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Isaac W. Baker (1818-1862) Papers

Isaac W. Baker (1818-1862) Papers

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ISAAC W. BAKER (1818-1862) PAPERS, 1944





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Baker, Isaac Wallis, 1818-1862
Title:Isaac W. Baker (1818-1862) Papers
Dates:1944
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Isaac Wallis Baker papers are transcriptions of five different ship's logs that were written by Baker while he worked on the ships.
Collection Number:MH 32

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Scope and Content Note

The Isaac Wallis Baker papers are transcriptions of five different ship's logs that were written by Baker while he worked on the ships. They contain technical information such as latitude, longitude, temperature, direction, and the status of the crew and ship. However, they also contain jokes, poems, short stories, and opinions. It is not known why the transcriptions were typed, who they were typed by, or where the original ships' logs are located. Three of the transcripts have handwritten dates, which are assumed to be the date of the transcription. The transcriptions also contain notes from the transcriber.


Biographical Sketch

Isaac Wallis Baker was born on April 4, 1818 to Joseph Baker, of Beverly, Massachusetts. He was a sailor by profession; however, he was also an artist, daguerreotypist, and lecturer. After hearing about the discovery of gold in California, Baker joined a mining venture, the Beverly Joint Stock Company, sometime in 1849. During the long voyage to California on board the bark San Francisco, he amused himself by keeping a journal about the ship's activities. Once in California, Baker and two companions left the company and headed for the mines at Stoney Point on the south fork of the Feather River. Baker did stake a claim; however, when it ran out, he sold his mining equipment and returned to New York in November 1850.


He returned to California in May 1852 on board John Q. Adams. In March of 1853, he began to learn the daguerreotype trade. That fall Baker returned to the east coast. In 1854 he began to deliver lectures about his time in California throughout Massachusetts (Palmquist, 94).


Baker married Lydia Smith Larcom in April 1844. He died in September 1862, it is thought, in Sumatra.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Baker, Isaac Wallis, 1818-1862
John Gaskie (Bark)
Merrimac (Ship)
Ripley (Schooner)
Tusker (Brig)
Warsaw (Ship)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Isaac W. Baker (1818-1862) Papers, MH 32, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was found in the collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, March 2015.


Related Material

Palmquist, Peter E., and Thomas R. Kailbourn. Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: A Biographical Dictionary 1840-1865. CA: Stanford University Press, 2000.


Larcom Family Papers, 1833-1933. MSS 8.


Tarquin (Ship) Logbook, 1862-1863. Log 2040.


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