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Mss:435 1812-1945 B168

Walter Baker & Company. Walter Baker & Company Records, 1812-1945: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:435 1812-1945 B168
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Walter Baker & Company records
Date(s): 1812-1945
Quantity: 14 linear feet (151 volumes, 2 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Records of the Massachusetts based chocolate manufacturer Walter Baker & Company.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information. Appointment necessary to consult collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Walter Baker & Company Records. Baker Library , Harvard Business School.

Historical Note:

Chocolate manufacturer. Firm established in Dorchester, Mass., in 1780 by James Baker (1739-1825) and continued by his son Edmund Baker (1770-1846) and grandson Walter Baker (1792-1852). Henry L. Pierce (1825-1896) controlled the firm for 42 years and expanded it from a local business to the leading chocolate firm in the country. In 1927 it became part of General Foods.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

Ledgers, journals, cash books, payrolls, sales journals, shipments, scrapbooks, letter books, and a small amount of unbound material. The earliest volume is a memo book of Walter Baker, containing notes taken at the Litchfield, Conn., Law School and copies of letters relating to the manufacture of woolens and of chocolate. Included in the collection are two account books (1843-1867) of Sidney B. Williams and two account books (1896-1900) of Josiah Webb & Co., makers of chocolate, Milton, Mass.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Chocolate industry--Massachusetts
Wool industry--Massachusetts.
Account books.
Letterpress copybooks.
Walter Baker & Company.
Josiah Webb and Company.
General Foods Corporation.
Baker, Walter, 1792-1852.
Gallagher, Hugh Clifford, 1855-1931.
Pierce, Henry L., 1825-1896.
Williams, Sidney B.
Webb, Josiah.