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Lewis Baker papers, circa 1877-1896.
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Lewis Baker papers, circa 1877-1896


Baker, Lewis, 1832-1899, creator


Baker, Lewis, 1832-1899, correspondent.


Zayala, José Santos, 1853-1919, correspondent.


Mathews, Henry M. (Henry Mason), 1834-1884, correspondent.


Vilas, William F. (William Freeman), 1840-1908, correspondent.


Nicaragua, President (1893-1909 : Zalaya),, correspondent.


Democratic Party (Minn.), State Central Committee,, correspondent.


United States, Postmaster General,, correspondent.


Nicaragua, Ministerio de Hacienda y Crédito Público.


Contains personal and official correspondence (50 letters, manuscript and typescript). essays, articles, and legal documents. The bulk of the correspondence consists of manuscript letters from Baker with accompanying typescript transcriptions (some are partial). Some of the original manuscript letters transribed are not in this collection and consists solely of the typescript transcription itself. Correspondence is between family members, politicians, and government officials, some in Baker's capacity as the U.S. Minister to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and El Salvador or recommending him for the post. Typescript essays and articles cover topics related to Baker's experiences in Central America including descriptions of his travels to Managua, Nicaragua, San Salvador, El Salvador, Costa Rica, coffee plantations, and train rides. Also contains correspondence (13 letters, in Spanish, no transcripts) on letterhead stationery of the President of Nicaragua addressed to Baker and signed by President José Santos Zeyala. Also contains a Ministry of Finance legal document (in Spanish) appointing Baker as attorney of the State of Nicaragua and a folder inscribed with an invitation to a meeting with the Foreign Minister of El Salvador.


1877 (issued)


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Baker, Lewis -- 1832-1899 -- Archives
Baker, Lewis -- 1832-1899 -- Correspondence
Zeyala, José Santos -- 1853-1919 -- Correspondence
Mathews, Henry M. (Henry Mason) -- 1834-1884 -- Correspondence
Vilas, William F. (William Freeman) -- 1840-1908 -- Correspondence
Nicaragua. -- President (1893-1909 : Zelaya) -- Correspondence
Democratic Party (Minn.). -- State Central Committee -- Correspondence
United States. -- Postmaster General -- Correspondence
Ambassadors -- United States
Diplomats -- United States
United States -- Foreign relations -- Nicaragua
United States -- Foreign relations -- Costa Rica
United States -- Foreign relations -- El Salvador
Nicaragua -- Foreign relations -- United States
Costa Rica -- Foreign relations -- United States
El Salvador -- Foreign relations -- United States
Central America -- Description and travel
Managua (Nicaragua) -- Description and travel
San Salvador (El Salvador) -- Description and travel
Costa Rica -- Description and travel
Panama, Isthmus of (Panama) -- Description and travel


Lewis Baker papers, circa 1877-1896, BANC MSS 2011/158, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
In English and Spanish.
Lewis Baker was the Democratic President of the West Virginia Senate from Ohio County and served from 1871 to 1872. On February 1, 1885 he purchased the St. Paul Globe and moved his family to Minnesota. In 1893 he was appointed as the United States Minister to Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador. He sailed from New York aboard the ship Costa Rica on April 29, 1893 with his daughters Anne and Virginia. They arrived in Managua, Nicaragua on May 12, 1893 in the midst of a revolution. Baker died in 1899 and was buried with his wife in Greenwood Cemetery in Wheeling, West Virginia.


Legal instruments.
Pictorial lettersheets.

Physical Description:

1 box ( 0.4 linear feet)