Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center

Valliant Clinton Baird, MD papers; 1946-1978; MS 005



Creator: Baird, Valliant Clinton
Title Valliant Clinton Baird, MD papers
Abstract: The Valliant C. Baird, MD papers document the life, career and leadership of Dr. Valliant C. Baird, who made significant contributions to the Exxon Oil Company, Texas Medical Center, and the community of Houston Texas. Dr. Baird was active in the University of Texas School of Public Health, Baylor College of Medicine, and Tulane University School of Medicine. The collection contains one small box of materials, including Dr. Baird’s biography prepared for Who’s Who in America, personal correspondence, publications and official documents. Materials are in good condition.
Identification: MS 005
Quantity: .5 cubic feet (1 box)
Location: Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, Houston, Texas.
Language: English
Repository: John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library

Biographical Notes

Valliant C. Baird MD, contributed to the organization of industrial health programs during their nascent years.

Dr. Baird was born September 28, 1904 in Pancake/Gatesville TX. He received his BS. in Pre—Med from Tulane University in 1925 having been a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and Theta Kappa Psi Medical Fraternity. He was a 1928 graduate of Tulane in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Baird served his internship and residency at the Mercy and Charity Hospitals in New Orleans from 1933 to 1934 He then spent some time as an oilfield physician.

Upon coming to Houston, he established his career in Industrial Medicine and as an Oilfield physician for 39 years with Humble Oil and Refining Company (currently known as Exxon Mobil). His roles include assistant chief physician in 1935 and chief physician in 1944. Dr. Baird also served as Professor of Occupational Medicine at the University Of Texas School Of Public Health in Houston and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine Clinical Associate Professor of Industrial Medicine in the Department of Virology and Epidemiology at Baylor School of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Baird was also President of Medical Research Foundation of Texas in 1960-61.

Papers include Dr. Baird’s resume up until 1963, the biography proof of what was published in who’s who in America, 37th Edition., newspaper clippings, medical journal articles, meeting and conference presentation notes and summaries, and pamphlets; all papers are related to either or both 1) honors and awards in the Oil and Gas Industry in particular as Chief Physician for Humble Oil and Refining Company (currently known as Exxon Mobile); and 2) industrial medicine specific to promoting physical and mental health well-being for employees and their families, which is often referred to as the Hygiene Program; the program discusses the importance of both personal and environmental hygiene.

Dr. Baird’s publications discuss the following topics: Chemical Hazards – Industry, Farm, and Home, Suicide, Paget’s disease, Coronary Artery Disease, Preventive Medicine correlates to specific age groups, plan of organization of an industrial health program, advocated pre-employment examinations, carotid sinus syndrome.


Scope and Content Note

The Valliant Clinton Baird, MD, papers (MS005) is 1/2 cubic feet and consists of 1 document box. It contains biographical information, personal and professional correspondence, official documents, news clippings, that detail the personal life, professional activities, medical related records and papers associated with the experiences of Dr. Baird company physician Exon Mobil, and also his contributions to the Houston Texas Medical Center. The materials are in good condition. Ink applied by typewriters is clearly legible in the documents. The records pertain to the geographic areas of New Orleans Louisiana and Houston, Texas. The material is unrestricted.


Arrangement of Collection

This collection is arranged into the following series.
Series I. Professional Activities

Restrictions

Access restrictions

Access to this material is not restricted. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce should be secured from the repository, please consult an archivist.


Index terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Subjects (Persons)
Baird, Valliant Clinton--Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Baylor University College of Medicine
Charity Hospital (New Orleans, La.)
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Humble Oil and Refining Company (Incorporated in Tex.)
Mercy Hospital (New Orleans, La.)
Tulane University. School of Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. School of Public Health
Places
Houston (Tex.)
New Orleans (La.)
Subjects
Industrial Hygiene
Medicine, Industrial
Medicine, Preventive
Occupational physicians
Petroleum industry
Preventive medicine physicians

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Valliant Clinton Baird, MD papers; MS 005; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.

Processing Information

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Professional Activities; 1946-1978

Scope and Content Note: This Series includes biographical information, personal and professional correspondence, official documents, news clippings, that detail the personal life, professional activities, medical related records and papers associated with Valliant Clinton Baird, MD and his work in industrial medicine especially with regard to the Oil and Gas Industry.
box folder
1 1 Personal Information
2 Correspondence and Appointments
3 Papers Selected Publications
4 Papers Selected Publications
5 Papers from other Medical Directors
6 Humble Oil and Refining Co., Houston, Tx. Medical Division
7 Council on Industrial Health
8 Council on Occupational Health