Guide to the Samm S. Baker Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Baker, Samm Sinclair, 1909-
Title: Samm S. Baker papers
Dates: 1938-1952 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.75 linear feet (4 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 327
Summary: 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.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

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.

Content Description

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,

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & 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 & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Samm S. Baker papers, Ax 327, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

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

Processing Note :  

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

Additional Reference Guides :  

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


  • Personal Names :
  • Baker, Samm Sinclair, 1909-
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors--20th century
  • Radio programs
  • Radio writers
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Radio scripts

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