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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Nelle Baker Boylan Papers, [circa 1866]-1927



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Boylan, Nelle Baker (1895-1967)
Creator: Baker Family
Title: Boylan, Nelle Baker, Papers
Dates: [circa 1866]-1927
Abstract: The Nelle Baker Boylan Papers, [circa 1866]-1927, consist of two travel diaries, a photograph album, and 14 individual photographs of the Baker family and home in Austin, Texas.
Accession No.: 2016-148
OCLC No.: 949904216
Extent: 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Robert Holmes Baker (1858-1935) moved from Tennessee to Texas in 1882. A merchant and insurance company manager, he became a business partner of Edward M. House, an investor active in Democratic politics. Baker bought and sold Texas railroad lines, including the Texas Central Railroad and the Wichita Falls Railroad, and he served in the Waco Light Infantry and the Texas National Guard.

Baker became involved in penal reform in the 1920s, chairing the Texas Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor (1924-1927) and reorganizing the Texas Prison Board (1927-1929).

Baker’s son Burke Baker (1887-1964) was an independent oil producer and insurance executive in Houston. He contributed to the creation of the Burke Baker Planetarium in the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Baker's daughter Nelle Baker (1895-1967) married Captain Rufus Boylan in 1926.

Sources:

"Baker, Burke. " Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fba22 (accessed May 12, 2016).

"Baker, Robert Holmes. " Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fba39 (accessed May 12, 2016).

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Scope and Contents

The Nelle Baker Boylan Papers, [circa 1866]-1927, consist of two travel diaries, a photograph album, and 14 individual photographs of the Baker family and home in Austin, Texas.

A diary embossed “My Trip” and dated June 21, 1921 describes a European trip through England and Scotland. The diary is inscribed “Nelle Baker, 27th and Nueces Sts., Austin, Texas USA, American Express Company, London, England.” A second diary, “Places Visited,” continues the trip through Italy, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland.

A leather-bound photograph album with the initials “NB” features images of the Baker family with children and pets. The photographs include images of Austin houses and street scenes.

Fourteen individual loose photographs include images of Boylan; her parents, Robert Holmes Baker and Nellie Faulkner Baker; and “Grandmother Burke.” Notable images include Robert Holmes Baker in the Waco Light Infantry, circa 1870, as well as scenes of early 20th-century Austin. Also included is an announcement of Nelle Baker’s marriage to Captain Rufus Boylan in 1927.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Baker, Burke, 1887-1964
Baker, Nellie Faulkner, 1868-1947
Baker, Robert Holmes, 1858-1935
Boylan, Nelle Baker, 1895-1967
Baker Family
Subjects
Austin (Tex.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Travel writing--Europe.
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Waco (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nelle Baker Boylan Papers, [circa 1866]-1927, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Colleen Hobbs, May 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3G9 Travel diaries (2), [circa 1921]
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3S454 Misc. photographs and 1 wedding announcement, Baker family, [circa 1866]-1927
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3So4.3 Robert Holmes Baker, photograph, 10" x 14", undated
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3T22 Photograph album, [circa 1900s]

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