Paul E. Baker Papers, 1952-1956

Overview of the Collection

Baker, Paul E.
Paul E. Baker Papers
1952-1956 (inclusive)
5 containers., (.5 linear feet of shelf space.), (275 items.)
Collection Number
Cage 278
Manuscripts, drafts, notes, correspondence, clippings, etc., concerning the preparation, publication and sale of Baker's monograph: The Forgotten Kutenai, Boise, Mountain States Press, 1955. A copy of the manuscript is included.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Professor Baker, 1893-, studied under Dr. Franz Boas at Columbia University; taught five years at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; four years at Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia; and six years at Kamehameha Schools for Boys, Honolulu, Hawaii; and in 1953 had been at Boise Junior College for six years.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of manuscript of Baker's monograph The Forgotten Kutenai; Boise: Mountain States Press, 1955, and the correspondence, notes, and pamphlets gathered in connection with his writing and publishing it. A printed copy is also included.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Aside from the manuscript, probably the most useful items for Pacific Northwest history are the lists of persons concer ned with Indian culture in Container 1B-C; correspondence concerning U. S. Indian policies in Container 2A; pamphlets, notes, and clippings concerning Indians in Container 4A-C.

One letter from Simon Francis, an Indian, giving suggestions or statements regarding Indian culture made in rough draft of book, describes Indian customs in solemnizing marriages; taking sweatbaths; etc.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 278, Paul E. Baker Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Materials consist of letters, lists, pamphlets, clippings, and the manuscript copy of the monograph. Inclusive dates are 1952-1956.

Acquisition Information

Professor Paul E. Baker, Chairman of the Sociology Department at Boise Junior College, Boise, Idaho, gave these papers to the Washington State University Library in 1957.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Correspondence conerning Indian culture and pertaining to facts about Indians gleaned while Mr. Baker worked on The Forgotten Kutenai. Return to Top

100 items.
Container(s) Description
1 / 1A
Correspondence concerning Field Work
1 / 1B
Persons Concerned with Tribal Culture or Welfare
1 / 1C
Bibliographies; List of informants.

Correspondence concerning U. S. Indian policies with Kutenais. Return to Top

50 items.
Container(s) Description
2 / 2A
Correspondence, clippings, and bulletins regarding U. S. Indian policies
2 / 2B
Recommendations for aid to Kutenais.

Correspondence concerning mechanics of publication. Return to Top

100 items.
Container(s) Description
3 / 3A
Correspondence with possible publishers
3 / 3B
Correspondence concerning illustrations and copyright for book
3 / 3C
Correspondence concerning book orders with comments on book
3 / 3D
Correspondence concerning suggestions for changes in manuscript
3 / 3E
Correspondence giving author permission. to quote desired passages.

Pamphlets, notes, and clippings concerning Indians. Return to Top

25 items.
Container(s) Description
4 / 4A
Pamphlets on Indian culture
4 / 4B
Newspaper clippings concerning Kutenais
4 / 4C
Notes on Interviews with Indians.

Manuscript of The Forgotten KutenaiReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Kutenai Indians

Personal Names

  • Baker, Paul Earnest, 1893- --Archives (creator)

Titles within the Collection

  • The Forgotten Kutenai