Roland Baughman was an assistant curator at the Huntington Library's Department of Rare Books and later Head of the Department
of Special Collections at Columbia University. The collection includes his professional and personal papers from his time
at both insitutions.
Roland Baughman, also called Roly, was born in 1902 and died in 1967. In 1924, Roland Baughman applied for a position at the
Huntington Library. Although possessing satisfactory recommendations, the position was given to another man who was older
and possessed prior experience with the Library. Baughman joined the Library later and remained for nearly twenty-two years,
beginning as a general assistant and finishing as an assistant curator in the Department of Rare Books. In 1938, he was appointed
a member of the Publications Committee alongside Godfrey Davies, the chair, and Edward Howland Tatum, Jr., Assistant to the
Director in the Research Staff. Baughman was a noted expert on Wise-Foreman forgeries and in the history of printing. In 1946,
he resigned from the Library to become the head of the Department of Special Collections at Columbia University, where he
remained until his death.
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from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical
property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances,
the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate
curator for further information.
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