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

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer and Duncan Knox

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 04, 2021
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Container List

Series IV. Photographs and Memorabilia, 1940s-1960s. 1.5 Linear feet in one flat box and part of a record carton

Scope and Contents

The series primarily includes photographs of Edgar Baker either alone (i.e., portraits, passport snapshots) or with others in business or business social settings. His wife, Alice Baker, appears in several of these either as she traveled with him or in the few personal photos here, specifically of the couple at their wedding reception. Most of the settings and other individuals are unidentified and undated, though there is one large set of photos taken at Baker's farewell party from Time-Life International. Two photographs--one of Adlai Stevenson and the other of Henry Luce--are inscribed by them to Baker.

In addition to photographs, the series holds a scrapbook given Baker by his Time colleagues on the occasion of his 40th birthday in 1960; the object is richly emblematic of the office humor of the period. The series also holds Baker's passports, a "26 Julio" pin of the type associated with the Cuban Revolution, and a few other items of memorabilia, as noted in the container list.


The series is arranged by format and subject matter.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Photographs. Edgar only.
1950, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Photographs. Edgar and Alice Baker

Scope and Contents

Includes wedding day photos, a souvenir photo taken at the Copacabana, arriving in Mexico City (1946), in Venice (1958), and others.

Box: 3 Folder : 19 Photographs. Edgar and Others

Scope and Contents

Includes Baker at conferences, business settings, business social settings, and others. Several are from Asia, including a set in which Baker arrives by helicopter on a building rooftop (likely Tokyo). One photo places him on the set of the MGM film "Alfred the Great."

Box: 3 Folder : 20 Photographs. Time-Life International Farewell Party

Scope and Contents

Many photos from the event marking Baker's move from TLI to a corporate management position at Time. Most of the photos taken by LIFE photographer Martha Holmes.

Box: 3 Folder : 21 Scrapbook. 40th Birthday Gag Gift

Scope and Contents

Includes about 40 pages of pictures with humorous comments related to Baker's position at TLI. Originally in binder, but removed for conservation purposes. At rear of binder, now in folder, is a "26 Julio" pin with note suggesting, humorously, that it was to be worn in good health on trips to Cuba.

Box: 3 Folder : 22-23 Memorabilia (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Holds business cards (Time Inc. VP); United Airlines 100,000 Mile Club card; TLI accredited representative card; Associate Member, American Institute of Management certificate; guest of honor certificate from Montevideo, Mexico (1955), in Spanish; honorary citizen of New Orleans certificate (1954); original editorial cartoon by Flora, dated 1959, altered for presentation to Baker in 1966; gag TIME cover featuring Baker as fisherman with catch (1951); 6 passports (1946-68); International Driving Permit (1951); and TWA Royal Ambassador menu (in form of a scroll).

Box: 5 Oversize Photographs (flat box)

Scope and Contents

Includes these items: mounted photograph of Adlai Stevenson, inscribed and autographed to Baker (1957); mounted color photograph of a drawing of Henry Luce, inscribed and autographed to Baker; Baker with other fishermen showing their catch of sailfish; Baker in his office at Time (circa 1960); and 4 wedding day reception photos of Edgar and Alice.


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