Toby Baker was the First Lady of the University of North Dakota from 1992 to 1999. A native of Laramie, Wyoming, she graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1976. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in creative writing from UND in 1998. Her thesis was entitled "Prairie Meadows: A Play in Three Acts; Based on the Play Our Town, by Thornton Wilder."
During her time as First Lady, Baker was active in a number of campus and local organizations, including the UND International Cultural Centre, the UND Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, and the Grand Forks County Historical Society. She also hosted a popular radio talk show titled "Toby Talk," on KCNN, AM1590 in Grand Forks. At a regional and national level, she was involved with the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, as well as the Council of Spouses for the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.
Toby Baker left UND in 1999, when her husband, Dr. Kendall Baker, accepted the presidency at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art from ONU in 2006, and currently works as an artist focusing on sculpture and painting.
The Toby Baker Papers, 1992-1999, consist of clothing, photographs, calendars, schedules, memorandum, invitations, thank yous, guest lists, speeches, gifts, and other materials relating to Baker's time as the University of North Dakota's First Lady. A total of twenty-two audio cassette tapes were separated and placed in the Audiotape Collection. The tapes consist of recordings of Baker's popular radio show, Toby Talk.
Regarding the photographs in Box 9:
At least one photograph from each folder was photocopied and placed into a three-ring binder titled "Presidents-Baker." The binder has been placed on the shelves with the other binders for the University Archives Photograph Collection. Researchers will need to look in the folders to find the remaining photographs which were not copied.