Archives of American Art

Richard Brown Baker papers

Collection ID:
Baker, Richard Brown
Physical Description:
1.2 Linear feet
(ca. 560 items partially microfilmed on 7 reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Primarily material relating to Baker's contemporary art collection. Also included are taped excerpts from journals, and 3 family letters from Alphaeus P. Cole.
Scope and Contents
REELS 1754-1755: Files on 27 exhibitions of contemporary art, 1959-1979, selected from Baker's collection, containing correspondence with curators, press releases, clippings, diary excerpts, catalogs, and photographs of exhibition installations.
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REEL 132: Exhibition catalogs, 1964-1969, tour itineraries for the collection; and clippings.
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REEL 1045: A card file on Baker's collection, arranged by artist, listing title, size, material, provenance, and exhibition history; and an acquisition book for the collection, arranged by numbers corresponding to the date acquired, 1941-1976.
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REEL 2786: Four letters, 1961-1963, to Baker including one about a proposed article by James Fitzsimmons on Baker for ART INTERNATIONAL and typescripts of two lectures delivered by Baker at Drew University on February 18, 1962 and Wellesley College on May 6, 1963.
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REEL D105: Five catalogs, two clippings, one manuscript and typescript "Notes on the Development of My Collection."
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REEL 3482: Letters, 1948-1949, from portrait painter Alphaeus P. Cole to Baker's father, Harvey Baker, and his sister, Marion Baker Freeman, Providence, R.I., regarding a portrait by Cole of Freeman, commissioned by Harvey Baker through Grand Central Galleries.
Scope and Contents
UNMICROFILMED: 44 untranscribed tapes (5") containing excerpts from Baker's journals, 1963; and one folder of photographs of Baker and exhibition installations of his collections.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Collector; New York, N.Y; b. 1912; d. Jan. 22, 2002 at age 89.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels D105, 132, 1045, 1754-1755, 2786, and 3482 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reels D105, 1045 and 1754-1755: Originals returned to Baker after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reels D105, 1045 and 1754-1755 lent for microfilming 1962-1980 by Baker. He donated the Cole letters on reel 3482 in 1963, and material on reels 132 and 2786, and tapes, in 1971.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Microfilmed portion must be used on microfilm. Use of untranscribed tapes requires an appointment.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Collectors and collecting Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, Modern -- 20th century Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cole, Alphaeus Philemon, 1876-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Freeman, Marion Baker, 1909-1962 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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