Baker, Louise Fontaine Letter, 2004 *JMU Alum Papers*

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Baker, Louise Fontaine, 1907-2011
Title:
Louise Fontaine Baker Letter
Collection No.:
SC 0065
Date:
Extent:
1 letter folder, .06 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Louise Fontaine Baker Letter, 2004, is comprised of a five-page facsimiled account of Baker's life including her time as a student during the 1920s at the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [box #, folder #], Louise Fontaine Baker Letter, 2004, SC 0065, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Bio/Historical Note

Louise Fontaine Baker was born April 13, 1907 in Washington, DC to Dr. Maury Davidson Baker and Irene Dunn Baker. She attended the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg in 1926, though it is unclear for how many years she was a student. While a student, her permanent residence is listed as Richmond. Baker was a member of the 1926-1927 graduating class, having taken professional courses.

Louise Fontaine Baker was born April 13, 1907 in Washington, DC to Dr. Maury Davidson Baker and Irene Dunn Baker. She attended the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg in 1926, though it is unclear for how many years she was a student. While a student, her permanent residence is listed as Richmond. Baker was a member of the 1926-1927 graduating class, having taken professional courses.

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Scope and Content

The Louise Fontaine Baker Letter, 2004, is comprised of a five-page facsimiled account of Baker's life including her time as a student during the 1920s at the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg. In her account, Baker describes coming to campus to register: "My father accompanied me on the train to register for college. We passed a campus with stark grey stones ("Grey Stone hill" – in college song). I thought I was passing the Mental Institution in Staunton!" Of particular interest is Baker's description of her roommates: "My first roommates proved to be disasters! One became pregnant and had to leave school and the next one developed TB – which required me to be fully examined." Baker goes on to describe her teaching career, other universities she attended, and traveling.

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Arrangement

The letter is housed in one letter folder.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

In February 2004, Louise Fontaine Baker sent a letter of her reminiscences of her life and of being a student at the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg to James Katzman, president of the JMU Alumni Association. It came by way of a Montpelier magazine reply envelope and was intercepted by Michelle Hite, Assistant Editor of Montpelier magazine. Hite sent a facsimile of Baker's letter to Chris Bolgiano, Special Collections Librarian.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SU 2004-0904.

Location of Originals

The original letter was retained by Michelle Hite, Assistant Editor of Montpelier magazine.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Facsimiles (reproductions)
  • Reminiscences

Subject

  • State Teachers College at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.) -- Alumni and alumnae
  • State Teachers College at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.) -- Students -- Correspondence
  • State Teachers College at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.) -- Students -- Social life and customs
  • James Madison University -- History

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Bibliography

Obituary for Louise Fontaine Baker, Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 3, 2011.

Obituary for Louise Fontaine Baker, Legacy.com. Accessed March 1, 2017. http://www.legacy.com/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=150760446.

Program for the 18th Annual Commencement Exercises, State Teachers College, June 8, 1927.

The Schoolma'am, 1926. Harrisonburg (Va.): State Teachers College.

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Louise Fontaine Baker Letter, 2004 box 1 folder 1