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Ray Palmer Baker papers

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Ray Palmer Baker papers, 1919-1981

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Title: Ray Palmer Baker papers, 1919-1981Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Baker, Ray Palmer (1883-1979)

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged in two Series: Series I, Professional Papers and Series II, Personal Papers.

Languages: English

Collection processed by: Jenifer J. Kuba

Abstract

The collection contains some correspondence, extensive newspaper clippings, bound volumes and journal articles and speeches.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Ray Palmer Baker papers (MC 19) are from the period 1919 to 1980 following his 1915 arrival on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute faculty. The majority of the collection documents Baker’s interest in and literary contributions to improving education and his particular concern with the value of writing skills for engineers. The collection contains some correspondence, extensive newspaper clippings, bound volumes and journal articles.

The correspondence is primarily concerned with the publication of Baker’s books and articles. Most of the correspondence is with notable engineers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries such as Charles Steinmetz and Isham Randolph. The newspaper clippings span from 1922-1980 and are primarily about Ray Palmer Baker with the majority of the accumulated clippings included in a scrapbook.

Biographical Note

Ray Palmer Baker’s career falls into three categories: education, public service and scholarship. Baker arrived at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1915 as Professor of English. An active member of the Faculty for 39 years, Palmer was head of the Department of Arts, Science and Business Administration, Assistant Director, then Dean of Students and in 1949 was elected Vice-President of R.P.I. Baker introduced the humanities and social studies to R.P.I. while also establishing the natural sciences-physics, chemistry, and biology as independent disciplines and organized curricula in economics and other related subjects. Throughout Baker’s tenure as Faculty member he maintained an interest in research and scholarship. As author of numerous books and articles Baker contributed to the Dictionary of American Biography as well as several encyclopedias.

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Preferred Citation: Ray Palmer Baker papers, MC 19. Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

Processing Information: Collection was re-processed and finding aid was updated July, 2011 by Jenifer Kuba. Series and Subseries were added.


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Series I: Professional PapersAdd to your cart.
Subseries A: Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: R.P.I. Speeches by R.P. Baker, 1924 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: R.P.I. Program: "Order of Exercises", 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 3: R.P.I. Administrative announcements by R.P. Baker, 1942 and 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Essays re: R.P.I. administration and student curriculum by R.P. Baker, 1950-1952 and n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous R.P.I. administrative memorabilia, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: R.P. Baker, Retirement from R.P.I., 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Press Releases, re: R.P. Baker, 1954-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Tributes and resolutions to R.P. Baker, 1966-1979Add to your cart.
Subseries B: Essays and PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence and reviews of publications, 1924-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Essays, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Essays, 1928-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Miscellaneous publications, 1924 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Baker, Ray Palmer. A Chapter in American Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1824-1924 (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons), 1925. (2 copies)Add to your cart.
Item 2: Baker, Ray Palmer. Engineering Education (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), 1919. (2 copies)Add to your cart.
Item 4: Baker, Ray Palmer. The Preparation of Reports (New York: The Ronald Press Company), 1924.Add to your cart.
Item 8: Baker, Ray Palmer and William Haller. Writing: A First Book for College Students (New York: The Ronald Press), 1929. (2 copies)Add to your cart.
Item 9: Clapp, John Mantle and Homer Heath Nugent. How to Write: Meeting the Needs of Everyday Life (New York: The Ronald Press Company), 1930.Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 3: Baker, Ray Palmer. The Legacies of the Revolution (Washington Depot, Conn.: Shiver Moutnain Press), 1980.Add to your cart.
Item 5: Baker, Ray Palmer. The Preparation of Reports (New York: The Ronald Press Company), 1924.Add to your cart.
Item 6: Baker, Ray Palmer. War in the Revolution (Washington Depot, Conn.: Shiver Mountain Press), 1976.Add to your cart.
Item 7: Baker, Ray Palmer. What I Remember: A Personal Chronicle (Washintong Depot, Conn.: Shiver Mountain Press), 1981. (2 copies)Add to your cart.
Item 10: Baker, Ida Emma Fitch. Selected Poems (Toronto: The Ryerson Press), 1951.Add to your cart.
With an introduction by Ray Palmer Baker

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