Baker Printing Company Records, 1925-1986 | East Texas Research Center

By Pam Palmer, 1987

Collection Overview

Title: Baker Printing Company Records, 1925-1986Add to your cart.

ID: B/45

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Baker Printing Company (Nacogdoches, Tex.) -- Records and correspondence, Business records -- Texas, East, Printing industry, Samples (Commerce), Small business -- Texas, East

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of job work records and printing samples, mostly yearbooks and programs of various East Texas religious, civic, and cultural organizations.

Some particularly interesting items include:

The collection includes two phone directories for Nacogdoches in 1919 and 1920. These directories can be used to determine which individuals and businesses used telephones in Nacogdoches and also how far telephone services reached out into the rural areas. The business advertisements also provide insight to which goods and services Nacogdoches citizens enjoyed in the early twentieth-century.

The Stephen F. Austin’s Woman’s Athletic Association’s handbook and the Texas Athletic Federation of College Women convention program illustrates the importance of female enrollment to the University during the 1930s and some recreation opportunities college women participated in.

“The fundamental Faith and Doctrine of those called Missionary Baptists” allows researchers to understand the Missionary Baptist faith in the early-twentieth-century. Using this source, individuals can also compare the doctrine and organization of Missionary Baptists in the 1900s to the present.

The “Hello Buddy” comic book educated children about World War II and service men’s actions during the conflict. After the War, many veterans could not find work, and unemployed and disabled veterans distributed these comic books to earn money until they found full-time jobs.

The Fields Brothers Song Sheet includes the lyrics to six songs that reflect on the Great Depression and soldiers’ experiences in World War II. These songs illustrate aspects of popular culture, specifically for men, during the 1940s and how Americans reacted to the pressures of the Great Depression and World War II.

Collection Historical Note

Starks William Baker and his father, George Washington Baker, operated a mill for grinding corn, sawing lumber, and making cane syrup at Emilee, Texas in Trinity County. His son, William Clifton Baker, was born there on July 2, 1902. S. W. Baker and his wife, Eugenia Hopkins Baker, also had an older daughter, Emaline Philokely Baker, who eventually became Mrs. Juston P. O'Connor of Bridge City, Texas. After the birth of Clifton, the Bakers moved first to Woodville, Texas, where S. W. Baker ran a variety of businesses including a mercantile store, a print shop, and a newspaper. In 1922 they moved to Rusk, TX, where the family published a newspaper, and Clifton graduated from Rusk College in 1924. They next moved to Cushing, Texas, where they again took on a newspaper, but began to look for a job printing shop. They found one at Nacogdoches. Giles Haltom, the editor of The Daily Sentinel, had his hands full managing the newspaper. The Bakers bought his print shop in 1927 and established the Baker Printing Company. While attending classes at Stephen F. Austin State University, Clifton met Azzie Polk, and they were married in 1934. S. W. Baker died on November 10, 1956, and Clifton continued to operate the business until he retired about 1983. Clifton Baker died in Nacogdoches on April 19, 1986.

As a job printer, the Baker Printing Company printed wedding and graduation invitations; movie and theater tickets, business forms, advertisements, ribbons, bumper stickers, and many other things.

Subject/Index Terms

Baker Printing Company (Nacogdoches, Tex.) -- Records and correspondence
Business records -- Texas, East
Printing industry
Samples (Commerce)
Small business -- Texas, East

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Finding Aid Revision History: August 2004 Addendum to the Collection processed March 28, 2012 by Jake McAdams.


