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Guide to the A. Craig Baird Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1914-1972
Creator: Baird, A. Craig (1914-1972)
Extent: 14.00 linear feet.
Collection Number: RG99.0180
Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Summary: University of Iowa professor of speech and communications for 45 years and the author or editor of over 30 books. Papers include articles, speeches and correspondence.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: The A. Craig Baird Papers were re-processed in 2003 by Ashley DeGross and David McCartney. Guide posted to the Internet 2003; updated January 2008.

Preferred Citation: A. Craig Baird Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: David McCartney
Email: david-mccartney@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc/archives

A. (Albert) Craig Baird was a recognized authority on speech and debate who taught in American colleges and universities continually for 60 years, including 45 at the University of Iowa. He was awarded the University's highest honor, its Distinguished Service Award, in 1974. The University also established the A. Craig Baird Distinguished Professorship in Communications Studies in his honor.
 
Mr. Baird was born in Vevay, Indiana, on October 20, 1883, and graduated from high school there. After working for a year, he enrolled at Wabash College, supporting himself and becoming a member of that institution's first intercollegiate debate team and of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation in 1907, he studied at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and later Union Theological Seminary in New York from which he received a divinity degree magna cum laude in 1910. He also received a master's degree in English and rhetoric from Columbia University in 1912.
 
His teaching career began at Ohio Wesleyan and continued at Dartmouth before he went to Bates College in 1913. In 1923 he married Marion Peirce and they had one daughter. In 1925 the family moved to Iowa City, where Mr. Baird became Associate Professor of Speech (later Professor) at Iowa and headed the program in Rhetoric and Public Address. He also directed the inter-collegiate debate and discussion program, and from 1925 to 1948 was director of the Iowa High School Forensic League. During much of that time he was in charge of weekly discussion programs over University radio station WSUI. In 1952 and 1953 he served on the development committee of the Fund for Adult Education of the Ford Foundation.
 
Despite his official retirement in 1952, Professor Baird continued to teach full-time each fall at Iowa and full-time each spring at some other university until 1969. He also taught each summer for almost the same length of time. He wrote or edited over 30 books, some of which went through many editions, and was also the author of numerous articles. In addition to his own scholarly work, he directed more than 100 master's theses and about 50 doctoral dissertations.
 
A. Craig Baird died in Iowa City on March 18, 1979, at age 95.

The A. Craig Baird Papers are arranged in five series: Articles and Speeches, Correspondence, Speech Association of America (SAA), Subject files, and Books. The Articles and Speeches series is arranged alphabetically by title and documents many of Mr. Baird's public appearances. The Correspondence series (1927-1972) is arranged chronologically. The Speech Association of America series (1931-1956 bulk 1937-1956) is arranged alphabetically with a correspondence sub-series. Subject files are arranged alphabetically, with several sub-series arranged chronologically. The Books series lists titles.
Edward C. Mabie Papers (RG99.0188)

Iowa High School Forensic League Bulletin and the Oratorical Association records, both in the Records of the Dept. of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts (RG06.0038.001)

Baird, A. Craig. "Oral History Interview." University of Iowa Oral History Project, 18. 29 pp. 1976.

----. Representative American Speeches. New York, NY: H.W. Wilson Co., 1938- .

Cheshier, David, ed. On the Side of Truth: A Century of Intercollegiate Debate, Remembrances of A. Craig Baird. Iowa City: University of Iowa, A. Craig Baird Debate Forum, 1993. 181 pp., facsims., illus. Includes writings by LeRoy Cowperthwaite, Orville Hitchcock, and Helen E. Lavender.

Hitchcock, Orville A. "Albert Craig Baird." In American Public Address; Studies in Honor of Albert Craig Baird, edited by Loren Reid, pp. xi-xix. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1961.

Mitchell, Anne G. "A. Craig Baird, Editor and Teacher." Speech Teacher 18 (January 1969): 1-8, notes.

Mitchell, Anne Goyne. "The Rhetorical Theory of A. Craig Baird as Expressed in Representative American Speeches: 1937-1959." Ph.D. dissertation, Louisiana State University, 1968. 168 pp. Speech Monographs 36 (August 1969): 246. Dissertation Abstracts 29: 1613-A.

Peterson, Owen. "A. Craig Baird (1883-1979)." Southern Speech Communication Journal 47 (winter 1982): 130-134, notes.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: ARTICLES AND SPEECHES
Series 2: CORRESPONDENCE
Series 3: SPEECH ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (SAA)
Series 4: SUBJECT FILES
Series 5: BOOKS

