Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Robert Baird Papers, 1943

Finding aid created by
Erin Platte and Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Robert Baird papers
Creator: Munro, Kit and Munro, Bill
Inclusive dates: 1943
Extent: 8 items
Abstract:
The Robert Baird papers consist of 8 letters Baird wrote to his aunt and uncle, Kit and Bill Munro of Harvey, Illinois, while he served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He discussed his life in Massachusetts while awaiting the completion of construction on his assigned ship, and later wrote of his activities while on leave in London.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

M-4694.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Robert Baird papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Robert Baird served aboard the escort ship HMS Bentinck during its World War II service in the North Atlantic. The Bentinck , originally the USS Bull , was built in Hingham, Massachusetts, and was transferred to the Royal Navy in 1943. In January 1946, the British returned the ship to the United States government, and it was sold in May of that year.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Robert Baird papers consist of 8 letters Baird wrote to his aunt and uncle, Kit and Bill Munro of Harvey, Illinois, while he served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Baird composed the first five letters in Hingham and South Boston, Massachusetts, while awaiting the completion of construction on the HMS Bentinck . He described his experiences on shore, which included complex signal training and maintaining correspondence with several other relatives. After the Bentinck 's commission in May 1943, Baird wrote from London, England, and discussed his leave and leisure activities, which included visits to family and friends. Though Baird served with the Royal Navy, he wrote several of the letters on United States Navy stationary.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Bentinck (Frigate)
    • Boston (Mass.)--History.
    • Great Britain. Royal Navy.
    • Hingham (Mass.)
    • London (England)
    • Signals and signaling.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations.
    Contributors:
    • Baird, Robert.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   12, World War II Small Collections  
    Robert Baird papers [series]:
    Folders   12-13  
     1943
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    United States. Naval History Division. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Volume 1. Washington, D. C.: 1964.