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Baird, Thomas, 1923-1990
Thomas Baird Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1924-1990 (mostly 1941-1990)
35 boxes and 14.75 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-35


The Thomas Baird Papers consists of the working and personal papers, primarily manuscripts, of the American educator and author Thomas Baird (1923-1990). Also included, and related to both his published and unpublished works, are idea files, notes, writing journals, correspondence with his publishers and editors, and reviews. Furthermore, the collection contains the following materials that encompass Baird's adult life: talks, addresses, and lectures; general, family and travel correspondence; diaries; personal journals; interviews; documents; photographs and audio recordings.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of the working and personal papers of Thomas Baird. The papers primarily contain draft and final manuscripts of Baird's published works, such as: Triumphal Entry (1962), The Old Masters (1963), People Who Pull You Down (1970), The Way to the Old Sailors Home (1977), Poor Millie (1978), Villa Aphrodite (1984) and Smart Rats (1990) [young adult]. Also included are notes, writing journals, correspondence between Baird and his publishers and editors, fan mail, and reviews. There is also a selection of manuscripts and related material for Baird's unpublished works, ideas and notes for planned works, literature reviews by Baird, as well as manuscripts and notes from talks, addresses and lectures given by Baird.

The other correspondence contained in the collection includes general letters, family letters and travel related letters from Canada, Mexico and Wyoming. There is also a variety of Baird's personal writings that include notes, diaries and journals from 1944 to 1990.

Other materials included in the collection consist of the transcript of an interview with Baird for the National Gallery of Art Oral History Program in 1989, publishing contracts, royalty reports, his wine cellar inventory, estate papers for his parents Alice and Edgar Baird, invitations to Baird's memorial service at Trinity College and assorted photographs. There is also a selection of audio recordings which include cassettes tapes of Baird reading four of his novels, an interview with Baird for Voice of America, and the speakers at his memorial service.

Throughout the collection there are notes written by Michael Mahoney, executor of Baird's estate, that assist in identification of the materials.

Collection Creator Biography:

Baird, Thomas, 1923-1990

Thomas Baird, a member of the Princeton Class of 1945, collected materials relating to Mayan women.

Collection History


Part of the collection was a deposit that converted to a gift upon Baird's death. Other materials were given as gifts by Baird's estate and Michael Mahoney.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Maritza Maxwell, Barbara Volz and Karla J. Vecchia in 1992. Finding aid written by Maritza Maxwell, Barbara Volz and Karla J. Vecchia in 1992.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Thomas Baird Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-35