  • Series 1: ARTICLES AND SPEECHES
  • Box 1:
  • American Foreign Policy: An Interpretation
  • Analysis and Evidence in Communication
  • At a speech dinner, Michigan State College
  • Broadcasting Problems
  • Chauncey Goodrich: As a Philosophical Critic of Speakers. Central State Convention...
  • Chauncey Goodrich: As a Philosophical Critic of Speakers. Southern Illinois University...
  • The College Debater and the Red China Issue
  • The College Debater - 1954-1955
  • The College Debater - 1955
  • The Critic as Philosopher
  • Debate and Discussion in Post War Service to Democracy
  • Debate and Discussion in Post War Service to Democracy - Gavel...
  • Debate and Discussion in Post War Service to Democracy - The Debaters Magazine
  • The Debate Director as Educator
  • The Debater: His Political and Moral Responsibilities
  • The Debater: His Secret Weapons
  • Debating and General Education
  • Dedication of the Lincoln Depository...
  • Dedication of the University Library
  • Discussion and Debate as School and College Activities - University of Iowa
  • Discussion and Debate as School and College Activities - Wisconsin
  • Discussion and Debate in the Space Age
  • Discussion and Social Action
  • Discussion and the "New" Logic
  • Discussion in Wartime
  • The Educational Philosophy of the Teacher of Speech
  • General Education and the Course in Argumentation - Gavel...
  • General Education and the Course in Argumentation - S.A.A. convention
  • General Education and the Course in Argumentation - University of Washington
  • Goals of the Liberal Arts College
  • Higher Education in a Mass Society
  • In Defense of Good Talk
  • Logos, Ethos and Communicative Behavior
  • Methodology in the Criticism of Public Address
  • Lester Thonssen Methodology in the Criticism of Public Address
  • The Minister as Public Speaker
  • The Nature of Rhetorical Criticism
  • The Original Oration
  • The Original Oration: Secondary School Oration as a Speech Activity
  • The Place of Speech in Education in the Humanities
  • Box 2:
  • Problems in Public Speaking
  • Political Obligations of the Scholar
  • Political Speaking in 1952: A Symposium
  • Political Speaking Today and Yesterday
  • Relationships of Rhetoric
  • Reorganization of the Speech Program
  • The Responsibilites of Free Communication
  • Responsibilites of Free Communication: The Quality of our Political Discourse
  • Rhetoric and Literature
  • Rhetoric and Logical Communication
  • Rhetoric: Its Boundaries and Applications
  • Rhetoric and Politics
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • The Role of Discussion and Debate in College Education
  • The Scholar and the "Alienated Generation" Phi Beta Kappa...Southern Illinois University
  • The Scholar and the "Alienated Generation" Vital Speeches
  • The Scholar and the "Big Change"
  • The Scholar in the Space Age
  • Some Problems of Speech Responsibilities
  • Specialized Speech Training vs. Broad Background
  • Speech and the Age of Mass Communication State of Washington Speech Association...
  • Speech and the Age of Mass Communication University of Washington
  • Speech and the Democratic Process...
  • Speaking in a World of Words
  • Speech and Mass Civilization
  • Speech and the "New" Philosophies
  • Speech Models and Liberal Education
  • The Speech Teacher and the "Big Change" Phi Beta Kappa...
  • The Speech Teacher and the "Big Change" University of Missouri
  • Symposium for Peace: "Let's Discuss It"
  • The Speech Critic: An Approach to His Philosophy
  • Speeches and Ghost Writing
  • Trends and Areas of Investigation in British Public Areas
  • What is Right and Wrong with American Preaching at Mid Century?
  • What Makes a Good Teacher of Speech?
  • What Should be the Characteristics of a Successful School or College Debater in 1941-1942
  • Series 2: CORRESPONDENCE
  • Box 3:
  • 1927-1929
  • 1930-1931
  • 1932 and undated [1931 or 1932]
  • Bates College - 1932-1935
  • 1933 and undated [1933]
  • 1934
  • 1935 and undated [1935]
  • Box 4:
  • 1936 and undated [1936]
  • 1937 January-May
  • 1937 June-December, 1937 and undated [1937]
  • 1938 January-March
  • 1938 August-December and undated [1937 or 1938, and 1938]
  • Box 5:
  • 1939 January-April
  • 1939 May-August
  • 1939 September-December 1nd undated [1939 and 193{?}]
  • 1940 January-April
  • 1940 May-August
  • 1940 September-December and undated [1940]
  • Box 6:
  • 1941 January-April
  • 1941 May-September
  • 1941 October-December and undated [1939-41, and 1941]
  • 1942 January-April
  • 1942 October-December and undated [1942]
  • Box 7:
  • 1943
  • 1944 January-August
  • 1944 September-December
  • 1945 January-June
  • 1945 July-December
  • Box 8:
  • 1946 January-March
  • 1946 April-June
  • 1946 September-December and undated [1946]
  • 1947 January-March
  • 1947 April-June
  • 1947 July-December and undated [1946 or 1947]
  • Box 9:
  • 1948 January-June
  • 1948 January-December and undated [1948]
  • 1949 January-April
  • 1949 May-December and undated [1948-49, 1949 and 194{?}]
  • 1950 January-July
  • Box 10:
  • 1950 August-December and undated [1950]
