Northwestern

Baldwin, Benjamin H. (1919-2005) Papers Edit

Summary

Identifier
16/5

Dates

  • 1956-1984 (Creation)

Extents

  • 18.00 Boxes (Whole)

Names

Subjects

Notes

  • 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.

  • Scope and Contents

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Related Materials

    unspecified

  • Processing Information

    William K. Beatty; June-July, 1985

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    unspecified

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