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This collection contains detailed course, lecture, and discussion notes as well as syllabi, course outlines, reading lists, papers, and examinations compiled by Richard Baker while completing his B.D. degree at Union Theological Seminary from 1938 to 1941.
Burke Library record group:
Union Theological Seminary Archives: UTS 1, papers of faculty and students
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Item Description, UTS1: Richard Terrill Baker Papers, [1938-1941], box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Richard Terrill Baker papers, 1930-1981. Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mrs. Marjorie Baker (née Coleman), Richard Terrill Baker's widow, in September 1985.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Metal clips and staples were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. Acidic items were separated from one another by interleaving with acid-free paper. The finding aid was created by Lisa Fishman in 1997, edited by Ruth Tonkiss Cameron in 2008, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Richard Terrill [Dick] Baker was born in Coggan, Iowa, on March 27, 1913, and graduated from Cornell College (Iowa) in 1934. Combining journalism and religion, he studied for one year at the Garrett Biblical Institute in Evanston, Illinois, became assistant editor of the Northwestern Christian Advocate in Chicago (1935-36), and obtained a Masters from the School of Journalism at Columbia University from 1936-1937. Under a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship, he visited 32 countries in the Far East, Africa and the Middle East.
Baker attended Union Theological Seminary from 1938-1941 and received his B.D. magna cum laude. In 1940 he was ordained in Iowa as a deacon and in 1941 as a minister in the Methodist church. Baker was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Cornell College (Iowa) in 1946. From 1940-1946 he was the assistant editor of World Outlook. When the Chinese Nationalist Government established a joint journalism school with Columbia University, he served in China as one of five faculty members and acting dean from 1943-1945.
For the following two years he wrote as a war correspondent for the Religious News Services and World Outlook. In 1947, at the age of 34, he became an associate professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism, and was full professor from 1952 to 1981. In 1950 he served as religious journalism advisor to West Germany on behalf of the U.S. State Department. From 1953-1954 he took a year's absence from teaching to work as a reporter for the New York Times.
In 1961 Baker was appointed Associate Dean of the School of Journalism and became Acting Dean from 1968 -1970. In 1976, he was elected secretary of the Pulitzer Prize Board. Richard Terrill Baker died at his home in Manhattan on September 4, 1981.