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Historical Collections

Baker Old Class Collection

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The Baker Old Class collection is a valuable resource for tracing the development and growth of American business and industry from the late nineteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century. The rich holdings include trade publications, government documents, corporate histories and publications, and business directories. The unique arrangement of the collection brings together books, periodicals, and pamphlets by industry, allowing researchers to readily browse related research materials.

Using the Baker Old Class Collection

Access to the Baker Old Class Collection is provided in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room on the first floor of Baker Library. Visitors are asked to complete a registration form and present identification with a recent photograph and a current address. For more information, please see Planning a Visit.

The collection is open to researchers Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Researchers may physically browse the collection and retrieve materials for use in the Reading Room any time before 4:30 p.m. To request to have materials retrieved and held at the Historical Collections Reference Desk please contact us at

Last Updated: March 2015 | Contact:

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