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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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E. D. Baker Post No. 8 was active in Philadelphia, PA, from the 1860s to the 1930s. There is no other information available on this Post.
The records of E. D. Baker Post No. 8 cover the years 1866 to 1931. The records consist of one series: Membership Records. It is not known how the G.A.R. Civil War Museum and Library acquired the records or if additional records survived or existed.
Series I: Membership Records - This series contains a descriptive book and a descriptive book abstract. The descriptive book is one bound volume with entries that run from April 1866 to 1885. The volume contains detailed information on the G.A.R members, including: member’s name, age, birthplace, residence, occupation, details on the entry into service and final discharge (which includes date, rank, company, and regiment), length of service, cause of discharge, the details of his G.A.R. membership, and remarks (which include death notices or membership ending through leaving or transferring). The E.D. Baker Post Descriptive Book, unlike other posts’ descriptive books, also includes the name of the member who recommended the initiate. There are 1,469 members described in the book and the eight charter members of the Post are described in the beginning.
The descriptive book abstract is a typed, stapled, loose-leaf paper that has abbreviated entries from the descriptive book. It is fastened together, but not in order. The document is probably from the 1900s. It is not known whether this is an original post record or something compiled later.
The records were rough sorted and placed in archival boxes by board members and volunteers of the GAR Civil War Museum & Library in 2008. In 2009-2010 they received preliminary processing by Archival Consultant Jack McCarthy and Intern Megan Atkinson, working on a project funded by grants from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission and National Endowment for the Humanities. This finding aid is the result of that project. The grant funds allowed for only minimal processing and very little re-housing of the records; as noted above, the records require more thorough processing.
The finding aid created by McCarthy and Atkinson was converted to the EAD format in 2011-2012 as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR), funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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- Finding aid prepared by Jack McCarthy and Megan Atkinson, 2009-2010. EAD conversion was completed through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories.
- This preliminary finding aid was created by staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) using data provided by the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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