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Series 1: Personal and Legal Career, 1930-1980

12 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Personal and Legal Career series documents Baker's personal and professional life prior to his involvement in Texas and national politics. The series consists of correspondence, including correspondence with family and friends, diaries and date books, financial documents, legal documents, memos, and correspondence related to Baker's work at Andrews, Kurth, Campbell and Jones law firm, and personal documents such as a birth certificate and scholastic records.

Arrangement

The series is divided into 5 subseries.

Collection History

Custodial History

The Baker Papers were housed at the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, at Rice University until December 2002. Material donated in October 2004 was previously kept at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and Baker Botts law firm in Houston.

Accruals

Accruals may occur at a later date.

Appraisal

Duplicates, material of little evidential or information value, and strictly personal documents have been returned to Secretary Baker. A large volume of newspaper clippings from major American newspapers have also been returned.

The February 2011 accession originally included four additional series, which were subsequently separated.

A series of board membership records spanned Baker's pre- and post-Washington career (additionally, some files from his work on the boards of regional organizations during the 1960's and '70s were interspersed throughout his personal financial records). Board participation during his post-Washington career includes work with St. Luke's hospital, Rice University, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the University of Bremen, Electronic Data Systems, Radiant Energy Corporation, and King Ranch. These records encompassed twenty linear feet, were non-unique, and of extremely limited research value.

A series called soft costs documented accounting within Baker Botts of how to expense Baker's political work using Baker Botts resources was also removed from the collection. The series of two boxes consisted of spreadsheets of phone logs and billing codes, and no material regarding the substance of Baker's political work.

A series of campaign contributions from Baker's 1978 Attorney General campaign included two boxes of index cards of campaign contributors' contact information.

Finally, the "Income Tax Records" series is the only surviving part of what was once a series of personal financial records, spanning the 1960s through the beginning of the Reagan administration, which included cancelled checks, financial statements from investments, receipts, tax returns, trust statements, documentation from family legal issues and statements from charitable organizations. Because these records included personally identifiable information and were of limited research value, the vast majority were separated from the collection, although Baker's tax returns were retained.

Sponsorship:

These papers were processed with the generous support of David M. Rubenstein.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Daniel A. Santamaria and Joanna Peery Polyn in 2004, and updated in 2011 by Maureen Callahan. Finding aid written by Daniel A. Santamaria in 2004 and updated in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This series is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

The audiovisual series includes videotapes on VHS and various other formats.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Personal and Legal Career; James A. Baker III Papers, MC197, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-12

Find More

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm of the collection will be available at the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, at Rice University.

Related Materials

Collections of related material are available at the presidential libraries of Presidents Ford, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. The Reagan library includes a collection of Baker's White House files (BAKER, JAMES A. III: Files, 1981-1985). The library also has a number of collections related to Baker's assistants, including James Cicconi, Richard Darman, Frank Hodsoll, and Margaret Tutwiler, which contain a large amount of material documenting his work.

The Baker Institute for Public Policy maintains a collection of memorabilia, political cartoons, and select documents, as well as a large number of photographs. Many photographs of Baker may also be found in Official White House photograph collections available through the Reagan and Bush Libraries.

Researchers may also wish to contact the National Archives and Records Administration, as well as the Office of the Historian at the Department of State.

Bibliography

The following works were consulted during preparation of the biographical note: Baker, James A. III, The Politics of Diplomacy: Revolution, War and Peace, 1989-1992. New York: George G. Putnam & Sons, 1995. Newhouse, John, "Profiles: The Tactician," [James A. Baker III], The New Yorker, 7 May 1990, pp/ 50-82.

Names:
United States. Department of State
United States. Department of the Treasury
United States. President (1974-1977 : Ford)
United States. President (1981-1989 : Reagan)
United States. President (1989-1993 : Bush)
United States. White House Office
United States. White House Office. Office of Legislative Affairs
Middle East Peace Conference (1991 : Madrid, Spain)
Princeton University
Baker, James Addison, 1930-
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
Bush, George, 1924-2018.
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Darman, Richard Gordon, 1943-2008
Dole, Robert J., 1923-
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006.
Hodsoll, Francis Samuel Monaise
Meese, Edwin
Moore, Preston, 1931-
Nixon, Richard M. Richard Milhous 1913-1994
Reagan, Nancy, 1921-2016
Reagan, Ronald
Rove, Karl
Scowcroft, Brent
Tower, John G. (John Goodwin), 1925-1991