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Joseph Armstrong Baird Collection of 19th-century architectural photographs, ca. 1860-1931, undated

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Baird (Joseph Armstrong) collection

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Armstrong Baird, Jr. was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1922. He received his BA from Oberlin College in 1945 and an MA and a PhD from Harvard University in 1947 and 1951. His area of expertise was Californian and Mexican art and architecture.

Baird taught at the University of Toronto from 1949 to 1953. He then taught at the University of California at Davis from 1953 to 1985. Baird also served as a visiting professor at the University of Mexico, the University of Southern California, and the University of Oregon.

Baird worked extensively in museum settings. During the 1960's and early 1970's, Baird worked as art curator and later as art consultant for the California Historical Society in San Francisco.

In 1972, Baird opened the North Point Gallery in San Francisco which specialized in works by American artists and rare photographs. Some of his published works include The Churches of Mexico 1530-1810, 1962, Time's Wondrous Changes: San Francisco Architecture 1776-1915, 1962, and The West Remembered: Artists and Images 1837-1973, 1973, as well as numerous articles, reviews, and exhibition catalogues.

In 1985, Baird retired from teaching and sold the North Point Gallery. He died at the age of 70 in Tiburon, California in 1992.

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