Oral history interview with Jacob Baker, 1963 September 25
Baker, Jacob, 1895-1967
Phillips, Harlan B. (Harlan Buddington),, 1920-
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Transcript: 85 pages
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 41 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Jacob Baker conducted by Harlan Phillips on 1963 September 25 for the Archives of American Art.
Baker speaks of his training as an industrial engineer and his early employment history, including involvement with various New Deal bureaus; becoming assistant administrator of the WPA, and his activities; the various WPA projects and their functions. He recalls Holger Cahill and Mildred Baker.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Jacob Baker, 1963 September 25. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line at http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/bakerj63.htm
Jacob Baker (1895-1967) was an art administrator in Newark, New Jersey.
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001