BAKER, OBADIAH ETHELBERT PAPERS 1856-1923

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BAKER, OBADIAH ETHELBERT PAPERS 1856-1923

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  • Manuscripts Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Phone: (626) 405-2203
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Olga Tsapina
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October 31, 2000
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Baker, Obadiah Ethelbert Papers
Date (inclusive): 1856-1923
Creator: Baker, Obadiah E., (1856-1923)
Extent: 350 pieces 2 boxes
Repository: The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Baker, Obadiah Ethelbert Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased from Argonaut Book Shop in June 1966.
The collection numbers approximately 350 pieces and is contained in 2 boxes.
Inclusive dates: 1856-1923.

Historical Note

Obadiah Ethelbert Baker, native of Eden, N.Y., moved to Iowa with his parents, settling in Strawberry Point in 1856. At 21, he began teaching a class of 72 students the local district school. In 1860, he married Melissa Dalton (1844-1918). In 1860's, Melissa, formerly a student of his, later taught school in the same district.
In Sept. 1862, Baker enlisted in the Second Iowa Cavalry Regiment. The regiment was organized at Davenport August and September 1861, and was posted at Benton Barracks, Mo. until February 1862, and then moved to New Madrid. The regiment took part in the operations at New Madrid, Island No. 10, and advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., action at Iuka, battle of Corinth, Miss., Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign, operations in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee. In 1863, Baker spent several months in various hospitals in Missouri and Tennessee. He was honorably discharged in Washington, D.C. in Apr. 1865.
After the war Obadiah E. Baker taught school in Mississippi and then returned to Iowa. In 1874, the Bakers left Iowa for Shasta Co., California. In Shasta and Modoc Counties, Baker taught school, sold farm implements and medicines. In 1900 the Bakers moved to Kenwood. Obadiah E. Baker active in Civil War veteran affairs.
Obadiah and Melissa Baker had four children: a son who died in infancy, daughters Grace Amelia (1870-1876) and Caroline Melissa (1866-1896), and son Milo Samuel (1868-1961), a renowned botanist. In 1881-1887 Caroline and Milo attended San Jose Normal School.
During the war, Baker and his wife exchanged journals containing daily letters to each other. In 1870-1880's, while working on a book of memoirs, Obadiah E. Baker made fair copies of some of these letter books.

Scope and Content Note

Civil War: Military operations of the 2 nd Cavalry Regiment on the Western front. Camp life of a Civil War soldier: payments, foraging; drills and inspections, picket duty; roads, recreations, hospitals, medical care; doctors and nurses, especially work of Catholic Sisters of Charity, and Confederate prisoners. Civil War experience and memory as reflected in poetry and reminiscences created in 1860' s-1900.
Baker family: family news; business and financial affairs; Baker's teaching experience.

Organization and Arrangement

The consists of correspondence and individual manuscript volumes and is organized in the following manner:
Box 1: Baker, Obadiah Ethelbert, Journals. 13 pieces.
Box 2 (oversize): Baker, Melissa Dalton, Journal (1862); Baker, Obadiah Ethelbert, Notebooks, Poems, Essays, (1893-1923); Correspondence, 1880- 9 envelopes;

Indexing: Subjects

Baker, Obadiah Ethelbert
Baker, Melissa Dalton
Baker family.
United States. Army - Iowa Cavalry Regiments, 2 nd.
Schools - Iowa - 19 th century.
Corinth, Battle of, 1862.
United States - History - Civil War, 1861 - 1865 - Personal narratives.
United States - History - Civil War, 1861 - 1865 - Medical care.
United States - History - Civil War, 1861 - 1865 - Literature and the war.
Iowa - Social life and customs.
Mississippi - Description and travel - Civil War, 1861 - 1865.
Tennessee - Description and travel - Civil War, 1861 - 1865.
Missouri - Description and travel - Civil War, 1861 - 1865.
California - Description and travel.
California - Social life and customs.
Diaries
Letters (correspondence)
Memoirs
Newspaper clippings
Photographs
Poems

Collection Contents

Box 1

Journal No. 11859, Dec. 6 - 1860, Apr. 13, Strawberry Point, Iowa. (ff. 1016) 1862, Apr. 4-7. Manchester, Ten. 1874 1

Physical Description: 29 leaves. Fills half of an 1814cm notebook. The portion of the army diary was added later.

