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Charles T. Baker papers

 Collection — Folder: S0053
Identifier: S0053

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of Baker’s letters to Thelma M. Murphy of Indianapolis. Murphy was able to obtain resources that furthered Baker’s research into the history of Spencer County, and especially Abraham Lincoln. Also contained in this collection are clippings from the Grandview Monitor of Baker’s writings on subjects related to his correspondence with Murphy.


  • 1936-1941


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Charles T. Baker was born in 1871 in the town of Norwalk, Ohio. When Baker was in his teens he was apprenticed by his parents to work for a printing business in North Carolina. Upon completing his apprenticeship he returned to Norwalk to work for the Fair Publishing House. In 1898 he moved to Rockport in Spencer County, Indiana, where he took a job with the Rockport Journal and then with the Rockport Democrat. Baker is best known as a historian of Spencer County and publisher of the Grandview Monitor, which he founded in 1905, after relocating to Grandview from Rockport. It was in the Monitor that Baker published his writings on the history of Abraham Lincoln’s life in Spencer County. Because of his research and scholarship, Baker became a well respected expert on Lincoln’s life in southern Indiana.


Roll, Charles. Indiana: One Hundred and Fifty Years of American Development. Vol. 5. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company,1931. 64-65.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Thelma Murphy during 1943.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Benjamin Clark during October 2005. Finding aid revised by Edythe Huffman on 2015/11/09. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/09.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.