Scope and arrangement
The Morton Baum papers (1945-1968) contain correspondence, clippings, drafts of legislation, notes, and other documents concerning the creation of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). NYSCA materials chiefly date from 1957 to 1963 and include correspondence with Senator MacNeil Mitchell, who introduced the bill creating NYSCA, and John MacFadyen, executive director of NYSCA. A draft of a 1945 bill to create a temporary commission to study state cultural resources, along with notes on the bill and the commission, is also present. The collection holds a small amount of material relating to other organizations with which Baum was involved.