Scope and Content Note

Life in Strawberry Point, Iowa: teaching district school; Meetings at Methodist Church; Temperance lecture; Courting Melissa and troubles at school. (ff. 1-26)
Camp at Manchester, Ten.
Expenses
Box 1

Journal No. 2 1862, Sept. 19 - Nov. 5 1A

Physical Description: Fair copy. 74 leaves; fills a 24 20 cm. Notebook.

Scope and Content Note

Iuka, Sept. 19-20. Battle of Corinth, Oct. 3-4; pursuit to Ripley, Oct. 5-12; Capture of Ripley and Orizaba, Nov. 2.
Contains poems Battle of Corinth and After the Battle.
Box 1

Journal No. 2A 1862, Sept. 16-28 2

Physical Description: Original pocket diary. 15 9 cm.
Box 1

Journal No. 3 1862, Nov. 6 - Dec. 24 2A

Physical Description: Fair copy 84 leaves 22 18 cm. notebook

Scope and Content Note

Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign: LaGrange, Coldwater, Hudsonville, reconnaissance to Holly Springs, Holly Springs, expedition to Ripley, Waterford, Tallahatchie River, Oxford, expedition against Mobile & Ohio RR, Ripley.
Box 1

Journal No. 3A 1862, Dec. 16-30 3

Physical Description: 18 leaves Original pocket diary
Box 1

Journal No. 3B 1862, Nov. 5 - Dec. 17 4

Physical Description: 56 leaves 21 17 cm. Composition book.
Box 1

Journal No. 4 1863, Jan. 23-Mar 17 4A

Physical Description: Fair copy. 41 leaves 21 19 notebook

Scope and Content Note

Camp life; hospital in Germantown, Ten.
Box 1

Journal No. 5A 1863, May 18 - July 16 5

Physical Description: Original pocket diary.
Box 1

Journal No. 5 1863, Mar. 18 - June 2 4B

Physical Description: 124 pages 21 17 notebook

Scope and Content Note

Overton hospital, Memphis, Ten. Catholic Sisters of Charity.
Lawson hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
Box 1

Journal No. 6 1863, June 3 - Sept. 8 6

Physical Description: Fair copy 152 pages, 21 7 notebook

Scope and Content Note

Lawson Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
Box 1

Journal No. 7 1863, July 26 - Sept. 7 7

Physical Description: Original pocket diary
Box 1

Journal No. 8 1864, Mar 7 - 31 8

Physical Description: Original pocket diary
Box 1

Journal No. 9A 1864, May 3 - 30 9

Physical Description: Original pocket diary
Box 1

Journal No. 9 1864, May 3 - Aug. 28 10

Physical Description: Fair copy 21 7 notebook

Scope and Content Note

Furlough
Camp at Washington, D.C.
Box 1

Journal No. 10 1864, Aug. 3 Sept. 16 11

Physical Description: Original pocket diary

Scope and Content Note

Giesboro Point, Va. Washington, D.C.
Box 1

Journal No. 10A 1864, Aug. 29 - Dec. 4 12

Physical Description: Fair copy
Box 1

Journal No. 11 1865, Feb. 26 - Apr. 7 13

Physical Description: Original pocket diary.

Scope and Content Note

Giesboro Pt. Washington, D.C.
Box 2, Env.# 22

Baker, Melissa Dalton 1862, Aug. 6-12

Scope and Content Note

Journal/Letters to Obadiah E. Baker
Civil War
Box 2, Env.# 18

1876

Scope and Content Note

Notebook
Trip to California
Box 2, Env.# 21

Baker, Obadiah E. 1878-1910

Scope and Content Note

Misc. tax receipts
Box 2, Env.# 14

Baker, Obadiah E. 1891-1897

Scope and Content Note

Notebook containing poetry and drafts of a Civil War memoir.
Civil War
Box 2, Env.# 15 - Missing!!!

