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Barney Baker papers

Identifier: MS 00353

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Content Description

The Barney Baker collection consists primarily of Barney Baker's correspondence from his military postings to his wife, Blanche Baker, in New York City. There are 222 letters in the collection, 32 sent from Camp Upton, 13 from Fort Niagara, and 177 from Panama, all addressed to his wife Blanche. Baker's letters are primarily concerned with news of his wife and child, their family and friends, and express love and longing. The correspondence also contains information regarding Baker's military life and time in Panama.


  • Creation: 1944-1945

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

Barney Baker was a Jewish man from New York City who served as a Private 1st Class in the United States Army from 1944-1945. Baker was stationed at Camp Upton (Yaphank, NY), Fort Niagara (Youngstown, NY), and finally posted to an Army M.P. outfit in Panama in June 1945.


1.251 Linear Feet (3 Hollinger Boxes)




The Barney Baker papers are arranged into four series, Series I: Correspondence, Series II: Other Papers, Series III: Photographs, Series IV: Newspapers Clippings.

Guide to the Barney Baker papers
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Alexander Daniels
2023 Februrary
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository