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Series 1
Business records and personal papers, 1935-1974
Boxes 1-3, BV 1, OBV 1-9 and OP 1-5

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of the business records and personal papers of Joseph Vaudrey Baker from 1935-1974. It primarily includes business and financial records relating to Joseph V. Baker Associates, and the publication of Brown American, Caravan, On the Track, and Wayfarer. These records document not only the financial life of Baker's business, but also clients and subscribers. Also present is a significant amount of printed material collected by Baker, and one notable pamphlet written by Baker, "A Primer for Race Relations." Finally, the series also contains a number of scrapbooks. Three of the scrapbooks contain clippings of newspaper articles written by Baker. One scrapbook belonged to Eva Robinson, and two additional scrapbooks belonged to Lucy Whitney. They primarily contain newspaper clippings, but also include some cards and letters. Several other scrapbooks are unidentified and include clippings relating to politics and popular culture.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order by type.

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Due to the fragile nature of the material, OBV 9, Unidentified scrapbook, 1936, is closed to researchers.

Business records and personal papers
Box Folder Content
1 1 "American Tobacco and the Negro National Community," undated
1 2 Awards and certificates, 1951-1960
OP1 Awards and certificates, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Prince Hall Affiliation Distinguished Citizen Award, 1963
1 3 The Brown American, subscriptions, 1958
1 4 Correspondence, general, 1937-1974
1 5 Correspondence to Rosa Lee Kirkman, from Juanita (?), 1934-1936
OP5 Cover art for Caravan, On the Track, and The Wayfarer, no date On the Track, and The Wayfarer, no date
1 6 Emblem Club, 1957-1958
1 7 Financial records, budgets, 1960
1 8 Financial records, correspondence, 19371970
1 9 Financial records, invoices, 1958-1962
1 10 Fragments
1 11 Glen Killam # 161 orange (sketch), undated
1 12 Joseph V. Baker Associates, letterhead
1 13 Joseph V. Baker Associates, "Minority Communities: A Handbook for Clients," undated
1 14 Mailing lists, undated
1 15 Mailing patterns for Caravan, RCA Baton, and The Wayfarer, 1967 RCA Baton, and The Wayfarer, 1967
1 16 Meeting minutes, 1958-1959
1 17 Memoranda, 1964
1 18 "The Negro High Command," 1959
1 19 Notes, circa 1960
2 1 On the track/People/First quarter (drafts), 1969
2 2 "Proctor and Gamble in the Negro CommunityA Proposal," 1966
2 3 "Public Relations Implications of the Racial Question," 1964
2 4 Railroad and Transportation camera copy
2 5 Reports from other organizations, 1967-1968
2 6 Resume file, undated
OP2 "A Toast to Joe Baker" at his 25th annual Christmas party, 1959
2 7 Vine Memorial Baptist Mission education secretary, revised schedule of duties
Printed material
2 8 "50 Progress Reports on Negroes' Job Advancement at General Electric," circa 1961
2 9 "As We Move in Step, In Every Line of Ten Walks One Negro," 1939
2 10 Association of American Railroads, circa 1960s
2 11 The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, 54th annual meeting, 1969
2 12 Better Living, July-August 1965
2 13 Blackrifca Speakers Bureau, 1970-1971
OP3 Calendar, Afro-American Life Insurance, 1939
OP4 Foreign Mission Board, National Baptist Convention, undated
2 14 Harlem River Consumer Cooperative, financial prospectus, 1968
2 15 "Human Capital and Confrontation," Joseph V. Baker Associates fifth annual client conference, undated
2 16 The Industrial Statesman, May 1960
2 17 Integration and the Negro Officer in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, 1962
2 18 Joseph Vaudrey Baker Associates, "A Primer for Race Relations," circa 1960s
2 19 "The Negro in Cleveland 19501963: An Analysis of the Social and Economic Characteristics of the Negro Population," Cleveland Urban League, June 1964
2 20 Negro Industrial and Economic Union, brochure, undated
2 21 Newsletters, 1965-1967
2 22 Newspaper clippings, circa 1941-1972
2 23 "Opening the Doors to Merit Employment," Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, 1966
2 24 "The People Beyond 12th Street: A Survey of Attitudes of Detroit Negroes After the Riot of 1967," Detroit Urban League, 1967
3 1 Press releases, 1964-1968
3 2 "Proctor and Gamble and Urban Problems," undated
3 3 "Racism in America," Reader's Digest, 1969
3 4 "RCA Anniversaries," undated
3 5 Religion of Islam public meeting, flyer, 1954
3 6 "The Riot Peril," The Journal of Insurance Information, November-December 1967
3 7 Second Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan, Reverend R. L. Bradby Silver Anniversary program, 1935
3 8 Symposium, "Black Identity: Personal, Institutional, Social," program, 1968
3 9 "They're Out to Get You," Richard Clarke Associates recruiting brochure, undated
3 10 "To Be Black in America: A Selected Bibliography," The Free Library of Philadelphia, undated
3 11 "The War on Poverty," Dallas County (Texas) Community Action Committee, 1967
3 12 "The War on Poverty in Pittsburgh," The Mayor's Committee on Human Resources, 1966
3 13 Who's Who in Colored America (supplement), undated
Scrapbooks
OBV4 Baker, Joseph V., letters to Scott Paper Company requesting pamphlet "Distaff to History," 1963-1964
OBV1 Baker, Joseph V., press clippings, 1941-1944
OBV2 Baker, Joseph V., press clippings, 1944-1948
OBV3 Baker, Joseph V., press clippings, 1948-1950
BV1 Robinson, Eva V., scrapbook, 1933-1946
3 14 Robinson, Eva V., scrapbook, loose cards and letters to Katherine Williams
3 15 Robinson, Eva V., scrapbook, loose coursework
3 16 Robinson, Eva V., scrapbook, loose letters and invitation to Eva V. Robinson
3 17 Robinson, Eva V., scrapbook, loose newspaper clippings
3 18 Robinson, Eva V., scrapbook, loose photographs
3 19 Robinson, Eva V., scrapbook, loose printed material
OBV5 Whitney, Lucy, scrapbook, no date
3 20 Whitney, Lucy, scrapbook, loose newspaper clippings, no date
3 21 Whitney, Lucy, scrapbook, loose photographs, no date
OBV6 Whitney, Lucy scrapbook, 1940-1943
3 22 Whitney, Lucy, scrapbook, loose letters and cards, 1940-1943
3 23 Whitney, Lucy, scrapbook, loose newspaper clippings, 1940-1943
3 24 Whitney, Lucy, scrapbook, loose photographs, 1940-1943
3 25 Whitney, Lucy, scrapbook, loose printed material, 1940-1943
OBV7 Unidentified political scrapbook, 1938
OBV8 Unidentified political scrapbook, 1942
OBV9 Unidentified scrapbook, 1936 [RESTRICTED: FRAGILE]
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