Baker, Obadiah E. 1900, not after

Scope and Content Note

Notebook
Box 2, Env.# 19

Baker, Obadiah E. 1900, not after

Scope and Content Note

Notebook
Accounts
Box 2, Env.# 17

Baker, Obadiah E. 1900-1923

Scope and Content Note

Notebook containing poetry and drafts of a Civil War memoir.
Civil War
Box 2, Env.# 16

Baker, Obadiah E. 1903

Scope and Content Note

Notebook containing poetry and drafts of a Civil War memoir.
Civil War
Box 2, Env.# 20

Baker, Obadiah e. 1914, not after

Scope and Content Note

Notebook
A
Box 2, Env.# 23

Photographs

Box 2, Folder# 25

Baker, Samuel K. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1852, Oct. 25

Scope and Content Note

To John Baker
Estate of John Baker
Box 2, Folder# 15

Baker, Obadiah E. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1863-1865

Scope and Content Note

Journal fragments; contains letter to Melissa Baker (6 pieces)
Civil War
Box 2, Folder# 5

Baker, John CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1877, Jan. 25

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah and Melissa Baker
Family news
Box 2, Folder# 6

Baker, John CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1877, Apr. 15

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah and Melissa Baker
Family news
Box 2, Folder# 14

Baker, Obadiah E. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1879, May 4

Scope and Content Note

To Caroline and Melissa Baker
Family news
Box 2, Folder# 27

Clark, Mary A. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1879, May 11

Scope and Content Note

To John Baker and Ruth Baker
Family news
Box 2, Folder# 4

Baker, David CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1880, Sept. 17

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah E. Baker
Estate of John Baker
Box 2, Folder# 8

Baker, Melissa Dalton CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1881, Dec. 11

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah E. Baker
Family news
Box 2, Folder# 3

Baker, Caroline Melissa & Baker, Milo Samuel. 3 ALS CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS1882-1883

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah E. Baker
San Jose Normal School
Box 2, Folder# 12

Baker, Caroline Melissa, Baker, Milo Samuel, and Baker, Melissa Dalton. 6 ALS CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS1882-1883

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah E. Baker
San Jose Normal School
Box 2, Folder# 9

Baker, Melissa Dalton & Baker, Caroline Melissa, 21 ALS. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS1882-1897

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah E. Baker
San Jose Normal School Family news
Box 2, Folder# 1

Baker, Caroline Melissa. 9 A.L.S. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS1882-1887

Scope and Content Note

Obadiah E. Baker
San Jose Normal School
Box 2, Folder# 29

Morley, A.E. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1883, May 7

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah E. Baker (?)
Box 2, Folder# 13

Baker, Milo Samuel & Baker, Melissa Dalton. 4 A.L.S. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS1883-1886

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah E. Baker
San Jose Normal School
Box 2, Folder# 11

Baker, Milo Samuel. 5 A.L.S. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS1883-1886

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah E. Baker
San Jose Normal School
Box 2, Folder# 2

Baker, Caroline Melissa & Baker, Melissa Dalton CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS1886, Aug. 16

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah E. Baker
San Jose Norman School
Box 2, Folder# 10

Baker, Milo Samuel CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1889, Feb. 3

Scope and Content Note

To Melissa Dalton Baker
Box 2, Folder# 30

Willard, Frances Elizabeth CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1889, July 1

Scope and Content Note

To Sarah J. Churchill
Woman's Christian Temperance Union
Box 2, Folder# 26

Bell, S.G. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1899, Jan. 20

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah E. Baker
Box 2, Folder# 28

Haylin, N.L. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1899, June 21

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah E. Baker
Veterans
Box 2, Folder# 31

Willard, Frances Elizabeth CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1890(?) Apr. 9

Scope and Content Note

To Sarah J. Churchill
Woman's Christian Temperance Union
Box 2, Folder# 17

Baker, Obadiah E. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS Ca. 1900

Scope and Content Note

Memoir fragments
Civil War
Box 2, Folder# 16

Baker, Obadiah E. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1900, not after (1874?)

Scope and Content Note

Fragment of journal
Arkansas
Box 2, Folder# 7

Baker, Obadiah E. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1900-1918

Scope and Content Note

To Milo Samuel Baker
Box 2, Folder# 33

Baker, Obadiah E. CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS 1877-1910

Scope and Content Note

Misc. documents
Pension certificates, etc
Box 2, Folder# No#

Newspaper clipping re: provenance of the Baker papers

Box 2, Folder# 18

Baker, Obadiah E. POEMS AND ESSAYS 1859-1900 (?)

