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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biography
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  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Roland Baughman Papers
    Dates: 1924-1967
    Bulk dates: 1933-1959
    Collection Call Number: 34.33.1-2
    Creator: Baughman, Roland Orvil, 1902-1967.
    Extent: 2 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: archives@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: 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.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Roland Baughman Papers, Huntington Insitutitonal Archives, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    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.

    Scope and Content

    The bulk of the papers of Roland Baughman span his career at the Huntington Library and Columbia University. The collection is divided into two boxes. Box 1 is Baughman’s personal papers and publications. These include a report on a book worm infection in the incunabula and a biography of Henry E. Huntington. Baughman’s publications include poetry and three editions of Great Books in Great Editions. The 1967 volume of the Columbia Library Column includes an In Memoriam to Roland Baughman. Box 2 contains Baughman’s family photograph scrapbook, dated between 1942 and 1954. The scrapbook includes undated photographs from Baughman’s childhood.


    The papers are arranged by form.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Baughman, Roland Orvil, 1902-1967.

    Corporate Names

    Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.


    The Work of the Grabhorn Press. June – September 1945.
    Rare Books.


    Journals (accounts)
    Lecture notes
    Letters (correspondence)
    Professional papers