Contents and Arrangement

National Institute of Education, 1956-1999

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


Arranged alphabetically by committee.

Collection History


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.

Processing Information

Eleven accessions were combined to form this collection. The collection was initially processed in 2008 by L. Durgin after the 2004-2007 accessions were received and a collection-level MARC record and finding aid were created at this time. Further processing was conducted in 2010 by Adriane Hanson. An updated finding aid and series-level description were created at this time.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing 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.

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.

Box 14, Interviews and Oral Histories, includes seven VHS tapes.

Credit this material:

National Institute of Education; William O. Baker Papers, MC218, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

Researchers seeking to identify related collections at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library should consult the Princeton University Library Finding Aids page and browse the subjects American politics and government, Cold War, and History of science. The Manuscripts Division in Firestone Library at Princeton University holds the papers of several members of the chemistry faculty who were at Princeton while Baker was a graduate student, including the papers of his advisor Charles Smyth.


The following sources were consulted during the preparation of the biographical note: "William O. Baker, 90, an Adviser to Five Presidents About Scientific Matters" by Margalit Fox. The New York Times, November 3, 2005. "William Oliver Baker, 15 July 1915-31 October 2005" by Frederick Seitz. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 152, No. 1, March 2008. "William Oliver Baker (Deceased)" Marquis Who's Who Online Accessed June 18, 2009. Biographical materials; William O. Baker Papers, Box 11-12; Public Policy Papers, Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

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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