Scope and Content Note

Poems
Box 2, Folder# 32

Baker, Obadiah E. POEMS AND ESSAYS 1860-1923

Scope and Content Note

Poems
Box 2, Folder# 23

Baker, Obadiah E. POEMS AND ESSAYS 1860-1923

Scope and Content Note

Poems
Box 2, Folder# 24

Baker, Obadiah E. POEMS AND ESSAYS 1860-1923

Scope and Content Note

Poems
Box 2, Folder# 19

Baker, Obadiah E. POEMS AND ESSAYS 1860-1923

Scope and Content Note

Poems
Box 2, Folder# 20

Baker, Obadiah E. POEMS AND ESSAYS 1860-1923

Scope and Content Note

Poems
Box 2, Folder# 22

Baker, Obadiah E. POEMS AND ESSAYS 1885-1890

Scope and Content Note

Poems
Box 2, Folder# 21

Baker, Obadiah E. POEMS AND ESSAYS 1900-1923

Scope and Content Note

Poems
Box 2, Folder# 32

Baker, Obadiah E. POEMS AND ESSAYS 1860's

Scope and Content Note

Misc. essays
School compositions; speeches, articles written for the Strawberry Point newspaper the Crystal Fountain.
Box 2, Folder# No#

POEMS AND ESSAYS

Scope and Content Note

Index to Baker's Civil War Journals
Typescript

Additional Related Information

Box Envelope

Baker, Obadiah Ethelbert Shasta County, CA Call # 14

Scope and Content Note

Notebook
Poems of the Civil War. Drafts of a Civil War memoir.
1891-1897
Box Envelope

Baker, Obadiah Ethelbert Shasta County, CA Call # 17

Scope and Content Note

Notebook
Poems of the Civil War. Drafts of a Civil War memoir.
1900-1923
Box Envelope

Shasta Co., Cal. Call # 18

Scope and Content Note

Pocket book
Trip from Strawbery Point, Iowa to Northern California, penned by a relative or friend of Obadigh Baker.
1876
Box Envelope

Baker, Obadiah Ethelbert Shasta County, CA Call # 16

Scope and Content Note

Notebook
Poems of the Civil War. Drafts of a Civil War memoir.
1903
Box Envelope

Baker, Obadiah Ethelbert Shasta Co., Cal. Call # 19

Scope and Content Note

Notebook
Accounts, etc.
1903
Box Envelope

Baker, Obadiah Ethelbert Modoc Co., Cal.

Scope and Content Note

Receipts
Bonds, receipts, mostly re: state and county taxes (Modoc Co., Cal. Report of the Treasurer of the 1st Congregational Church of Las Guilers, CA. Poem: Life's Mystery.
1878-1910
Box Envelope

Baker, Melissa Dalton 8/6/1862 Strawbery Point, Iowa. Call # 22

Scope and Content Note

Journal
Letters to Obadiah Baker, War news, pride of my brave and patriotic husband. Poems Also on file: Bakes, Obadiah Ethelbert, To Melissa Dalton Baker. A.L.S. 1862, June 5, 1862.
1862, Aug. 6-12
Box Envelope

Baker, Obadiah Ethelbert 1914 Call # 20

Scope and Content Note

Notebook
Poems, including "Death of Lincoln"
Family records
Roosevelt, Theodore
Baker family
Box Folder

Baker, Caroline Melissa 10/29/1882 San Jose, Cal. Call # 1

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah Ethelbert Baker
9 letters School news; paintings,
1882-1887
Box Folder

Baker, Caroline Melissa 8/16/1886 San Jose, CA Call # 2

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah Ethelbert Baker
Box Folder

Baker, Caroline Melissa, Samuel and Milo 12/10/1882 Call # 3

Scope and Content Note

Obidiah Ethelbert Baker
3 letters School news
1882-1883
Box Folder

Baker, David 9/17/1880 Strawberry Hill, Iowa Call # 4

Scope and Content Note

Obadiah Ethelbert Baker
Estate.
Box Folder

Baker, John 1/25/1877 Strawberry Point, Iowa Call # 5

Scope and Content Note

Obadiah Ethelbert Baker and Melissa Dulton Baker
Family news
Box Folder

Baker, John 4/15/1877 Strawberry Point, Iowa Call # 5

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah and Melissa Baker
Family news
Box Folder

Baker, Melissa Dalton Call # 7

Scope and Content Note

To Milo Samuel Baker
Box Folder

Baker, Melissa Dalton 10/11/1881 Call # 8

Scope and Content Note

To Obadiah Ethelbert Baker
Family news