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Gibson Baker Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17


Inventory created by Archives Staff  09/1986. Last revised 04/2018.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright.

EXTENT: 0.83 linear feet

DATE: 1860s-1960s; bulk 1848-1890

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This Gibson Baker Collection contains correspondence and memorabilia from three generations of the Baker family. The Collection also includes other items related to the history of Winchester, VA, including a Russell account book and the minutes of the Grange #145 commencing with the organizational meeting on April 15, 1874 through March 2, 1878.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Gibson Baker, son of Goodwin Baker and Lucie Gibson, married Katherine E. Smith in 1925 at the home of his grandparents Josiah and Alcinda (Osborn) Baker. Goodwin was a bookkeeper at the Shenandoah Valley National Bank and Lucie was the daughter of Confederate officer Captain Bruce Gibson (1830-1901), who served in the 6th VA Cavalry.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:  Quarles, Garland R. The Story of One Hundred Old Homes in Winchester, VA. Winchester, VA: Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, 1967.

CITE AS: Gibson Baker Collection, 284 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives , Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.


BOX 1 

Baker genealogy and history of Baker land, 2 leaves, typescript

Baker, Gibson - membership cards in various organizations, 1953, 1964, 1965,10 items, 9 cards, 1 ribbon

Baker, Goodwin (father of Gibson) - correspondence, 1868-1869, 27 pages, 15 envelopes, manuscript

Baker, Goodwin - correspondence, no date, 37 pages, 26 envelopes, manuscript

Baker, Goodwin - school papers, ca. 1870, 5 leaves, 5 pages, manuscript

Baker, Josiah and Alcinda Osborn (grandparents of Gibson) - correspondence, 1848-1890, 23 pages, 6 leaves, 26 envelopes, manuscript, 1 item, sampler, lock of hair, and ribbon

Baker, William (great-grandfather of Gibson) - correspondence to Jacob Baker, brother of William, August 23, 1813 and September 1, 1813, 2 pages, manuscript

Dunlap, Fannie Baker Will, May 25, 1929, 2 leaves, typescript

Dunlap, Fannie Baker Voter registration, February 13, 1922, 1 leaf, manuscript on printed form

Dunlap, Frances Davenport (Baker) (aunt of Gibson) - diary, 1880-1881, 2 books, unnumbered pages, manuscript

Gibson, Ella S. (sister of Lucie Gibson Baker, Gibson's mother)- scrapbook, 1899, newspaper clippings of deaths, marriages, and miscellaneous articles, 1 item, printed

Longstreet, Mary Bruce (sister of Gibson)
Correspondence, 5 leaves, 1 envelope, typescript; 1 leaf, typescript (copy)
Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 1, 1953, 1 item, printed
The Pennsylvania Dutchman, November 1952, 2 items, printed

Box 2 

Miscellaneous papers - Baker, Dunn, Latham,
6 pages, 4 leaves, 4 envelopes, 1 card, manuscript 1 card, printed; 1 card, printed/manuscript
3 pages, manuscript on printed form

Newspapers and clippings, 1845-1918, unnumbered pages, printed

Russell account book, 1846-1847, includes news articles on "What I Know about Winchester" and other subjects, 1 item, bound, unnumbered pages, manuscript and printed

Winchester Fire Department souvenir booklet, January 1957, 1 item, printed

Winchester Grange No. 145 - minutes from organization, April 15, 1874 to March 2, 1878, 1 item, unnumbered pages, manuscript

Winchester history, 4 items
Historic shrines pamphlet, printed
W. W. Glass booklet, "The Conservation of Health, Past, Present, and Prospective in Winchester
and Its Environs," printed
News article, 1864, 1 leaf, printed

Shawnee Springs, 1 leaf, manuscript

Winchester Lions Club - 30th anniversary, January 7, 1955,
1 booklet, 6 pages, printed; 2 leaves, typescript

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