The Papers of Willa K. Baum document both her personal and professional life as a longtime resident of the Berkeley community and director of the Regional Oral History office (ROHO) at UC Berkeley. In addition to being a pioneer in the field of oral history and internationally revered in her profession, Willa was the mother of six children, a beloved friend, sister, daughter, partner, and teacher, all of which is reflected in the collection of her personal papers spanning from 1940 to 2006. This collection has been divided into four series: Correspondence; Personal Records; Academic Papers; and Professional Records. All four series give insight into the passion Baum had for her work and her family and friends. One colleague said in reference to Willa, "All time is precious, not to be wasted," which is shown clearly through her records of traveling, raising six children, writing leading books on the profession of oral history, sustaining lifelong friendships, and leading an oral history department that would create some of the most valuable work in its field in the country.