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Call No.: Mss:872 1925-1938 B167
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Baker, Edith Kane
Title: Edith Kane Baker papers
Quantity: 1.0 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Correspondence, bills, and receipts of Edith Kane Baker, kept and conveyed by her personal secretary Miss McArdle, between 1925 and 1938.
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.
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.