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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:872 1925-1938 B167

Edith Kane Baker papers


Correspondence, bills, and receipts of Edith Kane Baker, kept and conveyed by her personal secretary Miss McArdle, between 1925 and 1938.


  • 1925-1938


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1.0 linear feet (2 boxes)

Correspondence of Edith Kane Baker, kept and conveyed by her personal secretary Miss McArdle, between 1925 and 1938. The correspondence includes two boxes of letters, bills, and receipts which are organized alphabetically. The majority of the correspondence is transactional in nature with Baker purchasing clothing, jewelry, furniture and home furnishings, silver, china, and dinnerware, food, and spirits. Also included in the transactional correspondence are letters indicating the purchase of paintings, artwork, and photography. There is correspondence and photographs of the interior of the Baker's New York City home showing renovations or remodeling.

The bulk of the correspondence dates from the early 1930s to 1937 and illustrates the daily management of an affluent household. Also included in the collection is correspondence related to Edith Baker's trip to France in 1933, inquiring about their luggage, apartment rental, chaperonage and automobile payments.

Biographical Note:

Edith Kane Baker was born in 1884. She was married to George Fisher Baker, Jr. in 1911 in Tuxedo Park, New York. The couple had four children; Florence, Edith, George Fisher III, and Grenville Kane Baker. After the death of her husband, Edith Baker devoted her time to non profit and charity work, especially during and just after World War II. She died in 1977.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, September 2016

Processing Information

Processed: September 2017

By: Benjamin Johnson

Baker, Edith Kane. Edith Kane Baker Papers, 1925-1938: A Finding Aid
Baker Library
September 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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