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Harry L. Baker, Jr. Photograph Collection

Harry L. Baker, Jr. Photograph Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Harry L. Baker, Jr. Photograph Collection
Identification: VAM385
Date: ca. 1934-1970 (bulk dates 1967-1970)
Size/Quantity: 0.4 linear feet (11 items)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Baker, Harry L., Jr., (Harry Lichtenwalter), d. 1973
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:Harry Baker was a 1934 Georgia Tech graduate and the president of the Georgia Tech Research Institute from 1946 until his untimely death in 1973. The majority of this collection documents Baker's professional career while at Georgia Tech.

Biographical/Historical Note

Harry Lichtenwalter Baker, Jr., a native of Atlanta, graduated from the Georgia School of Technology in 1934 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He served as President of the Georgia Tech Research Institute from 1946 until his death in 1973.

While at Tech, Baker was a member of Beta Theta Phi fraternity. He also served as Vice-President of Alpha Chi Sigma and as President of the M. L. Brittain Debating Society. He became a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers during his student years. In his senior year, he held the position of Manager of the Tennis Team. An excellent student, he was on the Honor Roll for all four years.

During the Second World War, Baker was in the Navy, serving in the Pacific in amphibious operations. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service, and had attained the rank of commander by 1945. After the war ended, he continued to serve in the Naval Reserves until his retirement as a captain in 1972.

After the war, Baker began a position as the first President of the Georgia Tech Research Institute in 1946, a position he would hold until his untimely death at the age of 60 in 1973. He also served as the Assistant Director of the Engineering Experiment Station from 1946 until 1963. In February 1966, he was appointed Director of the Office of Research Administration. In addition to his twenty-seven years of service to Tech, he also attended Emory University's School of Law part-time, and he received a law degree in 1961.

Baker died suddenly after an aneurysm on January 11, 1973. Surviving were his wife, Virginia Cunningham (known as "Kit"); two daughters, Mrs. Dale E. Wallin and Mrs. Earl H. Freeman; and a son, Harry L. Baker III.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains black and white prints and color prints. All are in good condition.

Index Terms

Georgia Institute of Technology. Engineering Experiment Station.
Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Harry L. Baker, Jr. Photograph Collection (VAM385), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Accession #2000.016, 2003.004. Formerly VAC042.

Processing Information

Jody Lloyd Thompson processed these photographs in 2004. Additional items added in 2011 by Mandi D. Johnson.

Revisions to Finding Aid

May 2006:
  • Finding aid updated and converted from Word to Encoded Archival Description Version 2002. April 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit. January 2011: Converted collection number from VAC042 to VAM385. September 2011: Added items 10-11.

  • Restrictions

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    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

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    Image List, ca. 1934-1970
    VAM385-1: Lunch at the Callaway Guest House, LaGrange, GA (individuals identified on back of photograph), July 13, 1967.
    VAM385-2: (left to right) Kit Baker, Harry Baker, Jr. and Harry Baker III, undated.
    VAM385-3: Harry Baker, 1970.
    VAM385-4: Baker (head shot), undated.
    VAM385-5: Georgia Tech Women's Club dinner theatre (individuals identified on back of photograph), undated.
    VAM385-6: Committee on Governmental Relations, Statler Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C., April 11, 1969.
    VAM385-7: (left to right) Cherry Emerson, Gene Eaton (?), Paul Callaway, and Harry Baker, undated.
    VAM385-8: (left to right)Gene Eaton, unidentified man, and Harry Baker, March 18, 1970.
    VAM385-9: copy of an unknown article (pictured: Edwin Harrison, W.C. Whiteley, Dorothy Crosland, M. Goglia, and Harry Baker, undated.
    VAM385-10: Harry Baker in naval uniform, lieutenant's insignia, ca. 1941-1944
    VAM385-11: Kit Baker, ca. 1934-1950