George Holbrook Baker Papers

Finding aid prepared by Kelsey Ransick
Society of California Pioneers
300 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107-1272
(415) 959-1849
pkeats@californiapioneers.org
2010


Descriptive Summary

Title: George Holbrook Baker Papers
Dates: 1849-1893
Collection number: C057707
Creator: Baker, George Holbrook
Collector: Society of California Pioneers
Extent: 1 folder
Repository: Society of California Pioneers
San Francisco, CA 94107
Abstract: Includes numerous handwritten letters between George Holbrook Baker, his sister, mother, and father, John Baker. Also includes business cards from Baker’s lithography business in San Francisco, a brief description of Baker’s life before and after coming to California, diaries from Baker’s voyage through Mexico to California, and correspondence between the Society of California Pioneers and Baker.
Physical location: Alice Phelan Sullivan Library
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Unrestricted

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with The Society of California Pioneers. All requests for permissions to reproduce or publish must be admitted in writing to the Librarian.

Preferred Citation

George Holbrook Baker Papers, The Society of California Pioneers

Biography

George Holbrook Baker was a pioneer who came out to California in 1849. Soon after his arrival, he came out to the mining camps on the Sacramento River and finally became associated with General Winn and established a general merchandise business in Sacramento. He was also one of the most successful newspaper artists of the pioneer’s days in the West Coast. Later, he established a successful lithography business in San Francisco. In 1863, he was invited to join the Society of California Pioneers.

Scope and Content Summary

Includes numerous handwritten letters between George Holbrook Baker, his sister, mother, and father, John Baker. Also includes business cards from Baker’s lithography business in San Francisco, a brief description of Baker’s life before and after coming to California, diaries from Baker’s voyage through Mexico to California, and correspondence between the Society of California Pioneers and Baker.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library’s online public access catalog:

Subjects

Baker, George Holbrook
Lithography--California

Genres and Forms of Material

Correspondence


Container List

Folder 1

1 invitation to George Holbrook Baker to join the Society of California Pioneers

Folder 1

1 handwritten 1-page letter dated February 1st, 1893 addressed to the Society of California Pioneers regarding a printing job Baker was doing for the Society 1893

Folder 1

1 handwritten 1-page letter to George Holbrook Baker in San Francisco from his father, John Baker, in Boston, MA, dated March 1st, 1849 1849

Folder 1

1 handwritten 1-page letter by George Holbrook Baker to his sister, dated January 25th, 1849 1849

Folder 1

1 handwritten 2-page letter by George Holbrook Baker to his parents dated June 20th, 1849, on his way through Mexico to California, gift of Charles H. Baker 1849

Folder 1

1 handwritten 12-page letter by George Holbrook Baker in San Jose his parents, dated April 23, 1849 (sent to Mrs. Richard Richardson) 1849

Folder 1

2 diary pages April 28th-May 28th Undated

Folder 1

1 nine-page handwritten diary (Boston, MA to California-Espanola) Undated

Folder 1

3 business cards belonging to Baker’s lithography business Undated

Folder 1

1 business card in an envelope belonging to George Holbrook Baker Undated

Folder 1

1 typed biographical article on George Holbrook Baker Undated