Bishop James Chamberlain Baker Collection, 1799-1969
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Brief Description: The collection includes artifacts, personal papers, family and ancestoral correpondence from the Civil War, family photographs, and official programs from events concerning Bishop James Chamberlain Baker.
Held at:
Theology Library Archives
745 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Record Series Number: 03/065
Volume: 2.0 Boxes
Acquired: 03/23/2018.

In box one, the first section or series of records is filled with artifacts collected by Bishop James C. Baker and his grandson and donor, Benson Bobrick. Notable artifacts are the an ivory-handled seal that belonged to Bishop Herbert Welch and a pewter "Loving Cup" presented to Bishop James C. Baker by Asian students in 1918 for his ecumenism work that he did in Illiinois with students from Japan, China, and Korea.

In box two, there multiple sections of records and series in this box. The first section of the second box Civil War era material created by Benjamin Webster Baker. Bishop Baker kept essays and correspondence kept by his grandfather Benjamin Webster "Webb" Baker. These essays were written for school and are on a range of topics from women's suffrage to education. There is also correspondence written by Benjamin Webster "Webb" Baker. from before and during the Civil War. Highlights from this section include daguerrotypes of Benjamin "Webb" Baker, and photocopies of letters written by Baker from the field during the Civil War, images of his brother who fought alongside him and died at the battle of Perryville, Kentucky. In the second section of the second box, the collection contains materials relating to Bishop James C. Baker, his family, and work in the United Methodist Church in missions and ecumenism. Highlights from this section of material include, letters written between the Bishop and his son-in-law Robert L. Bobrick about various topics relating raising family, photographs of Bishop working in California Pacific Annual conference, with family, and of the Bishop's family members. There are also program booklets, newsclippings, and printed material written by or about Bishop James C. Baker. In the final section of box two, there is a collection of books from Baker's library, inscribed by Bishop James C. Baker. There are titles by T.S. Eliot, Henry David Thoreau, and John Dewey included.

Access Restrictions: No restrictions on access on these records.
Rights/Use Restrictions: Contact donor for publication and display of records in this collection.
Acquisition Notes: Donated by Benson Bobrick