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John D. Davies Collection on Hobey Baker

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Davies, John (John Dunn), 1918-1994

Hobart Amory Hare Baker was born on January 15, 1892 in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, the second son, into a proper Philadelphian family. His father, A. Thornton Baker was a manufacturer of plush upholstery, his mother, Mary Augusta Pemberton, a belle of Philadelphia society. He attended St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire where he excelled in athletics, and was an industrious student as well. In 1910 he entered Princeton University and continued his athletic career, playing baseball, football and hockey. After graduation in 1914, Baker worked at the J. P. Morgan Bank of New York City and played amateur hockey with the St. Nick's team in New York City in 1915-1917. With American entry into World War I, he enlisted, embarked for Europe in August 1917 and by April 1918 served with the Lafayette Escadrille (103rd Aero Squadron). On December 21, 1918 Baker was killed when the Spad he was flying crashed.

Consists of research material collected by Davies (Princeton Class of 1941) for his book The Legend of Hobey Baker (1966). Included are correspondence, research notes, manuscript drafts, photographs, and printed material--all pertaining to Baker's career as an ice hockey and football athlete at St. Paul's Preparatory School and Princeton University, and as a member of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.

John Davies donated his research material including his notes and original materials to the University Archives in 1967. The provenance of original photographic material and a scrapbook is unknown.

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University Archives
Finding Aid Date
1997
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Collection Inventory

Arrangement

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Scope and Contents

Series 1: the Henry W. H. Baker Files, contains correspondence, including typescripts of Hobey A. H. Baker correspondence and notes collected by Baker in 1959. Baker was a nephew of Hobart A. H. Baker and was interested in the legacy of his uncle.

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1 box

Correspondence, Baker, Hobart A.H., copies, 1917-1918 (2 folders), 1917-1918. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence, 1956-1964, undated (2 folders), 1956-1964. 1 box.
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1 box

Notes, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Manuscript, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Manuscript Drafts, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

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Series 2: Correspondence (1959-1969), is arranged chronologically. Much of this correspondence documents Davies' attempts to collect information about Baker from his classmates, teachers and acquaintances. Correspondence relating to the publication of The Legend of Hobey Baker is also found in this series.

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2 boxes

General, 1957-1964 (7 folders), 1957-1964. 1 box.
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1 box

General, 1965-1969, undated (3 folders), 1965-1969. 1 box.
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1 box

Fragments, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Interviews, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

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No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.

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Series 3: Manuscript Notes (1965-1966) contain rough and final drafts of the manuscript The Legend of Hobey Baker as well as notes, note cards, and information distilled from Davis' research.

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1 box

The Legend of Hobey Baker 1965 (2 folders), 1965. 1 box.
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1 box

Rough Draft, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Final Draft, undated (2 folders), undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Published Copy of The Legend of Hobey Baker, undated (2 folders), undated. 1 box.
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1 box

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No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.

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Series 4: Notes (1963-1966) contain preliminary information Davis accumulated during his research on the life of Hobey A. H. Baker.

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2 boxes

Note Cards, 1963-1966. 1 box.
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1 box

Notes, 1963-1966 (2 folders), 1963-1966. 1 box.
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1 box

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Series 5: Printed Material (1910-1918) contains articles from various newspapers and news magazines on Hobey Baker's career as an athlete, a member of the American Expeditionary Force during World War I and an address by President John Grier Hibben of Princeton University at Baker's memorial service in 1918.

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1 box

News clippings, 1912-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Articles, 1910-1918. 1 box.
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1 box

Address, Memorial Service, 1918. 1 box.
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1 box

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Series 6: Photographs (1910-1918) include scenes from Baker's family life as well as his athletic and military careers. Photographs used in the publication The Legend of Hobey Baker are represented, as well as the original photographs reproduced in the publication.

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1 box

Social Scenes (1), 1910-1918. 1 box.
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1 box

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Social Scenes (2), 1910-1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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St. Paul's School (1), 1908-1910. 1 box.
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1 box

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St. Paul's School (2), 1910-1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Princeton Football (1), 1910-1914. 1 box.
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1 box

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Princeton Football (2), 1910-1914.
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Princeton Hockey, Baseball, 1910-1914. 1 box.
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1 box

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Princeton Freshman Baseball Team, 1911. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Princeton Committees, 1913-1914. 1 box.
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1 box

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Cartoons, 1910-1918. 1 box.
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1 box

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Europe (1), 1917-1918. 1 box.
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1 box

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Europe (2), 1917-1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Paintings of Baker, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

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Newsclippings, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Portraits, 1914. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Copy Negatives, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unlabeled , undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.

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Series 7: Scrapbook (1910-1914) documents the athletic career of Baker during his college career at Princeton University.

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1 box

Scrapbook, 1910-1914. 1 box.
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1 box

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