Rhodes S. Baker, Jr. Collection, 1924-1990Add to your cart.

By Maristella Feustle, Ana Mendoza (Series 2, Sub-series 1)

Collection Overview

Title: Rhodes S. Baker, Jr. Collection, 1924-1990Add to your cart.
ID: 06/ 074
Primary Creator: Baker, Rhodes S., Jr. (1912-1967)
Extent: 14.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The papers are partially organized, but also contain considerable duplicate material; the arrangement is complicated by early attempts -- some 40 years ago -- to make sense of collection and catalog the recordings which came with it, which saw UNT materials and notes shuffled in with Baker's materials. The collection also includes considerable documentation of stages of assessment and organization in the early 1970s, the early 1990s, and 2008-2009.
Date Acquired: 00/00/1968
Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists about 14 boxes of papers related to Houston attorney Rhodes Baker's research and collection of Duke Ellington recordings, along with tape recordings, 78 r.p.m., and LP records.

Biographical Note

Rhodes Semmes Baker, Jr. was born on November 27, 1912, in Dallas, Texas. His father, Rhodes S. Baker Sr., was an attorney, and argued in front of the United States Supreme Court in 1901; Baker Sr. was also an avid art collector. Baker Jr. followed in his father's footsteps both as an attorney and as a collector. He graduated from North Dallas High School, attended Princeton University, and earned bachelor's, master's, and law degrees from Southern Methodist University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 until 1946, and was a tax attorney with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. before relocating to Houston in 1951. A devoted fan of Duke Ellington, he built an extensive collection of rare and unreleased Ellington recordings, frequently corresponding with Swedish Ellington expert Benny Aasland. Rhodes S. Baker Jr. died in Houston on November 25, 1967.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Music Library
Acquisition Source: Purchase
Acquisition Method: Purchased from Rhodes S. Baker's widow.
Related Materials: See also: the Dennis Askey Papers For more information please see http://findingaids.library.unt.edu/index.php?p=collections/marc&id=276.
Finding Aid Revision History:

Series 3 contents added on August 30, 2020.

Creator and acquisition information updated on November 23, 2020.


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