  • 1951 January-March
  • 1951 April-May
  • 1951 June-August
  • 1951 September-December and undated [1951]
  • 1952 January-March
  • Box 11:
  • 1952 April-May
  • 1952 June-August
  • 1952 September-December and undated [1952]
  • 1953-1954 and undated [1953 and 1954]
  • 1955 January-July
  • Box 12:
  • 1955 August-December and undated [1954 and 1955]
  • 1963
  • 1966 and undated [1966]
  • 1967 January-June
  • 1967 July-December and undated [1967]
  • 1968 and undated [1968]
  • 1969 and undated [1969]
  • Series 3: SPEECH ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (SAA)
  • Box 13:
  • College Debate Question - 1946
  • Committee on Case Studies in American Public Address - 1948-1952
  • Committee on Contemporary Public Address - 1942, 1946-1956
  • Committee on Discussion - 1947-1950
  • Committee on Finance - 1946-1948
  • Committee on the History of Speech Education - 1948-1949
  • Committee on Nominations - 1949-1951
  • Committee on Research in History and Rhetorical Criticisms - 1935, 1946-1947
  • Box 14:
  • Committee on the History of American Public Address - 1945-1951
  • Committee on the Role of Speech in Liberal Education - 1951-1952
  • Committees and Reports - 1940-1955
  • Conference - 1944
  • Conference, Report of Representative American Speakers - 1949
  • Constitution (NATS) - 1944-1945
  • Conventions - 1946-1948
  • Correspondence (NATS) - 1937-1939
  • Correspondence (NATS) - 1940
  • Correspondence (NATS) - 1941
  • Correspondence (NATS) - 1942-1944
  • Correspondence (NATS) - 1945
  • Box 15:
  • Correspondence - 1946-1947
  • Correspondence - 1948-1949
  • Correspondence - 1950-1951
  • Correspondence - 1952-1956
  • Debate Program, Convention - 1950
  • International Debate - 1931, 1937, 1946
  • International Debate - 1947-1948
  • Series 4: SUBJECT FILES
  • Box 16:
  • Alexander Hamilton Bicentennial Commission, American Students Constitutional Convention - 1957
  • American Forensic Association-Correspondence - 1948-1956
  • Annual Conference of Teachers of Speech - 1930 October
  • Curriculum
  • Debater's Magazine Correspondence - 1946-1951
  • Debate-Correspondence - 1930-1931
  • Delta Sigma Rho-Correspondence - 1927-1948
  • Delta Sigma Rho-Correspondence - 1950-1956
  • Delta Sigma Rho-Correspondence, The Gavel - 1944 March and 1950 May
  • Box 17:
  • Delta Sigma Rho-Initiation Ceremonies
  • Delta Sigma Rho-National History and Constitution
  • Delta Sigma Rho-National Student Congresses (incomplete) - 1943-1944
  • Discussion: Principles and Types-Correspondence - 1943-1944
  • Forensic Budgets-Iowa and other Universities
  • Inter-Collegiate Debate - 1927-1938
  • International Debate-Correspondence - 1947-1952
  • International Debates at Iowa - 1924-1950
  • Iowa Speech Association-Correspondence - 1927
  • McGraw Hill Communication Series-Correspondence - 1954-1956
  • McGraw Hill Communication Series-Film outlines and shooting scripts - 1955-1956
  • Box 18:
  • McGraw Hill Publications-Correspondence - 1944-1953
  • McGraw Hill Publications-Correspondence - 1954-1956
  • National Society for the Study of Communication-Correspondence - 1950-1951
  • Office of War Information-Correspondence - 1942-1943
  • Oxford-Iowa Debate - 1947 November 7
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Deposits-Correspondence - 1950
  • Programs
  • Quarterly Journal of Speech-Correspondence - 1927-1930
  • Quarterly Journal of Speech-Correspondence - 1949-1951
  • Quarterly Journal of Speech-Correspondence - 1952 January-July
  • Quarterly Journal of Speech-Correspondence - 1952 August-November
  • Representative American Speeches-Correspondence - 1950-1951, 1951-1952, 1952-1953, 1953-1954
  • Box 19:
  • Speech Criticism-Correspondence - 1945-1949
  • Speech Criticism-notes and flyer
  • Student Publications, Inc. - 1941-1948
  • Studies in Honor of A. Craig Baird-Planning - 1948
  • US Office of Education-Civilian Information and Training Service - 1942-1943
  • US Office of Education-Civilian Information and Training Service-Faculty Speakers Bureau - 1942-1944
  • University of California-Iowa Debate - 1927 January 13
  • University of Iowa-College of Liberal Arts-Correspondence - 1946-1950
  • University of Iowa-Library-Correspondence - 1949-1952
  • University of Iowa-Library Committee-Correspondence - 1948-1952, undated
  • University of Iowa-Speech Department-Correspondence - 1926-1944
  • University of Iowa-Speech Department-Correspondence - 1945-1949
  • Box 20:
  • University of Iowa-Speech Department-Correspondence - 1950-1956
  • University of Mississippi-Correspondence - 1954-1955
  • Veterans Service Office - 1946-1951
  • The Wabash
  • War Correspondence - 1942-1943, undated
  • War Correspondence - 1944, undated (1943 or 1944)
  • War Correspondence - 1945-1946
  • Series 5: BOOKS
  • Box 21:
  • References and Problems - The Teaching of Creative Speaking (including discussion)
  • References and Problems - The Teaching of Public Speaking and Discussion
  • Speech Criticism

This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.


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