Box and Folder Listing


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Folder 1: Nacogdoches, Texas, after snow storm. Photographs. 5 items, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 1: Downtown Nacogdoches, Texas, after snow storm.Add to your cart.
Item 2: Old Stone Fort, Nacogdoches, Texas, after snow storm.Add to your cart.
Item 3: Trucks in Nacogdoches, Texas, after snow storm.Add to your cart.
Item 4: Landscape picture of Nacogdoches, Texas, after snow storm.Add to your cart.
Item 5: Landscape picture of Nacogdoches, Texas, after snow storm.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Fuller, Henry C. “A Texas Sheriff.” Book. Printed. 1 item, 1931Add to your cart.
Fuller, Henry C. “A Texas Sheriff”: A vivid and Accurate Account of Some of the Most Notorious Murder Cases and Feuds in the History of East Texas, and the Officers Who Relentlessly Pursued the Criminals Till They were Brought to Justice and Paid the Full Penalty of the Law. Nacogdoches, TX: Baker Printing Co, 1931.
Folder 3: Fuller, Henry C. Adventures of Bill Longley. Book. Printed. 1 item, n.d.Add to your cart.
Fuller, Henry C. Adventures of Bill Longley: Captured by Sheriff Milton Mast and Deputy Bill Burrows, Near Keatchie, Louisiana, in 1877, and was Executed at Giddings, Texas, 1878. Nacogdoches, TX: Baker Printing Co.
Folder 4: Nacogdoches Symphony Club. Yearbooks. Printed. 3 items, 1910-1915Add to your cart.
Item 1: 1910-1911Add to your cart.
Item 2: 1911-1912Add to your cart.
Item 3: 1914-1915Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Knights Templar Easter Service Program, Main Street Presbyterian Church, Nacogdoches. Programs. Printed. 2 items, 1914-1916Add to your cart.
Item 1: 1914Add to your cart.
Item 2: 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Nacogdoches Phone Directories. Printed. 2 items, 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Item 1: Spring 1920Add to your cart.
Item 2: Summer 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Nacogdoches Community Organizations’, Constitutions and By-Laws. Printed. 4 items, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 1: St. James Free Masons Lodge No. 13, Nacogdoches, By-Laws, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 2: (2) Nacogdoches Young Men’s Booster Club, Constitution and By-Laws, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 3: Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Nacogdoches, Texas, Constitution and By-Laws, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Nacogdoches High School performances. Programs. Printed. 4 items, 1925Add to your cart.
Item 1: (2) “Kathleen,” Nacogdoches High School, Play Program, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 2: “Three Hundred Years of History of Nacogdoches,” Nacogdoches High School. Pageant Program, 1925Add to your cart.
Item 3: Nacogdoches Colored High School Commencement. Program, 6/18/1925Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Nacogdoches Normal School Bulletins. Printed. 3 items, 1916Add to your cart.
Item 1: (2) Nacogdoches Normal School Classes Bulletin. Printed, Summer 1916Add to your cart.
Item 2: Nacogdoches, Tri-County Summer Normal School Brochure. Printed, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Nacogdoches community dances. Programs. Printed. 2 items, 1908Add to your cart.
Item 1: “Third Thanksgiving Dance.” Program, 11/26/1908Add to your cart.
Item 2: Dance sponsored by Nacogdoches Orchestra. Program, 8/19/1908Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Fields Brothers Song Sheet. Printed. 1 item, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Nacogdoches companies’ business cards. Printed. 2 items, 1916Add to your cart.
Item 1: Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company, Nacogdoches, Texas. Business card, 1916Add to your cart.
Item 2: Baker Printing Co. Christmas card advertisement. Greeting card, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Nacogdoches Community events. Programs. Printed. 4 items, 1911-1924Add to your cart.
Item 1: Nacogdoches County Poultry Association. Program, 1911Add to your cart.
Item 2: Memorial service for Maury C. Haltom. Program, 12/1/1912Add to your cart.
Item 3: Nacogdoches Rotary Club. Program, 11/19/1924Add to your cart.
Item 4: Mr. & Mrs. Jno. D. Skeeter marriage. Invitation, 4/29/1917Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Nacogdoches City Government Documents. Printed. 2 items, 1908, 1926Add to your cart.
Item 1: Nacogdoches, Texas, water and plumbers ordinance, 1908Add to your cart.
Item 2: “Nacogdoches: ‘The Friendly City.’” Brochure, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 15: East Texas Missionary Baptist Sunday School convention No. 2. Minutes. Printed.  1 item, 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Landmark Baptist Association. Minutes. Printed. 1 item, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Woman’s Mission Society. Yearbooks. Printed. 2 items, 1912-1914Add to your cart.
Item 1: Woman’s Home Mission Society, 1912Add to your cart.
Item 2: Woman’s Missionary Society, First Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 18: First Methodist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas. Bulletin and Directory. Printed. 1 item, 12/14/1914Add to your cart.
Folder 19: “Hello Buddy.” Comic book. Printed. 1 item, n.d.Add to your cart.
Sold by unemployed World War II veterans.
Folder 20: Henry Raguet Camp No. 620, U. C. V., Nacogdoches, Texas. Silk ribbons. 3 items, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 1: (2) Henry Raguet Camp No. 620, U. C. V., Nacogdoches, Texas. Silk ribbonsAdd to your cart.
Item 2: “Commander,” Henry Raguet Camp No. 620, U. C. V., Nacogdoches, Texas. Silk ribbon.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: “Trailing Tendrils,” Cushing, Texas. Play program. Printed.  1 item,, 8/7/1925Add to your cart.

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