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MS Am 2755

Barker, James Madison, 1886-. James Madison Barker collection of photographs, circa 1908-1949: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2755
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Barker, James Madison, 1886-.
Title: James Madison Barker collection of photographs
Date(s): 1908-1949
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Abstract: Preliminary box list only for James Madison Barker's collection of photographs, with a small amount of other material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2011M-35. Transferred from Widener Library; received: 2011 August 26.

Processing Information:

Minimally processed by: Melanie Wisner.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Conditions Governing Access:

RESTRICTED: Collection is unprocessed. Access to collection requires permission of curator.

Preferred Citation:

James Madison Barker Collection of Photographs, circa 1908-1949 (MS Am 2755). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

James Madison Barker (1886-1974) was an American banker and business executive who worked for First National Bank of Boston, Sears, Roebuck & Company, Allstate Insurance Company, and Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company. He entered MIT in 1903 to study civil engineering. In 1912, Barker traveled to view the construction of the Panama Canal (Panama), during which trip he met his future wife, Margaret Rankin. He took a position with the First National Bank of Boston ca. 1919; he was sent by the bank to Buenos Aires (Argentina) to reorganize and then co-manage their branch there. He spent the next eight years in Buenos Aires, returning to the U.S. to work for Sears in 1928.


Arrangement is roughly by box.Headings are taken from captions on photograph backing sheets.

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs, a photograph album, miscellaneous printed material, and apartment plans; geographical coverage of the photographs includes North and South America.

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