Herbert Baer Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Baer, Herbert, 1922-1987
Herbert Baer papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Herbert Baer, Jr. was born on May 12, 1922 in Buffalo, New York, to Herbert and Mabel Baer. He attended Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) during the 1941-1942 school year. In 1942 he volunteered for the Naval Medical Corps where he served in the Pacific Theater as corpsman and was a Pharmacist Mat 1/C (T) V-6. Baer separated from the Navy on December 17, 1945. He then attended St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland on the GI Bill and received a BA. He went on to the University of Buffalo for graduate school and met his wife, Joyce E. Smith (1931-2010). They married on September 12, 1953. Herber Baer, Jr. spent his career teaching English at Orchard Park (New York) High School. He and his wife had four children: Steven (1956), Glenn (1957), Ellen (1960) and Brian (1962, BS MSU 1984). Herbert Baer, Jr. passed away on November 28, 1987 in Buffalo, New York. (source: Brian Baer and family)

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Scope and Contents note

The Herbert Baer papers consist of letters Baer sent to his family during his freshman year at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University). In the letters he writes about his activities, events attended, his student job in the kitchen and a little bit about his classes. He also writes a little bit about World War II and mentions rationing.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections September 2015

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University and Brian Baer. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Brian Baer.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State College. Students.


  • Letters (correspondence)

Personal Name(s)

  • Baer, Brian


  • College students -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Student activities -- Michigan
  • World War, 1939-1945

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Correspondence 1941-1942 

F.D. 1