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This collection contains biographical information pertaining to primarily northern California artists and architects of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Research notes for two of Dr. Baird's publications, Catalogue of Original Paintings, Drawings and Watercolors in the Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection (1968) and Historic Lithographs of San Francisco (1972), offer additional biographical and art historical information. His unpublished catalog on the prints in the Honeyman Collection at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley is also included.
Joseph Armstrong Baird, Jr. was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1922. He began his studies in art history at Oberlin College where he received a bachelor's degree and then attended Harvard University where he first earned a master's degree and finally a doctorate in art and architectural history in 1951. He taught at the University of Toronto (1949-1953) before coming to Davis in 1953. Beginning as a lecturer in the Art Department, he retired as a full professor of fine arts in 1985. He continued to work as a consultant and art appraiser until his death in 1992.
  • Art and Book Dealers, Galleries, Historical Societies, Libraries, Museums and Other Related Institutions in the Bay Area and Nearby. 1962
  • Time's Wondrous Changes: San Francisco Architecture, 1776-1915. 1962
  • The Churches of Mexico, 1530-1810. 1962
  • Historic Lithographs of San Francisco. 1972
  • The West Remembered: Artists and Images, 1837 -1973. 1973
  • Northern California Art: An Interpretive Bibliography to 1915. 1977
  • Restrictions
    The Library can only claim physical ownership of the Joseph A. Baird, Jr. Collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
    Collection is open for research.