LaMar Baker Papers

LaMar Baker

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Title: LaMar Baker Papers

Dates: 1964-1988

Creator: LaMar Baker

Summary/Abstract: The Baker Papers contain papers, publications, memorabilia, plaques, and photographs relating to the political career of Tennessee Republican State Representative and Senator and U.S. Congressman LaMar Baker.

Quantity/Physical Description: Less than 1 linear foot of documents. Assorted objects.

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: The donor transferred all legal title, copyright, and other rights as the donor might have possessed in these materials to the public through Middle Tennessee State University. It is presumed that any corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials that may not have belonged to the donor have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), LaMar Baker Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: LaMar Baker donated materials to the Tennessee State Museum in 2002; the Tennessee State Museum transferred materials to Middle Tennessee State University in 2002.

Processed By: Original processor undetermined.

Arrangement: The papers are arranged in a single series of papers and publications. Memorabilia is separated from the paper documents and photographic images are stored with the Albert Gore Research Center photograph collection.

Biographical Note: LaMar Baker (1915-2003) was a Tennessee businessman and Republican political figure. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Baker attended high school at David Lipscomb (1936-1938) and received his Bachelor of Science degree at Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas (1940). He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942 to 1946.

Baker was a successful Chattanooga businessman prior to his election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1966. In 1968, he was elected to the Tennessee State Senate, and in 1970, he received the Republican nomination for the Chattanooga-based Congressional District to replace Bill Brock, who was elected to the United States Senate.

Baker served two terms in Congress and won reelection fairly easily in the Republican landslide year of 1972 (in which President Nixon won all but five of Tennessee’s 95 counties). He was also a delegate to the Republican National Convention that year, but in 1974, he was defeated for reelection by moderate Democrat Marilyn Lloyd. He lost a rematch against Lloyd in 1976. From 1981 to 1985, he served as the regional representative to the United States Secretary of Transportation Drew Lewis. He lived the remainder of his years in Nashville, Tennessee.

Scope and Content: The Baker papers contains publications, memorabilia, plaques, and photographs relating to the political career of Tennessee Republican State Representative and Senator and U.S. Congressman LaMar Baker. Most of the materials are dated from the 1970s and 1980s. Addresses, agendas, awards, campaign memorabilia, certificates, delegate rolls, election information, invitations, news clippings, newsletters, and programs are among the primary source materials in this collection.

Papers and Publications, 1971-1988 and undated. These are materials pertaining to the various elections in which Baker participated as well as the offices in which he served. These papers contain an assortment of committee, convention, and political platform information.

In addition to these documents, there is an assortment of memorabilia (see Associated Materials) and photographic images (see Related Collections)

Associated Materials: Memorabilia, 1964- circa 1985(2 boxes)
The Memorabilia series includes various plaques received by Baker as well as campaign bumper stickers, buttons, charms, key chains, key holders, pins, and plagues. This series also consists of certificates received by LaMar Baker throughout his political career. The bulk of these items date to the 1970s. These items are stored separately with the Albert Gore Research Center’s object and museum items collections.

Related Collections: The LaMar Baker Papers also contain 78 photographs of the state senator and representative and his colleagues. They are housed separately in the Gore Research Center Photograph Collection.

Subject Terms

Persons
Lamar Baker
Harold Coker

Places
Tennessee

Subjects (General)
Tennessee State Legislature
Republican National Convention
Politics
Republican Party
U.S. Department of Transportation

Material Types
Papers
Publications
Memorabilia
Plaques
Photographs

Collection Inventory:


Series

Box

Folder Name

Date(s)

Papers & Publications

1

Address, State of the Union (President's)

1975

Papers & Publications

1

Campaign Materials, Baker

1972, no date

Papers & Publications

1

Clippings

1972, no date

Papers & Publications

1

Coker and Lloyd, Honoraria

1987

Papers & Publications

1

Coker, Papers of

1987

Papers & Publications

1

Coker, Pornography Information for Campaign

no date

Papers & Publications

1

Coker, Speeches of

no date

Papers & Publications

1

Convention, Republican National

1972

Papers & Publications

1

Convention, Republican National

1980

Papers & Publications

1

Convention, Republican National

1988

Papers & Publications

1

Delegates & Organization Meeting

1971

Papers & Publications

1

Miscellaneous Programs, Invitations, & Pamphlets

1972-84, no date

Papers & Publications

1

Tennessee Primary Elections

1918-68

Papers & Publications

1

TIME Magazine, "The New Second Family"

1973

Papers & Publications

1

"40 Documents of Our American Heritage"

1968

Memorabilia

1

Awards

1973-74, 1985, no date

Memorabilia

1

Bumper Stickers, Brock/Baker

no date

Memorabilia

1

Bumper Stickers, Goldwater

1964

Memorabilia

2

Department of State plaque

no date

Memorabilia

2

Veterans of Foreign Wars, 75th Anniversary Plaque

no date

Memorabilia

2

Dan Kuykendall U.S. Senate buttons (4)

no date

Memorabilia

2

Bill Brock U.S. Senate button (1)

no date

Memorabilia

2

LaMar Baker U.S. Congress buttons (4)

no date

Memorabilia

2

Nixon/Agnew for President button (1)

no date

Memorabilia

2

Winfield Dunn for Governor button (1)

no date

Memorabilia

2

LaMar Baker signed-U.S. House of Representatives charms (3)

no date

Memorabilia

2

LaMar Baker signed U.S. House of Representatives key holders (2)

no date

Memorabilia

2

Tennessee State Seal Pin (1)

no date

Memorabilia

2

Veterans of Foreign Wars 75th Anniversary key chain (1)

no date