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Guide to the Edgar R. Baker Papers
1926-2011 (bulk, 1940s-1969)
 MS 3156

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Collection processed by Larry Weimer and Duncan Knox

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Baker, Edgar R. (Edgar Robey), 1920-1969
Title: Edgar R. Baker papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1926-2011 (bulk 1940s-1969)
Abstract: The collection holds the papers of Time, Inc. executive Edgar R. Baker (1920-1969), especially as they relate to his almost two decades as head of Time's international unit, TIME-LIFE International, during its years of expansion from the mid-1940s to mid-1960s. The collection includes business and personal correspondence; subject files; speeches on U.S. foreign relations; photographs of business meetings, conferences, and social gatherings; and memorabilia from childhood school years to adulthood. An extensive set of carbon copies of Baker's business letters and memoranda from 1950 into the 1960s provides insight into Baker's leadership in confronting both internal challenges (performance of overseas offices and staff, expense management, revenue growth) and external obstacles (protectionist markets, government regulations, censorship) in expanding Time's global presence. Baker's personal letters to his wife and mother while traveling abroad, especially during his months-long trip in 1947, provide another angle of vision on the work of an international publisher seeking to extend American economic and policy interests globally in the post-World War II era.
Quantity: 5 Linear feet in four record cartons and one flat box
Language: The documents in the collection are primarily in English, with some in Spanish, Japanese, and French.
Call Phrase: MS 3156