Fall, 1967Box 4, Folder 7
    • C20-1, Spring, 1968Box 4, Folder 8
    • C20-1, Spring, 1969Box 5, Folder 1
    • C20-1, Spring, 1970Box 5, Folder 2
    • C20-1, Spring, 1971Box 5, Folder 3
    • C20-1, Winter, 1972Box 5, Folder 4
    • C20-1, Winter, 1975Box 5, Folder 5
    • C20-1, Spring, 1975Box 5, Folder 6
    • C20-1, Fall, 1979Box 6, Folder 1
    • C22-0, Spring, 1981Box 6, Folder 2
    • C25-0, Fall, 1978Box 6, Folder 3
    • C62-1, Winter, 1958Box 6, Folder 4
    • C62-1, Winter, 1959Box 6, Folder 5
    • C62-1, Fall, 1959Box 6, Folder 6
    • C62-1, Fall, 1960Box 6, Folder 7
    • C62-1, Fall, 1961Box 6, Folder 8
    • C62-1, Fall, 1962Box 6, Folder 9
    • C62-1, Fall, 1963Box 6, Folder 10
    • C62-2, Spring, 1958Box 7, Folder 1
    • C62-2, Spring, 1959Box 7, Folder 2
    • C63, Fall, 1957Box 7, Folder 3
    • C63, Fall, 1958Box 7, Folder 4
    • C64, Winter, 1958Box 7, Folder 5
    • C64, Winter, 1959Box 7, Folder 6
    • C64, Winter, 1960Box 7, Folder 7
    • C64-2, Spring, 1958Box 7, Folder 8
    • C64-2, Spring, 1960Box 7, Folder 9
    • C64-2, Spring, 1961Box 7, Folder 10
    • C64-2, Spring, 1962Box 7, Folder 11
    • C64-2, Spring, 1963Box 7, Folder 12
    • C64-2, Spring, 1964Box 7, Folder 13
    • C64-2, Spring, 1965Box 7, Folder 14
    • C64-2, Spring, 1966Box 7, Folder 15
    • C80-0, Fall, 1982Box 7, Folder 16
    • C80-0, Winter, 1983Box 8, Folder 1
    • C80-1, Winter, 1960Box 8, Folder 2
    • C80-1, Fall, 1975Box 8, Folder 3
    • C80-1, Fall, 1976Box 8, Folder 4
    • C80-1, Winter, 1977Box 8, Folder 5
    • C80-1, Fall, 1977Box 8, Folder 6
    • C80-1, Winter, 1978Box 8, Folder 7
    • C80-1, Fall, 1978Box 8, Folder 8
    • C80-1, Winter, 1979Box 8, Folder 9
    • C80-1, Winter, 1980Box 8, Folder 10
    • C80-1, Fall, 1980Box 8, Folder 11
    • C80-1, Fall, 1981Box 9, Folder 1
    • C80-1, Winter, 1982Box 9, Folder 2
    • C80-1, Spring, 1959Box 9, Folder 3
    • C80-2, Winter, 1961Box 9, Folder 4
    • C80-2, Winter, 1962Box 9, Folder 5
    • C80-2, Winter, 1963Box 9, Folder 6
    • C80-2, Winter, 1979Box 9, Folder 7
    • C80-2, Spring, 1981Box 9, Folder 8
    • C80-2, Winter, 1982Box 9, Folder 9
    • C80-2, Fall, 1983Box 9, Folder 10
    • C80-2, Winter, 1984Box 9, Folder 11
    • D06-0, Spring, 1967Box 9, Folder 12
    • D15-0, Winter, 1967Box 9, Folder 13
    • D15-0, Winter, 1968Box 9, Folder 14
    • D15-0, Fall, 1968Box 10, Folder 1
    • D15-0, Fall, 1969Box 10, Folder 2
    • D15-0, Fall, 1970Box 10, Folder 3
    • D15-0, Fall, 1971Box 10, Folder 4
    • D15-0, Fall, 1972Box 10, Folder 5
    • D15-0, Spring, 1973Box 10, Folder 6
    • D15-0, Fall, 1973Box 10, Folder 7
    • D15-0, Spring, 1974Box 10, Folder 8
    • D15-0, Fall, 1974Box 10, Folder 9
    • D15-0, Spring, 1975Box 10, Folder 10
    • D15-0, Spring, 1976Box 10, Folder 11
    • D15-0, Spring, 1977Box 11, Folder 1
    • D15-0, Spring, 1978Box 11, Folder 2
    • D15-0 and D95-0 (Trip To Washington), May, 1978Box 11, Folder 3
    • D15-0 and D95-0, Spring, 1979Box 11, Folder 4
    • D15-0 and D95-0, Spring, 1980Box 11, Folder 5
    • D15-0 and D95-0, Winter, 1981Box 11, Folder 6
    • D15-0 and D95-0, Spring, 1982Box 11, Folder 7
    • D15-0 and D95-0, Spring, 1983Box 11, Folder 8
    • D35-0, Summer, 1971Box 12, Folder 1
    • D35-0, Summer, 1967Box 12, Folder 2
    • D35-0, Summer, 1968Box 12, Folder 3
    • D35-0, Summer, 1969Box 12, Folder 4
    • D35-0, Summer, 1970Box 12, Folder 5
    • D35-0, Summer, 1971Box 12, Folder 6
    • D35-0, Summer, 1973Box 13, Folder 1
    • D35-0, Summer, 1972Box 13, Folder 2
    • D35-0: Notes, Grades and Correspondence, Summer, 1973Box 13, Folder 3
    • D35-0: Evaluations, Summer, 1973Box 13, Folder 4
