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Collection Description & Creator Information
Baker's papers document his government service beginning with President Eisenhower, as well as his career at Bell Labs, and include correspondence, writings, and reports. The papers include materials on his governmental service at both the federal and New Jersey state level, notably for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB), President's Science Advisory Committee (PSAC), New Jersey Board of Higher Education, and New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology. The papers on Bell Labs primarily cover his management of the lab and their research accomplishments from the time he became vice president for research in 1955, but also include papers related to his own research.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
The majority of the materials separated from the William O. Baker Papers are related to Baker's involvement, often as a member of a board or committee, with numerous professional and academic organizations, institutes, and non-profit organizations devoted to science research, including the American Chemical Society, the Health Effects Institute, the Mellon Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences, as well as universities and corporations, notably Princeton University and Rockefeller University. These papers included reports and publications of the organizations, as well as meeting materials and routine correspondence. Other materials separated from the Baker Papers include published materials that Baker collected on areas of interest to him, notably education and his areas of scientific research, personal files related to Baker's finances, property ownership and medical treatment of himself and his wife, invitations, awards certificates, plaques and medals, Baker's college papers and class notes, and duplicate materials.
These papers were processed with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to Princeton University and researchers are free to move forward with use of materials without anything further from Mudd Library. For materials not created by the donor, where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. In these instances, researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.
- Special Requirements for Access:
Box 14, Interviews and Oral Histories, includes seven VHS tapes. Access to this material follows the Mudd Manuscript Library policy for preservation and access to audiovisual materials.
- Credit this material:
1945-1957; William O. Baker Papers, MC218, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 21
- Bell Telephone Laboratories
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency
United States. National Security Agency
United States. President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
United States. President's Science Advisory Committee
New Jersey Board of Higher Education
New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology
Baker, William O. (William Oliver), 1915-2005