Scope and Content

The Newton D. Baker Letters, 1891-1937, consist of letters and typescript copies of letters from Newton D. Baker to his relatives and political associates, including 211 letters to his wife Elizabeth Baker (1902-1937), 44 letters to his brother, Frank Baker, and sister-in-law, Harriet Baker (1915-1936), three bound volumes of typescript copies of letters to his children, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Newton III (1918-1937), and 32 letters from notable political figures.

This collection will be useful to researchers studying the history of Cleveland, Ohio, and the life and career of Newton Diehl Baker. The collection mainly consists of a series of 211 letters from Baker to his wife, Elizabeth L. Baker; 44 letters from Baker to his brother, Frank H. Baker and his wife, Harriet Lamon Baker; and typescript copies of Baker's letters to his children. Also included are 32 items of correspondence with notable political figures. Although these letters are largely personal in nature, they do contain Baker's comments on his political and business activities, particularly while he was a public official for the City of Cleveland and Secretary of War. They also contain references to people (Tom L. Johnson, Woodrow Wilson, etc.) with whom he came in contact and events, such as World War I, which which he was involved. Subjects referred to include the League of Nations, woman suffrage, Prohibition, the New Deal, presidential elections, and in general, most of the major political issues of Baker's time.