    • D35-0, Summer, 1974Box 13, Folder 5
    • D35-0, Summer, 1975Box 13, Folder 6
    • D35-0, Summer, 1976Box 13, Folder 7
    • D35-0, Summer, 1976Box 14, Folder 1
    • D35-0, Winter, 1968Box 14, Folder 2
    • D35-0, Summer, 1978Box 14, Folder 3
    • D35-0, Summer, 1979Box 14, Folder 4
    • D35-0, Summer, 1980Box 14, Folder 5
    • D35-0, Summer, 1981Box 14, Folder 6
    • D35-0, Summer, 1982Box 14, Folder 7
    • D35-0, Summer, 1982Box 15, Folder 1
    • D35-0, Summer, 1983Box 15, Folder 2
    • D62, Dec., 1956Box 15, Folder 3
    • D62, Fall, 1957Box 15, Folder 4
    • D62, Fall, 1957Box 15, Folder 5
    • D62, Fall, 1958Box 15, Folder 6
    • D62, Fall, 1959Box 15, Folder 7
    • D62, 1960Box 15, Folder 8
    • D62, Fall, 1968Box 15, Folder 9
    • D62, Fall, 1968Box 16, Folder 1
    • D95-0, Winter, 1967Box 16, Folder 2
    • D95-0, Winter, 1968Box 16, Folder 3
    • D95-0, Fall, 1968Box 16, Folder 4
    • D95-0, Fall, 1969Box 16, Folder 5
    • D95-0, Fall, 1970Box 16, Folder 6
    • D95-0, Fall, 1971Box 16, Folder 7
    • D95-0, Fall, 1972Box 16, Folder 8
    • D95-0, Fall, 1973Box 16, Folder 9
    • D95-0, Spring, 1974Box 16, Folder 10
    • D95-0, Fall, 1974Box 16, Folder 11
    • D95-0, Spring, 1976Box 16, Folder 12
    • D95-0, Spring, 1977Box 16, Folder 13
    • D95-0, Spring, 1978Box 16, Folder 14
    • E01-0, Spring, 1962Box 16, Folder 15
    • E01-1, Spring, 1966Box 17, Folder 1
    • E02-0, Spring, 1966Box 17, Folder 2
    • E07, Fall, 1959Box 17, Folder 3
    • E07, Spring, 1960Box 17, Folder 4
    • E07, Fall, 1960Box 17, Folder 5
    • Admission Programs, 1982Box 17, Folder 6
    • Argonne University Association, 1973-1975Box 17, Folder 7
    • Editorial Department, 1970-1972Box 17, Folder 8
    • Election Coverage, 1966, 1968Box 17, Folder 9
    • Faculty Retreat, 1979Box 17, Folder 10
    • Graduate Students: Arthur Fried, 1972Box 17, Folder 11
    • Graduate Students: Carolyn D. Hay, 1969-1970Box 17, Folder 12
    • National High School Institute, 1958-1984Box 17, Folder 13
    • Special Lecture(Baskett Mosse's Class), Jan. 13, 1960Box 17, Folder 14
    • Medill Convocation : Introduction for Spencer Allen, Jan. 15, 1957Box 17, Folder 15
    • Publication Reprints and Correspondence, 1964-1970Box 17, Folder 16
  • Additions
      Scope and Contents: This addition fills one half-size box and dates from the period 1964-1984. Included are two publications authored or edited by Baldwin, correspondence with book publishers, and correspondence and related materials pertaining to a speech Baldwin delivered at the U.S. Department of Defense Information School. Completing the addition are records of the Medill School of Journalism Deanship Search Committee, 1983-1984. Baldwin chaired the Committee. An oral history taped interview with Baldwin (AC 196) was received October 28, 1987. A partial transcript was placed in Box 1, Folder 1 of the Baldwin Papers. See Provenance file. (P. Cloud, 10/28/87) An oral interview transcript with Ben Baldwin, conducted by Roger Boye of the Medill School of Journalism on February 6, 1989, was placed in Box 1, Folder 1 of the Baldwin Papers. (T. Walters,10/18/89)
    • Publications: Teaching About Beverage Alcohol; and Teaching About Smoking and Health, n.d..; 1964Box 18, Folder 1
    • Correspondence with Publishers, 1970-1984Box 18, Folder 2
    • Department of Defense, Defense information, School of Speech, Correspondence, and Related Materials, 1967-1968Box 18, Folder 3
    • Medill School of Journalism: Deanship Search Committee, 1983-1984Box 18, Folder 4
  • Personal Data, 1980-1983Box 1, Folder 1
  • Clippings and News Releases, 1964-1984Box 1, Folder 2
  • Commencement Speech, June 16, 1984Box 1, Folder 3