Guide to the Perley Dustin Baker Papers, 1920-1983
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Creator Baker, Perley D., 1897-1985
Title Perley Dustin Baker Papers
Extent 3 Boxes (3 linear feet)
About the Collection
The collection contains papers, photographs and other materials documenting Perley Baker’s time as a student at Norwich as well as the various positions he held later as a member of the Norwich University faculty, particularly as both a student and teacher of chemistry. Also included are his writings and materials regarding his military service. See the detailed content listing of the collection for more information.
About Perley Dustin Baker
Perley D. Baker graduated with the Norwich University class of 1920. He was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. He served in the Army’s gas division from 1918-1919, in the Army Reserve until called to active duty in 1942, and from 1942-1946, in the American and European theaters. Baker joined the faculty of the Norwich University chemistry department in 1920, becoming department head in 1946. He also served as university dean from 1950-1957. Baker retired in 1962. He married Lillian May Lloyd (d. 1977) in 1918. The control and biographical files included with the collection contain additional information on the life and career Perley Dustin Baker.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
• Baker, Perley D., 1897-1985
• Norwich University -- Alumni and alumnae.
• Theta Chi.
• World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Eastern Front.
• Norwich University -- History -- 20th century.
Most of the materials within the collection are open for research; however, the privacy of information contained in some records is protected by the Federal Educational Records and Privacy Act or other legislative or regulatory privacy provisions. The following types of records are restricted to protect the privacy rights of individuals about whom the information was collected.
Student academic records
Disciplinary and counseling records
Student financial aid records
Faculty/Staff personnel files
Promotion, tenure and grievance files
Medical case files
Legal counsel case files
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Perley Dustin Baker Papers, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter to Perley D. Baker from Ernest W. Gibson, 21 January 1959. Perley Dustin Baker Papers, Correspondence, 1956-1959, file, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 3 Boxes (3 linear feet)
Collection Location: Archives 501; oversized materials housed in OSD1.2
Language(s) of Material: English
Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, firstname.lastname@example.org
The following materials from the collection were transferred to the Sullivan Museum and History Center on 26 March 2004:
Meylan stopwatch, silver with short chain
Insignia (4 items)
Pumice (?) stone in leather case
Class of 1920 (?) brass medallion on leather strap with buckle
Sesquicentennial button for alumni, 1969
Cased drawing instruments, black case with Kelly green lining, labeled P. D. Baker, Lowell Textile School, on inside flap, snap closure
Slide rule in leather case, manufactured by Keuffel & Esser Co., NY, patented 1900
Slide rule in gray felt casing, manufactured by Pickett & Eckel, 1948
Printing plates for Baker’s 1940 dissertation, “Sorption of Anions by Hydrous Alumina,” Columbia University, 9 wood blocks
• Athletics at Norwich University, primarily newspaper clippings relating to wrestling and track, 1922-1938. Also includes track records, 1930-1966.
• Certificates, 1933-1957 (in Box 3)
• Class (of 1920) reunions, 1970-1976
• Correspondence, 1946-1983 (7 files)
• Degrees, 1920 (BS, Norwich) and 1926 (MA, Columbia) (in OSD1.2)
• Meetings, 1947-1973
• Memoranda, 1951-1973 (3 files)
• Memoranda, private (personal memos of daily events), 1947-1963 (2 files)*
• Military service, 1921-1957 (3 files)
• Retirement (includes photographs), 1962
• Testimonial for World War I service, New Hampshire, 1919 (in OSD1.2)
• Theses, presentations and articles, 1920-1980
• Theta Chi, 1949-1960
• Trip to Great Britain, 1938 (includes daily notes, postcards, and passenger list)
• Miscellaneous papers
• Chemistry examinations, 1924-1926
• Chemistry notebooks, 1924-1938 (6 files)
• Chemistry notes, 1923-1937 (6 files)
• “Sorption of Anions by Hydrous Alumina” by P. D. Baker and Arthur W. Thomas, 1940
• Scrapbook, class of 1920. Topics of interest include Norwich University social events, portraits of friends and classmates, and brief written daily entries from 1917.
• Photographs (subjects are listed as follows:)
o Alpha Sigma Pi, 1918-1919
o Baker, P. D.
o Baker’s home on Crescent Avenue in Northfield, VT
o Baker in chemistry lab
o Chemistry faculty
o Class of 1920 plaque
o Class reunions
o Group photographs
o Harmon, Ernest and others
o Individuals, unidentified
o Student Army Training Corps staff
o Scenic views
o Theta Chi, 1919-1920
o Track team
o Wrestling team, 1927-1928
o Wrestling: Roger Flanders (class of 1922) with 1924 U. S. Olympic wrestling team and National Collegiate Wrestling Coaches Association meeting at Brown University
o Wrestlers: H. C. Chao, 1928; Thimio Koutsonecolis, 1930; unidentified
• Slides, two boxes, one box labeled “Norwich” the other box labeled “Edgerton and Plumley,” undated
* Perley Baker kept personal memos “for the record” of daily happenings during his time at Norwich.
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