Horace Benjamin Baker letters

Horace Benjamin Baker letters

Dates: 1881-1887

Contains letters and envelopes. The letters and envelopes are addressed to Henry Baker and Mary Hollister Baker, and are from their son Horace Benjamin Baker. The letters describe life in the West, looking for work, thoughts on Mormonism, and other family news. The collection also contains one letter from Sarah Baker to her parents, in which she describes life in Michigan and her recent illness, and other family news.

  • Extent: 9 folders (0.09 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Baker, Horace Benjamin, 1861-1946
  • Call Number: MSS 6736
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Materials are arranged chronologically.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Horace Benjamin Baker letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 6736; Horace Benjamin Baker letters; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6736, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Acquisition Information
Subject Terms
Baker family; Baker, Horace Benjamin, 1861-1946--Correspondence; Letters; Material Types
Processing Information
Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, Curator; 2010.
Appraisal Information
The Horace Benjamin Baker letters describe life in the West in the late 1800s. Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Baker (Horace Benjamin) letters
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, Curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-01-13T12:57-0700
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Biographical History

Horace Benjamin Baker was born September 10, 1861 in Maine, New York, to Henry Baker and Mary Hollister Baker. Following the completion of his education, he taught school in New York. At age 24, he travelled west and worked in Utah and Idaho as a surveyor for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. He married Sarah Letitia Kirby on November 24, 1887 in Boise, Idaho. They had six children. Horace died April 20, 1946.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts