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Samm S. Baker papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 327

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscripts of Baker's books and radio scripts.

Books include: Casebook of Successful Ideas, How to be an Optimist--and Make It Pay, Miracle Gardening Encyclopedia, 1001 Questions and Answers to Your Skin Problems with Sidney J. Robbins and Stephanie H. Robbins, and Your Key to Creative Thinking.

Radio scripts include: Cheer Up America, The Life of Mary Cassatt, and The Story of Auguste Rodin--the Sculptor Comes to Life; as well as seven scripts are for the Famous Jury Trials series, Mutual Broadcasting System, 1938-1939: The People vs. Doctor Osborn, The People vs. George Chapin, The People vs. John Miller, The People vs. Lewis Parker, The People vs. William Evans, The State vs. Charles Logan, The State vs. Howard Conroy,


  • 1938-1952


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Samm Sinclair Baker (1909-1997) was born in Patterson, New Jersey. He attended Columbia, Pennsylvania, and New York universities. He worked as an advertising executive. In addition to his work in advertising, Baker wrote numerous self-help books, mysteries and radio scripts. He was also a founder of Stern's Nurseries, developers of Miracle Grow.


2.75 linear feet (4 containers) : 1 record storage box, 2 manuscript boxes, 1 legal half manuscript box

Language of Materials



Samm Sinclair Baker (1909-1997) was an advertising executive and writer of numerous self-help books. The collection consists of manuscripts of some of Baker's books and radio plays.


The manuscripts are organized into the following series: Books, Radio Scripts.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents

Guide to the Samm S. Baker Papers
Complete Description
Austin Munsell and Kira B. Homo
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA