Contents and Arrangement

Series 8: Audio Recordings, dates not examined

2 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of assorted cassettes tapes and one record. Some of the cassette tapes are of Baird reading his novels Finding Out (1967), Poor Millie (1978), What Does Goldwatch Say [the earlier title of Walk Out a Brother (1983) (young adult)] and Villa Aphrodite (1984). These recordings were made for his friend, the harpsichordist Ralph Kirkpatrick, after Kirkpatrick became blind. Other cassette tapes include Baird reading Lucy Gayheart (1935) by Willa Cather, [ Rome, Profile of a City, 312-1308 ?] (1980) by Richard Krautheimer, plot ideas for a novel after Villa Aphrodite (1984), biographical information about Baird, an interview with Baird for Voice of America by John Dando, and Baird's memorial service at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. There is also a record, "Animal Crackers" [band and album?], dedicated to Baird by David Thomas Wilentz. Baird gave Wilentz $3,000 with which he produced the album. This series is organized alphabetically by title of the work, and then the remaining items are organized by subject (plot ideas, biographical information, interview, memorial).


Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Collection History


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:

Series 8: Audio Recordings; Thomas Baird Papers, C0668, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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