Papers of William H. Baldwin, a noted public relations counsel, consisting of material on both his professional career and his personal interest in various social welfare organizations. Approximately half of the collection consists of personal correspondence, the bulk of which relates to operation of the Springfield (Mass.) Republican, a family enterprise. Prominent correspondents include his cousins Roger N. Baldwin and Chester B. Bowles as well as William Benton, James Dombrowski, John Haynes Holmes, Earl Newsom, and H. T. Webster. Other personal papers include copies of speeches, articles, and miscellaneous writings; a 1962 diary; material used for public relations lectures given at Harvard and New York University; and notes made as a student at the University of Wisconsin, 1912-1913.
Relating to public relations work are correspondence, client files, publications, and financial records. The client files contain program proposals and publications prepared, distributed, or collected for various accounts. Many of the files relate to Baldwin's ongoing work regarding tariff legislation. Publications include Resolved, a newsletter published by Baldwin's firm for non-profit organizations.
Baldwin's interest in social welfare is documented by files on the American Museum of Immigration, Fisk University, the National Urban League, the Urban League of Southwestern Fairfield County (Conn.), the Southern Education Foundation, and other groups. While the majority of these files consist only of correspondence, there are minutes, financial records, and publications for the AMI, the Southern Education Foundation, and the Urban League of Southwestern Fairfield County. Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., and Whitney M. Young, Jr., appear as frequent correspondents within the NUL files.
Family papers consist of correspondence of Baldwin's father William H. Baldwin, Jr., and his mother Ruth Standish Baldwin, and a Baldwin genealogy. William H. Baldwin, Jr.'s files contain a letter from John D. Rockefeller, Jr., a speech, and a review of a book by William B. DuBois; those of Ruth Standish Baldwin mainly contain exchanges with staff members of the Highlander Folk School, Monteagle, Tennessee.
The processed portion of this collection is summarized above, dates 1886-1980, and is described in the register. Additional accessions date 1938-1940, 1947-1959, and are described below.
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