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Guide to the Papers of Shelby and Eleanor Baker
  MS 34

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 19, 2011
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Shelby and Eleanor Baker Papers
Dates: 1862-1915
Abstract: Correspondence, certificates, photographs, diaries, and clippings relating to Shelby Baker and his daughter, Eleanor Baker. The Bakers hailed from South Livonia, New York. The papers include several documents pertaining to Shelby's service in the Civil War, as well as several letters to Eleanor from her husband, George Gletty.
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 box)
Location note: Manuscript cage
Call Phrase: MS 34

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Biographical Note

1826 Shelby Baker is born
1862 Shelby enlists in the U.S. Army
1865 Shelby is honorably discharged
1900 Shelby dies
1909 Eleanor Baker travels from New York to the West Coast, where she meets George Gletty
1912 Eleanor moves to Seattle, Washington
1914 Eleanor and George Gletty are married

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Scope and Content Note

The papers of Shelby and Eleanor Baker are comprised of correspondence, certificates, photographs, diaries, and newspaper clippings.

Folder 1 contains items related to Shelby's service in the Civil War. Included are his volunteer enlistment certificate, appointments to sergeant and lieutenant, muster-in roll, and discharge papers. The papers also contain documents created after his service, including a pension certificate issued after his death to his wife, Mariette, and a resolution passed by members of the 136th Regiment requesting the Secretary of the Regimental Association to convey "the assurance of our kind remembrance" to Shelby during his illness. Also included are two obituaries from unidentified newspapers, containing biographical information.

Folder 2 contains correspondence and notes. This folder primarily contains letters written by George Gletty to Eleanor during their courtship. The letters describe George's love for Eleanor, as well as his daily activities, most notably his attempts to build a house for them. There is also one unaddressed letter of recommendation for George A. Gletty and a letter written to Eleanor shortly after her marriage by her cousin, Mary A. Jones.

Folder 3 contains the travel diary Eleanor kept during her travels in 1909. Eleanor visited Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, before returning to New York State. Towards the end of the diary are some recipes for butterscotch and chocolate cake.

Folder 4 contains one photograph each of Shelby and Mariette Baker, as well as five photographs of Eleanor as a child and as an adult.


The folders are organized by material type, and then chronologically when possible.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Baker, Eleanor
  • Baker, Shelby
  • Brown, Alfred L.
  • Gletty, George
  • Jones, Mary A.

Document Type

  • Certificates
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs

Subject Topics

  • Regiments - 136th N.Y.S. Vols.
  • Travel
  • United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865

Subject Places

  • Seattle, Washington
  • South Livonia, New York

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Administrative Information


Donation, 1994.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as The Shelby and Eleanor Baker Papers, The New-York Historical Society.

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Container List


Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Shelby Baker-Civil War Documents
1862-1901, n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence and Notes
1903-1914, n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Travel Diary
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Photographs

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