Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate use copy requires advance notice.
The papers of arts administrator Mildred Baker measure 2.7 linear feet and date from 1882 to 1997, with the bulk of the material dating from 1923 to 1997. Found within the papers are biographical materials; personal and professional correspondence; writings; files related to her work on the WPA Federal Art Project and other institutional art projects; printed material; photographs of Baker; and photographs and papers related to the work of her husband, Jacob Baker, who also administered programs for the WPA.
Mildred Baker papers, 1882-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
A small portion of this collection is available on 35 mm legacy microfilm reel 1817 at the Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the papers as described in this finding aid does not reflect the order of the collection on microfilm due to reprocessing. The Jacob Baker interview with Tex Goldchmidt was digitized for research access in 2009 and is available at the Archives of American Art offices. Researchers may view the original sound discs for the archival notations on them, but original discs are not available for playback due to fragility.
Location of Originals:
Reel D110: Material returned to Baker after microfilming.; some items were subsequently returned with the 1999 addition.
Originals of loaned material, including exhibition catalogs and clippings, were returned to Mildred Baker after microfilming. Loaned materials are available on reel D110 but are not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
The Archives of American Art holds several collections related to Mildred Baker and the WPA Federal Art Project. There are two oral histories with Mildred Baker, one conducted by Harlan Phillips, September 21, 1963 and another by William Agee, July 22, 1965. There is also an oral history with Jacob Baker conducted by Harlan Phillips, September 25, 1963. Transcripts of the interviews conducted by Harlan Phillips are found within the collection. Collections related to the Federal Art Project include the Federal Art Project of the Work Projects Administration records and the Holger Cahill papers.
Mildred Baker (1905-1998) was an arts administrator who worked in New York City, New York; Newark, New Jersey; and Washington, D.C.
Mildred Baker donated her papers in several increments between 1971 and 1993. In 1999, the bulk of her papers were donated to the archives by Baker's estate executor, Patricia Haskell, some of which included materials that had been loaned for microfilming in 1963.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001