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Benjamin H. Baldwin (1919-2005) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 16/5

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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.

Dates

  • 1956-1984

Creator

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.

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the Northwestern University Archives at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

18.00 Boxes

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.

Method of Acquisition

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.

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.

Processing Information

William K. Beatty; June-July, 1985
Title
Guide to the Benjamin H. Baldwin (1919-2005) Papers
Author
William K. Beatty
Date
01/06/1985
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Room 110
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Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3354