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5.75 linear feet ((8 file boxes, 2 half boxes, 4 card files) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder, 1 supersize folder, 1 oversize volume)
Series I, Family and personal, contains family correspondence of Loammi and Amelia (Muir) Baldwin, Baldwin's grandparents; also the correspondence of Loammi Austin and Louise Vernon (Maynard) Baldwin, Baldwin's parents, with other family members, their certificates, awards and memorabilia; and letters from and among other relatives. There are Baldwin and Maynard family photographs and photographs of Baldwin. Baldwin's own papers include clippings, certificates and personal correspondence; writings, including lectures and articles; letters seeking employment; records of her casual employment and her affiliations with political and civic organizations; and her estate papers.
Series II, Business records, contains an extensive record of Baldwin's interior decorating and needlework business: advertising and exhibition material; correspondence with lawyers over debts and bankruptcy; and client files. The client files were greatly reduced when the collection was first processed. The samples of complete files which were retained (see # 58, 85, 90, 91, 102-104) show her personal contacts, method of work, growth of the business (1925-1932) and its decline (1932-1935). They contain work orders, correspondence, samples of threads, wools, upholstery, drapery material, wallpaper, needlework designs and blueprints. There are also records of Baldwin's design research, her financial records, mailing lists, and lists of suppliers and clients.
She managed to continue her business during the Depression working from her apartment, but her files show the vicissitudes of working with clients who were slow to settle accounts, and who frequently complained that she had supplied too little wool, or had charged exorbitant prices. World War II contributed to the demise of her business, as it was a luxury trade, but she continued to supply clients with wools and designs until her death in 1960.
In 1942 she took a ship drafting course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and found temporary work at the Arthur D. Little Co. From 1942 until 1954 she lived at Elizabeth Peabody House and taught English and Americanization courses to foreigners. She also designed scenery for the House's theatrical productions, working with, among others, Sarah Caldwell. Near the end of her life she was executive secretary, then assistant treasurer, of the Friends of Framingham, positions created by her friends LaRue and Dorothy Brown to provide her with some income.
- I. Family and personal
- II. Business records
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Amelia Muir Baldwin were given to the Schlesinger Library by Mr. and Mrs. LaRue Brown, executors of the estate of Amelia Muir Baldwin, in May 1963 and March 1973.
- Box 1: 1-20
- Box 2: 21-31
- Box 3: 32-42
- Box 4: 43-60
- Box 5: 61-81
- Box 6: 82-101
- Box 7: 102-114
- Box 8: 115-127v
- Box 9: 128v-135v
- Box 10: 136v-138v
- Boxes 11-14: Card files
By: Jane S. Knowles
- Account books
- Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs
- Decoration and ornament
- Interior decoration
- Interior decorators
- Theaters--Stage-setting and scenery
- Women-owned business enterprises--Massachusetts
- Baldwin, Amelia Muir, 1876-1960. Papers of Amelia Muir Baldwin, 1821-1961: A Finding Aid
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